It might've been Stan Van Gundy. It might've been Rafer Alston. It could've been Turkoglu and Redick realizing they were ice cold. Whatever it was, it worked.
Dwight Howard was the man-child again. Superman put on his cape and came to the rescue. 23 points and 22 rebounds for the big man.
He, along with everyone else on the Orlando Magic, have been criticized heavily by fans and writers across the country throughout this series. At times, it appeared they had lost their identity as a team in their own minds, but last night they got back to basics.
There was a point at the beginning of the second half when Orlando didn't get a field goal until seven minutes were left in the third quarter. Redick and Turkoglu had started the game something like a combined 1-13 from the field. It was obvious what had to happen.
Then it did.
If you choose to, you can continue to criticize Howard's offensive game. The stat line is pretty, but most of the points came on dunks or at the free throw line. He doesn't have a go-to move that works in the post yet other than the dunk, but with size like that, he doesn't really need one.
Now, don't get me wrong, a go-to move would make him unstoppable. But, how bad is he now? Would you take 23 points and 22 rebounds on your team? Would you think he's soft? Would you pick another big man instead of him?
Not me. I will stick by Howard and continue hoping the rest of the Orlando squad does the same and realizes that if you are going to go down, at least go down while riding your superstar's shoulders. After all, he's Superman.
Here's to Game 7.