Not going according to plan

PER Diem: Dec. 23, 2010

Updated: December 23, 2010, 1:10 PM ET
By John Hollinger |
Pau Gasol and Dwight HowardFernando Medina/Getty ImagesGasol and Howard have performed at MVP levels despite their teams playing below expectations.

Two years ago, the Lakers and Magic met in the NBA Finals. Last season, they were two games away from a rematch.

This season? We might not see either team play past mid-May.