CSI Orlando: Investigating Why the Magic's Sweep Was Inevitable

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CSI Orlando: Investigating Why the Magic's Sweep Was Inevitable

Like many, I was confident the Magic would beat the Hawks in four or five games. Although Dwight Howard’s inability to move around on the court without tossing someone into the stands was a chink in the armor exposed in Round One, you just got the feeling the Hawks played right into Orlando's hands.

Of course, I didn’t predict that the Magic would spank the Hawks hard enough to leave a handprint four times in a row. But maybe I should have.

For those of us not from Orlando, this turned out to be one of the most unwatchable playoff series ever. Except for three quarters in Game Two and the second quarter of Game Four, the Hawks played with less heart than any playoff team I’ve ever seen. So on aggregate one game’s worth of effort. Eesh.

Kudos to Jamal Crawford for playing well after Game One in his first trip to the playoffs and to Al Horford for gamely attempting to handle Dwight “I’m secretly not a good guy” Howard. Unfortunately for the fans, it wasn't enough. Not even close.

Here’s five reasons we should have seen this coming...

This and other great basketball writing appears on www.HoopSpeak.com

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