When I think about the playoffs, I ponder over which team has more heart, more intensity, and more determination.
When it comes to the Conference Finals series, players realize that they must win a total of four games in order to advance to the NBA Finals.
This accomplishment is something that these athletes have dreamed about for their entire lives, so you would expect them to give it their utmost performance to reach their life long dream.
Keys to the game
Every Free-throw and lay-in counts
During Game Two the Magic shot a whopping 68 percent from the charity stripe, to go along with that, they missed at least 10 lay-ups.
I have come to realize that Rafer Alston misses four to five easy lay-ups per game. Coach Van Gundy needs to get it into Alston's head that he must drive to the lane hard and finish strong.
As for Mickael Pietrus, when he drives to the lane, he must finish overhand instead of underhand. He misses practically every time he drives to the lane, unless he is going up for a dunk.
When it comes to the playoffs, free-throws mean everything. Every point counts.
Rashard Lewis has been a tad bit off from the line as of late (shooting 72.7 percent during the Conference Finals) and must take a little more time to drain the easy buckets and get his average back up into the 80's.
Rain those treys
The Magic have obliterated the Cavaliers from beyond the three-point arc in the two games played thus far shooting an outstanding 44.25 percent (19-43 3PTM).
Lewis is shooting 63.6 percent from beyond the arc, Turkoglu 46.4, and Pietrus 50.0 percent.
They need to keep raining the trey balls and if they can continue to shoot at this phenomenal percentage, they will have a huge advantage at winning in Game Three.
Home Court Cooking
The Magic need to remember before Game Three that they beat Cleveland by 29 points the last time they faced in Orlando.
Heading into the game, this could bring out an extreme amount of intensity out of Orlando. They should be able to get off to a hot start and keep the game out of reaching distance for Cleveland.
Having the series tied one-to-one, the Magic have a major advantage since they play their next two games at home.
They need to come out strong and finish the game even stronger, home court is on their side.
Stop the trey ball
The Cavaliers need to find a way to prevent Orlando from making their shots. In the first two games of the series, they have done a horrific job in stopping the Magic have having their way.
Head Coach Mike Brown better have a spectacular plan on defense, or else the Cavaliers could be in big trouble.
Attack, Attack, Attack
LeBron James knows that if he wants to win this series, he needs to attack the rim.
There are much more positives in playing aggressive and driving to the basket than there are negatives.
1. It can get Dwight Howard and the Magic into foul trouble.
2. It can provide much needed offense for the Cavaliers.
3. It can keep the intensity and energy on Cleveland's side.
Stop the Forwards
The Cavs needs an answer for Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis. These two guys are the most important aspect in Orlando's success.
Turk is averaging 18 PPG, 9.0 APG, 4.0 RPG, and is shooting 46.4 percent from the floor, and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Shard is posting 22.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, and is shooting 53.5 percent from the field, and a magnificent 63.6 percent from the three-point line.
If the Cavs can somehow prevent these two from playing their game, they will have a much better chance at winning in Game Three.
Magic are at home. They whooped Cleveland last time here and they can easily do it again. I believe in magic, Orlando wins this game and takes the lead in this series, two games to one.
Orlando - 100 - Cleveland - 84