(6) Orlando Magic vs Indiana Pacers (3) - Round #1 - Series Thread

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Who will win this first round series?
Pacers in 4 7 21.21%
Pacers in 5 16 48.48%
Pacers in 6 7 21.21%
Pacers in 7 1 3.03%
Magic in 4 0 0%
Magic In 5 0 0%
Magic in 6 2 6.06%
Magic in 7 0 0%
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 6 years ago '05        #1
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katalist 231 heat pts231
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(6) Orlando Magic vs Indiana Pacers (3) - Round #1 - Series Thread
 

 

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The Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers have had very different seasons coming into the 2012 NBA playoffs.

The Magic were held hostage by the Dwight Howard saga for most of the season, as many believed Howard would be on his way out. Ultimately, Howard opted into the final season of his contract, which would keep him with the Magic until the summer of 2013.

However, they ended up losing Howard anyway. Howard's back started aching after being elbowed by Brendan Haywood of the Dallas Mavericks and he needed surgery, which will hold him out for the entire playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers came into the season having added David West and George Hill to their roster—two underrated acquisitions. They held the third seed in the Eastern Conference for a majority of the season and received less hype than the San Antonio Spurs, which is hard to believe.

At the trade deadline, they added veteran scorer and slasher Leandro Barbosa, another underrated acquisition. Once George Hill returned from his injuries, he won the starting point guard position from Darren Collison. With Hill starting, the Pacers are one of the hottest teams entering the playoffs.

Although the season series is in favor of the Magic at 3-1, there have been recent developments that suggest this playoff series will not even be close.

Without Dwight Howard, the Magic have lost their defensive and offensive identity. Everything the Magic did offensively and defensively was predicated on Dwight Howard being there. Whether it was "one in and four out" offense or playing like the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Howard was at middle of everything they wanted to do offensively and defensively.

Roy Hibbert is going to experience a lot more freedom without Howard in the middle. Also, Danny Granger must continue to play aggressively. When Granger is aggressive, it makes the Pacers offense that much more dangerous.

As for the Magic, if they want to give themselves a chance to be competitive in this series, they must defend and rebound. That means limiting second-shot opportunities for the Pacers. On offense, they must slow the ball down and limit the number of possessions in the game due to having less talent.

The Magic must cherish the ball by limiting turnovers. They must play a pick-and-pop and drive-and-kick offense and hope their shooters (Anderson, Richardson, Turkoglu, etc.) get hot from the three-point line.

Final Prediction: The Magic will truly miss the best center in the league without having any adequate backups for him. Both teams seem to be going in opposite directions and it will show when they match up this weekend.

The Indiana Pacers will likely sweep the Orlando Magic in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.


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 Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic Playoff Series Analysis | Bleacher Report

SCHEDULE:

Game # 1 - April 28th, Saturday - Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis
*I will edit this when the schedule for the rest of the games come out*


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612 comments for "(6) Orlando Magic vs Indiana Pacers (3) - Round #1 - Series Thread"

 6 years ago '11        #2
elvisfreshly 106 heat pts106
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Pacers gettin swept
 6 years ago '06        #3
Blah 17 heat pts17
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Pacers in 6
 6 years ago '04        #4
Kasssssst 135 heat pts135
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I wanted to say Pacers in a sweep, but I'll give the Magic the benefit of a doubt by winning Game 3 than losing a heartbreaking Game 4, and a a.ss whooping Game 5 for elimination.
 6 years ago '05        #5
katalist 231 heat pts231 OP
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 elvisfreshly said:
Pacers gettin swept
Pacers in 5


Ryan Anderson is really the only player im worried about. J Rich can get hot to, but I got a feeling my dude Paul George gonna be D'ing him up well
 6 years ago '07        #6
st21 1373 heat pts1373
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pacers in 5
 6 years ago '05        #7
katalist 231 heat pts231 OP
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 Kasssssst said:
I wanted to say Pacers in a sweep, but I'll give the Magic the benefit of a doubt by winning Game 3 than losing a heartbreaking Game 4, and a a.ss whooping Game 5 for elimination.
Imagine a Pacers/Lakers finals Kasssst


Prolly wont happen but still, that would be a sick finals *That we hopefully would win and get revenge for Kobe and Shaq beating us in the finals before*

 6 years ago '09        #8
Axl Rose 21 heat pts21
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Pacers in 4
 6 years ago '05        #9
MysticKJ 28 heat pts28
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Pacers take this...
 6 years ago '05        #10
Rockstar718 69 heat pts69
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Pacers in 5 or 6, orlando outside of dwight has too much pride to just go out without being competitive, and i could of sworn we lost to orlando without dwight once this season,

pacers are still just too hot right now, i really wanted a pacers bulls second round though
 6 years ago '05        #11
katalist 231 heat pts231 OP
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 Rockstar718 said:
Pacers in 5 or 6, orlando outside of dwight has too much pride to just go out without being competitive, and i could of sworn we lost to orlando without dwight once this season,

pacers are still just too hot right now, i really wanted a pacers bulls second round though
Yup, they are still an NBA team with some quality players, cannot take it easy on them. Hope my pacers bring it to em strong in game 1.

Sometimes all you need is one player to get hot and it can be a close series, hope we destroy em but I am expecting a few close games and magic to win atleast one (maybe 2 if lucky).

If things go as they should though we are just gonna have to much depth for them I think.
 6 years ago '10        #12
kingjab7542 22 heat pts22
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Damn it where's my broom?
 6 years ago '10        #13
SmoothTay 23 heat pts23
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This was supposed to be the knicks in that 6 spot.

fu*k the city of cleveland and the cavs. :nasmad:
 6 years ago '05        #14
katalist 231 heat pts231 OP
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From the 8th spot to the 3rd spot

:mj2:
 6 years ago '12        #15
DontHateDaGreat 10 heat pts10
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and the magic fans can begin worrying about when howard will leave them again


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 6 years ago '06        #16
PG-13 126 heat pts126
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No Howard?

Pacers in 5
 6 years ago '11        #17
maxnn 129 heat pts129
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What i don't think everybody realizes, even if Dwight was healthy, it likely would still be pacers winning this series.
 6 years ago '12        #18
DontHateDaGreat 10 heat pts10
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 maxnn said:
What i don't think everybody realizes, even if Dwight was healthy, it likely would still be pacers winning this series.
true and unfortunately if any magic fans ever cared to show face instead of flee boxden when certain reports go down then they would be around using howard as an excuse.

Pacers in 4
 6 years ago '05        #19
katalist 231 heat pts231 OP
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In a few days it will be playoff basketball, cannot wait!

Key to the series is going to be getting the big guys going (West,Hibbert and Tyler) and making sure we play defense the way we are capable of playing defense.

For the Magic I think they gotta get a few BIG games from J Rich and Ryan Anderson. You never know, they are gonna be playing hard and Pacers gotta be ready for em. In the end though I think The Pacers are just going to be to deep and to big for the Magic to handle.
 6 years ago '07        #20
ttime236 38 heat pts38
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Pacers in 4, magic dont have enough to score on offense in this series without D12
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