Dwight Howard and the Magic Crashing the Lakers/Cavs Finals Party

One of the topics I hit on for my show Friday overnight was that the Nuggets and Magic could be standing in the way of the much-hyped Lakers/Cavs showdown in the NBA Finals. With the Lakers taking Game 3 in Denver, it appears as if they have control of the series. But with the Magic going up 2-1 and home for Game 4, it appears as if they could upset the top-seeded Cavs. While I’m just an outsider looking in on things with nothing at stake, Dwight Howard is letting people know what it’s like to be the leader of a team that’s serving the role of “fly in the ointment.” From Dwight’s blog via FanHouse:

I told ya’ll the other day that we find it really disrespectful that everybody seems to be pulling for LeBron and Kobe to get to the Finals. Every time I look at TV, it seems like that’s all anybody is talking about. It’s like nobody is even giving us a shot at winning this series and we’ve used it as motivation.

We’re up 2-to-1 and we have a long way to go vs. the Cavs, but hopefully we can mess up those plans of getting Cleveland and L.A. in the Finals. If the lil’ ol’ Magic make it, what will they say then?

If the Magic do pull out the series it would be especially impressive considering it’s not just the talking heads they’ve had to deal with; the refs and the league office are doing what they can to keep the “lil’ ol’ Magic” from winning. They didn’t suspend Kendrick Perkins for his elbow on Pietrus, and they call ridiculous fouls on Dwight (see all the fouls called on him in Game 1 and the horrendous sixth foul in Game 3). As Dwight’s said before, the Magic are out to prove how good they are and they’re doing a fine job of it. And to think, they could be doing all of this even with the wrong coach!

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  • Gene

    Stop whining about the calls. Howard is fouling people all of the time because he needs to go sit on the bench to digest his pregame meal from Mickey D’s.

    Howard has had all of the Cavs, with the exception of LeBron, totally intimidated. Nobody but LeBron will drive on him. He has reduced them to a jump shooting team, and that is why the Magic is up 2-1 and on the verge of taking total control of the series. I thought a most revealing statistic of game one was that Howard had zero blocks. At first glance, it appears to be a negative for him. However, upon reflection, one would realize that the Cavs didn’t really drive on him and therefore he had few opportunities to block shots. That’s intimidation.

    Dwight would also create mismatches and problems for either the Lakers or Nuggets. Orlando’s beating Boston was everyone’s worst nightmare.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    That foul called on Dwight when he blocked LeBron from behind was total bullcrap. He got all ball on that. In Game 1 he was standing straight up and got called for fouls against LeBron too. The replays show everything.

  • Jeff J

    Orlando reminds me of the 1994-1996 Rockets, when Hakeem ruled the paint.