Intel: Sixers and Magic go deep

The Orlando-Philly series is tight because of odd happenings beyond the arc

Originally Published: April 28, 2009
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

It figured that 3-point shooting would play a pivotal role in the Orlando Magic-Philadelphia 76ers first-round matchup, what with the Magic having made more 3s than any team during the regular season and no team having shot worse from beyond the arc than the Sixers.

And so it has. Orlando's lopsided advantage from long range is precisely why the sixth-seeded 76ers are threatening to upset the heavily favored Magic.

Ric Bucher

NBA Reporter, ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer