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Thursday, June 04, 2009

How the Lakers and Magic match up

Here's a look at how the two teams match up by position, with playoff statistics in parenthesis:

PG: Derek Fisher (7.1 ppg, 35.6% FG) vs Rafer Alston (12.7 ppg, 38.3%)

Fisher has been in a bad slump this post-season, while Alston has done a solid job running the Magic offense, as evidenced by his solid 2.5/1 assist/turnover ratio, and making timely open jumpers despite his FG%. Advantage... MAGIC

SG: Kobe Bryant (29.6 ppg, 46.6% FG) vs Courtney Lee (8.8 ppg, 45.1% FG) or Mickael Pietrus (10.5 ppg, 48.5% FG)

Bryant is who he is, but Lee and Pietrus will make Bryant work hard for his points; Pietrus has been a revelation for the Magic off the bench in the playoffs with his versatility on offense and defense and timely three point shooting. Advantage... LAKERS

SF: Trevor Ariza (11.4 ppg, 55.8% FG) vs Hedo Turkoglu (15.2 ppg, 41% FG, 5.1 assists)

Ariza, formerly with the Magic, is playing the best basketball of his career both offensively and defensively, while Turkoglu has been struggling with consistency shooting in the playoffs, but has hit a couple of big shots and has done a solid job passing and ballhandling when he needs to. Slight advantage... MAGIC

PF: Pau Gasol (18.2 ppg, 57.4% FG, 11.3 reb) or Lamar Odom (12.0 ppg, 51.9% FG, 9.5 rebounds) vs Rashard Lewis (19.4 ppg, 46% FG, 6.1 rebounds)

When Gasol and Andrew Bynum are in the game together, Gasol will probably be on Lewis; when Bynum is on the bench, Odom will be on Lewis. Odom has played outstanding off the bench this postseason, while Gasol has been his usual solid self. Lewis has been the Magic's second-best player this postseason. Tough call here, but if Odom and Gasol both play as well as they did against Denver... Slight advantage... LAKERS

C: Andrew Bynum (6.3 ppg, 3.6 rebounds) or Gasol vs Dwight Howard (21.7 ppg, 62.2% FG, 15.4 rebounds)

Tough matchup for the Lakers here defensively, as Howard should have his way with either player, as neither player is physical enough to contain Howard. Advantage... MAGIC

Other bench players for the Lakers: SG Shannon Brown (5.7 ppg); PG Jordan Farmar (5.1 ppg); SG Sasha Vujacic (3.8 ppg); SF Luke Walton (3.8 ppg)

Other bench players for the Magic: SG: J.J. Redick (6.2 ppg); PG Anthony Johnson (4.3 ppg); C Marcin Gortat (3.3 ppg); PF Tony Battie (2.2 ppg) Slight advantage... LAKERS

Coaches: Phil Jackson vs Stan Van Gundy

Van Gundy has done an outstanding job in his two seasons with the Magic to get them to this point, but Jackson is a future Hall of Famer with 9 championships. Advantage... LAKERS

I think this is going to be an outstanding and very competitive series, much better than a Cavaliers/Lakers matchup would have been (The Lakers would have beaten the Cavs in 4 or 5 games).

I don't want to jinx the Magic by picking them to win.

Remember Mike Freeman, the cbssports.com columnist who wrote a scathing article criticizing the Magic after they beat Philly in Round 1? Well, he's really changed his tune, as the Magic have made a believer out of him. Here's his latest column: www.cbssports.com/nba/story/11816700

I was asked by Greg Payne of celticscircuit.com, a Boston Celtics blog, to partake in a few questions and answers Wednesday regarding the Magic/Lakers. Click on the link to check it out.

Johnny Ludden of Yahoo! Sports speculates on how Jameer Nelson could help the Magic if he plays in this column.

Here is Yahoo Sports! preview of the series.

Check out Third Quarter Collapse for various posts and previews regarding the series.

Sportsbook.com has installed the Lakers as -260 favorites to win the series, with the Magic as +210 underdogs. The Lakers are 6 point favorites to win Game 1.

The fun starts tonight at 9:00 Eastern on ABC.


  • At 5:29 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Should be interesting to see how it all plays out from game to game in the series.

  • At 6:35 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Mike Freeman is a complete idiot, plain and simple.

    Just be because his so-called experts blew the Magic off, no one else saw them comming???? Moron!

    He needs to find another line of work. Perhaps picking up gold balls from a driving range. I hate these assholes who totally ignored the Magic all season, gave them no chance of winning anything, and are now acting as though they are life-long fans. It's great to see how the community is ralling around them, it's about time. But these national media clowns are pathetic.

  • At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Ron said…

    Funny point you said about the fact that Pietrus will make Kobe work for his points. Is the same Pietrus that "made" Lebron "work" for his points when he avg 38 8 and 8. Go back to you bandwagon, what was this site created in the middle of May of 2009? a joke.

    Lakers in 5

  • At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Ron said…

    I've also been to a few Magic games this year and there were not fans jumping up and down outside the arena by the fountains all year, that just happened in the Eastern Conf Finals, i also have a feeling that in the crowd is the people who run this site as well. Bandwagon Magic fans is all you guys have.

  • At 12:03 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Jan 2006 to be exact and thats a fact! Who cares if you think we have bandwagon fans,thats all you can come up with??? What a loser! 2 posts,both waste's of breath!!! Rememeber youll be watching the magic when the finals start,where's cleveland? LOL...

  • At 12:08 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Keep up the hating though,your great for a laugh "Retarded kid". And thanks for going to games and supporting the team! GO MAGIC BEAT LA!!! LOL...

  • At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I dont think you have bandwagon fans, i know this (as do others) that you are bandwagon fans. Its the same thing with the Tampa Bay Rays, a bunch of bandwagon fans.


    Have fun rooting for your team for your 1 month out the year, must suck to be a bandwagon fan.

  • At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Dwight Howard said…

    I hope i dont foul out of game 1 tonight, there is no way I can stop anyone without fouling out of the basketball game...hopefully Pau Gasol and bynum takes it easy on me tonight or i might cry like i did after the Cleveland series.

    -Your 2009 Defensive player of the year...Dwight Howard.

  • At 2:00 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    Isn't it funny these clowns were never around until the Magic made it to the finals? Now the haters and crybabies are crawling out of the woodwork.

    Actually, I think it's just one pathetic individual who was shoved so far up LeChokes ass that he may never get over the trama of being beat by the Magic..

    I guess when you live in a shithole like Cleveland this is how you amuse yourself. Poluted air, poluted water, skank women, inbred kids, no jobs, and the worst sports franchises in the US, i guess they need to amuse themselves somehow.

    Don't worry though kids. You'll have one more year with LeQueen LeBron before he bolts for NY.

    My guess is the suicide rate will quadruple in Cleveland in 2010.

  • At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ken, isnt it funny how none of these magic fans were around until the finals.

    Bandwagon fans on this blog and people who will be in attendence for game 3


  • At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This blog was probly started last week after game 4 was given to the Magic. Bandwagon fans.


  • At 3:30 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    Ok, genius... I'll use little words so you can understand this.

    If you go to the homepage of this blog and scroll down the right hand side of the page, there are the dates for the previous months and years of posting.


    This blog has a small, but dedicated following. You won't find a more dedicated, knowledgeable group of Magic fans anywhere.. I've been here since the beginning and I guarantee they are no bandwagon fans on this blog. Just the same group of guys since 06. I can't speak for the people who go to the games. I'm sure there are bandwagoners who are just now noticing we have a team in town. It's about time they noticed. We can use all the fans we can get. But as far as bandwagon fans, they aren't on here...

  • At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Ron said…

    This blog is in typical bandwagon style, you bash on the haters that come out of the woodwork for the playoffs, but when was this blog created...let me guess....Early May? or was it after they beat the Celtics in game 7. Bandwagon fans.

    So once you started making the playoffs is when you started caring enuogh to make a blog about your magic, what were you before 2006? I bet you all stopped being magic fans after Shaq left in the 90s.


  • At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Who here was born in orlando and was a magic fan in the early 2000s?, probly none...haha...bandwagon fans jump on in...


  • At 4:02 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    8 posts. All identical. Calling this little blog "bandwagon" fans. For what it's worth guys, this was post #1105 -- I just looked it up. We need to upgrade our trolls. These are boring.

    Damn Mike, you've been awfully busy if you've only been doing this since May!

    And Jan 2006 is only the blog -- we really started by bashing each other at the Sentinel comments section starting September 2005. That was hard to do -- coming up with creative 140 character posts on how awful the Magic were.

    These trolls remind me of the Sentinel. Nothing constructive. Not even a funny put-down.

    I'd bet $100 "Ron" has never been to an NBA game in his life. Let alone been to Florida.

    Early 2000's? Not that anyone cares, but my wife and I went to one of the very first preseason games (held in Tampa) the Magic's first year. Scott Skiles, Sydney Green, Otis Smith, Terry Catledge. That was 1989.

  • At 4:04 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Ken, Big Figure, OVERWADED...

    Just ignore these haters who come on here who don't have anything intelligent to say and just want to purposely agitate everyone.

    To "Ron", "Anonymous", "Dwight Howard", and anyone else who trolls on here... any further trolling, and if you don't have anything intelligent to say, your comments will be deleted.

    I just don't want a complete meltdown here on the blog.

  • At 4:09 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    You're exactly right about the Sentinel Blog, WeRDevos... that's why we created this blog... for intelligent Magic fans or NBA fans who have constructive things to say, without the trolling and contempt that's so prevalent on the Sentinel Blog.

    Last thing we want this blog to turn into is anything like the Sentinel Blog.

  • At 4:14 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I've been attending Magic games periodically since March of 1990 on my yearly vacations to Orlando from where I live in the Chicago suburbs.

  • At 4:16 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    We are such front runners that we started this blog to root for (by minutes played):

    1. Howard 1268
    2. Stevenson 1193
    3. Francis 1095
    4. Turkoglu 1041
    5. Nelson 976
    6. Battie 898
    7. Garrity 470
    8. Hill 375

    And the gd-sob-effin head coach was Brian Hill. No one hated, and still does, Grant Hill more than me. Stevenson may have been the dumbest ever member of the Magic,and that season was on his way to attempting 2 total 3 point field goal shots while playing every game at shooting guard.

    They were 13-18 at the time. Francis was indefinitely suspended that month, which actually helped progress Howard's & Nelson's career. If folks say the Magic don't have a power forward in Lewis, try a Battie/Garrity combo and start a blog around that.

    Damn, I can't wait for the game to start tonight. This team has come so far in four years.

  • At 5:00 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Poor Ron has no reading comprehension skills.

  • At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Lakers win! lakers win!

    Magic is not that good of a team, Go Lakers.


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