The Orlando Magic have been eliminated from the playoffs, after a 115-96 loss to the Toronto Raptors on the road Tuesday night.
Hey, the better team won. You can’t debate a 4-1 series result with some of those victories well into double digits.
Orlando should be proud of their blue collar, down in the post, team of scrappers, which had no superstars and still scratched and clawed their way into the playoffs. They were under the radar and still garnered positive reviews from the national media.
First year coach, Steve Clifford, did a fine job. Nikola Vucevic put one of your jerseys back on the bench of an all star team, and there is nucleus here that is reason for optimism moving forward.
And they did better than the Los Angeles Lakers, who despite under performing and missing the NBA playoffs, are still the talk of the league.
That’s right. Depending on how much sports coverage you consume, the dysfunctional Lakers with the drama of Lebron’s potentially slipping legacy, a lost front office, and the absence of a head coach, are still grabbing the attention of NBA nation. It’s a shame really.
I’m happy we’re not like that, and you should be too.
While can’t compete with that media market, we can compete on the basketball court, and a return to the playoffs after a seven year absence reminded us of how great it is when we get there. How it stimulates downtown Orlando with full restaurants and clubs, and how it places us in the national spotlight on primetime.
And it places us there for the right reasons. We’re already looking forward to next season. Good work, guys.