In one of the more entertaining games of the Orlando Magic season the Magic defeated the Heat 104-98 in overtime.
Dwight Howard blocked out all of the trade talk (more on that later) to wreck Miami’s front line with 24 points and 25 rebounds. Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 25 points and multiple clutch baskets in the second half.
The Heat trio of LeBron, Wade, and Bosh were stellar but fell short on multiple attempts to tie the game in the OT period. Wade (28 points) did hit a game tying three late in the fourth but missed the game winner at the end of regulation with the shot going in and out. LeBron nearly triple doubled with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists but shot just 7-20 and committed 6 turnovers.
Ordinarily more game coverage would be inserted here but pressing matters await.
The win gave the Magic their 3rd straight and their second over the vaunted Heat this season. Not so incidentally, the wins have come against 3 of the top 4 teams in the Eastern conference (Chicago, Indiana, and Miami) with the Magic being the final team to complete the quartet (#3 to be exact).
So the question that was on everybody’s mind was what do the Magic do now? The answer was laid out in the Dwight Howard presser after the game.
Here are some of tidbits as accounted by Hoopsworld:
“I told these guys what I’ve been telling them for the past two or three weeks now, I want to stay and finish the season. I told them I feel we’ve got a great opportunity to win and I told them that I want to be here and I want to bring a championship here and I told them they’ve got to give me that chance. They didn’t trade me at the beginning of the season and I told them I was going to go out and play as hard as I can every night to put our team in a position to win. We’re third in the East, we’re playing great basketball. I told them, I don’t want to see that slip away so we’ve got to take chance and I think we have a great chance of surprising a lot of people and winning.”
The Orlando Magic have been painted into one hell of a corner. With the haunting memories of Shaquille O’neal’s departure the Magic are being forced fed to stay the course and keep Howard in uniform through the remainder of the season. Or are they?
Many and I mean many (including myself) believe Howard is posturing to a large degree. The thinking is he wants to finish out the season so that a trade to New Jersey does not happen which would likely gut many key pieces needed for the Nets to be competitive immediately. If that is the case as it likely is theJan the Magic have to ship Howard out of town to the highest bidder.
This game has gone on long enough and Howard is desperately trying to not look like a villain before he heads to Gotham next season. For the record Dwight isn’t a bad guy at all and from a business standpoint his desires are not wrong. Unfortunately, there is no right way to go about this but he might be getting more respect if he had stuck to his original demand of wanting to be traded no matter what.
Orlando the clock is ticking on your future because your present sees his future somewhere else.
Do not repeat mistakes of the past.
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Written by Warren Shaw
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