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Poll: Predict The Impact Player At Point Guard

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It's no secret that the guard play for the Orlando Magic has been bad in the NBA Finals, so far. The Los Angeles Lakers have been able to exploit that fact by creating foul trouble on offense and drawing more attention to Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, and Hedo Turkoglu on defense, for example. Needless to say, if the Magic want any chance at coming back in the series against the Lakers, someone that is a guard on the Orlando roster needs to step his game up and contribute.

It starts with the floor generals.

Will it be Rafer Alston? Alston has been the classic Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde player for the Magic throughout the postseason. There will be games where Alston plays great and there will be games where he plays horrible. There doesn't seem to be much of a middle ground with Alston. Orlando has been able to get away with that bipolar play against the 76ers, the Celtics, and the Cavaliers, but not against the Lakers.

Will it be Jameer Nelson? It's evident that Nelson is not 100% in any sense of the imagination. Nelson is only effective in short bursts, at this moment in time, and even then that doesn't eschew the fact he's been a bit of a liability defensively. It is what it is. Nevertheless, Nelson can provide some things offensively and that may be a trade-off the Magic need to live with, considering the circumstances.

Will it be Anthony Johnson? Johnson hasn't seen any court time in the series against Los Angeles, but that may change in Game 3 since Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy is running out of options at point guard (or maybe not). Johnson hasn't filled up the stat sheet with veracity in the playoffs, but he's been a calm and steady force when he plays. Given the stakes, that may be what the doctor ordered for the Magic.