Magic vs. Pistons – Game 5 (Quick) Recap

Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons

86 – 91

Here we go again, bullet-style.

Pistons:

  • 6th straight trip to the Conference Finals
  • Chauncey Billups didn’t play, he prefers to look good on the bench nowadays
  • Richard Hamilton scored 19 points in the 1st half (10/10 free throws), he finished the game with 31 points (16 FTs – perfect from the line)
  • Rip is now the Pistons all-time playoffs topscorer
  • Billups not playing means more shots for Rip and he loves it
  • Detroit only lost control of the game in the first half 2 minutes into the 2nd quarter, but they fixed it with a 9-0 run
  • The Pistons’ bench scored a total 4 points on 11 shots
  • Biggest difference tonight? Detroit: 3 turnovers – Magic: 21 turnovers – take care of the ball and good things will happen
  • Great defense! You can’t defend Howard any better and stop the other teams’ three-point shooters at the same time
  • Sheed’s defense is still underrated – he is one of the best defenders in the post – scary good – he stole the ball from Howard three times one-on-one, that’s not easy
  • McDyess is playing great right now as wellcrashing the boards, knocking down mid-range shots, hustling for loose balls – you can see that he wants to win really bad – scored 17 points (2nd on the Pistons)
  • TAYSHAUN PRINCE! TAYSHAUN PRINCE! TAYSHAUN PRINCE! Play of the Game. The block on Turkoglu’s drive in the last 20 seconds was absolutely crazy! Tayshaun is well-known for blocking big shots, but this one still came out of nowhere…so important and beautiful. Clean block, he took Turkoglu’s dunk attempt right to the board and squashed it.

Magic:

  • Started the game the way they wanted to – pounding the ball inside and getting Dwight Howard going, but the Pistons took that away from them
  • Dwight Howard: 14 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks – not enough tonight
  • Gortat is just…special…like in special school
  • They had like 2000 turnovers in the 1st half alone, because of sloppy play and the great Pistons’ D
  • Missed way too many free throws (7/16 in the 1st half)
  • Superman can’t stop Rasheed Wallace

Kryptonite Sheed

  • Orlando started the 2nd half with a 8-0 run – actually, both teams scored in runs the whole time
  • Every time they where down big, Rashard Lewis made a crazy three pointer
  • You know what they say – live and die by the 3 – R.I.P. Orlando Magic

Live and die by the 3

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