Carter: ‘It’s a long series’

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Magic players weren’t exactly in panic mode today about being down 1-0 to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

“It’s a long series,” said Carter. “We’re trying to win every game. Every time we step on the floor we’re trying to win. I don’t believe in putting pressure on myself. We’re a veteran team, we’re a very capable team, and we know what needs to be done. I think putting pressure on yourself, sometimes you go out there and do things you don’t normally do. We want to get back to our brand of basketball and play that. Because we’ve seen it. We’ve accomplished so much by doing it, so we’ve got to stick to it.”


Carter said today’s Magic practice, which lasted a couple of hours, was no different than any other despite it taking place after Orlando’s first loss in six weeks.

“Like any other one,” said Carter. “You’re just getting prepared for the next game. The wonderful thing about this is you have film and shortly thereafter you get to go back at it and fix the problem. For us everybody was tuned it, which was great to see.”

The biggest thing the Magic need to figure out between now and tomorrow night is how to score. The Magic shot 42 percent in Game 1 and missed all nine three-pointers they took in the first half.

“We just want to get back to it, sharing the ball, make sure the open man gets the first shot,” said Carter. “The Boston defense is very stingy. So we just have to bring it.”

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