The Magic got whooped in Game One at the staples center. The Lakers maximized on both ends of the court and Kobe Bryant dominated from the moment he first touched the ball. No excuses can be made for Orlando's atrocious 29.9 overall shooting percentage.
From a Lakers fan perspective, I would say that the Lakers are well on there way to winning the title, but from a Magic fans perspective, well...let's just say that no matter how much we are down by, we will never give up until the end.
Check out the keys to game two for the Orlando Magic and there chances of actually tying up the series.
Let me know what you think.
Live or die by it, so hit that trey
In Game One, the Magic shot 34.8 percent from beyond the three-point line (8-for-23 3PTM).
While that is not too bad of a percentage, especially from the three-point arc, it just does not suffice it for a team that lives or dies by the trey ball.
Throughout the regular season, Orlando shot 38.1 percent from the three-point area and during the playoffs thus far, they have drained 36.7 percent of their total three-pointers.
If the Magic want to win Game Two or any games in this series as a matter of fact, they will need to improve on their three-point shooting percentage and knock down 11-14 treys per game.
Defense wins games, so play some D
In my preview article for the series, I gave Orlando an "A" grade for their defense. They led the entire NBA in field goal percentage allowed and opponents three-point shooting percentage, making their opponents shoot only 46.9 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc. They also ranked fifth in opponents PPG average.
Obviously the Magic know a thing or two about playing defense and attacking their opponents.
Orlando needs to improve during Game Two on defense and put more than just one hand in Kobe Bryant's face when he is on fire. The man is arguably one of the best players to have ever played the game. It would be stupid of Stan Van Gundy to just let him have another field day tonight at the Staples Center.
Expect the Magic to tighten up on the defensive end by blocking the lane from Bryant attacking and forcing LA to shoot the ball at a low percentage.
Lil Wayne "Kobe Bryant"
If you have not heard yet, Lil Wayne just recently dropped a new song titled, "Kobe Bryant." While LA fans must be absolutely flattered by the song, the Magic roster are pretty amped up as well.
For anyone who does not know, the Magic use anything they can to bring more intensity and more meaning to any game that they play in.
Taking it back to the second round of the playoffs, the Magic had the numbers 32-0 (the Celtics historic record while leading in a series that actually went to a final Game Seven) written in their locker room and while they practiced before Game Seven against the Boston Celtics. It was basically motivation and preparation for themselves, and look where it got them today!
This Lil Wayne song could have not came out at a better time for the Orlando Magic. You can guarantee that this has been the only song that they have listened to since their embarrassing loss to LA in Game One on Thursday.
With all the talk and publicity still on the Lakers side, the Magic have no other option than to come out and play their kind of basketball on the court tonight.
Expect the series to be tied up by the end of the night.