Coming into Game 1 at Amway Arena, the Orlando Magic seemed destined for a trip right to the NBA Finals, where they would have a rematch against the Los Angeles Lakers, who defeated the Magic in the Finals last year, in a 4-1 series.
Now, the Magic are in the improbable position of being down 3-0 to the Celtics, after sweeping their first two series' over the Charlotte Bobcats and the Atlanta Hawks in dominating fashion. No team in NBA history has ever overcome being down 3-0 in a championship series.
Tonight, the Magic look to do two things: reverse the way they have been playing in the last three games, and find a way to contain Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who has been simply amazing this post season.
Taking Game 4 doesn't seem to be an issue to Rashard Lewis, who has been almost completely looked over throughout the series, as his three-pointers aren't draining as they were this time last year.
“We’ve won there before, and there’s no reason we can’t do it again,” forward Rashard Lewis said. “Boston came to us and beat us twice on our home court, so it’s happened before. Why can’t we do it? Why can’t it happen again?”
The Magic have to do the following if they want to win.
Contain Rajon Rondo
Jameer Nelson hasn't been able to contain the Celtics youngster Rajon Rondo. While he scored 25 points in Game 2, he still makes plays happen when he isn't getting the points. He has 28 assists in the three games, to go with his four steals. If the Magic can't contain Rondo, they don't have a chance at making it back to Orlando for a Game 5.
Incorporate Rashard Lewis
Rashard Lewis is the Orlando Magic's top three-point shooter, and they have failed to get him the ball in key situations. The Magic relied on Rashard Lewis last season during their post season run, and that has all but failed this year, by focusing on inconsistent Vince Carter. Lewis has 15 points in the whole series.
Matt Barnes vs. Kevin Garnett
Matt Barnes is the Orlando Magic tough guy, and he needs to be physical with veteran Kevin Garnett. For the Magic to win, Barnes will be forced to step up and play Garnett tough in the post.