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The opening round of the 2009 NBA Finals was expected to be a slugfest between two of the NBA’s finest heavyweights. As expected the first half lived up to the hype as the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers traded the lead in a back and forth game. However, in the 2nd half the Lakers 3 time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant exploded in the 3rd quarter dropping 18 points and Los Angeles went on to a convincing opening victory. Orlando appeared stunned in the defeat as they were held to one of the worse offensive performances of the season. The Magic only managed to tally in 75 points in a horrific 29% team shooting effort. Orlando must find a way to regroup this Sunday night and avoid Los Angeles taking total control in the series. The Lakers on the other hand could nearly end any dreams the Magic may have at their first ever NBA Title with another victory. However, expect the Magic to come out hungry to even the score after a dreadful performance in Game 1.
Regaw Rants NBA Finals Edition Tonight is game one in the NBA Finals and it just seemed fitting that the rants today be centered on the event. This match up looks decent on paper and it should make for some …
The 2009 NBA Playoffs have not disappointed sports fans in any kind of way. This year’s post-season play has been highlighted by grueling series, game winning shots, upsets, and more. Basketball fans have witnesses some of the most exciting playoff games in years and we are now left with only two teams battling for an NBA Championship. The Orlando Magic were among the top teams in the Eastern Conference all season. However, after Jameer Nelson was lost from a shoulder injury the Magic quickly became an underdog in the shadow of Cleveland and Boston. However, the Magic are perhaps playing their best basketball of the season without one of the major scoring threats and are now poised to battle the sizeable favorites Los Angeles Lakers. Los Angeles cruised through the regular season nearly unchallenged in the Western Conference. The Lakers needed 7 games to overcome a hungry Rockets team in the Conference Semi-Finals and took down Denver in 6 games to win the West. Los Angeles now enters the 2009 NBA Finals favored to take home their first title since 2002.
Out of the playoffs and out of class: After getting ousted and upset by the Orlando Magic last week, Lebron James walked off the court without shaking hands with any members of the Magic. The next day he commented on it and said he walked out because he wants to win and he is a competitor. Not so fast Lebron, this move to me shows a lack of class. Your one of the more prominent stars in the NBA and with apologies to Charles Barkley, you are a role model. Everyone wants to win and some more than others, but that does not mean there is not room for sportsmanship. Walking out and not shaking hands is a sign of very poor sportsmanship and an insult to the Orlando Magic and what they have accomplished this season. When Cleveland stomped the Hawks and the Pistons, Lebron hung around to shake hands, but I am sure he wanted to win just as much then as he did when he faced Orlando. If your disappointed with a loss go in the locker room and smash a locker or scream at your teammates but there is no need for a public display of a lack of sportsmanship. I would hope that with all of the unneeded media scrutiny this will not happen again in the future, but that question remains unanswered and instead is replaced with another question. Where will King James play next year? Stay tuned for that answer.
The Orlando Magic have surprised the world after capturing two straight victories over the Cleveland Cavaliers and now have a chance to win the series this Thursday night in Cleveland. The Magic pulled off two straight victories at home to put some distance over the Cavaliers who were favorites to win the series. The two teams participated in a classic battle in Game 4 which needed extra minutes outside of regulation to decide the contest. Lebron James had another stellar effort scoring 44 points in the match-up. However, James missed a last second shot in overtime which handed them their 3rd loss of the series and really dampened their chances at the NBA Finals. King James and the Cavaliers return home this Thursday night in a must win scenario. Cleveland’s back is now against the wall and there is no room for mistake when they host the Magic this Thursday. Calculating how well the Cavaliers have played at home this season and the fact they must come out playing their best, the sports books have Cleveland listed as a 7.5 point favorite this Thursday night in Game 5. However, Dwight Howard and the rest of the Magic will try to play the spoiler role again and earn a trip to the NBA Finals.
The Eastern Conference has truly had some outstanding match-ups throughout the post-season and it is quite evident that we may have one more left to play out. The Orlando Magic pulled off what many would consider an upset when they took down the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland 107-106 in dramatic fashion. The Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead in the game leading by 15 at the half and it appeared as they would cruise to another home victory. However, the Magic answered back throughout the 2nd half and Rashard Lewis nailed a 3 pointer to cap the comeback in the closing seconds to capture the surprising win. Cleveland now looks to rebound tonight when they host Orlando for the 2nd game of the series. If somehow the Magic could find a way to win again, then it would be just completely devastating to Cleveland considering how they have dominated all year at home. However, Orlando would take complete control if that scenario were to happen as they get the next two games at home as well.
The Boston Celtics were able to capitalize off the home court advantage and take down the Orlando Magic in a close 92-88 victory. The Celtics victory allowed them to take control in the series 3-2. Orlando now gets the opportunity to host the Celtics on their home floor this Thursday night in attempt to get the series back square and to force a Game 7. Boston has battled back to win the last two games after being down 1-2 to Orlando after Game 3. The Celtics have pulled off two straight very close defeats and will have the chance to win the series this Thursday night. The Magic are expected to put together their best effort at home which is why they will enter the contest as 7 point favorites. Orlando has struggled shooting the ball over the last two nights averaging 41% from the floor. Orlando must get a strong effort from all their shooters this Thursday and not allow Boston the opportunity to keep the game close.
The Boston Celtics were apart of perhaps the greatest opening round series of all time when they overcame the Chicago Bulls in 7 games that had plenty of overtime sessions as well. The Celtics could be on the verge of another back and forth battle in the Conference Semi-Finals match-up with Orlando. The Magic came out looking strong beating the Celtics at TD Northbank Garden in Game 1 95-90. However, things were much different in Game 2 as Boston completely dominated all aspects of the game blowing the Magic out 112-94. However, the series will take another turn as these teams will battle the next two meetings in Orlando. The Magic have played very well all season at home and they will need to take advantage of the home court over the next two games. Orlando really needs to win both games to avoid having to rely on more wins in Boston. However, the Celtics won the only previous meeting earlier this season in Orlando and they will be looking for similar results this Friday night.
The Eastern Conference side of the playoffs has definitely had their share of exciting games. One exciting series that is in full swing and on the verge of resulting with an unexpected victor is the Philadelphia and Orlando battle. The Magic were heavy favorites to win this series considering the amount of success the have endured all season long. However, Philadelphia came out the gates firing when they made the 18 point comeback in game 1 to capture the 2 point win. The 76ers opening win in Orlando was big momentum changes to kick start the series. Orlando responded in game 2 like most people thought they would by dominating most of the entire game and winning by 9 points in the end. The Magic appeared to be back on track to grab control of the series when they moved to Philadelphia in Game 3. However, the 76ers had more plans to be the spoiler once again pulling out yet another close victory 96-94. The win grabbed control of the series once again from the Orlando favorites who have played as good as anyone on the road this season. If Philadelphia could grab another exciting win this Sunday, they could put a firm grip on the series and make the first round upset much more of a reality.
The two hottest teams in the NBA will take battle prime time Friday night when the Orlando Magic square off with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game comes at a time with both ball clubs are playing extremely well. The Cavaliers have won 13 games in a row heading into a Thursday night showdown with Washington before taking on the Magic on Friday night. Orlando has also been on top of their game of late winning their last 6 games and has also won 13 of the last 15 contests. Cleveland owns the best record in the NBA while Orlando has now taken over the Celtics for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. The Magic have nearly taken over the Lakers position as the number 2 team in the NBA and their meeting with Cleveland on Friday night will be a premier battle for the rights to be claimed best in the East.