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Uh oh…trouble in paradise. It looks like Dwight Howard agrees with me here, and rightfully so I say. The play calling for the Orlando Magic in Game 5 was atrocious. You’ve got a foul-prone Perkins (not to say he hasn’t defended Howard well) and a Celtics team that can’t shoot the ball into the ocean for the first two and a half quarters, so you stuff in down in the paint right? Nope. Not Gundy. Instead, you go to the air with Turkoglu firing up threes and give Alston and Lewis 31 FG attempts…as they shoot from outside. Orlando was 4 of 19 from their starting five shooting threes. I can understand if you are behind in a game and need to come back, but in this case, they had the lead, and didn’t need to dial up from long distance.
After the game, here’s what happened:
Dwight Howard waited for nearly an hour in the stunned silence of the losing locker room, thinking long and hard about the timing of calling out Stan Van Gundy’s failed policies.
Howard is watching the ball go everywhere but where it ought to: Into the hands of the Magic’s franchise center, its superstar.
Enough, Howard said.
Give me the ball.
“You’ve got a dominant player,” Howard pleaded late Tuesday night. “Let him be dominant.”
Stan, don’t listen to Howard, he’s speaking nonsense…or at least wait until the series is over. I love watching this play-calling!