All Hope Is Not Lost: The Lakers Have Already Lost When Up 3-1

Latigo Rapper@@LatigoRapperMeCorrespondent IJune 12, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 11:  (L) Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and (R) Mickael Pietrus #20 of the Orlando Magic exchange words as they are held back by Dwight Howard #12 of the Magic in Game Four of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 11, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  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)

First it was a missed Courtney Lee alley-oop with 0.6 left in game two that caused Magic's fans sleepless nights. The Magic lost in OT.

Then came Dwight Howard's two missed free throws in the final 11 seconds of game four that has caused a panic in Orlando much worst than that brought about by the swine flu (AH1N1) pandemic. The Magic again lost in OT.

The Magic are down 3-1 instead of the one being the one to up by 3-1.

Only eight teams has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit.

At first glance, that statistical data may seem to be a hope crushing reality, but if you dig deeper you will find out that it is actually a ray of light for the Magic.

Among the eight teams that have made a 3-1 comeback was the Phoenix Suns during the 2006 season. 

And it was Kobe Bryant's Lakers that were beaten by the Suns that time.

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The Suns were also defeated in overtime, 98-99, by the Lakers in game four of that series.

They say history repeats itself, and the Lakers are in a very familiar position.

So cheer up Orlando fans!...If it was done before it can definitely be done again.

The Magic have all the weapons in their arsenal to this pull off. They have streak shooters and they have a Superman center.

The battle will be hard. It will be tough. 

The Lakers will not give in. They will definitely fight in every possession.

Nevertheless, I still believe the Magic will be the ones to lift up the Larry O'Brien trophy next week.

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