Mike Bianchi: Down 2-0 to Cavs, now we get to see how resilient Magic really are

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With shooting like that, it’s going to be arduously difficult to win this series. The success rate for an NBA team to come back and win a series after dropping the first two games is stunningly bad. Of the 313 times that a team has gone down 0-2 in a seven-game series in NBA history, the team trailing has come back to win the series just 27 times (8.6 percent).

However, the Magic can take solace in the fact that in 22 of those 27 occasions, it was the road team that fell behind 0-2 and rallied to win the series. Even more ammunition for the Magic: Six teams have come back from 0-2 deficits in the last three seasons.

In other words, it CAN be done, but the Magic are going to have to prove that they are who they think they are. All season long, they have talked about their resilience, their toughness and their ability to overcome a variety of different obstacles such as injuries, inexperience and offensive deficiencies.

If ever there was a time to show their determination and perseverance and their unwavering belief in each other, now is that time. Their most daunting obstacle obviously is the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the second-highest hurdle they must overcome is their own self-doubt.

It becomes much harder to believe in yourself when you’re down 0-2 and haven’t led even once in the first two games. The skeptics become more plentiful and the chorus of criticism grows louder. These are the moments when the true character of a team is revealed.

Let’s face it, there are not a whole lot of believers in this Magic team right now. Hell, there weren’t a whole lot of believers in this team even before they fell behind 0-2. It’s no secret that Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff pulled his starters in the final game of the regular season and seemingly tanked the game against the lowly Charlotte Hornets to assure his team would face the Magic in the first round of playoffs.


Moreover, when the regular season was over, the Vegas betting odds on the No. 5-seeded Magic to win the championship were third from the bottom among 20 playoff and play-in teams. The only two teams below the Magic were the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls, who were both eliminated in the play-in tournament.

In other words, the Magic, like the late, great comedian Rodney Dangerfield, get no respect.

Ain’t that right, Rodney?

“When I was a kid, my parents moved a lot,” Rodney once said. “But I always found them.”


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