NBA Playoffs Scenarios: Mavericks Chances, Magics Hopes, Lakers Fate

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IMay 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a shot between Brian Cook #43, Carl Landry #14 and Shane Battier #31 of the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. 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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

What an intense and exciting NBA 2009 Playoffs it has been thus far. Ranging from the elbow from Dwight Howard to the head of Samuel Dalembert, to the "what did I do?" football truck stick hit from Derek Fisher on Luis Scola, to the outstanding buzzer beater wins, and without a doubt, one of the best first-round series matchups (Celtics vs Bulls) in NBA history.

The NBA is where amazing happens. You know that, I know that, we all know that.

With only six teams remaining in the second round (Cavaliers advance, so they do not count), there are still many eyebrow-raising questions that come about when discussing who will make it to the Conference Finals.


Mavericks' got a chance?

Alright, so the Mavs are down three games to one against an outstanding Denver Nuggets team. Do they really have a chance at coming back and advancing?

Game Five is in Denver, where the Mavericks went 0-2 during the regular season. However, it should be noted that they lost both those games by three points or less.

During the two games at Denver in this series, the Mavs lost by 14 and by 12.

So I come to ask the question once again, do the Mavericks have any chance at winning this series?

Game Five will really determine the fate of that question. If Dallas can somehow pull out a victory in Denver, their chances of making a historic comeback will skyrocket to extreme heights, especially since Game Six would be played back in Dallas.


Magic's hopes down the drain?

After an upsetting buzzer-beater loss at home and an outstanding 11-point comeback victory in the fourth quarter by the Celtics, the Magic have one final hope in advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Down three games to two in the series, Orlando will get the golden opportunity to redeem themselves (once again) back at home.

The burning question is whether or not they have it in them to capture a Game-Six win.

We all know the Magic must have been completely devastated after last night's loss. But guess what, they deserved to lose.

They gave up, and not to just any team, it was against the defending champions—the team with the most heart left in the entire playoffs, especially without their Big Ticket in Kevin Garnett.

So are the Magic's hopes and dreams more than halfway down the gutter, or can they pull out a victory at home? You decide. Post a comment, I would like to hear your opinions on this one.


Lakers' fate in their own hands

With Yao out for the rest of the playoffs, you know the Lakers gained all the confidence in the world to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Now up 3-2 against the Houston Rockets, the Lakers are determined to finish the series back in the big state of Texas.

Can they do it? Of course they can, they have the best player in the entire league.

Will they do it? The fate of that question lies in the players themselves.

Will they come out playing like they have all season long, or will they start the first quarter down 17-4 like they did in Game Four?

I know the true answer to that and most LA fans do as well.

The Lakers will ultimately end this series once and for all in Houston. Sorry Rocket fans. Your team played absolutely phenomenal, even with all the terrible injuries that came along the way, but the truth of the matter is that the Lakers will crown themselves victorious in Game Six.


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