NBA Under The Bleachers: May 18

Under the BleachersContributor IMay 19, 2009

HOUSTON - MAY 14:  Guard Kobe Bryant #24 and Jordan Farmar #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 14, 2009 in Houston, Texas. 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)

Highly Logical: Why the Lakers Will Beat the Nuggets

Who knew that not only was Spock starring in a blockbuster movie—he’s also a Lakers fan? Some logicians might find L.A.’s listless seven-game series against the lowly Rockets evidence that Denver may get the upper hand. But until Melo proves he can play like a Klingon—i.e., with a killer instinct—in the playoffs, we’ll stick with the Lakers.

Or Maybe Not...

Forget the Trekkie metaphors—Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are much more apt descriptions for these Lakers. How else can you possibly explain LA struggling against a team without Yao or T-Mac? The real question is which one will show up against Denver.

Really? The Magic are Winners?

Critics had it that the Magic would vanish with a poof of smoke against Boston in Game Seven. Sure, KG is out, but Celtic luck should beat Orlando magic any day of the week, right? Wrong. Dwight Howard and Co. proved that they won’t fold—and that the Cavs may have a fight on their hands.