Magic guard Darrell Armstrong, one of our NBA.commentators for NBA Playoffs 2001, answered questions from fans between Games 2 and 3. The Magic are down in the series 0-2 to the Bucks in the Eastern Conference first round.
How important is winning the first game in a best of five series? What
does the Orlando Magic need to do in order to beat the Bucks besides
just containing the BIG THREE?
Daytona Beach, Fla.
We need defensive rebounds, to try to get some easy baskets, and make sure we limit their second shots.
Hey Darrell, first of all your my favorite player. Second of all what
do you do during the offseason?
I've noticed that throughout the season, Tracy McGrady has been leading
the team in scoring almost all the time. Doesn't this pose a danger,
especially in the playoffs, since the opposition knows where the ball
will go most of the time? How do you guys adjust the plays, especially
when the defense turns up the heat on T-Mac?
Sometimes it can attract a lot of attention, but that's why myself, Bo
Outlaw, Mike Miller, Pat Garrity, all the guys, have got to step up and
make something happen and score baskets to take the pressure off of
Darrell you are a great leader on and off of the court. Who do you
think will be the difference in the rest of your games with the Bucks?
(We all know you can come through and win this series.)
Tracy's definitely one of the guys who is going to make a difference,
but myself, Mike Miller, Bo Outlaw, Pat Garrity, guys like that. It
could be Don Reid, it could be other guys who are going to step up and
make something happen for our team. That's what we need. We need
Hey Darrell, great season!! A lot of people see you as the heart of
this team, the guy who provides the energy. What do you plan to do to
get this team going?
I don't know what I plan to do yet. I just try to come out there and try
to push the ball back and play pressure defense. This time it's a little
different because we're playing Ray Allen. I don't get to put the
pressure up on the ball, but I've got to make sure that we have some
kind of energy. I don't know how, when or where we get it from, but we
are going to have energy, something to get the crowd into the game early
and keep them.
Who is the toughest point guard you were ever faced with?
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
All of them! Different point guards every night present different challenges and different strategies that you've got to plan for. With Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury, you know you've got to play defense.
But you've got to also keep them in front of you because they can get to
the basket. The point guard position is tough every night. There's
always somebody coming at you. That's good.