Wow! Magic are going to the NBA Finals! I thought it was possible all along but I wouldn’t admit it until I saw it. After all these years since Shaq and Penny, the Magic are back in the Finals and playing against the Lakers. So here it is:
LA Lakers v. Orlando Magic: If the Magic had Jameer Nelson, I would confidently predict Magc in 6. The Lakers have a lot of trouble defending quick, penetrating point guards (see Aaron Brooks). And there is a tiny chance that he may be back! But assuming he doesn’t make a miraculous comeback, the outcome will be harder to predict. If Alston can play like he did in the Cavs series, he can cause some of the same problems for the Lakers defense. Howard will probably not be as dominant against LA, but he has easily outplayed Andrew Bynum during the regular season. I just hope Dwight can knock down free throws because LA has a lot of fouls to give. Courtney Lee and Mikael Pietrus will also have their hands full with Kobe, but again the Rockets showed you can slow Kobe down and that can cause serious disruptions for the Lakers. Overall, I am cautiously optimistic about our chances. I know we won’t get swept again like the last time we were in the Finals. We have momentum, focus, and the inside presence on our side. Lakers on the other hand have cruised a lot and their role players lose confidence easily. Game 1 should be a good barometer of how the series turns out. I may be going out on a limb here, but I can’t pick against my team in the Finals. Let’s Go Magic. Beat LA! I wish I could watch the games. Orlando in 7.
Also in French Open news, Rafa Nadal lost in the fourth round to a 23rd seed? Wow! And this is the man who’s only lost 7 sets EVER at Roland Garros! Wow!