NBA Playoffs 2012: Complete Guide to Beating the Orlando Magic

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NBA Playoffs 2012: Complete Guide to Beating the Orlando Magic
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Daniel Orton

After Wednesday night's Orlando Magic victory against the dismal Charlotte Bobcats, the Eastern Conference playoff picture has officially been set. The sixth-seeded Magic, owners of a 37-28 record after the aforementioned win, will be forced to battle the Indiana Pacers to advance to the second round.

While the Magic have not been terrible in Dwight Howard's absence, as the team has a 4-7 overall record without the dominant behemoth, the team lacks the defensive presence and consistent double-double threat that Howard brought to the table.

But the organization is no doubt susceptible to a first-round exit. The Indiana Pacers are quite the formidable opponent. Their depth, length and unselfishness will test a Howard-less Orlando's limits.

So, how can the Indiana Pacers, or any playoff team for that matter, beat the Orlando Magic in a seven-game series? The subsequent slides will present and examine a guide on how a franchise can avoid a disappointing oust by the Magic.

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