Can the Magic survive with Vince Carter playing like this?
Ever since he missed two free throws near the end of Game 2, Carter has been nearly worthless for the Magic. Game 4 was a debacle as he missed 8 of 9 shots and finished with 3 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 3 turnovers and 4 fouls. Orlando was fortunate to win anyway, but it's hard to imagine the Magic overcoming their 3-1 series deficit unless Carter does what he was signed to do -- score a lot of points, make big shots and not gag under pressure. Game 5: Celtics at Magic, 8:30 p.m.
Have the Magic regained their confidence?
After losing two straight at home, then getting crushed in Game 3, Orlando looked like a beaten team. To their credit, the Magic fought hard in Game 4 and forced a return to Amway Arena. But do they really think they can beat the Celtics three more times? Even in victory, they looked out of sync on offense and far from the dominant team that swept through the first two rounds. But who knows? A win in Game 5 gives them real momentum and starts putting pressure on Boston. Game 5: Celtics at Magic, 8:30 p.m.
Which point guard will assert his will?
He pushed the ball in transition and relentlessly knifed into the lane, creating layups for himself or easy shots for teammates. Who does that describe? For most of the series, Rajon Rondo. But in Game 4, Jameer Nelson was the more aggressive point guard, producing 23 points and nine assists, while Rondo was unusually passive (9 points, 8 assists). Rondo has been so integral to Boston's playoff success that he shouldn't start deferring to the Big Three now. Game 5: Celtics at Magic, 8:30 p.m.
Was Dwight Howard's domination a one-game thing?
Finally, Orlando's Superman made a major impact on both ends of the court in Game 4, finishing with 32 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. He did it not by demanding the ball in post-up situations, but by attacking the offensive glass and taking advantage of penetration by his teammates, dunking lob passes from Jameer Nelson and others. Howard is at his best when he's avoiding foul trouble and staying active. He's at his worst when he's forcing the issue and getting frustrated. Game 5: Celtics at Magic, 8:30 p.m.
Will the Big Three finish the job?
The main reason the Celtics have been so successful on the road this season is the experience and mental toughness of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. They may be getting older, but they don't get flustered by hostile crowds. If anything, they seem to relish the opportunity to quiet fans. And so far, they've thrived in these situations. A win tonight would be their fifth straight road victory, all in Cleveland and Orlando. Game 5: Celtics at Magic, 8:30 p.m.