NBA Playoffs 2012 Predictions: Orlando Magic and Teams That Will Flop

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2012

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The 2012 NBA playoffs will feature some very exciting contests. That being said, some opening-round matchups will be less than stellar.

Some teams simply don't have what it takes to make a deep postseason run, while others are up against a team that's far more talented than them. 

Whether they've lost a key player or simply don't stand a chance, there are a few playoff teams who can only wish they were considered a contender. 

With that said, here are three teams that will flop in the 2012 NBA playoffs. 


Orlando Magic 

With Dwight Howard out, the Magic have no shot at success in the postseason. It truly is a bummer, but injuries are a part of the game and teams have to learn to cope. 

Howard's injury came at the worst time of the year, but Orlando continues to fight.

However, having won only four games in the month of April, it's clear that the Magic are doomed to fail in the playoffs. 

They should remain the No. 6 seed, which means they'll likely square off against the streaking Indiana Pacers, who are 8-2 in their last 10 games. 


Memphis Grizzlies 

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 15:  (L-R) Marc Gasol #33, Zach Randolph #50, O.J. Mayo #32 and Tony Allen #9 of the Memphis Grizzlies before play against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May
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The Grizzlies surprised everybody last year when they shocked the world by beating the No. 1 seed, the San Antonio Spurs, in the first round. 

This season, Memphis has a better seed. The team is on a great hot-streak, which should help their momentum. 

Unfortunately, the Grizzlies are likely to face the Los Angeles Clippers, who they only beat once this season. 

Memphis is a dangerous sleeper team that will make some noise in the first round. However, many are expecting too much from the Grizzlies, and they will fail to live up to it all. 


New York Knicks 

The Knicks are more than likely going to face the Miami Heat or possibly the Chicago Bulls in the first round. 

New York has talent capable of doing big things. However, against either one of those teams, the Knicks will struggle to win over a lengthy series. 

Carmelo Anthony is essentially all the Knicks have right now, but he won't be able to get the job done all by himself. 

New York will put up a good fight to start with. However, once the Knicks lose multiple games, they'll lose sight of their goals and the higher seeded team will walk all over them like last year. 


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