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Why It's Time to Dismiss Dwight Howard's Orlando Magic as Contenders

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Why It's Time to Dismiss Dwight Howard's Orlando Magic as Contenders
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After tonight’s win on the road against the Miami Heat (an impressive feat), Orlando fans will be quick to name their team as a major contender for the NBA title in 2011.  They wouldn’t be wrong to have at least a glimmer of hope—Orlando has built on their 2009 NBA Finals squad with a few crafty trades and on paper, appear to have a shot at the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2011. However, several issues stand in the way of Orlando being recognized as a legitimate playoff threat.

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