Dwight Howard Needs To Be Like Shaq

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IMay 11, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 24:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic walks to the bench for a timeout during Game Three against the Philadelphia 76ers of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Wachovia Center on April 24, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers won 96-94.  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 Zelevansky/Getty Images)

"How could this have happened?"

"A last-second shot by Glen Davis and that is the game?"

"You have got be kidding me."

That is what all of Orlando was saying to themselves last night.

Paul Pierce passed the ball (something amazing by itself), but Glen Davis being the recipient? Plain old fantasy world.

If you are a Boston Celtics fan, right now you have got it made. You are tied in a series for the second straight round, and after seeing your team do it before there is no reason to think they will not do it again.

It is almost like they are a great team one game and only a mediocre team the next. The problem is, the Magic may only be a "good" team, which forces them to play their best every time to get a win against Boston.

Well, they should not feel too bad about losing this one because despite shooting 18 percent from beyond the arc (their money spot) and just 40 percent overall, they were still in this game until the last second.

In fact, they were more than in it. They had it.

They were up by one with only 11 seconds remaining and, despite a woeful shooting night, had pulled together on defense and kept the game tight.

That is, until "Big Baby" came out of nowhere and shocked the world.

So, where do we go from here, Orlando? What is it that the NBA followers can expect?

Perhaps a blowout loss? Maybe to see Hedo Turkoglu cave under the pressure even more than he has been already? Or could we see what we saw in games one and three?

Dwight Howard at his best, blocking shots, making driving lanes smaller, and making Glen Davis obsolete.

That is what this is, folks. It is Dwight Howard or bust, and the sad thing is he did everything he could in order to win this game, dropping 23 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocked shots.

Any other game or opponent, and that is a Magic win, right?

Maybe. But we need more. They need more.

Dwight Howard needs to realize his potential this week. He needs to find his inner Michael Jordan, zen, or trick up his sleeve.

This is the year. This is the series.

Is Superman ready to dominate a dominant team? As long as Kevin Garnett is not around, I do not see why not.

It is as simple as it gets: Howard needs to be a beast inside.

He has to drive fear into Glen Davis and Kendrick Perkins.

He has to be like Shaq.


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