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Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic are undefeated in the 2010 NBA Playoffs. They are the only team to boast such a record. For some reason, however, one of the louder responses has to do with the quality of their competition. Granted, the Charlotte Bobcats, nor the Atlanta Hawks were/are going to win the NBA Championship. Nevertheless, both of these teams had above .500 records, something not true about Cleveland’s opening-round opponent, the Chicago Bulls, who finished the season 41-41.

How much stock you put into that depends on how much stock you put into transitive properties in sports.

Whatever you think of the Magic’s chances of getting representing the of Eastern Conference in the Finals, it’s hard to deny how impressive the Magic have looked against the Atlanta Hawks — and that’s not even considering the 43-point Game 1 debacle. In Game 2, the Hawks actually competed. It didn’t matter. As indicated, the Magic unfurled a can of highlight reel-worthy basketball against the Hawks in Game 2; led, quite naturally, by their man-child Dwight Howard.

Howard finished the night with 29 points and 17 rebounds and two nasty alley-oop dunks.

Bonus: He was also 13-18 from the free throw line. Also, Dwight wasn’t the only Magic to get in on the fun. Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter had huge games (20 and 24 points, respectively) and good highlights as well.

And Nelson:


The question is, are the Magic’s collection of talent good enough to make them the favorite to win the Larry O’Brien trophy? As of today, it’s hard to see any other team — including Kobe’s Lakers — beating the Magic four times in seven games.