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

Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel on

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Now it’s the Magic who are the unwanted kids in the playoffs and they must find themselves. They’re down 0-2 and most everybody is counting them out.

Let’s go, Orlando.

You can either give up or rise up. You can either look at this as a setback or an opportunity. Think about it: Is there a better way to get the attention of the national media and silence the naysayers than coming back and beating the Cavs?

The best teams and the greatest athletes have self-induced amnesia; they purposely forget what happened yesterday and focus on tomorrow. It’s time to forget Game 1 when the Magic scored just 83 points and hit just 32 percent from the floor, 21 percent from 3-point range and 63 percent from the foul line.

After that game, the Magic acted as if it was no big deal. Star forward Paolo Banchero pointed out that Magic were still in Game 1 up until the final minutes despite the putrid offensive performances. Suggs said, “We did everything right except make our shots.”

The came could be said about Game 2.

What are you going to do about it, Orlando?

How are you going to respond, Magic?

The Cavaliers did what they had to during the first two playoff games. They held serve on their home court and took a 2-0 lead in the series.


Now it’s your turn.

Let’s go, Orlando.

You’re down and many are counting you out.

What’s it going to be?

A harbinger of defeat?

Or an opportunity for redemption?


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