The Magic’s season ends with a clank. Hawks advance, Magic go home.
Magic fans are rightfully angry, upset and confused right now. Their beloved Orlando Magic just lost a series against virtually the same Atlanta Hawks team that they swept just a season earlier. In the end though, Atlanta deserved this series and displayed a toughness level that the Magic just flat out didn’t have an answer for.
It’s easy to point your fingers at a lot of things that went wrong for Orlando in the series, and everyone and their mother will do so in the next day or two, but for every Hedo brick, Dwight technical foul, missed/bad foul calls there were Joe Johnson runners, Jamal Crawford 4/5 point plays or well timed Pachulia flops.
The Orlando media and Magic fans have all off-season to nickel and dime every decision that was made this season. You will read so much hatred for Otis Smith, Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas that it won’t even phase you any longer.
For tonight, just give credit where credit is due and congratulate the Hawks (don’t include Josh Smith). As much as it pains me to say it, they deserved it.
Atlanta 4 – Orlando 2. Season over. Goodnight.
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