2010 NBA Playoffs: Do the Orlando Magic Have a Comeback Up Their Sleeves?

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IMay 19, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 16:  (L-R) Jameer Nelson #14, J.J. Redick #7, Rashard Lewis #9, Vince Carter #15 and Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic huddle up against the Boston Celtics in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 16, 2010 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Now up 2-0, the Boston Celtics hold an extremely impressive 32-0 overall record when winning their first two games of a best-of-seven series while the Magic hold an 0-5 record when losing the first two games of a seven-game series.

Although the Celtics certainly have something to be proud of, they cannot celebrate just yet.

As Boston forward Kevin Garnett once said, "Anything's possible."

And the Magic are going to need to bring everything that they've got if they want to become only the 15th team in NBA playoff history to win a best-of-seven series after falling short during the first two games.

So the ultimate question remains, can the Magic pull out any tricks to make a comeback in this series?


Incorporate Rashard Lewis

During the regular season Lewis averaged around 11 shots per game, knocking down 2.3 three-pointers per contest.

In the first two games of the conference finals Lewis has shot a combined 4-for-16 from the field, hitting just one three-pointer (1-for-9) and totalling 11 points.

Flash back to last postseason and Lewis was arguably Orlando's most efficient producer, averaging 19 points, and 6.4 rebounds per game, including several clutch jumpers to help escalate the Magic to the NBA Finals.

Although KG is a very good defender, it's a must to get Lewis going early in the game so that he has confidence in his shot down the stretch.


Shoot the three or you'll go down zero games to three

The Magic led the league in three-pointers made during the regular season, draining just over 10 trey balls per game.

In this series they have shot a mere 12-for-40 from beyond the three-point arc thus far, a clear indication that the Magic are stuck in a shooting funk at the wrong time.

So how do they get out of this horrific shooting slump?

Well, that's pretty obvious—they must continue to shoot the three ball.

If Orlando can knock down their regular season average of 10.2 three-pointers per game, their odds of capturing a victory will increase dramatically.


Limit "bad shots"

The Magic shot an efficient 47.0 percent from the field during the season, ranking seventh best in the league.

During the past two games they have shot just 40.5 percent from the field, including a whopping 8-for-20 on layups in Game Two.

Stan Van Gundy has to get his team to shoot high-percentage shots if they want any hope of tying this series at two games apiece.

The Magic's roster seems pretty confident for a team that now has to head into the TD Garden to capture two much-needed victories.

"I just feel like we know what needs to be done...we still feel like we can win. We can win games," said guard Vince Carter.

Game Three kicks off in Boston on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET.