Magic go cold in L.A., lose Game 1

The Los Angeles Lakers have won Game 1 of the NBA finals, beating the Orlando Magic 100-75 behind a dominant performance from Kobe Bryant. Full Story
orl all day

Mesa, AZ

#44 Jun 4, 2009
bad game thats all our team was lost tonight but i tell the laker fans be ready for game 2 because magic will be out looking
LTV

Riverside, CA

#45 Jun 4, 2009
Connie Lingus wrote:
Q: What do you call someone who is a Lakers fan?
A: A flaming butt-pirate.
Hey Kobe, wanna "date" my little sister?
Only if he can have you next Btch!
JunkYardDog

Saraland, AL

#46 Jun 4, 2009
Sunday can't come soon enough.
Water Boy

Stanton, CA

#47 Jun 4, 2009
Connie Lingus wrote:
Q: What do you call someone who is a Lakers fan?
A: A flaming butt-pirate.
Hey Kobe, wanna "date" my little sister?
Out come the trolls..

So if you call a fan that, what do you call the lakers?

The answer to that question BEAT your magic.

There, now grow up!

Since: May 09

Whittier, Ca

#48 Jun 4, 2009
Connie Lingus wrote:
Q: What do you call someone who is a Lakers fan?
A: A flaming butt-pirate.
Hey Kobe, wanna "date" my little sister?
I didnt know Orlando was such a hot bed for up and coming d-bag comedians. And your screen name? GENIUS! I mean that came out of NOWHERE! You are good. Keep with the jokes, the bitterness in your post doesnt suit you.
Laker Larry

Canyon, TX

#49 Jun 4, 2009
Greg,
"Why do laker fans come to orlandos newspaper and talk s**t. Get a life and go talk on the la times."

So you know where our LA Times blog is. Try reading some of the BS comments your Magic fans have posted there, then you might understand why we come to your blog and gloat.

Don't disrespect Mamba 24. He bites!
get real football

North Hollywood, CA

#50 Jun 4, 2009
Connie Lingus wrote:
Q: What do you call someone who is a Lakers fan?
A: A flaming butt-pirate.
Hey Kobe, wanna "date" my little sister?
What do you call someone who is a laker fan ? A WINNER TONIGHT BABY , LAKERS 100 magic 75.
Code Man

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#51 Jun 4, 2009
Lakeshow8976 wrote:
Before any loudmouth fellow Lakers fans come on here and prematurely gloat. The Magic got alot of open looks, looks we cant count on them missing in rest of this series. Before this series started I felt either of these teams could easily win games. Its going to come down to execution. As a Lakers fan you always want to find something to hate about the other team and use it as motivation to stomp on them, but I cant find anything bad to say about the Magic. Good team. Its not even CLOSE to being over.
Thanks for being a mature fan, I'm sure I can speak for some others as well as myself, look forward to chatting with you thru the series. I think if the shots go down for O'town, the games are going to be exciting. Kobe vs. raining 3s

Since: May 09

Casselberry, FL

#52 Jun 4, 2009
Ok now please allow me to be the voice of reason in here as usual.

Folks we are looking at a clean sweep here. Kobe Bryant simply WILL NOT and I repeat WILL NOT be denied a championship this year. Did you all see the demon like look on his face tonight? Clearly he was playing like a man who was possessed out there.

It's simple really folks. It is 1995 all over again. One team (Lakers) is playing like they WANT IT. The other team (Magic) is playing like they are just happy to be here. Exactly like 1995 for sure folks.

NO DOUBT at all whatsoever that the Lakers WILL win this series. Even a 4 year old can make that prediction. The only question that remains is will the Magic atleast win 1 game in this series ?
LAL

United States

#53 Jun 4, 2009
GO LAKERS!
DaTruthSetsUFree

Stevenson Ranch, CA

#54 Jun 4, 2009
Some interesting things happened in game 1.

When Howard goes out with 2 fouls, they bring in Gortat. Battie replaces Lewis to get more defense, because Gasol was posting up and killing Rashard. Nelson comes in and the Magic start to kill the Lakers with penetration, going up 5.

In response, Jackson brings in Walton who gets to post up the smaller Lee. L.A. gets hot and goes up by 5. SVG calls a timeout, but they get further behind and calls another timeout about two minutes later.

The question is, what happened in the third quarter? Kobe was on fire, but Orlando's big three didn't do much. How much is it bad shooting, and how much was it good defense?

Orlando is too good a team to get blown out. However, the Lakers are much better offensively than Cleveland and Boston, so it will be much tougher to come back from a big deficit.

Orlando will come back strong on Sunday. This will be the key game of the series for both teams as it is very difficult to sweep the middle three games. If L.A. wins, it puts tremendous pressure on the Magic to shoot 3's well for three games in a row, so I don't think the odds will be in their favor.

If Orlando wins game 2, this series may go 7.

There is still a long way to go.

Go Lakers!

Since: May 09

Casselberry, FL

#55 Jun 4, 2009
Clearly the Jameer Nelson return had a lot to do with this loss tonight. It is like learning how to play with a new player all over again out there.

The team seemed to not have that same level of confidence out there that they had with Rafer and Anthony Johnson running things.
Code Man

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#56 Jun 4, 2009
The Man wrote:
We played about as bad as we could have possibly played. 29% FG?!??!
We missed layups, open shots, contested shots, every shot damn near.
Kobe was lights out even in the face of good defense.
Rashard was lost the entire game.
Jameer played way too long in the 2nd Qtr. I hope that doesn't jack up our chemistry and come back and bite us in the arse.
We'll bounce back.
GO MAGIC!!!
Missed everything, even the ones that went in came back out.

I don't see Jameer being an issue. We get happy happy bouncy bouncy rainbow miss with Alston and the missed shots from the stripe back to back. He did great filling in, but Nelson's C game I'd take over Alston. Just for the factor of being able to run a play, settle things down, and make some really nice passes. His height got him blocked a couple times tonight, so he's gotta keep that in mind, no late releases. Quick decisions shoot or pass in the paint.
orl all day

Mesa, AZ

#57 Jun 4, 2009
laker fans so cocky y you one game
grow up seriously its not the end
and remember we beat the defending champs and the so called eastern conf. best, itll be a good finals game on!
jimbo

Winter Park, FL

#58 Jun 4, 2009
I hope this isn't 1995 all over again. Magic got beat in all aspects of the game tonight. Quite unnerving to be honest. They couldn't hit the broad side of a barn tonight. Hope they just had a bad game and they can rebound from this, but if they don't stop Kobe it's over.
LA Longtime

Redondo Beach, CA

#59 Jun 4, 2009
Dakine Mamba look no good sign
LBJ

Converse, TX

#60 Jun 4, 2009
The Magic fans sure believe in their team. Very confident. We'll see how the series goes.
LBJ

Converse, TX

#61 Jun 4, 2009
orl all day wrote:
laker fans so cocky y you one game
grow up seriously its not the end
and remember we beat the defending champs and the so called eastern conf. best, itll be a good finals game on!
Gotta remember they didn't have KG.

Since: May 09

Casselberry, FL

#62 Jun 4, 2009
Back in the good old days when Kobe Bryant returned to the game midway in the 4th quarter of a blowout he would have found himself somewhere in the 4th row behind the basket picking up pieces of himself.

What a disgrace to return to a game that has clearly already been decided. Then on top of that somebody on the Lakers took a 3 pointer with about 1 second to go in the game and he made the shot. What horrendous sportsmanship. Once again, this is where I wish there would be a guy like Charles Oakley that could take out all the trash if you know what I mean.
Mamba24

Lincoln, CA

#63 Jun 4, 2009
Lakeshow8976 wrote:
Before any loudmouth fellow Lakers fans come on here and prematurely gloat. The Magic got alot of open looks, looks we cant count on them missing in rest of this series. Before this series started I felt either of these teams could easily win games. Its going to come down to execution. As a Lakers fan you always want to find something to hate about the other team and use it as motivation to stomp on them, but I cant find anything bad to say about the Magic. Good team. Its not even CLOSE to being over.
The open looks to Peitrus and Lewis and Hedo were not intentional. Rafer Alston was being left open intentionally. They will continue to leave him open until he starts making those shots if he starts making those shots. This is the first series gets to rest on defense. He doesn't have to guard anyone so he will be fresh the whole series. See what happens when you chase Lewis and Peitrus of the 3pt line and make them show they average one direction dribbling skills and horrible mid range jumpers? I see Lewis has no left hand. That layup bounced off the back board pretty hard.

The Magic had the size advantage against the Cavs but in this series its the Magic who are the midgets. Will someone throw in the towel for Lee guarding Kobe? Take the kid out of his misery. Oh Pietrus? You looked like the same guy Kobe used to abuse when you was with the Warriors.

Thats 24 not 23 Pietrus. He does have a midrange and 3pt shot and can make tough shots on a regular basis. Magic can make some small adjustments but Lewis is not going to grow in 2 weeks. You know you have a small line up when Luke Walton is posting up lol.

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