It was great to see the Magic back in the Finals this year ...
But if there was any doubt who the better team was, the Lakers dispelled all doubts in Game 5, stepping on the Magic's throats with some excellent defensive play in the second quarter and never looking back.
I could go on and on about the Magic failures in the series, but what's the point. It's over. Time to to move forward.
Plain and simple, the Lakers were the smarter, more disciplined team.
I was hoping for so much more, but from the coach on down, the Magic made too many mistakes and dumb decisions vs. the Lakers.
Which stinks because even with a great player like Dwight Howard manning the middle, you never really know when/if they'll be back. You need to take advantage of your chances while you got them. The Eastern Conference has some formidable teams to deal with such as the Celtics, who probably have a couple of years left in the tank with Garnett, Allen and Pierce. And, of course, there's the LeBrons, who will certainly fill the holes they discovered after their loss to the Magic in Eastern Conference Finals.
Without a doubt, Dwight Howard needs to hone his offensive game. The Lakers took advantage a great hitch of Howard's as he continually brought the ball down to his waist, allowing smaller players to swipe at the ball. This led to a boatload of turnovers for the big man during the series. He could do worse than to watch how the Lakers' Pau Gasol manages his offense.
Anyhow, that's enough Magic talk for awhile. Looks like I'll have to wait a little longer to end my championship winless streak.