What up, what up??? I’m sure all of you Magic fans out there know that tonight is Game 2 for us against the Hawks. We know that those dudes will come back at us hard after the way Game 1 went on Tuesday. That team has a lot of pride, so we expect to get their best shot tonight.
A lot of people were wondering how we’d respond in Game 1 after being off for a week and thinking we might be rusty. But we have a really professional group and Stan Van Gundy worked us pretty hard during our time off. So it’s not like we were going to get out of shape or lose our rhythm considering how hard we work as a team.
The only thing on our minds is winning that championship this season. Guys found out early on this season that there are no personal agendas on this team at all; it’s all about winning that ‘chip and getting a ring to put on our finger.
I think getting to the Finals and being so close to that championship just made us even hungrier this time around. We have that focus locked and we’re not letting any rust, days off or any team stand in our way this season.
That being said, we can’t go out there all cocky tonight and overlook the Hawks. Those guys had a great record and were one of the best teams in the league for a reason this season. We know they got some dudes who can really get it rolling in Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford and J-Smoove is a stud athletically.
But our job now is to not give them any life and don’t let them feel confident about anything. We’re 5-0 so far in the playoffs and we want to keep it that way. The goal is to win every game we play and just keep getting better and better every night that we go out on the floor.
It’s crazy, but I’ve been watching almost every playoff game every night the past couple of weeks. Every game that I watch gets me fired up and wanting to play. Having the time off was good because it was a long season and there were plenty of bumps and bruises, but it was also killing me because I’m wanting to be out there playing every night.
This is the time of year that I live for. If you don’t want the ball in your hands this time of year, then you shouldn’t be out there on the court. Big players make big plays in big games. That’s always been my mindset and it’s helped me have some pretty good success at this level.
So if they swing the ball to me tonight against the Hawks and the game is on the line, know this about me: I won’t be afraid to pull that trigger and shoot the ball. I’m tough enough to deal with the consequences of making it or missing it.
We’re all about that championship, so we’re going to bring it hard again tonight in Game 2. I’m hoping Amway Arena will be rocking again like it was Tuesday. And all you Magic fans out there around the country, you guys root us on, too.