[Belated] Thoughts On The End Of The Dwightmare

I read articles before, particularly during Orlando’s days when they were struggling, about how they (sports journalists) would just wish Dwight Howard would stop smiling.

To them it read as if his constant smiling and paling around with his teammates was a sign of weakness, especially considering the time they weren’t going to go further into the playoffs as they should again.

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Howard Controls Himself, Orlando Wins

I harbor no illusions that Orlando can win 4 straight. All Boston really needs to do is to win one, just one. They can win one by virtue of playing well, or by Orlando playing badly, or by chance, by any way possible, and it’d still be a win that’d take them to the Finals.

Any way you look at it, the chances that Orlando can consistently play well while Boston plays as poorly as it did today (which isn’t even that poorly, just below their usual standards), isn’t very high.

But today, Orlando played well enough to make the game interesting, so I’m going to concentrate on looking at just this game, and not the series.

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It’s not so much how I got it wrong. I don’t mind calling it wrong, that’s what happens when you make a guess. You give it your best try, and if you fail it’s ok. No one can predict the future and the best thing you can do is survey the field and make your best bet.

At least that’s how I justify getting it wrong when I called Orlando the team to beat. I call things wrong dozens of times, heck I even thought Erap wasn’t going to make a good showing in the last elections (he was a distant 2nd). But I don’t mind making mistakes since that was my best guess at the time I made it.

But this?

Who’d have guessed this?

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Magic Dismantle Bobcats 92-77, Lead Series

You gotta hand it to Orlando’s tried and tested ‘dump the ball to Howard then pass it to perimeter shooters if he gets double – teamed‘ play. It nearly got them a Championship and now it’s proving to be effective even with personnel changes a year later.The question is though, is whether it can withstand Dwight Howard‘s volcanic temperament.

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