Magic’s Loss to Hornets Indicative of Orlando’s Achilles Heel

February 27th, 2010 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
For all the talk about the Magic deciding to bring in Vince Carter instead of retaining Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando should be talking about a much larger detriment to their route back to the NBA Finals.

If the Magic are going to get back to the Finals, it's not going to be because of Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis, or even Vince Carter. The Magic need to rely on Dwight Howard, and nearly 60 games into the season, this year's Magic team appears reluctant to accept this very blatant truth.

For proof, just look at what happened against the Hornets.

The Magic opened up an 18-point lead against the Hornets on Friday night, placing themselves on the gargantuan shoulders of Dwight Howard for most of the first half, as David West single-handedly kept the Hornets in the game.

In the second half, New Orleans coach Jeff Bower subbed out Emeka Okafor, the former UConn center who was selected immediately following Howard in the 2004 NBA draft, for Aaron Gray, a third-year, third-string center who had been scraping for minutes in Chicago since entering the league.

After slamming home seven dunks and throwing down 21 points on Okafor in slightl ...

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