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If you believe in the Orlando Magic, just clap your hands

Apr 6, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

“Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe. If you believe, clap your hands!”
—J.M. Barrie, from The Adventures of Peter Pan.

Apparently, the Orlando Magic work on the same principles as fictional fairies like Tinkerbell.

They’ll die if you don’t believe in them.

There’s plenty of cynicism around the Orlando Magic and their playoff chances. They are 2-3 in their last five games, including a loss to almost certain first-round opponent Atlanta.

But the Magic will be fine, the fans just have to believe, Dwight Howard told the Orlando Sentinel.

“We’re not perfect, we’re going to make mistakes, we’re going to miss shots, we’re going to make bad turnovers, bad decisions with the ball, but we just need everybody to believe in us,” Howard said. “We are going to continue to believe in ourselves and believe in each other, but we need our city to continue to believe in us.”

If you believe in the Magic, clap your hands!

Young Magic fans: When the Magic do stumble in the playoffs, know that it’s not your fault. It may be the midseason trades that didn’t provide much useful debt, especially at point guard (but did tie up future cap space). It might have something to do with inconsistent three point shooting. It might have something to do with teams being able to slow the Magic because they can single-cover Howard.

But keep right on clapping.

  1. phintasm - Apr 6, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Not a Magic fan, but I lived in Orlando when the Magic made their Finals run a few years ago. Let me just say this, it was amazing. The entire city was basketball-crazed, I’ve never seen anything like it.

    I realize that the author of this blog is a big Lakers fan, so he’ll never understand what it’s like to live in a city with one pro sports team that the city supports no matter what, but there’s a remarkable amount of cynicism in the above article. It’s pretty sad actually.

  2. starks3 - Apr 6, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    I’m not a Magic fan either, but I do believe they have a great shot. They only have to beat Bulls, who I’m still skeptical about, due their lack of a solid #2 Scorer. Then beat either Heat or Celtics which I feel with Howard Magic would be a tough out in Conf. Finals.

    • dankyb - Apr 6, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      the magic match up beter against the celtics this year because of the perkins trade so who knows what could happen. If Dwight gets hot for the series we could see another magic team in the finals

  3. jjstrokes - Apr 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Please don’t write any more articles about the Magic. No followers on ProBasketballTalk want to read your ridiculously biased articles. This is prolly acceptable on your Lakers blog but NBC Sports doesn’t need to be the FoxNews of sports journalism….. & FYI Bynum is the Dwight-stopper; Pau IS very soft for an NBA big.

    & thanks for deleting my previous comment,

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