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NBA Playoffs 2011: 10 Ways the Orlando Magic Can Escape a Tragic Playoff Exit

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NBA Playoffs 2011: 10 Ways the Orlando Magic Can Escape a Tragic Playoff Exit
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The Orlando Magic dropped Game 4 of their opening round playoff series 88-85 to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday evening. Now the Magic trail their Southeastern Division rival three games to one and will be on the brink of elimination tonight.

The Magic who have become dependent on their perimeter shooting, shot poorly from behind the arc in Game 4 only converting 2 of their 23 attempts.

Orlando was also forced to play without their starting shooting guard, Jason Richardson, after he was suspended for Game 4 after being involved in an altercation with Hawks' Center Zaza Pachulia in Game 3. Richardson's absence may explain why Orlando shot poorly from the perimeter considering that he has proven to be one of the team's most adequate shooters.

However, the poor shooting, and more importantly, Orlando's losing, is not limited to Game 4, but rather have been a pervasive trend in this series. And though the Magic may be down in the series, but they are not out of it yet, which means that they can make their own magic in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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