After last night, the Lakers are up 2-0 on the Magic and it looks like this series will be put out of its misery faster than anyone might have expected. This time, it took LA 53 minutes to dispose of Orlando, winning 101-96 in OT. Much is being made of Courtney Lee’s botched alley-oop at the end of regulation that would have given Orlando the win, but that wasn’t the problem.
No, Dwight Howard is the f-cking problem. In the last twelve minutes, Howard had three points, three turnovers, and was getting his ass handed to him by Pau Gasol on the other end of the floor. Howard seems totally cool with letting J.J. Reddick taking the big shots, maybe because he can’t seem to do it. If the Magic even the series at home, the effort will stem from a rejuvenated Rashard Lewis, who was 6-of-12 from 3-point range and finished with 34 points.
I never liked the nickname of “Superman” for Dwight Howard, especially since it originated with a glorified costume change at a dunking exhibition and not from something, uhh, that he actually did during a game. But it fits when you consider the weaknesses–Superman is gullible and lazy and always expects to get the calls in the paint. Yeah, that’s Dwight Howard. Can we give the title to the Lakers now?