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Magic eliminated, but likely won't disappear from contention in years ahead

Originally Published: May 14, 2008
By John Denton | Special to ESPN.com

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Dwight Howard was sitting in the training room all slump-shouldered and sad after the Orlando Magic were eliminated from the playoffs, when a teammate mentioned how it often takes a team getting its heart broken in the postseason before it finally breaks through.

Howard certainly knows a thing or two about playoff pain, having been bounced out of the postseason both this year and last year by the Detroit Pistons. The Magic were embarrassingly swept last ...

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