The Orlando Magic are preparing for the playoffs.
“We can’t be satisfied just getting to the playoffs at this point, with what we went through last year. To have a taste of the championship, you want to win it. It’s what we’re playing for. We’re not one of those teams that are happy all year and let’s celebrate just because we made the playoffs. We’re one of the teams that want to win it all, to have a legit chance, you know,” says Nelson.
When asked if he pays attention to the standings or potential matchups, Howard shakes his head. “I couldn’t tell you our record if you asked me,” he says before getting serious. “The only thing we’re worried about is winning a championship, that’s the only goal we have. We fell short last year and we want to get back to the Promised Land.”
Alex Kennedy has that story here.
Brian Schmitz says that officials are looking for reasons to give Dwight Howard technical fouls.
“He slammed the ball down, but it happened about six times in the game,’’ Van Gundy said. “There was no complaint to an official. Players do it when they get frustrated. He got one last week that should have been a delay (of game warning). They are just looking to give him a technical. It’s just guys wanting to give techs.’’
You can read that story here.
Sebastian Pruiti takes a look at the threat of Dwight Howard.
As I said at the start of the post, this is what makes the Magic so dangerous. You have a very, very, very good big man in Dwight Howard that teams need to pay attention to. Then you have 4 guys who can knock down an outside shot, and that forces the defense to make a decision. Who are they going to leave to double Dwight. Here, they picked Rashard Lewis and ended up paying for it.
You can find that story (and pictures) here.
Skip Bayless has some sympathy for Dwight Howard.
Said Bayless: “No, they are not. And you have answered the question and that’s what I believe. And on this point alone, I do have some sympathy for young Dwight Howard. He’s become a victim of expectations generated by that massive physique and his incredible jump out of the gym leaping ability. He thinks refs allow people to beat on him down low, which pretty much they do because he hasn’t earned his respect… He’s a volcano now waiting to errupt and it’s a little scary.”
Shannon Owens has that story here.