Place: Springfield, Massachusetts
Date: August 14, 2030



Ten thoughts from a Game 4 that featured the impossible -- several Magic players actually make eye contact with Stan Van Gundy during the pregame speech. Should have known the Celtics were in trouble at that point.



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In the aftermath of a wasted opportunity to close out the Orlando Magic at home, the Celtics expressed regret at their poor execution and their inability to match the Magic's energy at the start of the game. But panic? No. "There's no need to panic," Ray Allen said. "We like the position we're in. It's just always a lesson, in humility." 

 

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Paul Pierce took responsibility for the final play of regulation that resulted in no shot for the Celtics and allowed the Magic to survive to overtime, where they outlasted the Celtics for a 96-92 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

 

With the game tied, 86-86, Pierce had the ball in his hands and was supposed to run a play that called for a pick and roll with Ray Allen but Pierce never got the ball to Allen and Jameer Nelson knocked it away and as time expired.

 

Dwight Howard had 32 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks and Jameer Nelson added 23 points as the Orlando Magic beat the Celtics, 96-92, in overtime Monday night at TD Garden to force Game 5 Wednesday night in Orlando. 

 

The Celtics tied the game on a Paul Pierce three-point play with one minute, 16 seconds left in regulation. Pierce led the Celtics with 32 points and 11 rebounds in nearly 47 minutes of play while Ray Allen kept the Celtics alive late by hitting five of his seven 3-point attempts to finish with 22.  

 

Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau has become the frontrunner for the New Orleans Hornets' head coaching position.

 

According to the report, the Hornets are moving closer to "formulating" an offer to Thibodeau, who is also believed to be on a short list for the head-coaching job with the New Jersey Nets.  

 

Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said anyone who thought the Celtics were holding back during the regular season just because they won only 50 games is terribly mistaken. 

 

After watching his team get blown out in Game 3 and on the brink of a four-game sweep at the hands of the Celtics, Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said before Monday's Game 4 he is anxious to see how his team handles the pressure.

 

"I think the question will come, whether it's early or later, whenever you get hit, that's when the question comes, especially when you're in a situation where you're down," Van Gundy said.