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Game 6 was a terrible game, as both teams played poorly the whole way through. There were dumb fouls, turnovers, and missed shots all over the place. This hardly looked like two of the three best teams in the Eastern Conference fighting to play in the next round. However, Orlando came out the victorious, beating Boston 83-75 to force a Game 7 on Sunday.
Rajon Rondo was the Celtics only star in Game 6, which is a huge problem. He finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Kendrick Perkins also played well with 15 points and 10 rebounds. No disrespect to Rondo or Perk, since they played great, but it takes more than them to win a playoff game. This is especially true when you have Paul Pierce and Ray Allen as teammates.
Pierce was okay with 17 points, but was never really that consistent and missed two clutch free throws at the end of the game. Allen was absolutely terrible and finished with a mere five points and was 0-7 from beyond the three point line. Glen Davis was ineffective as he was caught in early foul trouble and finished with only six points.
The bench was slightly productive with Brian Scalabrine continuing his decent play with seven points and Eddie House added six. Stephon Marbury did nothing in his time on the court, and still seems extremely scared to shoot the ball when he has an open look, despite playing so well in the fourth quarter of Game 5.
The Magic were nothing spectacular in this one either as they missed wide open looks left and right. They just happened to get hot in the end while the Celtics seemed to cool off. Dwight Howard had a good game after a poor Game 5 that he blamed on coach Stan Van Gundy. He finished with 23 points and 22 rebounds. Rashard Lewis was also good with 20 points. Rafer Alston and Mickeal Pietrus were the other Magic players in double figures as both finished with 11.
I suppose the only good news to come out of this game was that Game 7 will be back in Boston. The Celtics have performed well in their last few Game 7s in Boston against Chicago, and both Cleveland and Atlanta last season. Hopefully that luck continues and the Celtics, especially Ray Allen, erase the memories of a terrible Game 6 and move onto the Eastern Conference Finals where the juggernaut Cleveland Cavaliers await their next opponent. Game 7 is Sunday night in Boston.
Tags: Brian Scalabrine, Celtics, Dwight Howard, Eddie House, Glen Big Baby Davis, Kendrick Perkins, Mickael Pietrus, Orlando Magic, Paul Pierce, Rafer Alston, Rajon Rondo, Rashard Lewis, Ray Allen, Stephon Marbury