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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.24
Game 2 belonged to the Lakers except game 2 was a nail-biter. The Magic are now in a must-win situation or fall behind 3-0 to a very determined Lakers squad.

Basketball fans have to wonder now how much Orlando misses a completely healthy Jameer Nelson. They may have to keep Nelson off for good and let Orlando glue together like they have been when Alston was acquired shortly after Nelson went down.
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Just like it's been in the NHL playoffs, unless and until somebody gets a road win we don't know much about much.



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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
Well, the last Florida team that was down 0-2 in the Finals ended up coming back to win the series, so Orlando has that going for them.
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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.51
That was some.... interesting officiating in game 2. Orlando fought so hard this year it would be a shame to see them lose it in 4. Their performance in game two tells me that this is no sweep in progress, however. I'm thinking Orlando wins game 3. I'm still not sure if Nelson coming back was a good idea this late in the game. It seems to have disrupted Alston's game, although that's more Alstons fault than Nelson's. Play your game and be happy with whatever minutes you get is what I say. If you want more tick, play better.
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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.06
Going back to Game 2 for a sec, that last lob play for Courtney Lee looked like a basket interference on Gasol to me. But no one said a word about it, so I put it out of my mind.

Today I read an article on ESPN.com that Phil Jackson himself thinks basket interference should have been called on Gasol. Of course, knowing Jackson this could be just part of his mind games. He can say whatever he wants about it now because it doesn't give Orlando that win.

So now Orlando is behind 2-1 in the series instead of AHEAD 2-1. Big difference, but if they can have another game like they did tonight, they can probably shake off the Game 2 loss.

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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.78
Orlando had this win in their hands again! You got make those free throws Dwight! This series is now over. Congrats to the Lakers and DJ Frosty.
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I guess you missed that elbow from Kobe. That's okay...so did the officials.

At least with the inane 2-3-2 scheduling, Orlando doesn't have to face a knockout game on the road (THIS game). Unless they completely collapse - which isn't impossible - there's no good reason why they should lose at home AGAIN.



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"The series in the refrigerator. The door's closed, the light's out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard, and the Jell-O's jiggling."

(edited by Kawshen on 12.6.09 1230)


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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.14
Stan Van Gundy sticking with Nelson for so long in that game will always puzzle the hell out of me.

The Kobe elbow was bad, but Orlando was picking up calls all game long, plus they were bricking free throws at an amazing rate as well as turning the ball over so often you had to wonder if the ball was bad for their health. It was amazing to see a team that has been so ice cold and deadly in crunch time fall apart like that on their home court.

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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.39
It is all over. Lakers win. Now it is time for 6 months of talk about perhaps Kobe/Pau vs. Lebron/Shaq.



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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze


    Lakers over Orlando in 7.


Ha! You were wrong!




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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.79
    Originally posted by TwisterF5
    Magic in 6.


    Which means the Lakers take it in 5.


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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.32
The Magic had a chance to make this a more interesting series. It was the lack of playoff experience and "live and die by the 3" that cost the Magic the series.

Don't get me wrong, the Lakers are a good ball club with good role players such as Pau Gasol who is pretty underrated, Lamar Odom who if he gets a double-double usually spells a win for the Lakers and the up and coming Trevor Ariza who can help take some of the scoring load off from Kobe. After last year, Kobe was more determined to win it all.

But going back to the Magic; they choked in the 2 overtime games could have made this a 6 or even 7 game series. I think the Magic can return, but if a healthy KG returns, the Celtics look to the be the favorites in the East while I imagine LeBron is thinking about what could have been and be more determined next year.

The Magic are going to be missing some scoring though when Hedo Turkoglu opts out of his contract and becomes a free agent by the end of this month. They are going to need a relative big man to fill the shoes of the 6'10" forward Turkoglu leaves. Maybe the Magic can capitalize on the free agent market during the off-season.
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I just chalk it up to another case of the Wizards being the Wizards. If they had traded Gheorge Muresan straight up for Shaq back in the day, Muresan would be all-world and Shaq's spleen would've exploded on opening night.
- Grimis, Wizards-Pistons deal (2002)
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