Category Archives: Playoffs

2009 NBA Champions: Los Angeles Lakers – Congratulations are in Order

I was openly rooting for the Magic but alas it wasn’t their time. I don’t want to write some long winded recap of the series, but taking a cue from Shaq on twitter, a quick congratulations are in order.

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Congrats Kobe Bryant on #4 – Maybe we can get the Nike puppets in the video for “Shaq How My Ass Taste?”

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Congrats Phil Jackson on #10 – Hands are full… walk away. Now where can I buy that cap?

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Congrats Lamar Odom – How SWEET it is to be on that cover – just another thing money can’t buy you

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Congrats Derek Fisher – Big Shot Bob Who? You made them when they counted.

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Congrats Pau Gasol – Puppy dog face + NBA trophy + Bear hug + Invisalines= Priceless! … Now go thank Chris Wallace

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Congrats Trevor Ariza – You can now spend the rest of the summer planning what to do with all the money coming your way.

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Congratuls Andrew Bynum – You finally got your hands on the only thing you can grab without getting called for a foul.

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Congrats to the rest of the team – Sasha Vujacic , Jordan Farmar, Luke Walton, Shannon Brown, Josh Powell, Didier Mbenga, Sun Yue, Adam Morrison – Each of you now have 1 more ring than Malone, Barkley, Reggie Miller….

I may not have written a recap but the rest of the blogosphere was all over that…
Hardwood Paroxysm: Sometimes You’re Just Better Than Everyone Else
The Baseline: All Things Being Equal, That Happened
True Hoop: Nine Things to Remember About the 2009 NBA Finals
Silver Screen and Roll: Lakers Win 15th Championship
Straight Bangin’: The Unraveling of a Good Idea
Dino Nation Blog: Lakers Are Defending Champs…Let Off-Season Begin
Talk Hoops: 2009 NBA Finals -Lakers/Magic Game 5 Recap

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The NBA – Where Every Second Counts

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Mentioned this on Twitter last night. No joke, I think my heart skipped a few beats as the Magic crumbled in OT to the Lakers. These playoffs have been as good as it gets. When the Raptors blew the season I went ahead and picked two teams to ride with through the playoffs – The Blazers and The Magic – and what a ride it has been. Truthfully, I believed the Blazers had a better chance of doing anything this year but with no real vested interest in either team, I have surprised myself at how emotional these playoffs have gotten me. Night after night of upsets, overtimes and buzzer-beaters have proven costly to my health and my wallet. I have been trying to quit smoking (yes ugggh I know) but all this stress isn’t helping the cause. Last night as Fisher drained a 3 with 4.6 seconds left, I picked up my pack of smokes and the warning was staring me right in the face. Instead of taking a cigarette out of the pack I tweeted – This years playoffs should come with a surgeon generals warning

Looking back at last night, we saw both teams play come out with more of a defensive mindset. The odds that the Magic would repeat their shooting performance were slim and though it was looking good for them in the first half, they ended the night shooting at a 41% clip. They didn’t do themselves any favors by shooting only 59% from the charity stripe and coughing up the ball 17 times. When your star player has more turnovers(9) than the entire Laker team(7) you better hope for everything else to fall in place, but as the time ticked down they were still “One errand elbow” away from tying up the series.

Gotta give props where they are due. Last night, even though it came ugly, the Lakers did what they had to in order to win a tough game on the road. Early on in the game the refs went whistle happy and most of the calls went against the Lakers’s big men causing Phil Jackson to reach way down his bench and give minutes to Powell and Mbenga. The Zen master must have poured on some wisdom at halftime because everything changed from there on out. The soon to be a lot richer, Trevor Ariza took over in the 3rd Q and almost single handedly outscored the entire Magic team. When it came to closing out the game the ball was put in the hands of the seasoned vets on the team. Phil Jackson’s 9 rings are no fluke and earlier in the series when people were calling for Fisher to be benched he didn’t flinch and on this night that same guy who was being thrown under the bus turned out the hero.

This series could very well be 3-1 in favor of the Magic but as we know, a few seconds is a lifetime in an NBA game and there is a reason you have to play all 48 minutes. The Magic have a lot of maturing to do but I have no doubt they will come back with vengeance next game.

I will leave you with this….

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Done with Dinneyland…. For Now

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Disneyland 2 – Disney World 0

Courtney Lee may have missed the game winning shot for the Magic to steal home court but the story of the game was written with all the shots the Magic didn’t get to take, courtesy of the 20 turnovers they accumulated in game 2. They improved statistically in every category from game 1 but my eyes kept going back to that number 20.

Post game, Coach Stan Van Gundy couldn’t look past that number either – “If the formula was 20 turnovers and 41 percent shooting, it’s not a very good formula.”

Coming off a crushing 25-point defeat, the Magic would have liked a better start to game 2. Luckily for them, the Lakers were in the same position to start this one as we witnessed a horrible display of basketball through the first 12 minutes of the game. With shooting percentages under 30% for both teams this situation favored the Magic. They came out in the second half with energy and their 3 headed monster got rolling. Some questionable coaching decisions (J.J. Redick with crunch time minutes in an NBA final?) still left them in a position to win the game. Going into the 4th with a lead and Dwight on the court with only 2 fouls, Orlando had done a pretty good job of making up for the turnovers but then there was Kobe. Staring them down, not as vocal as he had been in game 1, but everyone in that arena knows that the 4th quarter is his. Coming off a NBA finals personal scoring high (40pts) Kobe got in the drivers seat and went to work. A block and a missed opportunity took us to overtime. Going into the extra frame, momentum had clearly shifted. 7 points from Pau Gasol in OT essentially sealed the fate of the Magic.

The Magic may be heading home down 0-2 in the series but this is far from over. Home cooking has been good to them this post season but they are faced with a human obstacle – Kobe Bryant. He is a man on a mission right now and if Orlando wants to go back to Disneyland they are going to have to execute or else they may lose their season pass to the Magic Kingdom – Until next year.

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Day 2 of NBA Withdrawal brought you my top 10 basketball movies so I found it fitting to follow that up with a list of books. I love to read and but there is just never enough time to read … Continue reading

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Day 2 of NBA Withdrawals continues and today its about movies and books! I love watching sports movies as much as I love watching the sports. I own every movie on this list and some have been purchased for a … Continue reading