The Orlando Magic are in big trouble, down 3-1 to the Hawks and getting dependable production from only Dwight Howard. Can any of their trade deadline pickups from Phoenix bring anything to the table tonight to avoid elimination? Paging Mr. Turkoglu and Mr. Richardson: whattaya got? Even gunslinging Gilbert Arenas came through for 20 points in game 4 for the Magic.
Meanwhile, one has to think the Pacers have won their single token game and will bow out tonight, right? Lakers-Hornets game 5 goes back to LA, where the Lakers look to me to be in one of those situations (Kobe banged up, whispers about poor team chemistry) that will end up with them winning the next two games, and then everyone will forget they ever struggled. Nothing would make me happier than to be wrong about this.
Atlanta at Orlando, 4:30PM PDT, NBA TV. Hawks lead series 3-1
Indiana at Chicago, 5:00PM PDT, TNT. Bulls lead series 3-1
New Orleans at LA Lakers, 7:30PM PDT, TNT. Series tied 2-2