NBA Under the Bleachers: May 26

Under the BleachersContributor IMay 27, 2009

DENVER - MAY 25:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks over at referee Ken Mauer in the second half against the Denver Nuggets in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 25, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. 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 Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Finding the Goose to Kobe’s Maverick

If there’s one thing that’s become blatantly apparent in the Laker’s playoff run, it’s that Kobe can’t do this by himself. He needs the Robin to his Batman, the Goose to his Maverick, the Laverne to his Shirley. What better why to find him than through the movies?

The Magic’s MVP? All Hail King James!

Yes, we were all blown away by Game Two’s spectacular Bron-Bron finish. But forget about the hype for a second (and look at Game Three) and you’ll see that keeping LeBron chucking threes from the cheap seat isn’t good for the Cavs, it’s good for the Magic.

Orlando Intervention: From One Fan to All the Others

As much excitement as the Magic’s magnificent playoff run should be inspiring, so far Orlando’s response has been ... less than inspiring. And this comes from one of the Magic’s most devoted fans. Read on, people of Florida, because the writer isn’t just attractive, she’s also wise.

Questions in Beantown

The Celtics made a valiant effort without K.G. this postseason, even being on the winning end of perhaps one of the greatest playoff series of all time. But what about next year? K.G., Paul Pierce and Ray Allen might be great, but they’re also like 72 years old. You know, give or take.

Is NBA Officiating Really as Bad as It Seems?

Short answer: Yes. Long answer: While we’re 90 percent sure the games aren’t fixed – OK, maybe 88 – blatantly blown calls like Dwight Howard’s “foul” of Lebron as he shot a three at the end of Game Three seriously damage the league’s credibility. In other words: Yes.