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All-Star Break Report: The Orlando Magic
Posted By Warren Shaw On Feb 17 2011 @ 8:50 am In Orlando Magic | No Comments
Time is of the essence in Orlando. The Magic head into the break with a record of 36-21 good for 4th place in the Eastern Conference. The excuse of not having enough time to gel has since passed and this Orlando Magic team needs to realize its full potential. The schedule in terms of competition is a little more favorable with only 11 of the 25 remaining games against opponents with records currently at 500 or better after the break. Couple that with a few more days off for practice in the last 3rd of the season and the Magic should be at their peak going into the playoffs.
Orlando has a chance to have one of the better records after the All-Star break and finish strong. I am talking like 20-5 strong! Tempering expectations slightly a record of 17-8 is probably more realistic. That sort of finish would put the team at 53-29 going into the playoffs and more than likely finishing exactly where they are currently, 4th in the Eastern Conference. They would ideally have home court advantage against their pseudo rivals, the Atlanta Hawks, in the first round. The Hawks would prove troublesome but Orlando should be able to best them in 6 games. Beyond that, barring a trade to bring Howard help or lights out shooting from 3 point range, the Magic would be hard pressed to survive a 2nd round match-up with either Boston or Miami. The Magic are saying all the right things in terms of talking about championship aspirations and all that but this team has a lot more gelling to do before those aspirations can become reality.
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