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Monday, June 8, 2009


One blown layup cost Orlando the chance to steal homecourt advantage in Game 2 of the Finals. Stan Van Gundy drew up a perfect play with .6 seconds left in regulation and the game tied. He had Hedo Turkoglu, the inbounder, throw a lob pass. But instead of it going to a big man, as the Lakers anticipated, shooting guard Courtney Lee snuck in behind the defense. But Lee, who had missed a runner during the final minute, bounced it off the glass and front rim.
That probably cost the Magic the series. They now have to win 4 of 5.
I'm still sticking with my original prediction - Lakers in 7. Orlando played much better in Game 2 as all of their frontcourt players increased their offensive production. They now have to sort out what to do with the point guard situation, complicated by the return of Jameer Nelson. For a crucial stretch in the late going, Van Gundy didn't use Nelson or starter Rafer Alston, instead having Turkoglu bring up the ball. I thought that was a mistake - they had four turnovers during that stretch.
I think Van Gundy should stick with Alston, spot in Nelson during the second quarter and about 6-8 minutes midway through the second half, then play the hot hand down the stretch.


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