He predicted a Magic-San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals matchup during a break between songs at a concert at the Amway Center last Thursday night. Carlos also gave a shout-out to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who was in the audience and mesmerized, like most of us were, with Santana’s searing guitar riffs.
Pop in your fuzzy-haze, cannabis-infused joke here, but Carlos may be on to something as the Magic continue their assent in the NBA power rankings. Their gritty 101-99 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies improved their record to 6-2 Wednesday night. It matches their best start since the 2009-10 season.
They are in first place in the Eastern Conference. Put that in your peace pipe and smoke it, skeptics!
OK, I know this is just a small sample size. But this feels different than the very rare occasions that the Magic have teased us with snippets of competitive heart and hustle since Dwight Howard left the building in 2012. Very light teasing, like a three-game winning streak early