Posted by Sekou Smith
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — With all this time off between their demolition of the Hawks in the conference semifinals and their date with either Cleveland or Boston in the Eastern Conference finals, the Orlando Magic had to do something.
So why not dinner and a movie with Superman himself, Dwight Howard?
It helps when Howard is starring in the movie, as he is in the basketball flick “Just Wright,” out this weekend.
Even Magic coach Stan Van Gundy joined in on the fun (above), which is as hilarious as anything. All these smiles and all this recreational fun and down time has overshadowed the fact that the Magic plowed through the competition this postseason in stunning fashion (8-0 and counting).
But let this be the first caution warning for the Magic and their faithful, including all 1.5 million (and counting) of Dwight’s Twitter followers, those that did and did not make the movie premiere.
Be careful with all this extra time.
The Cavaliers had a similar run through the conference semifinals last year before meeting up with the Magic in the conference finals and then struggled to match up, losing that series 4-2 despite having home court advantage.
The Cavaliers smashed the same team, the Hawks, in the conference semis last year, before coming apart against a much better and motivated Magic team in the next round.
The Magic will face a similar situation this time around, because they’ll be dealing with a much tougher and deeper Cavaliers or Celtics squad after destroying the Hawks in the conference semis.
Again, this is just a warning.
The Magic can’t rest on their rousing success in the recent past (below).
Not with so much at stake in the near future.