After sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round, the Orlando seems to have found their magic yet again this post season. Sure the Magic have been one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference over the last few years, but Dwight Howard’s foul troubles in the first round brought out the awaiting skeptics.
Tuesday night those skeptics were silenced as the Orlando Magic dismantled the Atlanta Hawks on the way to a 43 point victory. Howard was on, and seemingly unstoppable in what looked more like an Orlando highlight reel than a playoff game. Not only did Dwight rarely miss (80% from the field), he dominated the boards and the paint. Howard finished with 12 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.
If the Magic’s performance last night isn’t enough to place them as the favorite in the Eastern Conference playoffs, throw in a little nagging elbow injury to LeBron James and the Magic have to be considered the biggest threat in the East at the moment. Five games in and they haven’t faltered, nobody else in the NBA Playoffs can say that.
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