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The strength of the first 10 games w/o Lewis

Will missing Rashard Lewis for the first 10 games hurt the Magic?  Sure.  But how much?

 

Over the first 10 games, Orlando faces (in order)

6th seed - Philly

non-playoff - New Jersey

non-playoff - Toronto

8th seed - Detroit

non-playoff - Phoenix

8th seed - Detroit

non-playoff - Oklahoma City

non-playoff - Charlotte

1st seed - Cleveland

non-playoff - New Jersey

Of the games against the playoff teams on that list, three of the four are at home, the lone exception being one game against 8th seeded Detroit.  This isnt exactly a murderer's row of opponents.  Orlando should be the favorite in every single one of these games even without Lewis, with the possible exception of the Cleveland game.

I'm by no means saying that the Magic will start off 9-1 (though I wouldn't be shocked if they do) but I only believe that the "favorite" has changed for one and only one of these games.  The media is out there saying that the Magic will probably lose their opportunity at the #1 and #2 seeds in the east because of Rashard's suspension.  I just don't see it - I really don't believe that the Magic's record after these 10 games will be more than 1 game different than what it would be if Lewis were playing.  

This FanPost was made by a member of the Orlando Pinstriped Post community, and is to be treated as the opinions and views of its author, not that of the blogger or blog community as a whole.

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