Alright, the NBA finally has two teams playing for the title, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic. Yes, it's not the match-up we were hoping for. We, meaning the fans, the media and probably the NBA itself, but nonetheless, I think it will be worth watching.
Nobody gave the Magic a chance to beat Cleveland. Almost every sportswriter in the country picked the Cavs and with good reasons. The Cavs had the best regular season record, no playoff losses in the first two rounds, and the most important and logical reason, LeBron James. But like this year's playoff motto says, where will amazing happen this year?
The Orlando Magic made believers out of everybody. They simply wanted it more than the Cavs. Maybe sweeping the first two rounds was a curse. Isn't it funny that the two number one seeded teams had trouble in their conference finals?
This defeat is definitely a tough pill for Cleveland to swallow. It will haunt them until next year just like what the Lakers went through last year when they lost the title by a 40 point embarrassment courtesy of the Boston Celtics. And just like Kobe Bryant, James will feel most of the burden.
But getting back to this year's final. It will be a sight to see. The Lakers are definitely on a mission to win back their glory days and they will probably succeed. The Magic, however, will bring their A-game. They are riding a wave of confidence right now and the only factor I can see that might hurt the Lakers are the number of days of rest until Thursday.
I pick the Lakers to win in five games. I know, I know, I'm joining the legion of people outside of Orlando to pick the Lakers, but hey, the Lakers didn't ruin their Conference Finals ceremony.