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
DaveFromLA

Los Angeles, CA

#144 Jun 4, 2009
Lakersdude wrote:
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Wrong on both counts. Kobe came back in because either he wanted to or the coach told him to. Does it matter? That's what winners do; no mercy; no opportunity for allowing a comeback. It worked.
Point two: There was 1 second on the SHOT CLOCK and Powell took the shot. There were 3 or 4 seconds left in the GAME CLOCK after that.
They got that last three so the fans could get the free 100 point tacos!!
Lakersdude

Los Angeles, CA

#146 Jun 4, 2009
Orlando fans: your team is not as deep, talented, motivated, or Kob-i-fied enough to win. The Cleveland victory against a one-man team was very nice and will have to do until next year.
Jonathan

Oceanside, CA

#147 Jun 4, 2009
DaveFromLA wrote:
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You talk like points scored is the only stat that matters. Odom had only one less rebound than Howard, and the Lakers dominated in rebounds and in assists. The Lakers played a complete game and Gasol completely frustrated Howard, despite being smaller and lighter. Basketball is not one dimensional.
Well I would hope someone on the Lakers would have a decent amount of rebounds considering the Magic missed 50 shots from the field. Gasol didn't frustrate Howard. They did a good job of Hack-a-dwight and didn't allow any shot attempts. The Lakers were not as great on D as everyone is making it out to be. Turkoglu and Lewis were getting to the rim, Nelson after missing half the season was getting right into the heart of the defense and making great passes. This Magic loss was two part...one part the Magic going cold from the floor and the 2nd part was Kobe. He dominated the game on his own. Laker fans can't really hang their hat on this win. Yeah it looks nice but even the best NBA teams have bad games (Rockets-Lakers series)
Showtime

Los Angeles, CA

#148 Jun 4, 2009
All week long I been hearing the Magic are a bad match up for the lakers, but it goes both ways, its a battle of wills, magic need to speed the game up with their smaller line up, lakers need to slow it down. Howard is gonna have to do something significant to get a double team on every possession, he has to free up more guys, no doubt I expect a closer game in game 2.
Tommy

Port Richey, FL

#149 Jun 4, 2009
Im proud of what we did tonight especially for Kobe. BUT this series has just begun. We need 3 more wins. Im not celebrating until we hoist the Larry O Brien trophy. GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!

“Rough road ahead”

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#150 Jun 4, 2009
Orlando Resident wrote:
Orlando knows they can beat LA if they play their game.
The question is will the Lakers let them play their game.
OrlMagic1Fan

Sanford, FL

#151 Jun 4, 2009
We got wup tonight. The Lakers played a text book game. Phil had an answer for everything we tried. It's funny that Nelson (who has not played in 4 months) got him exited. Congratulations to the Lakers on a game well played, and to the Laker fans, talk all the crap you want for we will be the ones talking on Sunday. It is far from over.
Jonathan

Oceanside, CA

#152 Jun 4, 2009
Anyone that knows basketball and plays basketball knows that if the shots not falling through the hoop. Defensive intensity goes down and bad shot selection % goes up. It's one game...if game 2 the Magic shoot another 29% from the field and get blown out then we can start talking about the Lakers somehow playing a complete game. The Laker starting 5 stats were not impressive at all. Kobe had 8 assists...the rest of the Lakers had an outstanding 10 assists combined..Nelson didnt play the 2nd half of the season and had 4. The great Laker D forced a whopping 8 turnovers too!. The Magic shot themselves out of the game in this one, Laker fans really shouldn't even count this as a decisive win besides Kobe's performance. I wouldn't count on this 2 nights in a row. This is not Utah the Lakers are playing. Kobe has gone for 40 on the Magic and have lost previously.
Tommy

Port Richey, FL

#153 Jun 5, 2009
Are there any Laker fans in the Saint Petersburg FL area who want to watch game 2 at a Winghouse or something???
I used to live L.A. and it sucks living out here having the only Lakers flag on my car.
Jonathan

Oceanside, CA

#154 Jun 5, 2009
Showtime wrote:
All week long I been hearing the Magic are a bad match up for the lakers, but it goes both ways, its a battle of wills, magic need to speed the game up with their smaller line up, lakers need to slow it down. Howard is gonna have to do something significant to get a double team on every possession, he has to free up more guys, no doubt I expect a closer game in game 2.
I agree, thats what is going to make this series fun to watch. Unless the Magic don't make adjustments...but just like game 5 against Cleveland, the Magic played bad and made adjustments. They established Howard in the paint and he opened up the perimeter for the 3 point shooters. Howards not going to have another 12 point night. SVG will make adjustments and Dwight will come out more intense. I don't think the team was nervous because they played well in the first 16 minutes of the game until they went cold after the little run they made.
Chris

Roanoke, VA

#155 Jun 5, 2009
Redick needs more minutes
Turk the Turk

Mexico

#157 Jun 5, 2009
The guy from Turkey was pounded on to produce, and kept taking poo shots. Why insist on passing the ball to a guy that can't hit?? Was it their Plan??
Willathan

Canada

#158 Jun 5, 2009
The Majic Will win this matchup..you'll see Jack.
Jonathan

Oceanside, CA

#159 Jun 5, 2009
Lakersdude wrote:
Orlando fans: your team is not as deep, talented, motivated, or Kob-i-fied enough to win. The Cleveland victory against a one-man team was very nice and will have to do until next year.
If you checked your Laker teams box score you'd see that your "deep" team actually didn't play that well. But they were definately "Kob-i-fied" enough to win. He went nuts. The points for the Lakers weren't much different from the Cavs. Kobe went for 40 like Lebron, Lamar went for 11 like Ilgauskus, Bynum put up 9 like an avg Varejao game, Pau put up 16 not much different from Mo Williams scoring and fisher had 9 points like a Booby Gibson stat. The numbers were not lopsided as you think. The Magic just flat out couldn't hit a shot! They made 23 field goals the entire game. 9 more than Kobe. That was the difference, not a "deep" team. Besides Odom who is pretty much a starter your bench scored 12 points and your backup pg and sg were 0 for 4. and 3 of the 12 points from your bench were at the last second of the game. Play the win however you want but its a fact that this series is far from over.

“Rough road ahead”

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#160 Jun 5, 2009
CharlesB222 wrote:
<quoted text>34 shots ? In one game ? Wow. I bet any one of us here in this forum could score 40 points by jacking up 34 shots in 1 game. Not impressive at all whatsoever. In no way shape or form does it get it done here.
I don't think so.
Madtown

Valencia, CA

#161 Jun 5, 2009
Ron Jeremy needs to make major adjustments for next game. Starting with doubling Kobe off the pic.

“Rough road ahead”

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#162 Jun 5, 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.

Yeah but they Lakers didn't let Howard go off, and the Magic was not able to stop the Lakers.

So, the Lakers at this moment advantage.
Jonathan

Oceanside, CA

#163 Jun 5, 2009
Ariza made one 3 pt shot too. The terrible team scoring is a direct result of kobe scoring so much and shooting so much. The lakers really didnt get much rhythm in this game except for Kobe.
Jonathan

Oceanside, CA

#164 Jun 5, 2009
Madtown wrote:
Ron Jeremy needs to make major adjustments for next game. Starting with doubling Kobe off the pic.
I think he should do what he did to Lebron in game 6...send a random double at him. Not on every possession so to keep Kobe guessing. Overall the Magic played the rest of the Lakers decent, although defense could have been better, but the main threats were pau and odom (besides Kobe) It's easy to see the Lakers strategy. They plan on taking advantage of there size in the post and ariza, fisher and the rest were limited in shots. The major adjustment the Magic need to make is protecting the paint more.

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#165 Jun 5, 2009
Jonathan wrote:
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Well I would hope someone on the Lakers would have a decent amount of rebounds considering the Magic missed 50 shots from the field. Gasol didn't frustrate Howard. They did a good job of Hack-a-dwight and didn't allow any shot attempts. The Lakers were not as great on D as everyone is making it out to be. Turkoglu and Lewis were getting to the rim, Nelson after missing half the season was getting right into the heart of the defense and making great passes. This Magic loss was two part...one part the Magic going cold from the floor and the 2nd part was Kobe. He dominated the game on his own. Laker fans can't really hang their hat on this win. Yeah it looks nice but even the best NBA teams have bad games (Rockets-Lakers series)
Whatever, the Lakers D was that good.

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