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ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 09:  Rafer Alston #1 of the Orlando Magic lays the ball up over Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Three of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 9, 2009 at Amway Arena 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
kirk lockhartCorrespondent IJune 10, 2009

Orlando Magics Guard Rafer Alston is not just a point guard...he is a Winner!

When Stan Van Gundy made the decision to play Jameer Nelson extended minutes I was not pleased. This was a mistake in my Opinion, because chemistry and confidence are twins. I coach young boys and the difference with kids is sometimes how confident they are in their teammates and themselves.Reducing Rafer Alston's minutes and Anthony Johnson's as well, was an error in timing.

These Guys got you to the Finals and you pull them at a time when their Confidence is soaring. Rafer is a Street-ball Legend, living out the Ultimate Fantasy that every Court practises for..." One point lead, Alston brings the Ball up court, 3,2,1...He scores...The Magic Win!!!"

Anthony Johnson, a Veteran backup known for raising to the occasion, outplaying the opponents younger  back court, and then DNP (Did Not Play) Coach's decision?

If they Lose Game 4 ...DNW (Did Not Win) Coach's Decision!

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