After their loss to the Denver Nuggets Tuesday night (their fifth in the last six games), Dwight Howard once again voiced his displeasure with the performance of his teammates.
“We’ve got to play defense, that’s it,” Howard said at his locker. “It’s got to be everybody. Our wings got to do a better job not allowing their man just to get to the rim every play. It puts a lot of pressure on the bigs. It’s hard for the big guys to really help like we want when a guy takes one dribble and he’s at the rim. It’s very tough. I like blocking shots, but if a guy is one dribble in and the ball’s up, and I’m over on the other side, I can’t fly over there. I don’t have a cape in real life.”
Asked if the problems on defense stem from a lack of intensity or whether guys are just a second late, Howard responded, “I just said you can’t be a second late when a guy’s taking one dribble and he’s at the rim. That has nothing to do with being a second late. We [the bigs] can’t help on that.”
Stan Van Gundy also called the performance a “lack of effort, lack of toughness, lack of any desire to defend anybody.”
It is obvious the Magic have several problems and unfortunately for the Magic and their fans, I don’t think the solutions to some of these problems are on the current rosters.
It has become clear the Magic have to make a move to right the ship because their current team is not a legitimate championship contender.
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