After losing to the Mavericks 93-81 and heading to Dallas down two games to none, the Lakers have their backs against the wall. Not only are fans starting to turn on the Lakers—nearly booed off of their home court after the Game 2 loss—but even former star Magic Johnson is saying it’s over. “The Mavs have the Lakers pointing fingers at one another. It's going to be a tough climb to come back and I think their chances are slim,” tweeted Johnson.
“Their chances are slim.”
To hear that analysis of the Lakers' chances come from Magic Johnson it’s just surreal. I mean, to say it’s over and that the chances are slim? Well, last time I checked Magic, it's best of seven and the first team to win four games moves on. Even with Dallas up 2-0, this series is still far from over.
Now, you can say “Oh it’s over,” or “It’s so hard to come back after losing the first two games,” and this and that. But remember, history doesn’t win games, nor does it win series. If that were the case the Red Sox would never have been 2004 World Series Champions. Recall the 2004 AL Championship Series when the Yankees led 3-0, one game away from advancing. History told us that a team trailing 3-0 had never overcome such long odds.
History was wrong. The Sox didn't lose another game, taking that series and sweeping the Cardinals in the World Series. That’s why you play the games and that’s why this series isn’t over.
Do you agree with Magic's tweet?
For those of you so willing to write off the Lakers because history says you should, listen closely to this.
The only time the Mavs have lead a series 2-0 was back in the 2006 NBA Finals, and I’m sure everyone remembers what happened then. The Mavs would go on to lose the next four games and watch helplessly as the Miami Heat celebrated on the Dallas hardwood, crowning themselves the 2006 NBA Champions.
So now, heading off to Dallas for Game 3, the Lakers know what they need to do and they know that they can win. They like being in this position: backs against the wall; everyone doubting them; criticizing them; most off all, everyone thinking it’s over. That’s when they like to strike.
So Earvin “Magic” Johnson, I don’t know if it’s old age that’s getting to you or what, but this series is far from over. The only thing that’s “slim” isn't your waistline; it's your fanhood.