Last year the Celtics and Magic had a fairly epic Eastern Conference Finals series lasting seven games in which the Magic eventually prevailed. The kicker? Neither Jameer Nelson nor Kevin Garnett suited up for a single game. The news swirled around how big of an impact the Garnett injury was the Celtics while Nelson’s generally fell by the wayside.
Why? Because they are obviously incomparable. Jameer Nelson, while a great player, was not Orlando’s best player like Kevin Garnett was for the Celtics. If you were to interchange Nelson with Hedo Turkoglu or Dwight Howard, I would entertain a conversation on the relative impact of their injuries.
Last year, after the Magic prevailed in seven games and given Stan Van Gundy’s proclivity to play the “No Respect” card, Van Gundy was appalled that no one gave the Magic any credit for beating the Celtics without Nelson- seriously, this guy feels slighted when people mistake him for Ron Jeremy rather than the other way around- but that is beside the point.
The point is the Orlando Magic are ready-made excuse makers, and today’s AP article on ESPN is their first crack at it: Lewis says he has viral infection.
I say, “Here we go again.”
The most telling quote from Lewis is the following:
“Regular season, I probably would have sat out,” Lewis said. “Not to make no excuses, it is the playoffs. You just got to go out there and give it 110 percent. It’s the playoffs. I’ve got to drag myself out there if anything.”
Did you catch that?
Don’t you love when people say thing they aren’t doing something when it’s the very thing they are doing. Not to make excuses…you mean aside from this one? It’s like saying, “No offense, but you’re an ass.” Of course they are meaning to be offensive!
As Zach would say: Game 5 starts in less than six hours…