I can’t offer much commentary on this game. I was umpiring a baseball game so I only saw the last quarter when I stopped by a Buffalo Wild Wings down the street from the ballpark.
From what I hear the Magic got back on track shooting wise, and got a little of their swag back in the process. Kobe was hot hitting some ridiculous shots and then quickly turned cold.
I won’t find out much more than that because whether the Lakers win or lose I tend not to watch much coverage between games. There is too much talking and over analyzing for me as commentators dissect every part of the game and speak fatalistically for the losing team. The game is just the game. It can turn with little things like shots going in. The same people throwing dirt on Orlando’s grave will now speak as if the Lakers are on the brink of elimination.
These are pros. But it’s still a game played by humans so you never know. I know that’s not sexy but anything else is fantasy.
Barring a rainout on Thursday, I should at least get to catch the next game by halftime by the latest.
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.