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Magic Hear Footsteps

Posted By johnw On May 13 2009 @ 4:16 pm In Boston Celtics | 1 Comment

Kevin Garnett kept taunting the Orlando Magic bench in the 4th quarter by making a hand gesture. No, he wasn’t giving them the middle finger; instead he made a walking motion with his two fingers, as if telling the Magic “here we come running after you. Can you hear our footsteps?” When the Celtics were down by double digits, I thought KG’s hand gesture looked foolish. The Celts were getting killed and after Mickael Pietrus slam dunked the ball off an Anthony Johnson assist to give the Magic a 14 point lead with 9 minutes to go, I thought that was it. Game over. Yet KG continued to taunt Orlando during timeouts making his footsteps gesture. Apparently, KG knew better than I did. KG knew his team would get back in the game. He knew his teammates would rise to the occasion. KG knew the Magic were not capable of closing out the game.

The Magic heard footsteps.

The Magic did everything right for 3 ½ quarters. Look at the box score.
Hedo Turkoglu – 18 points
Rashard Lewis – 19 points
Dwight Howard – 12 points
Rafer Alston – 16 points

Coach Van Gundy should have been happy with points like that from his starters because it should have equaled a win, but…

The Magic heard footsteps.

The Magic simply didn’t hit their shots when they needed it the most and the Celtics did. The star of the game for the Celtics was the man they call “Starbury”. Stephon Marbury scored all of his 12 points in the 4th quarter keeping the Celts in the game. The fans gave him a well deserved standing ovation. Marbury held the fort and Glen Davis provided the spark. Davis was brilliant in the 4th quarter. He scored 10 of his 22 points in the 4th quarter. The Celtics went on a 13-0 run in the second half of the 4th quarter. Boston took a 1 point lead when Ray Allen drilled a 3 pointer, their first lead since the opening minutes of the 1st quarter. Allen struggled all night long, but when the ball left his hand there was no doubt in anyone’s mind it was going in. All Orlando had to do was make a couple of shots to hold the Celtics off, but…

The Magic heard footsteps.

Orlando looked wide eyed in the final minutes. They looked around at each other hoping one of them would step up and take charge. No one did. The final score was Boston 92 – Orlando 88. Frankly, the Celtics stole the game; they had no business winning this game. But never underestimate the heart of a Champion. Boston leads the series 3-2. Boston has a chance to close out the series Thursday night on the road. I'm sure the Magic will come out with a lot of energy in front of their home crowd. Are the Magic capable of closing out a game or will it be the same story all over again after game 6…

The Magic heard footsteps.

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