Wednesday, June 3, 2009

NBA FINALS 2009 - Orlando vs Lakers

Who will get the trophy for this season? Can Superman lift his team and dimmed Lakers brightness this Final round? Much from the media hyped rival of KB and LBJ, Magic downed the Cavaliers and the defending champion Boston in the playoff. It’s not Nike against Nike endorser. It’s between the erstwhile Adidas model that is now a Nike endorser KB24 and Adidas DH12. It is Magic against the world of basketball who believes that Lakers will win at 6.

Believing that they got 2-0 from the regular season against Lakers, Magic got some confidence in doing it again this Final. Superman’s area is in the paint setting the outer table especially in the arc for Orlando’s 3-point marksmen. Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, Mickael Pietrus, Courtney Lee and Rafer Alston will bomb from outside.

Kobe is the man that Magic needs to deal with. His determination in every season and leadership for his teammates can’t be denied. When he is on fire, he is on fire and that made him hard to stop. Gasol has been more aggressive in his games, and Bynum appears to have a pulse. He will serve as the humps on Howard’s road. Ariza should always be at his high level of performance and match against Magic’s snipers. Odom seems to be finding a rhythm after nursing a sore back.

Who can stop Howard down low? If they double team DH, there’s a big chance of leaving shooters outside for free. If DH will guard Gasol, who’ll be at Bynum? Can Nelson play this time to help the Magic like what he did during their two meetings? Does a stage fright factor for the newbie in the Final matters as what the statistics say?

2-3-2 is the format of the game and we knew that Phil Jackson is 43-0 when his team wins the first game of a series but I got to believe in magic. Haha. Everybody focused on DH12 but HT15 can create mismatches within the game. I’m a fan for this underdog team. GO MAGIC…disappoint the majority including Barak Obama. Hahaha. Maayo unta ug makakawat bisag usa ka game ang Magic sa Staple Center sa 1st two games.

See and enjoy Game 1 @ Staple Center, Thursday, June 4, 2009, 6:00 PM PDT (morag buntag sa June 5 sa atoa). Home court sa Lakers.

F Trevor Ariza: 8.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, .460 FG%, .710 FT%
F Pau Gasol: 18.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, .567 FG%, .781 FT%
C Andrew Bynum: 14.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, .560 FG%, .707 FT%
G Kobe Bryant: 26.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.9 apg, .467 FG%, .856 FT%
G Derek Fisher: 10.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.2 apg, .430 FG%, .846 FT%

F Hedo Turkoglu: 16.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.9 apg, .413 FG%, .807 FT%
F Rashard Lewis: 17.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, .439 FG%, .836 FT%
C Dwight Howard: 20.7 ppg, 13.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, .574 FG%, .594 FT%
G Courtney Lee: 8.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, .454 FG%, .814 FT%
G Rafer Alston: 11.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.3 apg, .384 FG%, .744 FT%

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