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Magic Beat Cavs, Advance to NBA Finals

Often seen as the East’s third best team, the Magic took down the cagey Celtics and the mighty Cavaliers to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995, completing the odyssey Saturday night with a 103-90 win over the Cavs in Game 6.

LeBron James went 8-20 from the field, finishing with 25 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. LeBron’s effort all series just wasn’t enough, and it has national writers calling for LeBron to “get more help.” The Cavs were dubbed the clear favorites to win it all, so why does LeBron all of a sudden need more help?

Delonte West scored 22 points in 47 minutes and Mo Williams added 17 points, but it was just enough. The loss all but guarantees, in my mind, that LeBron will leave Cleveland as a free agent in the 2010 offseason.

The win certifies Dwight Howard as a top league star, and Stan Van Gundy as a pretty damn good coach, despite his absurd facial reactions and sideline tirades.

The NBA Finals begin Thursday night with the Magic and Lakers squaring off at the Staples Center.

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4 comments for “Magic Beat Cavs, Advance to NBA Finals”

  1. Magic Beat Cavs, Advance to NBA Finals: Often seen as the East’s third best team, the Magic took down the .. http://tinyurl.com/njwfrx

    Posted by Sports of Boston | May 31, 2009, 10:37 am
  2. Dwight elevates to top notch superstar status.

    Lebron will get plenty of help in 2010 in New York. Amare, Lebron, and Wilson Chandler will be the best trio in the league.

    Posted by Millionaires Of Genesis | May 31, 2009, 3:09 pm
  3. This comment really belongs with the article that talks about the Celts losing to the Magic, but I was out of town, so here goes:

    Van Gundy is indeed strange looking, but nobody has mentioned the absolutely brilliant move he made that beat the Celtics. He put useless guard J J Redick on Ray Allen and told him to worry about nothing but keeping Allen from being a factor, and damned if he didn’t do just that by clinging to Allen like a piece of Saran Wrap. By using Redick to stop Allen, and with Garnett out of the lineup, Van Gundy effectively limited the former big three to the big one (Paul Pierce) who exhausted himself trying to bear the scoring burden. Redick wasn’t expected to score (the Magic have plenty of scorers)and he hasn’t played a minute since the Boston series- which proves that Van Gundy knew precisely what he was doing. Why isn’t anybody talking about this?

    By the way, I have no doubt that the Celtics at full strength would have beaten both the Magic and the Cavs, and probably Los Angeles as well.

    Posted by Ken | June 1, 2009, 10:06 pm
  4. Yeah I never knew Redick to be a defensive stopper, but he did a fine job keeping Ray Allen at bay.

    and you’re absolutely right, the Celtics with a healthy Garnett and Powe would’ve probably repeated as NBA Champs. Maybe two out of three aint bad?

    Posted by KC | June 2, 2009, 7:00 am

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