What up, what up? Well, we went out and did all of the dirty work that we had to do to beat Charlotte last night. Those guys played us tough all season, so we knew that it wouldn’t be easy at all against them. We had them down like 19 in the regular season and pushed it to OT. So it’s not a surprise to us that those guys kept fighting to the end. It’s going to be a tough series, but I think we’re ready for that. We’re not overlooking anybody.
We knew that Charlotte was going to kinda junk up the game a lot. We had some troubles with Dwight and Vince in foul trouble, but I’d like to think that we showed everybody out there that we can win a lot of different ways.
You can take Dwight away from us and we can still win. VC can have a rough night and we can still win. Meer Meer can do some things, all our firepower off the bench can give us a lift, and I’ve been through a lot of those playoff wars.
I like to think that I play my best basketball in the playoffs. I know that was the case last season in the playoffs. I live for these moments and these big games. This is why you play in the NBA – to have that feeling in your stomach before the game, to make those big shots and to celebrate with your teammates afterward.
I feel like we didn’t even play our best game and we still won Game 1. We were up 22, kinda let the lead slip away a little, but we never got behind in the second half. So that gives us some relief knowing that we didn’t even play our best game and we still won.
We know that we have a special group here and we want to seize this chance to win a championship now. You don’t get too many chances like this with a team like this, and we want to do everything that we can now to get a title.
That’s why you can see that look in all the guys eyes right now. We are determined not to let anything stand in our way this season. We’re taking every opponent and every game serious, and bring our focus and intensity to every game.
Last night, you could just feel that intensity in the air. The crowd was loud, Dwight was blocking shots, Jameer was attacking the rim and we jumped on those guys from the start. We just have to keep that pressure on them all 48 minutes next time.
It’s a weird schedule being off for two more days before we play again. In some ways it’s good because you want your rest this time of year and you want to be able to study the film and really get to know what your opponents are going to do. But it also kind of hurts your rhythm somewhat too, but that’s OK because I got some shots up at the gym on Monday and got a lift in. And I’m sure we’ll kill each other at practice on Tuesday.
Be sure to get your playoff t-shirt that my fam created for me: http://pix.saynow.com/photos/34724886
Well, I’m gonna roll up outta here. GO MAGIC!!!