Is The First Round Just A Formality? Jameer Nelson Thinks So

See You In the First Round (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

"I'll see you in the second round,"

That was reportedly what Jameer Nelson told Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose minutes after the Magic's 102-99 loss to the Bulls on Sunday. There is just one problem with that, the Magic face the Atlanta Hawks in the first round. The same Hawks that have beaten them 3-1 in the regular season series. Does that mean anything to Orlando? Apparently not. Should it?

If you watched Atlanta play in Indiana and Washington over the weekend then you probably agree with Nelson. However, for a team like the Hawks that at times lacks motivation, Nelson's comments couldn't have come at a better time. If going to the playoffs weren't motivation enough maybe the complete dismissal by the Magic will be sufficient. Who can really blame Orlando, after all it was at the hands of the Magic that Atlanta was humiliated in the second round last year. Over the weekend Orlando lost a tough nail biter to Chicago, Atlanta lost by 30 points to Washington. However, if the Hawks 3-1 record against the Magic doesn't count come playoff time then neither does this past weekend. 

See you in the first round Jameer. Go Hawks!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Peachtree Hoops

You must be a member of Peachtree Hoops to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Peachtree Hoops. You should read them.

Join Peachtree Hoops

You must be a member of Peachtree Hoops to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Peachtree Hoops. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker