NBA Finals Notebook
Down 3-1, Orlando Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy Is Still Confident
Saturday, June 13, 2009
ORLANDO, June 12 -- The Orlando Magic suffered its second heartbreaking loss of this series, 99-91, in Game 4 on Thursday and trail the Los Angeles Lakers 3-1.
But Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy said he was confident that his team would rebound on Sunday night, given how it has responded to being down 3-2 against the Boston Celtics; against the heavily favored Cleveland Cavaliers; and following an overtime loss in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, when Courtney Lee missed two layups in the final 11 seconds of regulation.
"It gives me a lot of faith," Van Gundy said on Friday, "and I think that also the way these games have gone. It's not like we're in a situation where we feel like we can't play with the Lakers and don't have a chance to win or anything else. I think our confidence level will be high."
Orlando's decision not to foul Derek Fisher before he hit the game-tying three-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in regulation was questioned repeatedly, but there were several other instances when the Magic made blunders that cost the team the game -- most notably, its 17 turnovers and 15 missed free throws, the second-most ever in a Finals game.
"We had it, but just kind of slipped away because of our stupidness," said Hedo Turkoglu, a career 80.1 percent foul shooter who missed five free throws, including four in the fourth quarter.
Dwight Howard was responsible for seven turnovers and eight missed free throws, including two with Orlando leading by three with 11 seconds remaining to set up Fisher's heroics. He took the loss especially hard. "There's going to be games in our lives where we lose, where we have to bounce back," Howard said. "We still believe."