The Lakers showed that they had the desire, experience and toughness to compete at the highest level. Los Angeles has been the more physical team in this series as well as their last four games.
The Lakers last four games have shown that this team is ready to win a championship and nothing else matters. The game one win was a total team effort and thorough beat down of the Orlando Magic. Game Two was different the Lakers forced overtime and showed their experience executing in overtime. I described Game one as a man and his moment describing how Kobe Bryant was going to take control of this series.
This will be a recurring event, we’ve seen the effects of Kobe Bryant’s leadership, experience, explosiveness and why he is the best closer in the game in the first two games and that will continue throughout the series. The Magic don’t have an answer for the black Mamba.
Some haters didn’t think that Kobe was driven to win a title and they were surprised, the Lakers and their fans knew what was going to happen.
The scary thought is that the Lakers played well in game one but didn’t play nearly as well in Game Two and still hold a 2-0 series lead. In this series like every other series there will be adjustments and the Orlando Magic have to make some adjustments.
The Orlando Magic are a jump shooting team that couldn’t knock their shots down in Game One but did a better job of it in game two. Orlando had a golden opportunity to win Game two and as a team was one lay up away from winning the game and making this a more difficult series for the Lakers but Courtney Lee failed to convert.
It is a known fact that the only ‘Magic’ in Los Angeles wore #32 and retired a long time ago. The Orlando Magic is now in the precarious position of having to win 4 of the next 5 games.
In my opinion this is a must-win game for both teams for different reasons. In the case of Orlando to stay in this series, for the Lakers it would be a definitive statement that it’s time to prepare for a championship and another parade in Downtown Los Angeles.
To accomplish the feat the Lakers need to play better defense. Lamar Odom has been active, aggressive and has played well offensively his versatility has been an x-factor in this series. He had some defensive lapses in Game two on Rashard Lewis and allowed him to lead Orlando in scoring.
The Lakers forced the Magic into 20 turnovers and held their backcourt to 2-11 shooting which is good but allowed the team to knock down 10 three pointers. Los Angeles needs to active and aggressive from the start this will take the crowd out of the game.
Several people spoke of how dominate Dwight Howard would be as of now he has scored a total of six baskets in two games. To his credit he has converted his free throws.
The Magic want to get out in transition so to avoid allowing fast break points it is imperative that the Lakers get back in transition, control the tempo, rebound, stop the dribble penetration and rotate out to three point shooters.
The Magic will play better at home but history tells me that of the 30 teams that have taken a 2-0 Finals lead 27 of them have won a championship. Go Lakers!
Tip-off: 6:00 PM PST
- Los Angeles: ABC
- Orlando: ABC
- Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
- Orlando: Newstalk AM 580 WDBO (Dennis Newman & Richie Adubato)
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