So Who Called a Nuggets and Magic Final?

Andrew Robeson@SportswriterguyAnalyst IIMay 22, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 20:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic drives to the hoop against Zydrunas Ilgauskas #11 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 20, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


Three games have been played between the Western and Eastern Conference Finals, and in two of those games the underdog won. Who was expecting that?

Going into the playoffs, people were already sure the NBA finals would be between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both teams were dominant at home, and everyone's predictions looked right as the Lakers and Magic made their way into their respective finals.

The Lakers had fallen back to earth some as they barely snuck by a Yao-less Rockets, but the Cavaliers had yet to lose in two rounds of the playoffs.

Then the Nuggets went to Los Angeles and nearly beat the Lakers in Game One. In Game Two, the Nuggets came back against the Lakers like the Lakers had done to them in Game One.

The Nuggets leave Los Angeles tied 1-1, looking like the better team. They stole home court and only have to win out at home in order to win the series. Not an easy feat, but one the Nuggets could pull off.

But before the Nuggets beat the Lakers in LA, something even more amazing happened. A team that lost two games to the 76ers and three games to the Celtics went to Cleveland and beat the Cavaliers.

Are you kidding me?

This is not how fairytales are supposed to happen. This is not supposed to be Howard against Anthony!

This is supposed to be Bryant against James in the Finals! This is LeBron's year! He has the MVP now give him his deserved title ring!

Oh how the NBA must be shuddering in fear. How could the perfect script be ruined?

Obviously the Cavs can still beat the Magic in this series. If they fall into a 0-2 hole, it would be miraculous to see them make the finals.

On Wednesday night the Magic looked like the more complete team, and like the Nuggets, all they have to do is win out at home to win the Eastern Conference Title.

So what has gone wrong for the Cavs and Lakers? What is preventing this dream matchup?

The stars are doing what they are supposed to do. Bryant went for 32 points points in the Lakers defeat. He even got his role support from Pau Gasol as he added 17 points and 17 rebounds.

The Lakers were outplayed, arguably in both games.  Anthony and Chauncy Billups look unstoppable.

So what went wrong for the Cavs? James went for 49 points and all five Cleveland starters scored at least in the double digits.

James and Bryant are not supposed to lose when they get role support. But they will lose when they get outplayed. So I guess that means the Nuggets and Magic have both outplayed the Lakers and Cavs in at least one game so far.

If you ask me, I want to see the Nuggets and Magic in the final. I hate predictable endings. Shock us. Do something amazing.


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