Daniel Orton and the Orlando Magic take on the Pacers at 7:30 on NBA TV
The Magic gave up 25 second chance points during Monday night’s Game 2 loss to the Pacers. I spoke with an NBA expert (who asked to remain anonymous) who said that had Daniel Orton played, the Magic probably would have given up 0 second chance points.
Ok. I made that up. I never spoke with an NBA expert.
However, with the Magic giving up so many second chance points, it’s possible Van Gundy might try and switch things up and actually give Orton a chance. Van Gundy sounded very upset with his teams effort on Monday night, calling it “unacceptable”.
In response to his team shooting under 40% from the field in both playoff games against the Pacers, Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said, “I’m gonna have to find something.”
Why not find Daniel Orton on your bench and sub him in the game!
Here is a preview of tonight’s game, courtesy of the Miami Herald…
The scene shifts to Central Florida on Wednesday when the Indiana Pacers square off with the Orlando Magic in the pivotal Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series.
The heavily-favored Pacers found their sea legs on Monday, evening the series with an impressive 93-78 Game 2 win. Danny Granger, David West and George Hill all netted 18 points and an elongated run in the early stages of the third quarter helped Indiana down the short-handed Magic.
“[West is] providing our team with the necessary swagger to get a playoff win,” said Indiana head coach Frank Vogel, who finished third in the NBA’s Coach of the Year voting announced on Tuesday. “He’s just dialed in. He is a playoff-tested veteran.”
Paul George added 17 points and eight rebounds, while Roy Hibbert finished with 13 boards for the Pacers, who evened the best-of-seven series at one apiece.
Glen Davis, the replacement for injured All-Star Dwight Howard in the middle, had 18 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Magic, who shot just 35.5 percent from the floor.
“A gutsy type of playoff win,” Vogel said. “Holding them to 35 percent shooting is a very strong effort. They’re a challenging team to guard.”
J.J. Redick added 13 points off the bench for Orlando while Jameer Nelson contributed 12 points and Ryan Anderson added 11 on 3-for-9 shooting.
Trailing 50-45 early in the third quarter, the Pacers surged ahead following an extended 25-5 burst. Using its size and length on the interior, Indiana, behind West and Hibbert, outrebounded Orlando 14-0 during the stretch.
“Our starters our coming out with nothing in the third quarter,” Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy said of his team’s effort in the third stanza. “They dominated us on the glass.”
On Saturday, the Magic netted the game’s final 11 points and prevented Indiana from scoring in the final 4:05 to steal the contest, 81-77.
Howard, the reigning three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, is sidelined after season-ending back surgery.
Anderson, a candidate for the NBA’s most improved player, has scored just 16 points in the first two games of this series and must produce, especially from long range, for the Magic offense to succeed.
“Obviously we want to go back home and play off the momentum of the crowd,” Anderson said. “We know that we can play better and play harder.”
The Pacers, who finished behind top-seeded Chicago in the Central Division, haven’t moved past the first round of the playoffs since 2005. They’ve met the Magic twice in the postseason, the last time in 1995 with the Magic winning in seven games in the East finals.