If the Celtics end up beating the Orlando Magic in the next round, it might be because Orlando has no proven crunch time scorer. Vince Carter is their best option late in games, and the only thing he’s won in his career is the disdain of every basketball purist in the country.
Here’s a poll from the Orlando Sentinel about the Magic’s most trusted fourth-quarter performers:
In a close game, Orlando can no longer rely on Hedo Turkoglu to make plays and make good decisions. Now the ball will be in Vince Carter’s hands and I’m not sure that’s a good thing for Orlando.
Notice how Dwight Howard only got one vote? THAT is why he hasn’t been named MVP, Stan Van Gundy. It isn’t that the media is committed to giving Lebron James the trophy every season, it’s that Dwight can’t get it done in the clutch. He’s a fantastic player, but you can’t dump the ball down low to him when the going gets tough.
I don’t trust Dwight with the ball in crunch time, and I don’t trust it in any other Magician’s hands either. That’s a very good thing, especially when the Celtics have a few proven clutch scorers of their own.