Round 2 Riot: Orlando (3) vs. Boston (2)
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It took longer than we thought it would, but here we are. The upstart, high powered, trigger-happy Magic versus the battle-tested, battle-weary, battle-loving Celtics. And the winner takes on the King for a chance at the crown (assuming Atlanta aren't actually members of C.O.B.R.A.). The Celtics just got through a brutal seven-game series with Chicago (you may have heard about it on the news programs), and the Magic just shook off the cobwebs and downed Philly without Dwight Howard. All signs point to a changing of the guard. But as we've come to expect with this Celtics team, it doesn't take lightly to plans being made without their say so. Comes with that whole "defending champs" things.
Stud of the Series
Dwight Howard is too easy here. Let's get a bit more indie. Courtney Lee would have been the choice but he's out for the near future after sinus surgery. So let's go with a Celtic. Glen Davis. The Chicago series was Davis' coming out party. He showed he can fight for rebounds, defend bigs, block shots, and hit the 15 footer. His offense was pivotal for Boston's ability to overcome Chicago's youth and firepower. He'll be needed in this series as well to combat not only the Freak of the Week Dwight Howard, but Rashard Lewis' versatility.
He walks like Big Bird, has hair like a no.2 eraser, has been known to bust a rhyme, and isn't exactly a great finisher. And he's a pivotal bench player for the Celtics. Yup.
Brett: Celtics in seven. But we think this is mostly because he wants his Lakers to get their next banner at the expense of the Celtics.
Everyone else: Magic
An older, veteran team facing a younger, hungry, healthier team with a great combination of athleticism and coaching that's never proven it can win the big one. I could have copy and pasted that from a Suns-Spurs matchup over the last three years. So it's worrisome that everyone denies the Celtics ability to respond whenever they must simply because they need a little sleep. They're professionals and battle-tested. But when I look at the matchups, it's not about savvy, or pride, or willpower. It's about talent and ability on both sides of the ball and Orlando has it. The future's gotta come sometime. Ask the Spurs who are on vacation in early May for the first time in a long time.
Orlando in six.