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Game 5 - Eastern Conference Finals

(2) Orlando 113, (4) Boston 92 – Boston leads series 3-2


Oh the difference a game makes. Just two days after allowing Orlando to escape the clutches of a 3-0 series lead in Boston with an overtime victory, the Celtics were blown out by the surging Magic in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. On the back of 13 made three-point attempts, Orlando look nothing like the battered and seemingly surrendered squad blown out by the Celtics in Game 3. And the Celtics, looked nothing like the championship-caliber squad who was one Game 3 basket from advancing to their second NBA Finals in three years.

Game 5 in Orlando did not transpire without controversy. With the Celtic big men struggling all night with an increased level of officiating, their frustration seemingly boiled over with 36 seconds remaining in the first half. After Kendrick Perkins was hit with a questionable reach in foul on Dwight Howard, the Boston big man stormed away from the official with a high degree of disgust, mouthing his irritation with referee Eddie F. Rush’s call. Only seconds later, Rush hit Perkins with his second technical foul of the half, consequentially ending his night after just 16 minutes of floor time.

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It was a killing blow for the Celtic frontcourt and Boston’s chance at ending the series in five games. As the game continued, injury was added to insult. Forward Glen Davis was on the receiving end of a Dwight Howard elbow that effectually ended his night early as well. The night didn’t go much better for the Rasheed Wallace either, as the long-time veteran was unable to stay on the floor when Boston needed him the most, fouling out with 888 remaining in the game.

 

Truth be told the Celtics had no business winning this basketball game. Boston was unable to defend with fouling, and powerless to keep the Magic from a steady offensive flow of Howard on the low post and his teammates hitting from behind the arc. While Boston’s defense surely did it no favors, the Celtics offense output was nearly was pathetic. The Big Four of Allen, Garnett, Pierce, and Rondo combined to shoot a paltry 18-for-48 from the field.

Just two games ago the Celtics looked like a freight train destined for a Finals rematch with the Lakers. After Wednesday night’s performances, Boston fans are starting to squirm with the possibility of seeing two of their sports franchises blow 3-0 series leads in a matter of weeks. The NHL Boston Bruins were the victims before. Now, the Celtics must win Game 6 in Boston on Friday to stave off the possibility of a Game 7 in Orlando and becoming the first NBA team in league history to lose a playoff series after leading three games to zero.

 

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By: Zach Bloxham
Pro Basketball Fans Senior Staff Writer


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