NBA Playoffs: Orlando Magic Sweep Hawks, Is a Finals Rematch Destined?

Robert Quinn@@RQuinn619Correspondent IMay 11, 2010

ATLANTA - MAY 10:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic dunks against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 10, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Orlando Magic have been absolutely dominant throughout the entire 2010 NBA Playoffs, becoming the third team in the past six seasons to sweep heir first two series' after sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round, and completing the sweep of the Atlanta Hawks tonight, defeating them 98-84. The fans in Atlanta were booing their favorite Joe Johnson, who only scored 14 points in the loss.

The Magic embarrassed the Hawks and sucked any remaining hope Atlanta fans had for a combeack, as the Magic beat them by an average of 25 points in each game en rout to their second consecutive trip to the NBA Conference Finals. Tonight, Atlanta did not have one lead.

The Magic's depth has been a reason for their 14 wins in a row, and the 28 victories out of the last 31 games played.

Against the Bobcats, All-Star Center, Dwight Howard was in constant foul trouble, however, that wasn't much of an issue considering the play of Jameer Nelson, who averaged 34 ppg during that series.

Against the Hawks on Monday, Howard completely outplayed Al Horford, requiring double teams for the majority of the game, leaving Vince Carter open to score 22 points. Rashard Lewis, who has been extremely overlooked this season, showed the skill and drive he played with in last year's playoffs.

Lewis scored 22 points, 12 from three-pointers, and Mickael Pietrus hit four threes, continuing to produce off the bench.

Where To Go From Here?

The Magic have an advantage over the Boston Celtics, but a series against the Cavs would offer more complex and difficult matchups.

Orlando is playing with hope, dedication, and will, to make another run at a title shot.

Whether the Lakers or Suns advance to the finals is up in the air, but the way Orlando has been playing on both offense and defense, their chances are great.


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