Forget the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Orlando Magic Will Make the Finals

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IMay 16, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 14:  Head coach Stan Van Gundy of the Orlando Magic calls a play in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Amway Arena on May 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  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 Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Yes, another controversial article. I expect to receive tons of "hate comments" from Boston Celtics fans each saying the same exact thing, "They will not even get past Game Seven to play the Cavaliers."

Oh well, that is why I have the right to speak my mind. So let's get straight to it!

Throughout the 08'-09' NBA season, the Orlando Magic were secretly hiding behind the publicity and hype of LeBron James and his Cavaliers, and The Big Three and their Boston Celtics.

Both teams were expected to finish in first and second place during the season, and each did, rightfully so.

But with an injured Kevin Garnett, the Celtics chances of making a repeat at the NBA Finals diminished and fans began to question their teams overall potential.

Unlike the Celtics, the Cavaliers went from good to better to great in the matter of months during the season. They broke record after record and LeBron James went from The King to MVP of the entire league.

While all of this excitement was in the works, the Orlando Magic sat back and realized, it is better to not get any hype, that way we do not have any pressure on our hands.

Without their All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson, the Magic still managed to finish the season with the fourth best record in the league, 59-23.

Even though NBA analyst after analyst continue to doubt Orlando's chances of getting anywhere, they are still alive in the playoffs today.

On the season, the Magic compiled an impressive record against the Cavaliers, two games to one.

In the one loss, Cleveland beat Orlando by a whopping four points, in a game filled with questionable calls (but that happens in any game, so no excuses here).

In one of the victories, the Magic absolutely annihilated the Cavs, 116-87. It was said to be LeBron James' worst beat down, not only in the NBA, but throughout his entire 24-year-old life.

During the three games against the Magic this season, LJ averaged a stellar 30.6 PPG, 9.6 RPG, and 7 APG. Obviously those are numbers that only a player like James can post. But in those games, he shot only 43 percent from the floor. ONLY!?!?! You must be saying. But according to James supreme standards, 43 percent is crap.

LJ has a career 47 percent shooting from the field. The only time he averaged under 43 percent was in his rookie season, where he shot 41.7 percent.

What I am trying to get at is nobody in the NBA can stop The King from posting his terrific numbers.

But what the Orlando Magic can do that no other team cannot, is prevent him from shooting well in a game. With the Defensive Player of the Year in the middle of the paint, James knows that he has to change his game up a bit.

He knows that he cannot just drive to the hoop and expect to get fouled each time. He knows that he cannot just attack the basket and expect an easy two.

With this already established in LJ's head, you can almost guarantee that in the back of his mind, this premier player would rather face the Boston Celtics rather than the Orlando Magic.

Now you must be saying, James does not care who he is going to face in the Eastern Conference Finals. He is probably sitting in his mansion right now, living the life, especially being just 24 years of age.

But no. He does care who he is going to face. Because to tell you the truth, that is all that is running through his mind, night and day.

So if the Magic do beat the Celtics in Game Seven, and if the Cavaliers do end up facing Orlando in the ECF, you can remember that James will not get a chance to play his "true" game during the series.

You can expect a lot more passing, a lot more off the mark shots from the MVP of the NBA, and if all goes well, a devastating upset loss of a series to the Orlando Magic.