Magic's Game 1 loss not a pretty picture

Magic's Game 1 loss not a pretty picture

There are 17 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jun 5, 2009, titled Magic's Game 1 loss not a pretty picture. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

"We threw the paint on the canvas yesterday." That was Tony Battie 's assessment of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

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Fullerton, CA

#1 Jun 5, 2009
The Magic's problem is that the Lakers respect them and don't take them lightly. It makes them all play up to their maximum potential, which means they will win over 80% of the time. The Magic should get at least one in Orlando, the Lakers one, and they'll have to battle for the 3rd one. Personally, I have no problem with the Magic taking 2 of 3 in Orlando. I want to see the championship game celebratiion at home in L.A.

I predict a rematch next year. Home court will be reversed, with the Magic having it. The lakers will take game 1 and put the pysche back in the Magic's heads.

Bottom line, Magic Fans, settle down. Don't believe the hype about your team matching up with the Lakers and possibly even winning a game or two.

U CAN'T BEAT L.A.!!!!!
Pinas Escubeda

Garden Grove, CA

#2 Jun 5, 2009
Pinas here.

To the people of Orlando--hold your heads up high. There is no shame in losing to a champion. Thank you for a great game and let's keep it going!

Satellite Beach, FL

#3 Jun 5, 2009
I have to say...Agree or disagree with SVG's decision to play Jameer, Alston is being extremely "understanding" I just watched his post game interview and his comments: "We all have to adjust to it" BUT he did say

"I got into a rhythm in the 1st quarter and had to try to do it again in the 3rd quarter..and it was difficult. He brings up a big point. I mean Rafer has done a great job of running the O and now he isn't sure where he stands.

I hope we can regroup..As I KNOW there is no way we can spot LA 15 and expect to just waltz back in

Lets go Magic...Bring the same intensity in Game 2 that you had in Game 6 against CAVS.

Lady Lake, FL

#4 Jun 5, 2009
"Van Gundy did acknowledge that he had erred by using Nelson for the entire second quarter, saying he would limit Nelson to stretches of 6-7 minutes of playing time as the series moves forward" Quoted from

Central District, Hong Kong

#6 Jun 6, 2009
The Lakers' performance in Game 1 was far from a "masterpiece" by their standard. You'd know if you had watched more of their games. A Lakers masterpiece would be like Game 6 of the WCF, and Kobe's best work would be like Game 4 in the 1st round against the Jazz. Yes the Lakers did a fine job on the defensive end, but they could have played a much better offensive game than what we saw in Game 1 against the Magic.
The Hawk

Orlando, FL

#7 Jun 6, 2009
Guess you laker fans have never seen a pissed of and observe.
The Hawk

Orlando, FL

#8 Jun 6, 2009
Let me be more kind in my words...Guess you laker fans have never seen a ticked off and observe...

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#9 Jun 6, 2009
To SVG and OS: In 1663 Glaser defined CHEMISTRY as a scientific art, by which one learns to draw from the bodies the different substances on their composition, and how to unite them again, and exalt them to a higher perfection. Once this chemistry is obtained you do not introduce a new body capable of altering that chemistry. In sports, the intangible that binds a team together is known as "team chemistry". This intangible makes the difference between an ordinary season and an outstanding one. During this season SVG developed and enhanced it and the Magic had obtained the chemistry capable of catapulting the team to the championship. Why then, at the start of the most crucial series, a new body was introduced to the composition? The replacement of your point guard at the start of the NBA Finals is like replacing your fourth man at bat at the start of the World Series, or you quarterback at the start of the Super Bowl. This is insane. We all saw the result last night. Rafer was out of rhythm. Johnson did not play. Turk and Lewis were out of mojo. Even Superman did not fly. The team chemistry was altered and broken. There still time. Please restore the chemistry immediately. Otherwise, the Magic will lose this series badly. Go Magic!

Oviedo, FL

#10 Jun 6, 2009
The Lakers should be given credit for the first game, but the NBA Finals are far from over. It's only a single game. The goal away is to bring at least one win home, and Orlando still has that opportunity on Sunday.

The Magic have proven their resilience when the odds, commentators, "fortune tellers," etc. tried to claim otherwise. Our team has already won the Eastern Conference Championship against the best team in the NBA this year, and they can win now with the same perseverance.

Congrats again to both teams, and...


Satellite Beach, FL

#11 Jun 6, 2009
Bryant has had several poor performances during this year's playoffs, including a 5-24 shooting night (against Utah in the first round, I think). Is likely to do it again? No, are Lewis and Turk likely to go duplicate their 5-21 shooting from Thursday night? No.
The Magic were plus points in game #1 with Alston in the game. They were minus points by a very large margin with Nelson in the game. Would they have won had Nelson not played? Maybe not, but the game would probably have been more competitive.
Nelson may well be a better point guard than Alston (although I've never cared for his shoot first, pass second mentality). But Alston's quicker style of play seems better suited for the Magic's personnel. Nelson plays much more of a walk-it-up the court game and often keeps the ball in his hands for too long which inhibits the team's perimeter game. I'll ignore the questionable wisdom of playing someone who hasn't played in 4 months, is coming off a serious injury, can't be in game shape, and conceivably upsets chemistry.
But I have digressed - the point is that Bryant could and may have a poor performance Sunday night. His doing so might not determine the outcome of the game although the Lakers tend to lose when he is off his game. The Magic need to play some better team defense and shoot the ball better. Doing these things will return them to Orlando with the series knotted at one game apiece. And all the hoopla of game one about Bryant will look - literally - last weeks' news (read Lebron James).
Van Gundys Mustache

Winter Haven, FL

#12 Jun 6, 2009
Orlando Sentinel has jumped off the bandwagon already. Thanks for the kind words and running Dwight out of the area.

Mount Dora, FL

#13 Jun 6, 2009
What is all this boo-hooing and wringing of hands all about?? If the Nuggets could win 2 games then we certainly can win 4. I have no doubts that our Magic will take this in 6. So lets go.

United States

#14 Jun 6, 2009
All the Lakers did in game one was win a battle. Not the war. This series has a long way to go. I have no doubt the Magic will come out in game two re-focused and determined, as has been the case this whole post season long following a loss. A team with as prolific of an offense as Orlando's isn't going to continue shooting 29% from the floor. So you delusional Laker fans talking of a sweep need to go put the brooms away. Long way to go. Go Magic!!
george diaz

United States

#15 Jun 6, 2009
Van Gundys Mustache wrote:
Orlando Sentinel has jumped off the bandwagon already. Thanks for the kind words and running Dwight out of the area.
Appreciate the post but at last check, no one has seen D. Howard "running out of the area." Yep, it's only one game. But Howard is going to have to play MUCH harder than he did the other night. He's got to establish better position. He's not going to bully his way inside like he's done with other teams because of stronger double-teams.

Fate, TX

#16 Jun 6, 2009
They lost! It was 1 game!! They missed so many open shots it was sickening. Even Mark Jackson said they were getting good shots.

Anybody that thinks this series is over is a fool.
Water Boy

Fullerton, CA

#17 Jun 6, 2009
Pinas Escubeda wrote:
Pinas here.
To the people of Orlando--hold your heads up high. There is no shame in losing to a champion. Thank you for a great game and let's keep it going!
Why are you thanking them? The people played?

Compton, CA

#18 Jun 6, 2009
Water Boy wrote:
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Why are you thanking them? The people played?
I guess pinas doesnt want to be a dick lol.

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