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
Showtime

Los Angeles, CA

#64 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!
Most of you guys were talking a lot of crap around the forums, you guys would rub it in our face if the tables were turned so lets not act like saints.
Magic Fan Mark

Clermont, FL

#65 Jun 4, 2009
The Magic need to quit rushing their shots. Many times tonight it seemed like they were rushing their shot even when there were no defenders.

First game ever in the finals. They had jitters. They will settle down in game 2 and go back to grinding it out. Even their defense didn't show up tonight.

Since: May 09

Casselberry, FL

#66 Jun 4, 2009
The Lakers are just to big up front for the Magic. Howard will average about 15 points in this series. Turkoglu will average around 12 points for this series. And Rashard will average about 11 or 12 points as well.

Simple math here folks. The Magic CAN NOT and WILL NOT score much in this series. And they CAN NOT and WILL NOT be able to stop Kobe Bryant.

The result of all of these factors: A CLEAN SWEEP. Possibly 5 games if the Lakers lose focus for 1 game in Orlando.
Code Man

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#67 Jun 4, 2009
LBJ wrote:
<quoted text>
Gotta remember they didn't have KG.
KG is the definition of overrated and way to big a mouth. He's lucky nobody on any of the teams they played didnt walk by his flapping face and shut it. Why he didn't get any technicals was beyond me, talk about taunting....
mephamrog

Cocoa, FL

#68 Jun 4, 2009
The Magic have lucked out these entire playoffs. First they lucked out when they ducked the Pistons in round one and got to play the 76'ers (the Pistons would have eliminated them right off the bat), then they lucked out when they played Boston minus Kevin Garnett, and finally they lucked out when the met the Cavs and outmatched most of them in size, thus blocking a good percent of their shot attempts. Now they have FINALLY come up against a great team that match them in size and OUTMATCH them in TALENT and they looked PATHETIC. If they don't get swept first, it will be the Lakers in 5.
nanningbob

Nanning, China

#69 Jun 4, 2009
rob67 wrote:
Connie Lingus
Don't hate. Just accept you got whopped tonight!
Yup, we got whooped, but dont get to happy about it. We rarely lose 2 in a row. It is one of the strong characteristics of this team.

Since: May 09

Casselberry, FL

#70 Jun 4, 2009
Clearly Bynum, Gasol, and Odom are not Big Z, Flopper, and Wallace.

And most importantly there is Kobe Bryant. As I stated here earlier..Kobe GETS what Kobe WANTS. Might as well give him the ring now. Why waste time with this farce ? It is like kids playing against men.
Magic Fan Living in LA

Trabuco Canyon, CA

#71 Jun 4, 2009
I am so embarrassed. Why did Nelson play so many minutes? I think he slowed down the offense. Did Howard play tonight?
LakeShow

Los Angeles, CA

#72 Jun 4, 2009
Honestly, was (and still am) more concerned about the Magic then I was about Cleveland. Orlando won't shoot that bad again in this series -guaranteed. Blowouts do one of two things -it deflates the team & they never quite recover again, or it shakes out all the nerves & jitters and renews their drive. I'm certain the Magic are the latter of the two. I think we're in for a great series. Chin up Orlando fans. As everyone well knows, us Lakers fans have been on the wrong end of blowouts numerous times... This may actually be a good thing for your team.
Laker Fan

Lancaster, CA

#73 Jun 4, 2009
The only reason Kobe came back in the game is because Phil doesn't trust Vujacic. Now, I can have an intelligent conversation with a Magic fan who isn't talking out of their behind. I also don't think Orlando will shoot as poorly in Game 2 as they did in Game 1, but the Lakers' length isn't going anywhere and it clearly bothered Lewis and Howard tonight. Y'all better realize the Lakers ain't Cleveland.
Code Man

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#74 Jun 4, 2009
Mamba24 wrote:
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.
See that is the difference to me, which is why I give Kobe the nod over James. James, you get physical with him on his drives inside, he starts wimping and whining and starts taking jumpers the rest of the game, afraid to go back in. Then the jumpers are hit and miss.

He's an amazing talent but he's got that characteristic he has yet to shake. The Celtics showed that to the world last year, the Magic finally knocked his headband off a few times game 6.

Kobe....is pick your poison. Kobe it does not matter. he is deadly inside. If you attempt to make him not want to go inside, he will kill you outside. I still think the aggression on him needs to be taken up a notch, but I still take Kobe any day over Lebron. As much as Lebron is a living 'video game cheat code' as Shaq so correctly put it.

Since: May 09

Casselberry, FL

#75 Jun 4, 2009
Magic Fan Mark wrote:
The Magic need to quit rushing their shots. Many times tonight it seemed like they were rushing their shot even when there were no defenders.
First game ever in the finals. They had jitters. They will settle down in game 2 and go back to grinding it out. Even their defense didn't show up tonight.
Mark I hate to say it dude but it's over. It was a great season. The Magic exceeded a lot of expectations this year. There is nothing to be ashamed of here.

They beat the Celtics and the Cavaliers and won the Eastern Conference Championship.

But right now they are playing a man possessed. A man who simply WILL NOT be denied what he wants this time.

And Kobe will get his ring this year. I mean anyone can jack up 35 shots a game and score 40 points. Nothing really amazing about it to me. Almost bores me to tears predicting what is obviously going to happen.
rob67

United States

#76 Jun 4, 2009
Hey Orlando, I'll put it in football terms -

Kobe is Tim Tebow

The Magic is Oklahoma

You know how this story ends..........
Code Man

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#77 Jun 4, 2009
mephamrog wrote:
First they lucked out when they ducked the Pistons in round one and got to play the 76'ers (the Pistons would have eliminated them right off the bat)
....all i had to read to go ahead and disregard the rest of your post and save myself some time. Detroit is my second love in the NBA, but I'll be the first to tell you Detroit was lucky to even make the playoffs. They are done, they were done half way thru the season. The rebuilding starts. Billups for Iverson was the spark that started the demolition. Theyve needed a real center ever since Big Ben left and have yet to do so, instead made a very dumb trade and the fat lady has sung.
Tstorm

United States

#78 Jun 4, 2009
I expect game 2 to be more like the first qtr. The magic just went cold for 3 qtrs. Although the lakers did a good job on howard, the magic were just missing open shots. It's amazing how badly the magic play when they have more than 2 days off... never fails. At least we've seen this happen many times and know the magic always bounce back. Can't really expect them to shoot under 30% again. The lakers probably played their best ball, while the magic played their worst. It'll balance out. It's just going to be incredibly tough if the magic can't squeeze out g2.
Jonathan

Oceanside, CA

#79 Jun 4, 2009
People are forgetting that this is the same Laker team (minus shannon brown) that Orlando beat twice this season. And shannon brown maybe had 2 points. It was a bad shooting night. You knew it just wasn't Orlando's night when shots were going in and out, layups were not falling and howard had no dunks. Props to the lakers defense for hacking him better than cleveland. Howard's got to go up quicker and stronger when he's in the low post. This series is not going to be a sweep. LA had only gasol with 16 and Odom with 11, besides kobe that was there 2 highest scorers. Just a bad night, unfortunately it happened on the first game of the finals.

Since: May 09

Casselberry, FL

#80 Jun 4, 2009
LakeShow wrote:
Honestly, was (and still am) more concerned about the Magic then I was about Cleveland. Orlando won't shoot that bad again in this series -guaranteed. Blowouts do one of two things -it deflates the team & they never quite recover again, or it shakes out all the nerves & jitters and renews their drive. I'm certain the Magic are the latter of the two. I think we're in for a great series. Chin up Orlando fans. As everyone well knows, us Lakers fans have been on the wrong end of blowouts numerous times... This may actually be a good thing for your team.
Dude get a grip and relax. You and I both know it's over. So don't come in here and try to act like you are this caring individual when the truth is that you are Jack Nicklaus in sheeps clothing. Any minute now you're gonna pop in and say "Here's Johnny" like he did in that movie Batman when he played the Penguin.
Code Man

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#81 Jun 4, 2009
p.s. by 'real center' not knocking rasheed, meaning he is out of his position, PF. They needed a C so Rasheed could play is real position.

The Pistons always had the jinx on Orlando, but had they faced them this year, Orlando would have swept them if not 4-1, which they would have been lucky to get one.
Jonathan

Oceanside, CA

#82 Jun 4, 2009
Kobe is an amazing player but I think he can do without that stupid looking under-bite look thats meant to look mean.

Since: May 09

Casselberry, FL

#83 Jun 4, 2009
nanningbob wrote:
<quoted text>
Yup, we got whooped, but dont get to happy about it. We rarely lose 2 in a row. It is one of the strong characteristics of this team.
The Lakers HAVE NOT lost 2 in a row in the playoffs. So there goes that theory down the drain.

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