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Magic reporter takes shots at Celtics

Orlando Sentinel reporter Brian Schmitz takes several shots at the Celtics in his latest column:

Here's what the Celtics think of the Magic: They are willing to let creaky Shaquille O'Neal and fragile Jermaine O'Neal battle Howard. Plus, they have Krstic Nenad or Nenad Krstic, who was the big man the Celtics received in the trade, along with forward Jeff Green.

The Celtics are counting on The Big Coattail — Shaq's the league's oldest player at 38 — to stay healthy enough to play, oh, four games in a row.

And when the O'Neals either need oxygen or Ace bandages, they figure Kevin Garnett or Big Baby Davis can bother Howard, which is also an indictment of Orlando's power forwards.

I like the Celtics' trade/gamble a lot — for the Magic.

It's just what they needed, judging from their playoff prospects. Howard already has the advantage against the Heat and the Bulls.

Whether Howard can get his teammates to make shots and stops without threatening their lives is a whole other story.

Nobody is saying that Perkins is Bill Russell. He didn't play major minutes, largely because he was a non-factor offensively.

But Perkins was an authentic tough guy (as opposed to KG) and anchored the Celtics' vaunted defense.

The Celtics have had success against the Magic – we've beaten them 2 out of 3 times in the playoffs – not because of Kendrick Perkins ability to guard Dwight Howard, but because of the team's overrall defensive scheme.They won't double Dwight Howard and that's not gonna change because Perk is gone or a beat writer inserts several unfunny jokes in his column.

The Celtics have enough skilled bigs to pound on Howard. If he gets 30 and 15, so be it. (Dwight torched Perk for 28 and 13 in the Magic's last game vs Boston… a game in which they lost). They Celtics prefer to stay at home on the perimeter… where you'll find the other four Magic players. And even when the Celtics help a bit in the post, they make up for it with swift defensive rotations.

The focal point of the Magic offense is Hedo Turkoglu. Many of the plays run through him. What are the odds Jeff Green will be called upon to guard Hedo in a series? Pretty damn good. And that's why I like the Celtics trade/gamble a lot — for the Celtics.

PS – It takes balls to call KG a phony tough guy when the Magic are the biggest bunch of wussies in the NBA.

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  • Magic have talked the biggest trash constantly in recent months. Actions speak louder than words Orlando. Depending on where the buy outs go I’m much more nervous about the Bulls, Heat and NYK in that order than the Magic.

  • So now that Perk is with OKC, he gets to be an “authentic” tough guy? Previously Orlando’s position was that all the Celtics were fake.
    Perk and KG do the same thing: swear, scowl, and posture on the court… then keep their private lives private (which they are able to do because they don’t go around punching people or pulling guns on their teammates– no police reports).

  • I’m more worried about the Chicago Bulls. Those guys are looking like a very tough team.
    As for the Magic, those guys are the biggest pansies and this guy having the nerve to insult KG is pathetic.
    Orlando Magic fans have always been a bunch of trash talkers that can’t back up their words. Just like Paul Pierce said during the Lakers vs Magic Finals, the Magic are a bunch of poodles.

  • this “reporter” sounds like some crude adolescent with a computer in his room. Seriously, that is writing? what a fucking idiot. we will miss perk, but not against orlando.

  • What is it about the Orlando Magic that gives everyone associated with the organization this inflated since of superiority? In the past three years they’ve gone from conference champion to finals contender to inconsistent mess. Yet they’re collective ego has gotten bigger.

  • Again, as Celtics fans, we have to try not to go into personal attacks because we’ll just sound smarter but doing so anyway but… this writer seems to think he can say whatever he wants cuz he dominated a couple varsity games when he was 17. Garnett’s one of the few guys in the league that backs up his talk, so the jab at his was completely unnecessary, especially in a professional article.
    Also, you’re completely right about the Celtics’ defense being the main factor in beating Howard. We all can and did appreciate Perkins’ effectiveness on the defensive end when playing the Magic or Lakers, but he certainly doesn’t hold more value than the Cs ultimate defensive scheme.
    As much as I hate losing Perk, our chances of winning the championship without a lengthy backup three (i.e. not someone of the skill or physicality of Anthony Parker) was probably worse than it is without Perk. And I think we have more than the Magic to worry about when it comes to testing this team’s limits without Perk.
    Lastly… why’s this guy busting Krstic? Dude had six offensive rebounds in his first game as a Celtic against a jumping jack team like the Clippers.

  • This is as ridiculous as the Hawks thinking they were our rivals. Dwight Howard gets held in check by Glen Davis. And maybe the Magic fans aren’t smart enough to figure this out but WE DON’T CARE IF HOWARD GOES OFF. That means the Magic aren’t getting a ton of threes to drop which is the only way they can beat teams. Orlando fans are desperate to remain relevant because they know their team is a joke.

  • You mean the same Orlando Sentinel that insisted it was “Orlando’s series to lose” when Boston was up 3-0 last year? Or who championed the “raging animal Glen Davis” be suspended for running over some kid in 2009?
    Orlando is a non_factor right now. Its Boston, Chicago, Miami, and the x-factor Knicks.

  • Apparently when you know your beat the only thing left is to publicly trash talk. That’s fine. C’s will win and Orlando can be all talk, as usual.

  • I like how this guy thinks that the Magic have an advantage over the Heat, despite the Magic being the only good team in the Eastern Conference that the Heat seem to be able to beat. Way to go, journalism.