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The 2009 NBA Finals thread - Orlando Magic vs L.A. Lakers

Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by Jaydog57, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. Jaydog57

    Jaydog57 Canes/Fins/Magic fan

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    Let's keep it organized, anything about the Magic, goes on the Magic thread, anything about the Lakers, goes on the Lakers thread.

    Anything about both teams playing each other this week goes right here. Let's have a good series guys, and may the best team win. I hope it's a tight series and not a damn blowout, I hate those.

    First game's on Thursday night, and I can't believe the next one is not until Sunday but that's the schedule. Enjoy the series!
     
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  2. DonShula84

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    Please dont let the Lakers win, thank you in advance.
     
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  3. Regan21286

    Regan21286 MCAT's, EMT's, AMCAS, ugh

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    Booo
     
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  4. High Definition

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    David Stern in 7, but Orlando is going to put up an even bigger fight than advertised (by ESPN).
     
  5. FinNasty

    FinNasty Alabama don’t want this... Staff Member Club Member

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    I just realize that I'm leaving for Europe next week...

    How the hell am I gunna watch the games?!? I'm gunna have to pull all-nighters b/c games wont start until 3am over there! Internet broadcasts?
     
  6. Jaydog57

    Jaydog57 Canes/Fins/Magic fan

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    Magic are the underdogs (again), and I like the advantage of that. We're not supposed to win, so hopefully their team won't be expecting too much from us, even though we beat 'em twice this year. It worked against the Celtics and the Cavaliers, 3rd times a charm, let's do it again with L.A. :up
     
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  7. Jaydog57

    Jaydog57 Canes/Fins/Magic fan

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    Hey man, if you need help with broacasts, pm me, I'll give you all kinds of links for them.:knucks:
     
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  8. FinNasty

    FinNasty Alabama don’t want this... Staff Member Club Member

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    Will do... :up:
     
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  9. High Definition

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    If the Lakers couldn't even pull away from teams like Utah (allowed the Jazz the opportunity to scrap their way back into almost every game), then I question how that mentality will bode with obviously what has become the most relentless team in basketball. This is going to be a very interesting series. When I looked at the potential matchup a few weeks back, I thought I'd sleep my way through watching Kobe Bryant finally holding up an NBA Finals MVP trophy 4-5 games into the series. No chance in hell. Orlando has been proving everyone (myself included) wrong since Jameer Nelson's season ending injury. I have no problem with that continuing up until this month's end. Really, I have no true hatred for the Lakers beyond my late blooming love fest for Carmelo Anthony... I just want to see some good basketball. I'm pretty confident that I'll have that chance.
    What are you final predictions? Lakers / Magic & in how many games? Still going with Lakers in 7 because I think it's tougher for the road team to run the table at home in a 2-3-2 format than 2-2-1-1-1, and I do see Orlando stealing a game in LA. I just can't see them pulling off two, especially with the second being the decisive game of the series. I really can't see the Lakers losing three straight postseason games to ANYONE... regardless of location. I think Orlando has to win the three at home.

    God. Even being a die hard fan of a team that benefited major from the 2-3-2... I really, really, really hate that format. Like why change it after three rounds?
     
  10. Jaydog57

    Jaydog57 Canes/Fins/Magic fan

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    Have fun in Europe FinNasty, hope you got some Magic shirts for the trip! :knucks:
     
  11. Jaydog57

    Jaydog57 Canes/Fins/Magic fan

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    I'm just worried about Kobe, that man can hit the net at half court. He's what LeBron hopes to be in 5-6 years. Man, that guys hard to stop. Like Dwight Howard said earlier today, 'just don't let him get started, 'cause once you do, it's hard to stop him." He gets in a zone, and that's it.
     
  12. FinNasty

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    I got the "Blue and White Ignite" shirt they gave us for game 6 at the Arena! I wore it that night and I'll be rocking it every game from now on... :D
     
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  13. Regan21286

    Regan21286 MCAT's, EMT's, AMCAS, ugh

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    I don't think they're that big an underdog. As you say, LA has those two regular season losses. Everything I've seen and heard suggests they're taking it to heart. Only thing really killing Lakers is complacency against a weak opponent (see Rockets series) and I don't quite see that here. I think both sides are going to be motivated for this one.
     
  14. Jaydog57

    Jaydog57 Canes/Fins/Magic fan

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    Yeah, but you guys have such a great team, and a coach that's a certified legend, in Phil Jackson. That man will go down in the HOF as one of the greatest coaches of all time, guaranteed. I guess I'm just being skeptical, but I know you guys will play different in the playoffs than in the regular season, I hope we will too.:knucks:
     
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  15. High Definition

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    Kobe is going to get his regardless of the defense you throw at him. The best thing you can do is to ensure that he gets it in the toughest way possible. You know that when he's in attack mode he's going to get to the basket and the free throw line. When you foul him, foul him hard. Take a page out of Phil Jackson's book.

    Worry about the rest of the team. Turn it into a one man show. As great as Kobe is, he can't beat you by himself. Orlando is too good. What you can't afford is guys like Trevor Ariza getting easy baskets and setting up for those spot up threes at the top of the key. I still have no idea on this earth why Denver didn't commit a guy on him every possession. Amateur job by George Karl.
     
  16. High Definition

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    Also, for the 15-25 minutes he's on the floor... the more Sasha Vujacic shoots, the better your chances.
     
  17. Jaydog57

    Jaydog57 Canes/Fins/Magic fan

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    Yeah, I hope it turns into a replay of the 'LeBron Show' from last week, but we'll see. They've got a few more players that can step up than Cleveland.:up:
     
  18. High Definition

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    Let's see if Gasol / Odom decide to dominate as second and third options.
     
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    2 more days!
     
  20. Jaydog57

    Jaydog57 Canes/Fins/Magic fan

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    I can't wait, and what's with the delay from Thursday's game until Sunday?
     
  21. #1 fan

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    i got the magic in six.
     
  22. Jaydog57

    Jaydog57 Canes/Fins/Magic fan

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    That would be nice, I'm predicting a win in L.A., in the first game, just like in Cleveland, and then L.A. wins the next one, and we win the two in Orlando. After that, it's anybody's game.:up:
     
  23. Regan21286

    Regan21286 MCAT's, EMT's, AMCAS, ugh

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    Thanks. Of the two teams I wanted to us to play against, it was Cleveland. Knocked them off twice when they were on a roll in the regular season and they weren't even close. Granted it's the playoffs which is why I'm certain it's going to be a real brawl. It's pretty much coming down to who makes their 3's. Of course I'm going Lakers in 6 since I'll be at Staples. :up:
     
  24. Jaydog57

    Jaydog57 Canes/Fins/Magic fan

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    Haven't really kept up with Kobe enough, I know he's flawless in his free throws, but how is he with 3 pointers? He sounds dangerous.
     
  25. Regan21286

    Regan21286 MCAT's, EMT's, AMCAS, ugh

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    On and off really. Sometimes he misses easy ones. Other times he hits a fall-away with a hand in his face and a hand on the elbow. Honestly, I'm surprised LO is hitting his 3's with regularity. Someone in the Lakers staff knows how to coach 3's because Ariza suddenly developed it the same way Brian Cook did way back.
     
  26. pennphinfan

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    kobe likes to start driving to the basket, pull up and hit the J. It's nearly indefensible (as it is generally a very tough shot). He's not really a big 3 shooter, though he'll certainly put some up throughout the series. Fisher likes to hoist the 3. This certainly will come down to the support he has, and to see if people like Gasol, Bynum and Fisher can hit their shots. Also, bench points (Odom, Farmar, Walton) will count big time, as that was an area where cleveland just could not even come close to rivaling orlando.

    if I had to guess, I would say lakers in 6. they win their first 2, take one of 3 in orlando, then win game 6. But i see game 6 being a losable game too for the lakers.... we will see
     
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  27. Regan21286

    Regan21286 MCAT's, EMT's, AMCAS, ugh

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    Vujacic's 3's have been markedly improved late in the Denver series. He needs to shake off the bad missed one against the Magic in the regular season as well as keep the shooting going along to contribute. Else, Shannon Brown will get the minutes (the one player who wasn't in any of their regular season series).
     
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  28. Jaydog57

    Jaydog57 Canes/Fins/Magic fan

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    Man, Kobe just seems to be able to hit it from every point on the floor. He's what LeBron wants to be in the future. We do have a saving a grace in our 3 point shooters, we have some of the best in the business. And Dwight is a monster under the net. We can make it happen away from the net, guaranteed, when we have to. Should be a great series, can't wait until Thursday. :up:
     
  29. Regan21286

    Regan21286 MCAT's, EMT's, AMCAS, ugh

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    Lakers had some trouble against Anderson and Nene's shot-blocking so I'm sure we'll have our hands full with Dwight.
     
  30. High Definition

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    Can't wait for Jalen Rose's expertise on Lamar Odom's candy addiction.

    ESPN sure knows how to run with a story about nothing.
     
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    Vegas would say otherwise. The Rockets got better odds to start the series against the Lakers than the Magic are getting.
     
  32. Section126

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    I am so far ahead that I can afford to "throw away" $200 on the magic in this series.

    I might do it...some of these lines are ridiculous...MGM has it at -450 lakers? WTF!

    is that right?
     
  33. #1 fan

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    yeah i saw that last night. reminds me why i never watch espn. i thought i'd tune in since they would be talking about the finals. nooooo, i had to sift through a bunch of crap about the yankees, nadal and if lebron was a sore loser or not to finally get some "in depth" analysis about lamar odom eating life savers.
     
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  34. #1 fan

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    yeah, i got the magic winning game one also (at least winning one of the first two). for all the talk of lakers' experience, they stunk it up in the finals last year. (i could be wrong, but i remember them allowing the biggest comeback in finals history, and then in the elimination game losing by the biggest margin in history)

    also, orlando has the 2-0 regular season edge (albeit with nelson).
     
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  35. JagsFan3223

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    wow Bunch of Laker fans on here all of a sudden
     
  36. Den54

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    I still can't believe the Magic have made it this far and could win it all.
    The thought of one of my favorite teams winning a championship gives me chills.
     
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    i only see the ones that have always has been here
     
  38. Jaydog57

    Jaydog57 Canes/Fins/Magic fan

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    Yeah, haven't seen any new faces that weren't on High Def's NBA Playoffs thread.:confused:

    Man, hockey's almost every night, and we still have to wait two more days for our series to even start! Cant' wait! :lol:
     
  39. pennphinfan

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    lots of new people on the board all of a sudden? :confused2:
     
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    Tomorrow night!asakjsasee!!!!#e@@#k@j#k@jk#@k#j!!!!!
     

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