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Where’s the “Dwight Howard for MVP” talk? After his performance against the Boston Celtics last night — 24 points, 21 rebounds, 4 blocks, and that vicious alley-oop over KG and Glen Davis to end the third quarter — Howard should be right there in the LeBron or D-Wade discussion. For their efforts against the Celtics last night, the Orlando Magic also clinched another Southeast Division title, not to mention gaining the current number two seed in the NBA Playoffs. Of course, the seedings could change between now and the end of the season, but if the playoff started today, the Magic would be the two-seed and Celtics would be third.

LeBron and company have a firm grip on the Eastern Conference number one, leading both the Celtics and the Magic by five games with about 11 or so games remaining in the regular season.

Nevertheless, isn’t it about time Howard was mentioned more prominently in the MVP discussion? Considering the fact that the Magic haven’t missed much of a beat since Jameer Nelson went down, how can he not be?