Found February 09, 2012 on Orlando Magic Daily:
Getting eliminated from the postseason sucks. It sucks for the players. It sucks for the fans. It sucks period. Especially the way Orlando bowed out last year. The Magic and Hawks were relatively even teams in that series (or maybe I am deluding myself). Atlanta made plays down the stretch in Games Three and Four to take control of the series. The final wound was watching a still-injured J.J. Redick miss a wide open 3-pointer at the end of Game Six to send the game to overtime and extend the Magic's season at least another five minutes. It was bitter and horrible. The series painfully showed all the shortcomings in the Magic's roster and quickly knocked down the seeming impenetrable confidence Orlando had over Atlanta. Did the Magic fix the problems with that roster that struggled mightily to shoot the ball against the Hawks? Probably not. But here we go with another critical matchup and some measure of revenge on the line. It has been a big week at home for Orlando. Th...
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