Game FiveKobe Bryant – 30 Points, 6 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 4 Blocks, 2 Steals
Lamar Odom – 17 Points, 10 Rebounds
Pau Gasol – 14 Points, 15 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 4 Blocks
Rashard Lewis – 18 Points, 10 Rebounds, 4 Assists
Dwight Howard – 11 Points, 10 Rebounds, 3 Blocks
Trevor Ariza – 15 Points, 5 Rebounds, 2 Steals
Rafer Alston – 12 Points, 5 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 2 Steals
Derek Fisher – 13 Points, 4 Rebounds
Courteny Lee – 12 Points, 4 Rebounds
Hedo Turkoglu – 12 Points, 3 Assists


Game Four

Kobe Bryant – 32 Points, 8 Assists, 7 Rebounds
Dwight Howard – 16 Points, 21 Rebounds, 10 Blocks
Hedo Turkoglu – 25 Points, 5 Rebounds, 3 Assists
Trevor Ariza – 16 Points, 9 Rebounds, 2 Steals
Pau Gasol – 16 Points, 10 Rebounds
Mickael Pietrus – 15 Points
Derek Fisher – 12 Points, 4 Rebounds, 2 Steals

Damn Lakers

11 June 2009

Usually that title fits the Yankees like a glove for me.  Right now the Lakers are rocking it though.  Maybe I should let Orlando share it.  What a frustrating finish.  I feel so bad for Magic fans, because if it was as painful a finish for me, I can just imagine what it felt like for those who bleed Orlando Black & Blue.  As if the misses in-bounds play in Game 2 weren’t enough, the Magic actually botched this one even more.  They had a 12 point lead at the half, and they just gave it away.  And when they went to the extra session, did anyone think Orlando had a prayer?  I know I didn’t.  I don’t know if Nick Anderson rubbed off on the fellas, but the missed Free Throws were the ultimate downfall.  All Dwight Howard had to do was clank one of those two FTs in and we’re looking at an even series.  If you’re going to steal someone’s nickname, why don’t you at least steal someone’s that can make FTs?

It’s inevitable that the Lakers are going to win the NBA title this year.  Kobe will get the monkey off his back by winning his title without Shaq.  Aside from Game 1 though this has not been vintage Kobe.  Kobe’s play in Game 3 is the main reason this isn’t a sweep.  He did a Dwight Howard impersonation with five missed FTs.  Tonight, he may have scored 32, but he took 31 shots to do so.  You can also put away any Mike comparisons.  I can’t recall a time when Mike missed so many shots at the end of a game that would have sealed a victory.  If you look in the boxscore you might think Kobe with his points, rebounds, and assists made the difference, but he was bailed out by Derek Fisher and Trevor Ariza, who made so many clutch shots tonight.  Speaking of clutch shots, can someone file a missing person’s report for Rashard Lewis.  He was nowhere to be found tonight.  While you’re looking for him, maybe you can find Jameer Nelson’s missing defense.  I just ask the basketball Gods to end this in Game 5.  I can’t take it anymore.  I’m well past my tolerance level for Pau Gasol’s whininess.  Please don’t prolong the misery.


Game Three

Dwight Howard – 21 Points, 14 Rebounds, 2 Blocks
Kobe Bryant – 31 Points, 8 Assists, 3 Rebounds
Rashard Lewis – 21 Points, 5 Rebounds, 5 Assists
Rafer Alston – 20 Points, 4 Assists
Mickael Pietrus – 18 Points, 3 Steals
Hedo Turkoglu – 18 Points, 7 Assists, 6 Rebounds
Pau Gasol – 23 Points, 2 Blocks
Trevor Ariza – 13 Points, 7 Rebounds, 2 Steals


Game Two

Kobe Bryant – 29 Points, 8 Assists, 4 Rebounds, 2 Steals
Lamar Odom – 19 Points, 8 Rebounds, 3 Blocks
Rashard Lewis – 34 Points, 11 Rebounds, 7 Assists
Dwight Howard – 17 Points, 16 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 4 Steals, 4 Blocks
Pau Gasol – 24 Points, 10 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 2 Steals
Hedo Turkoglu - 22 Points, 6 Rebounds, 4 Assists
Derek Fisher – 12 Points, 3 Assists, 3 Steals
Trevor Ariza – 8 Points, 7 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 3 Steals


Game One

Kobe Bryant – 40 Points, 8 Rebounds, 8 Assists
Dwight Howard – 12 Points, 15 Rebounds, 2 Steals, 2 Blocks
Lamar Odom – 11 Points, 14 Rebounds
Pau Gasol – 16 Points, 8 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 2 Blocks
Mickael Pietrus – 14 Points, 3 Rebounds
Hedo Turkoglu – 13 Points, 4 Rebounds
Andrew Bynum – 9 Points, 9 Rebounds
Marcin Gortat – 4 Points, 8 Rebounds, 4 Blocks, 2 Steals


5/30/09

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic
Dwight Howard – 40 Points, 14 Rebounds, 4 Assists
LeBron James – 25 Points, 7 Rebounds, 7 Assists
Rashard Lewis – 18 Points, 8 Rebounds
Delonte West – 22 Points, 4 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 2 Steals
Mo Williams – 17 Points, 5 Assists, 3 Rebounds
Anderson Varejao – 14 Points, 8 Rebounds
Mickael Pietrus – 14 Points, 5 Rebounds, 2 Steals
Hedo Turkoglu – 10 Points, 7 Rebounds, 5 Assists

So much for the overhyped LeBron-Kobe matchup, and to me LeBron’s absence in the NBA Finals does not solidify Kobe as the best player in the world right now.  Look at their running mates.  Mo Williams, Delonte West, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas do not stack up against Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, and Trevor Ariza.  That debate will live to fight another day unlike the Cavs.

That’s because Dwight Howard elevated his game to lead the Magic back to the Finals.  The last time they were there Grunge was big and a fella name Shaq manned the Center position.  Rotoworld is reporting that Jameer Nelson could be making a triumphant return.  So don’t count out the Magic an the Master of Panic Stan Van Gundy.  If Kobe and Co. think they can coast on the road and win at home, they’ll be watching Superman hoist the NBA Finals trophy. 

Here’s a look at the 2009 NBA Finals Schedule:

Game 1:  Thursday June 4: Orlando at L.A. Lakers
Game 2:  Sunday June 7: Orlando at L.A. Lakers

Game 3:  Tuesday June 9: L.A. Lakers at Orlando
Game 4:  Thursday June 11: L.A. Lakers at Orlando
Game 5:  Sunday June 14: L.A. Lakers at Orlando (if necessary)

Game 6:  Tuesday June 16: Orlando at L.A. Lakers (if necessary)
Game 7:  Thursday June 18: Orlando at L.A. Lakers (if necessary)


5/28/09

Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James – 37 Points, 14 Rebounds, 12 Assists
Hedo Turkoglu – 29 Points, 6 Rebounds, 2 Steals
Dwight Howard – 24 Points, 10 Rebounds
Mo Williams – 24 Points
Zydrunas Ilgauskas – 16 Points, 6 Rebounds
Rashard Lewis – 15 Points, 8 Rebounds, 4 Steals

5/26/09

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic
LeBron James – 44 Points, 12 Rebounds, 7 Assists
Dwight Howard – 27 Points, 14 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 3 Blocks
Hedo Turkoglu – 15 Points, 8 Assists, 7 Rebounds
Rafer Alston – 26 Points, 4 Assists, 2 Steals
Delonte West – 17 Points, 7 Assists, 5 Rebounds
Rashard Lewis – 17 Points, 5 Rebounds
Mo Williams – 18 Points, 5 Rebounds, 2 Steals
Mickael Pietrus – 17 Points
Zydrunas Ilgauskas – 12 Points, 9 Rebounds
Anderson Varejao – 9 Points, 5 Steals

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