Lakers vs. Magic: A Brief Breakdown of Player Matchups

Matt SheaCorrespondent IJune 3, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 30: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic reacts between plays against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 30, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

As seen in many articles of late, it's sad that people truly believe Bynum is going to make a difference in this series.

While I respect him as a second-tier center in the league, please don't mistake Andrew Bynum for being as good as Dwight Howard; he's too inconsistent. The matchup will go in Dwight's favor. Also, remember that a star power opponent equals foul trouble for Bynum, unless the refs give home court Lakers bias.

Gasol is soft, and I believe he may encounter some trouble in the foul department and that Rashard can post him up or step out and shoot the ball easily on him, much like he did against Varejao.

I don't think Kobe can be stopped once he gets it going, but I also don't think he will blow the Magic out of the water either.

Courtney Lee is our best draft pick defense-wise in a long while, and proved it against Ray Allen and Mo Williams. I can't wait to see the matchup.

The PG matchup could go either way, but I think Fisher will get more assists than Alston and Alston more points than Fisher.

Turkoglu loves playing in the fourth quarter, especially against the Lakers.

All in all, I give the Magic the edge in six or seven.

Let's chant, fellow Magic fans!


P.S. Don't hate on the Magic. Anyone who has any negative or malicious comments about the team that I live and die by, please refrain from posting. Seeing that this is the first time we've been back to the championship in 14 years, please be respectful is all I ask. Thanks ahead of time. God Bless and Go Magic!