By Matthew Curtis | Enzian Theater May 14, 2008 at 11:14AM
Stick a fork in 'em--they're toast. The Orlando Magic ended their season Tuesday night with an ugly barrage of turnovers and missed free throws, losing in the second round of the playoffs in 5 games to the way-more- experienced Detroit Pistons. And boy did it show! Despite winning the rebounding, 3-point shooting, and field-goal percentage battles (usually a sure sign of victory), their ridiculous 21 turnovers (to a record only 3 for Detroit) and 57% foul shooting (compared to the Pistons' 88%) spelled their doom. As hard as it was to watch, including a nearly 10 minute stretch in the 3rd and 4th quarters where the Magic didn't have one stinking basket, they kept battling back and once again sent the game down to the wire. But it was their inability to execute and make a big play in the waning seconds that cost them 3 of their 4 losses. Hopefully they'll grow from this experience and maybe even have a legit (and healthy) power forward to add to the mix next year.
Now let's all pray that Boston and LA don't meet up in the finals, because if they do I'll have no one to root for. I can't stand either of those franchises, so please--somebody pull off an upset. In the meantime, I think there's a baseball season that's underway and my beloved Twins are surprisingly in 1st place in the suddenly mediocre AL Central. I know...it's early, and the cream will likely rise to the top eventually (I'm thinking Cleveland, not Detroit at this point). But they're in it and that's all I can ask after losing Johan and Torii.