After Dwight Howard chased a Boston fast break in the first half and was rewarded for his effort when Rajon Rondo layed the ball up in Howard's wheelhouse for him to easily wipe away, you had to raise an eyebrow thinking the Magic had not only a chance to win Game 5 but also seize some momentum and possibly win the series.
Rondo has done little wrong in the playoffs, but there he was scraping himself up off the floor time and again in Game 5 appearing vexed by the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. There's no doubt Rondo has to trigger the clinching win for Boston and hasn't been able to make it work in the past two games. Selfishly, I'm glad since now we'll have a raucous Game 6 in Boston.
Hopefully, the refs take on a lower profile in Game 6, although the lingering effects of the hair-trigger T's dished out in Game 5 will continue to make them part of the story. The NBA in the 90's was rolling on the floor laughing at what passes for a physical playoff game last night. My goodness.
After the jump, more links of interest on the Pacers point guard situation, reaction from Orlando and Boston along with reaction from Memphis on Zach Randolph.
PACERS: Roster report: Point guard
Bruno looks into the unsettled point guard position for the Pacers, as once again, it appears the team's starter to end the season won't be around to start the next season.
The Pacers Need a Point Guard
Austin Burton ponders the Pacers' options for shoring up the point guard position.
Celtics losing their edge
Bob Ryan makes Celtics' fans think about the unthinkable -- blowing a 3-0 series lead.
Orlando Magic 113, Boston Celtics 92
Ben Q. Rock breaks down the Magic taking down the Celtics and building a little momentum heading into Game 6.
Wade questions Bulls' loyalty
Dwyane Wade jump started the intrigue around this summer's free agent frenzy with some not-so-pleasant comments about his hometown team.
Memphis Grizzlies' Zach Randolph linked to Indianapolis drug probe
David Williams reports on the Z-Bo report with reaction, or lack thereof, from the Grizzlies.
Zach Randolph Implicated in Indiana Drug Bust
My Fox Memphis reacts to the Z-Bo report out of Indy.
Zach Randolph Implicated in Drug Bust -- NBA FanHouse
Matt Moore offers a solid take on Z-Bo's involvement in the local drug investigation.