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Why the Magic Are Not Done Yet

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 11:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic head to the sideline during Game Four of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 11, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won in overtime 99-91. 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 Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Eric DormanAnalyst IJune 12, 2009

We all know there have only been so many teams that have come back from being down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, but don't count out the Orlando Magic quite yet. The Magic have played good to start every game in the series; it just seems when it gets to be three minutes left, they start to fall apart and have no chemistry.

In Game Four, was it really Howard's fault that the Magic lost the contest, or was it because of Nelson not covering Fisher? One could go either way on this topic. So what do I think is the problem with the Magic?

Well, it's the defense down the stretch of the game. The Magic didn't guard the Lakers three-point shooters at the end of the game or in OT. Orlando needs to make sure that they have a body on Derek Fisher or anyone who tries to hit a three with that time left on the clock, for that matter.

I have no clue what Nelson was thinking when Fish hit that three at the end of the fourth quarter. If anything, Jameer should have fouled before Derek could get the shot off and make him shoot three pressure free throws. That way he at least wouldn't have gotten set up to shoot the three where he likes to shoot it.

If the Magic make sure they cover everybody that's a threat on the floor and make them shoot tough shots, then they will win Game Five and possibly the rest. The Lakers are a tough team to beat, and the Magic have to win every game from here on out including the games in L.A. But I have hope that the Magic will come back and at least force a Game Seven away from home.

That being said, the Lakers could win it in Orlando if they do everything right. But the Magic can't give up now; they have to make sure their defense is superb tomorrow night and the other (possible) contests. Dwight will have to knock down pressure free throws, as well as everyone else on squad that comes to the line at the end of the game.

Just play great D and contest every shot, and the Magic have a good chance.

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