D. Wade goes for 50 but Magic still dominate; will Pietrus make or break the Magic come playoff time?

Interesting game tonight between the Magic and the Heat. Dwayne Wade went off, scoring 50 points on 17-of-30 shooting from the field, while also knocking down 14-of-15 from the free-throw line. But it didn’t matter because the Magic are just a flat-out better team than the Heat, and played like it on Sunday, winning 122-99. The real question is, did Wade get 50 because he’s a great player and the rest of the Heat roster is weak, or do the Magic have a major hole in their defense at the shooting guard position? Mickael Pietrus, the regular starting two-guard for the Magic, missed the game with a sprained wrist. It might be easy for Magic fans to brush off Wade’s performance by saying that was the reason, but Pietrus has struggled with injuries all season, missing 24 of the Magic’s 55 games this year. In fact, in his career Pietrus has never played more than 72 games in a season. He’s not expected to miss much time with this injury, but what if something else was to happen to him before the playoffs? Could the Magic be susceptible to an early exit if they face a team with a dynamic scoring two-guard? In the first meeting of the season between the two teams on Jan. 2, the Magic won without Pietrus, 86-76, despite 33 from Wade. In the last meeting between the Magic and Heat, on Jan. 24, Pietrus didn’t play, and while Wade only had 27 points, the Heat won 103-97. We all know that sometimes in the playoffs the officials can fall in love with a player like Wade and start giving them the benefit of the doubt, just ask the Dallas Mavericks. What do you think? Am I crazy? Can the Magic win in the playoffs without Pietrus?

Philip Rossman-Reich

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