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Rashard Lewis: Can he bounce back?

Clearly, Rashard Lewis not playing well was a key reason the Magic fell short in this series. I understand he had a bad viral infection but even so, his production this year was down significantly. Since joining the Magic, his PPG has gone from 22.1 in his last year in Seattle (though he played just 60 games) to 14.1 PPG this season. I don't see many games since I live in Connecticut, but from what I've seen, he seems to have gotten less aggressive with each passing year on the Magic. I feel like he has talents that just aren't being utilized. Most notably his ability to post up which I know he did a lot more of in Seattle. It was good to see him make some nice post moves on Pierce late in Game 5 but can he do that against bigger defenders? There were definitely some positive signs in terms of crashing the boards late in this series as well. He pulled in eight rebounds in game six. I know he gets criticized for not being a true PF because he can't rebound or score down low but obviously part of the reason he doesn't score down low or rebound is because that's not his role. He is basically inept at getting offensive rebounds since he plays out on the perimeter. Anyway, I just think it's really important to get better production out of Rashard. After all, we are "stuck" with him for three more years, barring some team that wants to take on his massive contract. Also, I was curious as to whether or not anyone thinks the performance-enhancing supplements he used had a big impact on his level of success. One would seem to think so with the superb post-season he had last year and the lack of production this year.

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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