WDBO Sports Director Scott Anez has seen, or listened to, every Orlando Magic game ever played! A local boy who graduated from Lake Brantley High School and UCF, Scott began his career by covering the Magic's inaugural season in 1989 and he is known as the Voice of the Magic Fan in Orlando. This is Scott's 18th season hosting AM 580 WDBO's Inside Magic, the highest rated sports talk show in Orlando. He also serves as Broadcast Host for the Orlando Magic Radio Network. Scott shares his unique take on what's happening at Two Magic Place and beyond with ANEZ SEZ. Read more of Scott's previous blogs at the Anez Sez archive or at http://580wdbo.com.
Posted by Scott Anez, Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 8:30 AM
Will The Magic Win The Title?
I had an interesting question on Inside Magic on Monday night...
"Scott, can this Magic team win the championship this year?"
My response? This team certainly has the talent to win a title. But, the Magic have to get better in a number of areas...
...They have to cut down on the turnovers.
...They must get more consistency out of the point guard spot.
...They have to get more consistency out of Hedo.
...They must be more consistent defensively.
...They must do a much better job of helping out Dwight on the glass.
...They have to get more, a whole lot more, from Gilbert Arenas off the bench.
Can they right all those wrongs in the final 14 games of the regular season? Can this team flip the switch come playoff time?
History would tell you that is gonna be a tall order.
Then again...Look at last year's Boston Celtics. They went 27-27 in their final 54 regular season games. They finished where the Magic are likely gonna end up this year--fourth in the East. Yet, when the playoffs commenced, that Celtic team caught fire, played their best basketball of the season and ended up one win shy of the title.
I recall, at this time of the season last year, I was convinced that the Orlando Magic would capture the crown.
They bulldozed their way through the second half of the season. They would sweep away the Bobcats and the Hawks in the first two rounds of the playoffs--only to be bumped by resurgent Boston in the Eastern Finals.
Cut to a year later, and, as you ready between the lines, I am not as convinced about this team's capability of winning a title.
I don't know if there's any team in the NBA playoff picture that's more of an enigma than the Orlando Magic.
Do the Magic have the ability to go all the way? Absolutely.
Could the Magic be bounced from the first round? Absolutely.
This team is very much a mystery right now.
After the mega-trades on December 18, I think we were all stunned by the nine-game win streak that followed. I don't think any of us expected that the new look would click as quickly as it did.
However, since the streak ended and the honeymoon period of the trade subsided, this Magic team has recorded a nondescript 17-14 record in its last 31 games.
At times, they've looked like world beaters.
At others, this team has looked like the world is weighing it down.
Can this team win the title?
Will this team win the title?
Anez Sez is solely the opinion of Scott Anez and does not reflect the views of the Orlando Magic or the NBA.
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