Playoff time, can you believe it? It's been one crazy NBA season so far, can't wait to see what the Playoffs bring!
Magic (52-30, No. 4 seed)
Hawks (44-38, No. 5 seed)
This season, The Hawks took the series 3-1 and, not to take away from the Hawks, but the Magic were in the middle of fighting some issues including sickness, injuries and the "blockbuster" trade!
“I think our guys have been waiting for this for a while,” Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy said. “If we’re healthy and play at a good energy level and play to our potential, we can beat anybody.”
Basically, the Hawks are the same team that the Magic swept out of the playoffs last season. Yes, they've made a few changes including a new coach, but the Magic have changed a bit, too... and for the better! Last season, Woodson's Hawks were no match for Dwight Howard and a stellar team who recorded the largest victory margin in a four-game sweep in NBA playoff history, winning the series by a total of 101 points. The Hawks lost all four contests in the set by an average of over 25 points, and the closest they ever came in the series was a 98-84 setback in Game 4. Now with Larry Drew on board and both teams taking a step back this season, Atlanta gets a chance for revenge in the East quarterfinals this time. However, MVP-worthy Dwight Howard has something to do about that and with the passion he has been showing this year, he's ready! If he stays out of foul trouble and plays with his natural tenacity, Orlando has this in the bag. Yes, Horford will have to be tamed but with Ryan Anderson pushing ahead and Bass as back-up, that should not be a problem.
This Saturday at 7 p.m., when the tip off to the series begins, we will see who is ready. “We just want to dominate, starting Saturday,” Howard said. “It’s time for us to step up and play better basketball.”
I say the Magic take it in 5! Who do you have in this Round 1 matchup? Why?