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Posted By Warren Shaw On Mar 24 2011 @ 12:46 am In Orlando Magic | No Comments
The Magic seem to be finding what they have been lacking for the better part of the season, and that’s consistency. Since the loss to the Lakers on March 14, Orlando has reeled off 4 straight victories capped by the 111-99 washout of the New York Knicks this evening. Dwight Howard bullied the “little” big men of New York, scoring 33 points and snatching 11 rebounds. He even hit 11-13 from the free throw line. It is almost mundane to talk about his dominance, especially over a team like the Knicks who are cascading down the Eastern Conference standings.
The bigger and much brighter picture here is the play of Howard’s supporting cast. Here are a few quick keys to the team’s recent success:
There is no telling if Orlando will keep this mentality to finish out the season. They are almost assuredly the number 4 seed with no real chance of moving up or down and would face the Atlanta Hawks in the playoffs, who also are pretty much locked into their slot. Orlando has a finger nail slim chance of getting to the 3rd seed if Miami/Boston decide to mail in the rest of their games but that is far from realistic. So complacency knowing that they are theoretically stuck at 4 could easily seep into the Magic’s mindset. However, a team that has been to the Eastern Conference finals 3 straight seasons should know the importance of playing their best and most consistent basketball going into the playoffs. New Jersey is next on Friday night.
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