Orlando-Detroit Game Three: the Magic Return to Their Kingdom

Philip T BooseyContributor IMay 7, 2008

After losing badly in game one and a poor call that led to another loss in game two, Dwight Howard and the Magic have come back to Orlando for games three and four.

This is a good thing for the Magic and its fans.

In the first round of the playoffs against the Toronto Raptors, the Magic won all three home games. Also when playing at home versus playing on the road the Magic have an easier time making fast-break points and three-pointers.

It is yet to be seen if the Magic will have this type of success against the Pistons.  Detroit's defense has been very good, and the shift in location shouldn't change much for the playoff-tested team.

To win at home like they did in the first round, the Magic need to do what they do best—play good man-to-man and team defense.  They also need to shoot better.

With the Pistons locking down Dwight, Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis are even more important to the Magic's offense. As TNT Sports' Charles Barkley stated, Tayshaun Prince, the Pistons' best one-on-one defender, can't defend both Hedo and Rashard.

So whomever Prince isn't defending needs to step up as a scorer and play maker. This is usually the job of Hedo, but Rashard is more than capable of doing so.

In game three I expect the Magic to start strong, maybe hitting a few three-point shots. But after the excitement of being at home and in the second round wears off, I expect to see more of what we saw in the first two games.

The Magic need to start both halves strong and play good defense to stand a chance in this game.