They're Missing That "Magic" Touch

Luis OrtizContributor INovember 14, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07:  Rashard Lewis #9 of the Orlando Magic shoots a jumper in Game Two of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on June 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 101-96.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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After the win against the winless New Jersey Nets Dwight Howard expressed his excitement of getting PF Rashard Lewis back in the roster after serving a 10 game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.

Where is that 8-0 preseason team that was explosive at the beginning blowing teams out by 20-30 points a night. 

The defending Eastern Conference Champions Orlando Magic have not been playing like the defending champs as of late, Defensively it has been nothing to be excited about losing badly to the Oklahoma Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

I thought adding these new faces were the completion of the Championship puzzle but instead it's making G.M Otis Smith look like he made some mistake's. They are running up and down the court making mistake's left and right and just not with the same hustle from a year ago, Dan Patrick asked Dwight Howard why he should place the Magic in his playoff predictions and Howard answered with " cause we hungry" well where is that hunger?

Rashard Lewis makes his season debut at home against the Charlotte Bobcats adding another player to the roster that a week ago was short having players on the court most of the game cause of the injuries to Carter, Anderson and the suspended Lewis.

Lewis back on the roster will bring a veteran with great leadership and can put this team back at the same caliber from a season ago getting the chemistry up again and everyone back on the same page.

Stan Van Gundy needs to make sure his team is not throwing up more three's then they are getting rebounds cause it's hurting them and the defense is what he need's to step up on in practice.