Orlando Magic (5-10) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (8-8)
Does anyone else remember that little thing that happened in Orlando last year?
You know the one about the franchise center who wanted out, then didn't, then did again and then finally got his way leaving a franchise in complete ruin in his wake?
Orlando is playing better than expected, sitting at 5-10. But it is clear the Magic are missing a guy like, say, Dwight Howard to truly lift them out of the basement. Orlando has to work extremely hard just to stay in games and outside a surprising win over Denver on opening night, none of Orlando's wins are entirely surprising -- Phoenix, Cleveland and two against Detroit.
The Lakers, meanwhile, have higher aspirations. With Howard joining Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol (and eventually Steve Nash), the puzzle is set it is just making the pieces fit. The Lakers got back to .500 on Friday with an impressive blowout performance against the Nuggets. It was all smi...