Originally written November 03, 2011 on Orlando Magic Daily:
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Note: since there is no basketball, and we were supposed to have games, we will imagine there were games. With the help of AccuScore, Strat-o-Matic and Basketball Prospectus, we can imagine an NBA season even if there is not one actually going on. So with that, we begin to imagine the 2011-12 season. One thing is certain after one game. The Magic need Dwight Howard on the floor. Without him, the Magic are good, but not great. What is good? Maybe it is not playoff good. Dwight Howard struggled with foul trouble all game and never could find his rhythm. Playing the sporadic offense from Charlotte helped keep the score close, but it was clear how much the team needed Howard to keep going. Corey Maggette had 27-point out pouring, helping spur an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter that gave Charlotte a quick 12-point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Bobcats held off the typical late-game heroice of Jason Richardson, his three with 18 seconds left pulled Orlando with...
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