Magic Look To Stop a Lakers Championship Parade in Orlando
Derek Fisher, being the clutch shooter that he is, made a three pointer to send Game Four into overtime, and another three pointer to win the game. Fireworks went off as the Lakers won that game and took a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Now, we have the Magic fighting for their very existence.
Game Four was a game the Magic should have won. Game Two was a game the Magic should have won, but they didn't.
Now, it's pretty obvious that this is a game the Magic must win. They certinally don't want the Lakers partying on their own court. Preventing that could pose a probelm though.
The Magic need to slow down Kobe Bryant. There is nobody that comes to mind that can actually stop Kobe, but people can slow him down. Stan Van Gundy should put Hedo back on Kobe Bryant during the second half as Hedo did a good job defending him in Game Two.
Game Four would not have been so close if Rashard Lewis actually hit his shots. He went two-for-ten (both where three pointers) and finished with six points. He also did not go to the free throw line at all. In order for this Magic team to win, Lewis has to produce.
Free throws were also the issue. The Magic missed 15 free throws, which could have been another 15 points right there. That and think if Lewis actually played well, a blow out possibly?
"I just missed them," Howard said. "I've been working on my free throws. They just weren't falling tonight."
Either they weren't falling, or the pressure got to him. Being a poor free-throw shooter and being put into the pressure situation that he was in, we all expected this to happen.
Keeping Ariza in line was another reason why the Magic lost. He scored 16 points and grabbed that pivitol offensive rebound to give Fisher that three pointer to send the game into overtime.
"I have a responsibility to my team that if I'm going to be on the floor, then I have to make a difference," he said. "None of us can continue to expect that Kobe is going to save us."
They did keep Odom in line, as he was held to just 10 points. Keeping him in line is going to be a problem for Game Five tonight. The Magic need to step up to the challenge if they want to come up with a win tonight.
They needed to shoot 64 percent in order to secure their first ever Finals victory. They're going to need to shoot a high percentage without letting the Lakers shoot a high percentage. The three ball is going to have to go in tonight if they want to survive one more game.
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