Insider Intel: Too hard to handle

The Magic exposed some major flaws in Game 1 that won't be easy for Boston to fix

Originally Published: May 5, 2009
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.

Yes, the Celtics should be applauded for a remarkable near comeback in Game 1 against the Magic. But let's not forget that the Magic were up by 28 points early in the third quarter in the midst of a dominating, brilliant effort. Then they became complacent, stopped listening to their coach and went away from the things that built their big lead. And that may end up having been the best possible scenario for Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy.

John Carroll

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John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.