I'm chalking it up to adapting to Stan Van Gundy's offense philosophy, but this once dynamic scorer (see: 2010 Playoffs) has apparently shut down.
This is a guy who outscored Stoudemire regularly in the post-season, dropping 42 against Portland in game 3 (and averaged at least 20ppg). He hit shots, drove, spent a lot of time on the free throw line.
It's not like he got old overnight. He just turned 30, so he should still be riding the tail end of his prime productivity. What is going on here? I expected him to put on a clinic matched up with Ray Allen today, and he has been a virtual no show.
As exciting as it is to see Dwight Howard absolutely destroying Boston in the post, I can't help but remember there has been a pretty stable inverse relationship between Howard scoring big and the Magic winning. The man-child needs some help and when he doesn't get it the team suffers.
Is this a result of SVG's perimeter strategy? Does he not know what to do with himself in this system? Did we not trade for him and Arenas to provide us with some instant offense? Of course, Arenas is a whole other issue, but, I mean, WTF?