Orlando just wouldn't let this game go back to Cleveland, and instead will be taking it to L.A. to play the Lakers Thursday.
The Cavs looked like they could even this series out with their effort Thursday night in Cleveland, but they never led in the game and we won't get to see LeBron vs. Kobe.
The Cavs did not look like the aggressor in this game, and the Magic were in control the whole entire game.
Dwight Howard outscored LeBron for the first time this series. Howard had 40 points James had 25. It was as if someone switched the numbers for the two super powers, and for the second year in a row the league MVP has fallen to Defensive Player of the Year.
It was difficult for the Cavs to match-up with the Magic all around. They are two different style of teams and the Cavaliers had no one to stop their bigger players.
I don't think this series should take anything away from the Cavs, they still have the least amount of losses out of the teams that advanced, but the Magic made a statement that they are one of the best teams.
If you would have said it was going to be Lakers vs. Magic before this series I'd think you were crazy, because a lot of people thought that Denver had more of a chance at an upset.
On Thursday a battle will begin and for the second time in a row Kobe will have to take on the Defensive Player of the Year in the Finals.
I think LA has a better chance to win the title this series, because the Lakers can match what the Magic give them. I don't know if the Magic can match with the Lakers.
The Lakers have Andrew Bynum and Pao Gasol who can at least slow down Howard. Ariza who has been playing great as of late defensively and offensively. Not to mention the second best player in the league in Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers are so stacked with talent that they have to have Lamar Odom come off the bench.
I do think the Magic will fall to the Lakers. It may take seven games, or just four, but I think the Lakers have too much for the Magic to handle.
For certain this is looking to be a great series. I think Superman will finally meet his Doomsday. Everyone will have to wait and see on Thursday. Not the match-up we were looking for, but hopefully it'll be a match-up worth looking at.
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