It turned out that Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu were just too much for the depleted Celtics as the Magic now advance to the Eastern Conference finals to face Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Howard scored 12 points and had 16 rebounds for Stan Van Gundy and the Magic as Turkoglu led the offensive charge with 25 points and 12 assists.
Ray Allen finally found his shooting touch in Game 7, after having his stroke mysteriously leave him for the first six games of the series. Allen scored 23 points as Pierce added 16 of his own but it wasn’t enough for Doc Rivers and the C’s.
Looking back on the series, the Boston Celtics should have never been able to matchup with the explosive Magic. But through nit and grit, the C’s clawed their way to a Game 7 at the Garden before their legs ran out and the wind stopped leading their sail as the Celtics ship came to port on Sunday.
Without Kevin Garnett the Celtics were 0-2 on the season against the Magic, however, in the playoffs they were 3-4, one win away from taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics couldn’t control the high-flying Magic in Game 7 as Orlando shot 66.7 percent from the field in the fourth quarter to seal the deal in Boston.
With the season now over, the Celtics will look to re-sign Glen Davis, Leon Powe, and Eddie House. More importantly, the C’s will look to get healthy in time for the 2009-2010 campaign as the careers of Garnett, Pierce, and Allen may be soon reaching their twilights.
Thank you for a memorable season Boston, you are still champions in my book.