I'm a Lakers fan who is trying to figure out the Magic. And I just started posting here so if it is in the wrong place let me know & I'll delete it.
Ever since the Lakers lost to the Celtics last year the conventional wisdom on how to beat them is to "out physical" them. By that I mean an extra grab, push or forearm shiver, etc. (oh yeah plus the KG growl & Kendick Perkins scowl)
Obviously every team has to establish post position, battle for rebounds & loose balls. To me that is just being athletic. But every team the Lakers have met in this playoffs has tried to get extra physical with them.
- Utah - tried with Boozer & Milsap but Memet Okur was hurt
- Rockets - Artest tried to get physical with Kobe. Plus Scola cracked Odom on the head/face and grabbed his jersey trying to pull him down as he went to the hole. This is what preceded Fisher giving Scola the forearm that knocked him down and got Fisher suspended.
- Denver - Kenyon Martin shoved Gasol to his butt and out of bounds just like Martin did to Dirk when they played Dallas.
Of course Howard is incredibly athletic and can have some sharp elbows at times (as can Kobe). But who on the Magic besides Dwight is most likely to bring the physical play (like Boston, Rockets) on defense? Or will they just try to be smarter, faster and longer and more athletic?