This One May Be Over Quick
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Lakers 101, Magic 96 (OT) Lakers lead series 2-0.
As you guys know, I am not an NBA expert! I love college football and feel that when I write about college footbal I have a pretty good idea what I'm saying. But when it comes to the NBA, I am simply a fan, an onlooker. But from what I can gather in two games of watching the Lakers and Magic is that Orlando doesn't have a snowball's chance in Mexico.
Kobe Bryant, who is an a back-and-forth struggle with LeBron James for the title of "World's Best Basketball Player", has this weird and crazy look in his eyes that his team will not lose in this series - and I believe him. The dude is on a mission to prove he can win a title without Shaq, and he is two games away from doing just that. I think Orlando may win game 3 sheerly on home-court energy and a deseperate need to win. But this series will go 5 games max, and LA will soon be hanging another banner.
Behind the best player in the world, Kobe Bryant, the LA Lakers beat the Orlando Magic , 100 - 75, to take a 1-0 lead in the series. If Bryant, who went for 40 points - 18 in the third quarter - continues to run the Lakers like this, Orlando will be done in four. This was just sheer domination.
By: Ashton Williams
The Boston Celtics won't be repeating as champions... so much for Plan A. The closest thing to Magic Johnson won't meet the closest thing to Michael Jordan in the finals... so much for Plan B. What do we do now? We realize that we are absolute fools for counting out the Orlando Magic. They are just that good, and they have earned the right to battle on the final stage with one of the most prestigious franchises in all of sports, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Orlando may be a #3 seed in the East, but during the regular season they were a nightmare for the NBA's 3 poster teams of the Boston, Cleveland, and the L.A. Lakers (including a 2-0 record against the Lakers). The nightmare continued into the postseason as the Magic dethroned the champion Celtics, and showed up the heavily favored Cavaliers, who owned the league's best record. For a team that is head coached by the so-called "Master of Panic", this team has showed no fear while playing the role of the underdog.
The Laker's road to the finals could only be described as "interesting", and you can take that word and make it mean anything you want, it will more than likely fit the bill. They handled Utah in the first round the way that most had predicted, but the extremely physical second and third rounds against the Rockets and Nuggets had everyone scratching their heads. After those two series, you can say what you want about L.A., but you can't say that they're not battle tested. The West's #1 seed Lakers have successfully defended their conference championship, and are back to complete the mission they fell just short of completing last season.
The NBA Finals schedule is as follows:
Game 1: Thursday. June 04 9:00 PM Eastern
Game 2: Sunday... June 07 8:00 PM Eastern
Game 3: Tuesday.. June 09 9:00 PM Eastern
Game 4: Thursday. June 11 9:00 PM Eastern
Game 5: Sunday... June 14 8:00 PM Eastern (If Necessary)
Game 6: Tuesday.. June 16 9:00 PM Eastern (If Necessary)
Game 7: Thursday. June 18 9:00 PM Eastern (If Necessary)
The Lakers will have home court advantage. Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 will be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Games 3, 4, and 5 will be held at the Orlando Events Center in Orlando. This will be a league record 30th trip to the finals for the Lakers, and will enter this one trying to win it for the 15th time. This will be the Magic's second trip to the finals, and are going for the first championship in franchise history.
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