ORLANDO, FLA. (AP) - The Orlando Magic haven’t been able to shake off their shooting woes in their first-round playoff matchup with the Atlanta Hawks.
Time to fix things is running out.
Orlando hosts Atlanta in Game 5 Tuesday night, trailing the best-of-seven series 3-1. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy says staying strong mentality looks like their only chance to stay alive against a Hawks team that hasn’t deviated from its game plan to contain Orlando’s shooters.
Orlando gets back starting guard Jason Richardson from a one-game suspension. Reserve Zaza Pachulia also returns for Atlanta, giving the Hawks one more big body to frustrate the Magic’s Dwight Howard.
History is not on the Magic’s side. Only eight teams in NBA history have ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit and win the series.
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