Dwight Howard Shows Imitation is the Best Form of Flattery

Gabriel TaylorAnalyst IMay 31, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 30: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic dunks the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 30, 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 Doug Benc/Getty Images)

After playing some of the best basketball in NBA playoff history, LeBron James left many with the difficult task of looking for words to describe his performance in Games One through Five of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Magnificent, great, unstoppable, powerful, and dominating just wouldn’t work.

Dwight Howard decided to pay LeBron James the ultimate compliment by playing an indescribable game himself as the Orlando Magic advanced to the NBA Finals with a 103-90 win in Game Six.  

Howard made sure this game was over quickly with 21 huge points in the first half, finishing with 40 points and 14 rebounds.

Magic fans, nervous (some might say frightened) of a potential Doomsday...er Game Seven in Cleveland can exhale and enjoy their first trip to the Finals since 1995.

Tired of searching for superlatives to describe The King, Howard took the game in his own hands and showed the world that he has arrived.

Meanwhile, James was going 2-for-8 from the three-point line with his worst game of the series occurring when the Cavaliers needed his best effort. He finished with 25 points; many of those after the Magic were ahead by a considerable margin.

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James told reporters in a press conference after Game Five that he felt no pressure heading into an elimination game on the road.

James said “Pressure? I’ve never been a big believer in pressure. I don’t feel pressure, I don’t believe in it…”

Uh…right.

With respect to the Monkees:

Then he saw its (pressure) face, now he’s a believer!

James should now be a believer in the invisible forces that have doomed Cleveland over and over in various sports the last 21 years. The 45 years since the last Cleveland pro sports championship, feels like an eternity.

If the best lead by example, James did a great job of teaching Dwight Howard how to take over a game and putting the Magic on the brink of a NBA championship.

The Magic dominated an entire series that wasn’t nearly as close as its 4-2 result.

James failed to find the one-on-one opportunities he had in the first five games as Stan Van Gundy doubled James and forced other Cavaliers to try to beat the Magic.

Undoubtedly dejected, James left Amway Arena without speaking to reporters.

Probably a smart move as James doesn't need the opportunity to create team division by blaming his coach or his teammates for refusing to aid the King in claiming his crown.

Somewhere in Nike’s Puppetville, Reebok’s ghosts of Dan vs. Dave are laughing unmercifully at the plight of the Cavaliers.

Orlando excitedly heads to the NBA Finals to face the Los Angeles Lakers, having dispatched the NBA’s MVP and the team with the best record during the regular season.

Kobe Bryant awaits the Magic, eager to avenge last year’s Finals defeat and prove to the world that he doesn’t need Shaquille O’Neal.