What up, what up? Hope everybody out there is doing good. We beat the Bobcats in four games in our series, but now the downside of that is that we have all of this time off before our next series. Not only do we not know who we’re going to play, we don’t know when we’re going to play either.
After we won Game 4 on Monday night, we got two days off away from basketball. That was really good for us to kind of clear our heads and get away from basketball. And it was good for our bodies too because that Charlotte series was pretty physical even though we swept them in four games. My ankle is still kind of sore from where Gerald Wallace landed on my leg in Game 2.
We got back on the floor Thursday and Friday and had some good practice. You knew Stan Van Gundy wasn’t going to let us relax too long. We had a full scrimmage on Thursday, and Friday we pretty much worked on installing the game plan in case we play Milwaukee in the second round. If the Hawks end up winning, we won’t play them until Tuesday, and then we’d switch to preparing for them. That shouldn’t be too difficult because we know them inside and out from having played them four times and they are in our division.
The thing that I hope everybody saw from that first series was that the Magic have more than just a couple of players. Dwight had a lot of foul trouble, Vince Carter was getting double-teamed a lot but other guys on our team stepped up every game. Jameer Nelson was incredible all series, Marcin Gortat helped us out at center by staying ready and MP hit some huge threes in Game 4.
And I tried to do my part too, giving our team whatever it needed at the time. In Game 3 I was able to get to the basket a couple of times and get some free throws for us. And in Game 4 I hit a few threes when they focused so much on Jameer and Vince’s drives.
That’s what makes us so much different as a team. We have each other’s backs and we pick up a guy if he’s having a bad night. We have so many weapons and we can hit teams from so many angles. So even though other teams might have bigger star players, we like to think we can take anybody down with all of our weapons on our team.
We’re a team on a mission trying to win this championship, and hopefully we showed that to everybody with the way we played against Charlotte. And even though we want to go ahead and get this next series started, I have no doubt in my mind that the Orlando Magic will be ready to roll the next time they throw the ball into the air down at Amway Arena.
Until then we’ll wait and watch all of these crazy playoff games on TV. But even though we’re off, we’re not losing focus. Whenever they tell us to play next, we’ll be ready. I can promise that.