Forget the Cleveland Cavaliers: Orlando Magic Will Make Finals REVISITED

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IMay 25, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 24:  Dwight Howard #12 and Rashard Lewis #9 of the Orlando Magic rebound the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the the Amway Arena on May 24, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. 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 Elsa/Getty Images)

Less than a week ago, I wrote an article discussing how and why the Orlando Magic would make it to the NBA Finals instead of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Since we are now in the midst of the Eastern Conference Finals series, I have decided to revisit the article and spark some debate!

While reading the 60 comments posted in the article, I received tons of people arguing that the Cavaliers were more focused than ever and on a mission to win the NBA Finals. Others spoke their opinion on how the Magic were not mentally tough enough to beat the Cavs in a seven game series.

So for those people that did comment on my last article and did speak their mind about the Cleveland Cavaliers, I have one question to ask you ; what do you have to say now?

In a series that should have been swept, but luckily was not for Cleveland fans, are now looking at their team down two games to one and going back into Orlando for Game Four.

The Cavaliers are clearly not the team that they were throughout the entire season and they obviously do not have the ability to prevent the Magic from winning this series.

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LeBron James has scored close to 50 percent of his team's total points throughout the three games thus far and is getting absolutely no help from his teammates while doing so.

Mo Williams, Big Z, and Delonte West are the only other players on the team averaging double figures in scoring, but they have not come up big for the Cavaliers in any way whatsoever.

The Cavaliers have had an extremely difficult time stopping Magic forwards Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis from having their way on the court.

Along with them, Mickael Pietrus has provided an ample amount of production off of the bench, and the Cavs have found absolutely no answer for Orlando's trey ball.

But the biggest influence has been D-Howard who has absolutely obliterated the Cavaliers in the paint (21.3 PPG) and has been a beast on the boards (13.3 RPG).

Turk is averaging 16.3 PPG, 8.3 APG, 6.0 RPG, shooting 42.9 percent from the three-point line and 90.0 percent from the charity stripe.

Shard is dropping 20.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, shooting 55.6 percent from the field and a magnificent 60.0 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

Pietrus is putting up 13.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, shooting 54.2 percent from field goal range, 38.5 percent from the three-point area, and 88.9 percent from the free-throw line.

I said it before the series even began and I will say it again, the Orlando Magic are a better overall team then the Cleveland Cavaliers. They are tougher, smarter, and more determined to make it to the NBA Finals.

Throughout the entire season, all the hype was on LeBron James and his top-ranked team in the NBA and how they would make it all the way to the NBA Finals.

During that time, the Magic just focused on winning games and preparing themselves physically and mentally for playoff time.

Since the playoffs have started, the Magic have surprised fans and the media throughout the entire NBA world, but not me. I knew how good this team was and I knew that if they gave it their utmost performance, they were not going to be stopped by any team, especially the Cavaliers.

Bleacher Creatures have continued to bash the Magic for their play and never even attempt to give them any credit. It puzzles me how a person can honestly talk bad about the Magic when they have done nothing but win games during the playoffs.

Nearly every analyst agreed that Orlando would not even pass Boston in the second round of the playoffs. When they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, NBA analysts argued how Cleveland was the better team and how they would never lose this series, but look at Orlando now; overcoming diversity and professional predictions, they are on their way to the NBA Finals in less than a week.

I believe in Magic, you should too!