Lots will be said about Courtney Lee missing on the lob at the end of regulation and I think it’s unfair to put it all on him. The Magic have other issues and part of those issues are the fact that the Lakers are playing very well overall. There will be other opportunities for them when the series shifts to Orlando tomorrow. The play called by Stan Van Gundy was genius. Kobe Bryant said it best when he was asked what went through his mind as he saw the play develop in what could have resulted in a series tie. “Shit.”
Rashard Lewis was in full effect. But Lamar Odom put the D down in the fourth quarter and into overtime with 5 fouls when it counted.
Speaking of fouls; will someone please free Andrew Bynum who can’t get a break? It’s as if the refs don’t want this guy to play when you see the calls they make on him as it compares to the other big men.
I have to give the Lakers credit. Though Orlando made some good adjustments in getting their shooters open, their effort was there pretty much the entire game. Odom was active getting boards and scoring when needed. Gasol was dialed in and D-Fish is D-Fish again. Even if Lee had convereted, I still would have been happy with the effort and confident in the direction of the series overall.
Big win for the Lakers because even though the series is going back East, the Magic cannot win the series in Orlando. In addition, they will have to beat the Lakers 4 out of the next 5 games. This seems unlikely with Los Angeles having the final two games in Staples.
The Lakers took care of their business at home. Orlando will come out with a lot of energy as they feed from their home crowd. The Lakers could all but end this on Tuesday. Old school conservative thinking is to get one of the three in Orlando. But if they can press their way and manage to get game 3, look for the broom.
The series’ll come to Florida. And it’ll be more of the same . That’s unless the Magic ups their intensity level and match the Lakers in every aspect of the game.
If they can’t do that then the series’ll be over before we even know it. And that’s surely not what the NBA hierarchy wants at this juncture. A blowout in the form of a swept series will serve them no real purpose whatsoever !
Alan aka abritishman ………