Orlando Magic Make Dallas Mavericks Look Second Rate: Battle of Second Bests

April 2nd, 2010 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
With the Orlando Magic and Dallas Mavericks each residing in second place in their respective conferences, the tilt between the Magic and Mavs is a good barometer to measure the playoff preparedness of each second seeded squad.

Which team is a serious threat to its conference’s king, and which is doomed to being second fiddle come the playoffs?

Whereas Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic answered the challenge with an impressive 97-82 victory in Dallas, the Mavs were soundly defeated on their home floor.

Among the reasons for the score was the play of each team’s franchise player.


Second to None

The more Dwight Howard plays, the better he becomes. If last year’s Defensive Player of the Year award was granted to Howard, it was strictly because of the media’s short attention span to Dwight’s ability to sell out defensively and block shots from the weak side, but now he has evolved into an almost complete defender.

While Howard still chases penetrations and commits one silly goaltend per game, he’s such an intimidating presence that opponents panic in the paint in fe ...

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