ORLANDO — The Orlando Magic realize they are the favorites in this Eastern Conference finals series with the Celtics and are supremely confident they can advance to the NBA Finals if they executed as they have during the first two playoff rounds.
The Magic swept Charlotte and Atlanta, beating the Hawks by an average of 25 points. And while they expect the Boston series to be much more competitive, they expect to win.
“They’re playing great basketball right now,” center Dwight Howard said. “They’re playing with a lot of confidence. And I think for us if we want to win the series, we have to do all the things we did in the first two series. And if we do that, we should win. We should win this series, but we all have to believe that and we have to understand that it’s not going to be easy.
“If we come out and play the way we played in the first two series, we should win this one.”
Howard shot a mind-boggling 84 percent against the Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals after being bogged down with fouls most of the Charlotte series.