They watched themselves on video and didn't like how they behaved. They weren't running hard. They weren't playing smart.
"We're usually the team that's out running, getting easy baskets -- they were doing it," said Magic center
There can be no chicken-or-egg rationale when the Magic enter Game 2 here Tuesday following the 92-88 opening win by the Celtics. After going 5-for-22 from beyond the arc, do they need to shoot threes at a better rate in order to open the paint for Howard? The answer: Yes.
Doesn't Howard also need to score inside to force double teams that create space for Orlando's three-point shooters? Another yes.
"They made a real concerted effort to stay home, to take that away," said Orlando coach
"We have to execute the pick-and-roll, get to the rim. Dwight has to roll, get the ball to him. Make the defense collapse."
Following their upset of
They drew strength from watching
Perkins has his own formula against Howard. "You have to hit him first, hit him second," said Perkins. "You just got to hit him. You have to go in there and play physical with him, try to limit his dunks. Anytime he has a chance to dunk, you want to wrap him up, send him to the foul line."
The Magic know what they're up against. Now they have to raise their play inside and out.