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Playoffs Mailbox: Pat Garrity

You watch the games, you see the scores, but how do you really know what's going on in the NBA Playoffs 2003? has infiltrated the action with the ultimate insiders -- the players themselves. We're giving you an exclusive look at the postseason with a roster of player mailboxes.

Pat Garrity is Orlando's three-point marksman, shooting 40 percent from downtown during the regular season.

Pat answered your second round of questions on Friday, May 2:

Q: As game 6 approaches, and you try to close out this series, do you think the team is ready to make that next step into the playoffs? Also with McGrady seeing those constant double teams is it possible for players like yourself, Armstrong, Giricek to find the open spots on the floor so you can knock down open shots?
-- LaDarius (Chicago)

Garrity: Yeah, I think we're ready to make the next step, but we can't think ahead. We've got to finish these guys off.

Q: How do you think the game 5 performance of the Pistons will affect the play of the players and Doc Rivers' game plan?
-- Steve (Livonia, Mich.)

Garrity: I think our Game 5 performance is going to force us to come out with a ton more focus. I don't think we're going to do anything different strategically, just come with the kind of effort we did in Games 3 and 4.

Q: What is it like playing for my cousin Mark Hughes?
-- D'Andre (Muskegon, Mich.)

Garrity: Mark Hughes is a great coach because of how positive he is. He's got a lot of experience from coaching in the CBA, and he brings a lot of positivity to this team.

Pat answered your first round of questions on Wednesday, April 30:

Q: What is the secret to shooting three-pointers?
-- Mark (Vero Beach, Fla.)

Garrity: Thereís no secret, itís a lot of practice. The first thing is youíd have to master the fundamentals of a good shot, and then after you get the good fundamentals down itís just repetition.

Q: I have heard many people say that closing a series is the hardest thing to do. How are you preparing for the next game in Detroit?
-- David (Orlando, Fla.)

Garrity: In the playoffs you get the time to focus on one team, strengths and weaknesses of everyone and tendencies and plays. Itís going to be a war because they play terrific at home, and they have the kind of support that we have here, you know itís loud there, they get fired up, so we have to be ready for a physical war.

Q: Who do you guys fear the most in the East?
-- Rob (Manchester, England)

Garrity: I donít think we fear any team in the East.

Q: How does it feel coming off the bench since the trade?
-- Joal (Manila, Philippines.)

Garrity: Itís a new role, so obviously itís an adjustment any time you have to change, but I like it. I like coming in with Darrell and being a guy thatís counted on to provide energy.

Q: What is your perspective on the Magic seeming to gain a sense of determination and team work that wasnít there prior to the trade?
-- Todd (Cocoa, Fla.)

Garrity: I think itís been nothing but positive for our team. We have two young, hungry players who provide energy, provide passion, and I think anytime you get that and get guys that play hard, itís a positive for your team.