A Letter from an Upset Orlando Magic Fan

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IMay 14, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 12:  The Orlando Magic bench looks on in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden May 12, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Magic 92-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Dear Stan Van Gundy and Orlando Magic Players,

I must say...you guys have really messed with my head during the last two games of this series against the Boston Celtics.

During Game Four, I really thought we did not have it in us to make a little comeback and capture the victory. But with 11 seconds left on the clock during the final quarter, we managed to knock down two clutch free throws and put ourselves up by one.

When the Celtics passed the ball into play, I really thought this game was ours. Once it was drilled into my head during those 11 seconds that Paul Pierce and Ray Allen would not be taking the final shot of the game, I had a sense of relief that we would be up the series three games to one.

Then the devastation occurred.

Glen "Big Baby" Davis knocked down the open jumper. It was upsetting and I nearly threw up. I had this sense of disgust in my stomach and there was nothing I could do about it.

During Game Five, I knew (and the Magic players knew) we needed to win this game.

Not just to regain the lead in the series, but to win it for ourselves and to prove to ESPN and all the other analysts that have bashed us throughout the entire season that we, in fact, were good enough to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

As I watched the game, I saw the fire in our eyes that has been there all season long.

Rashard Lewis was playing stellar, Hedo Turkoglu was hitting his shots, Rafer Alston finally snapped out of his funk, and Dwight Howard was playing like his normal self.

We were up all game long, until absolute disgust hit me once again.

I wrote in my keys to Game Five that Howard needs to have a big fourth quarter for the Magic to secure a victory. I mentioned how it seems like every game during the fourth quarter Howard is virtually invisible on the court. He never receives the ball and he never has any sort of positive effect in the final quarter of the game.

Game Five was no different. With six minutes remaining in the game, the Celtics knew it, the "dedicated" Celtics fans knew it, but apparently the Magic did not know that they had this game won.

All they had to do was play some defense, cause a few missed shots, and run down the clock while dishing the ball to the big fella (D-Howard) for some easy baskets.

But no!

They had to chuck up stupid shots instead of attacking the hoop. They had to allow the Celtics, especially Stephon Marbury, to heat up and shift the momentum to their side.

Maybe the Magic should have put in players like Marcin Gortat, Courtney Lee, and Anthony Johnson during the final minutes of the game instead of their premier players, who seemed to have simply given up. These players seem to give it their all during each and every game.

How did they lose this game? Now a lot of people have blamed head coach Stan Van Gundy for it, but I do not.

They lost this game not only because the Celtics wanted it more, but because the Magic did not have the heart to capture the win.

They deserved the loss because they gave up. They gave up in a series-changing loss, and to be quite honest, I do not know how in the world they could do something like that.

So what do you guys honestly have to say to that, Magic players?

Howard blamed it on Van Gundy for not distributing the ball to him in the paint during the final quarter, but that was not Van Gundy's fault. That was your fault, Superman.

If you are so high and mighty to have the nickname "Superman," you should be in charge of when and where you get the ball. You should have been the one to yell out, "Hey guys, give me the ball so we can win this game!"

But you did not, and that is another reason why you guys lost.

So what are you going to do tonight, Orlando?

Are you going to go out there on your own court and lose the series tonight with no heart, or are you actually going to bring your utmost performance and send the series back to Boston and beat there a** like you have done before?

Thanks again for really screwing with my head, Orlando. The least you could do is win tonight for me.

From your beloved and dedicated fan,

Brandon Ribak