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Hedo Turkoglu’s Decline has Hurt Magic

It was only two years ago when the Orlando Magic had reached the NBA Finals before deciding they had done enough for the season and laid down at the hands of the Lakers. That team had a lethal combination of the most dominant big man in the game, and a slew of shooters knocking down threes from the outside. Though the three-point shooting style of the Magic made them a frustrating team from game-to-game because their performance fluctuated, they were a talented bunch who went far in the postseason. The team’s run to the Finals seemed to signify they were bound to be a consistent force in the Eastern Conference for the next several years, but that all ended quickly.

Hedo Turkoglu, who fit in perfectly with their offense as a 6’10″ forward who could run the point and shoot threes, decided to leave in free agency. The Magic made it to the Eastern Conference Finals without him last season, but they were outclassed by the Celtics falling behind 3-0 before losing in six. Turkoglu meanwhile flopped harder than a Duke player in March during his only season in Toronto, forced a trade to Phoenix, and then he was dealt to Orlando in a blockbuster deal that also involved Jason Richardson.

What we’ve come to learn is that teams that need to overhaul their roster midseason are already in poor shape so making huge trades likely won’t be enough. What we’ve also learned is that the Magic fell behind the Bulls and Heat who both improved drastically over the offseason. Most importantly, we’ve learned that Hedo Turkoglu isn’t half as effective as he was two seasons ago, and the Magic are paying the price.

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Chris Paul Interview Video – I’d Hit my Momma on the Court

Postgame interviews can be quite entertaining — just ask Kevin Garnett — but rarely do they generate not one, but TWO headline-worthy stories. After leading the Hornets to a Game 4 victory over the Lakers on Easter Sunday, Chris Paul spoke with Cheryl Miller and not only did he say he’d treat his mother like the enemy on the court, but he also dropped a “pause.” Check it out:

And if you don’t understand the whole “pause” reference, read this.

Mike D’Antoni Questions Rajon Rondo’s Greatness without Garnett, Pierce, Allen

There are a lot of Boston Celtics fans who are laughing at Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni now that Boston swept New York out of the playoffs. The Celtics were already up 3-0 in the series when D’Antoni questioned Rajon Rondo’s brilliance prior to Game 4 Sunday, making him look even worse since Rondo had a good game to knock them out.

Rondo was coming off a triple double against the Knicks in Game 3 racking up 20 assists when D’Antoni made his remark.

“I’d like to see him play in Minnesota and see how he does,” D’Antoni said. “Rondo is a very good basketball player – really good. But if you look at their team and you have to say, ‘What can we take away? What do we have to give them and play the odds?’ You have to give him his shot and you have to try to close up the middle on him and that’s kind of how we did it. We think that’s the best way to go. Nothing might work because they’re that good. He’s a very good basketball player, there’s no doubt about it.”

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Mark Cuban Left Rose Garden Early During Portland’s Comeback

There are few owners in sports who love their team more than Mark Cuban, so it’s safe to say losses by the Dallas Mavericks sting him more than the average fan. Apparently Saturday’s Game 4 loss in which the Mavericks blew a 23-point lead and lost to Brandon Roy and the Blazers became unwatchable for Cubes.

The Dallas Morning News reports Cuban left his bench-area seat in the final minute of Game 4 in Portland and went to the Mavericks’ locker room. Brandon Roy had just hit the go-ahead shot to make it 84-82, completing Portland’s comeback. Cuban apparently watched Jason Kidd and Jason Terry missed three pointers from the locker room.

To many people Cuban comes across as a spoiled rich kid who likes to pick fights with rival players and owners. With the amount of passion he has, I’m not surprised he had to essentially “turn the TV off” during the comeback. Like so many other Mavericks fans have said, they’ve seen this movie far too many times in the past. Or maybe Cuban just wanted to avoid being pelted by flying objects.

Kevin Garnett: I Need to Drug Test Our Coach

The Boston Celtics swept the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs and coach Doc Rivers was acting pretty giddy afterwards. It was an uncomfortable sight for Kevin Garnett who joked to Lisa Salters afterwards that maybe a drug test was needed. Check out this hilarious video clip courtesy of Ben Golliver:

That interview was pretty darn funny, but it’s actually pretty tame for Garnett if you compare it to this and this. Keep in mind Doc, the road only gets tougher. It’s not time to celebrate yet.

Brandon Roy Puts on a Show in Portland’s Comeback Win Over Dallas

Just when we thought Brandon Roy’s playing ability was disintegrating because of multiple knee injuries, he goes out on puts on one of the best comebacks we’ve seen. The Portland Trail Blazers were down by 23 in the third quarter, 18 to start the fourth, yet they outscored the Dallas Mavericks 35-15 to win Game 4 at the Rose Garden 84-82. Roy, who complained about his role following Game 2 in Dallas, was the biggest reason why they charged back for the win.

In the final six minutes of the game, Brandon Roy went 6-for-6 from the field and made a free throw on a four-point play. He had 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter while handing out four of his five assists in the final period. In all, Roy went 9-for-12 from the field and 4-for-5 at the line.

After the game, coach Nate McMillan said “Brandon doesn’t talk much but you could see it in his eyes. He was going to control this game.”

Portland GM Rich Cho told Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge “”That’s the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen.” And Roy even admitted “It still just doesn’t feel real yet.”

The series may only be tied 2-2 and Dallas still could win it, but the magical experience of watching the show Brandon Roy put on will never go away. He is not the same player he once was, but at least for a quarter he showed us he’s still the franchise player for the Blazers.

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Chris Bosh and Adrienne Williams Got Married? Bosh Denies it

Did Chris Bosh sneak one past everybody and get married to girlfriend Adrienne Williams earlier this month? It appears that way. TMZ obtained a marriage license from Dade County, Florida that shows Bosh and Williams got married on April 9th. Here’s the license:

When asked about the TMZ report earlier Saturday, Bosh said he and Williams had not yet been married. I’m sure he just wanted to keep everything quiet, but sorry Chris, court documents don’t lie.

Fist pound to Jocks and Stiletto Jill for the story.

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