But even the best-laid plans sometimes go awry. When Orlando lost starting power forward
"It's a little different role," Lewis said. "They want me to help Dwight out on the glass. But I'm pretty comfortable in it. It doesn't matter [where I play], as long as I'm out there. I can play the 3, the 4, even some 2. The more versatile you are, the more minutes you can get out on the court."
Thus far it has been difficult for Magic coach
"The pressure is on me every night," Lewis said. "I'm expected to score and do a lot of other things. So yeah, the pressure is on."
Rebounding is still an issue for the Magic (they rank 22nd in rebounding differential), with Howard generally getting very little help on the backboards. Against New York, Howard pulled down 20 rebounds, matching the combined total for the rest of the team. In addition, Van Gundy said there's "a little" concern that having to match up with more physical players night after night will take its toll on Lewis and Turkoglu.
"We have to think about how we are going to handle the [power-forward] position," Van Gundy said. "How much time do we play [Lewis and Turkoglu] together? Do we play [
Winning cures all ills, however, and with a 5-2 start coupled with the Heat's and Wizards' early struggles, the Magic are in position take control of the Southeast Division. That's exactly why Lewis left Seattle and why he has never looked back.
"I think it was a perfect time to move on," Lewis said. "They went young and were starting all over. I want to be in the playoffs every year and competing for a championship. They are [planning on] moving to Oklahoma and have a lot going on right now. There was always change in that organization. I didn't want to be a part of it."
Certainly the Magic are happy about that.