Sunday, May 30, 2010

Why the Orlando Magic lost

On paper, this team has what it takes to beat everyone. Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis. You have J.J. Reddick, Gortat, Pietrus off an incredibly deep bench. Most other teams are just 6 or 7 players deep. Boston is deeper than most and that probably negated the Magic's advantage there.

But the biggest failure was the Magic's desire and heart. Although there was plenty to be found in Howard and Nelson, the rest just didn't have it. In particular Lewis and Carter shot the ball terribly, didn't play hustle defense, and just weren't aggressive and show that desire to win at all cost. These two guys are singled out because they are slashers who can get to the foul line, they have talent and skills, and they have huge contracts.

I don't know if these guys can change their attitude, they haven't in the many years they've been in the league. Orlando needs to bring in someone with that desire to win. I wonder if we can make any moves this off-season with the huge free agents in the market. Perhaps a sign and trade to bring in Dwayne Wade?