Doc B -- one person never guards lebron. but the teams that do the best on him crowd him at the 3-point line, and force him to drive into tall shotblockers. That's how the Magic play defense anyways, they're exceptionally good at it, and Howard is the best shot-blocker there is.
I don't think Varejao can guard Lewis either, while Courtney Lee and Rafer Alston can definitely make life difficult for Mo and Delonte. I think this is the worst matchup in the league for the Cavs. LeBron will shut down whomever he's guarding, for sure, but whether it's Hedo or Rashard, the other one will go off. The Cavs don't have one post defender nearly as big or skilled as Perkins, and they're really going to struggle to keep Howard off the boards.
If the Magic shoot like they can and LeBron isn't hitting his jumper consistently, this could be a very long series, or a relatively short one, but in the Magic's favor.
J Hova --So are you going on the record saying Magic?
Doc B -- I'm not going on the record picking Magic, I'm actually leaning towards Cavs in 7, just because of LeBron, and because i don't trust Dwight yet.
But a couple problems with the 3 things you said.
1) The Cavs have looked great, no doubt, but the Pistons and Hawks are some pretty terrible measuring sticks. Here's the first real test.
2) Redick isn't still starting for Orlando.
3) This is actually one of the things that pushes me towards the Magic. Because of Howard as the back line of defense, the Magic perimeter defenders don't need to help off of shooters. They can stay glued, and when LeBron penetrates and kicks, those shooters aren't open like they are against every other team in the league.
The counter-argument would be that the Cavs will just take Ilgauskus, plant him 18 feet from the hoop, and have him knock down open jumpers all day off LeBron penetration and Howard help. But that means that Z can't get tired and start missing shots, and can't get in foul trouble guarding Howard either. He made his first 7 or 8 shots when the Lakers played the Cavs this year, and in the interview between the 1st and 2nd quarters, PJax said he wasn't worried, because big guys can't shoot late in the game. He was right.
J-Hova -- Cavs in 5
Doc B -- Cavs in 7