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News » Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-03-02


Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-03-02


Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-03-02
The battle of Supermen is coming.

When the Magic return to action Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns, there is sure to be another game being waged, even if it goes unspoken.

Dwight Howard, current Magic center, has taken the nickname of Superman, based on his All-Star performance at the Slam Dunk competition last season and his dominance today.

Shaquille O'Neal, past Magic center now in a Phoenix uniform, once held that same moniker, and he isn't pleased that Howard has stolen his thunder. O'Neal still has that Superman tattoo on his biceps, but Howard is the one whom everyone else recognizes in today's game.

O'Neal isn't what he once was -- the most dominant center in basketball -- and the fact that Howard now has taken his throne is tough for him to handle.

At last month's All-Star Game, O'Neal played well against Howard, even making a pass through Howard's legs just to show him another trick.

Howard, more than 10 years younger, is expected to make a point of showing O'Neal who the boss is today.

O'Neal still makes his offseason home in Orlando, but he is merely a shell of the player he once was -- outside of his 45-point effort Friday against Toronto. When he played for the Lakers, he often came back and destroyed the Magic. It hasn't been the same in Phoenix, or even in Miami when he helped the Heat win an NBA title.

MAGIC 106, 76ERS 100: Even without Dwight Howard, the Magic still can dominate a game. It just doesn't come as easily. With Howard in foul trouble throughout the night, the Magic staged a late-game rally to throttle the 76ers on Saturday night, relying heavily on their second-best weapon -- the 3-point shot.

The Magic hit five of seven 3-point shots in the fourth quarter to carry them to victory. They scored 30 points in the fourth period. Howard finished with just 12 points and eight rebounds, but Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis each had 23 points.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 2, 2009

 

 
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