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Magic 117 Celtics 96 – The Magicians rolled by Boston to take a 2-1 series lead despite playing without starting point guard Skip to my Lou. Rashard Lewis (despite the weight of his over-sized contract) had 28 and Hedo Turkoglu added 24 to pace Orlando. The Celtics on the other hand, were relatively punch-less the entire night outside of Paul Pierce’s 27 and Eddie House again providing solid support off the bench, shooting 6 of 7 for 15 points. I figure most of the games in this series will play out relatively similarly to Game 3, Orlando playing solid defense, scoring just enough, and Boston not being able to score. The Magicians are now 2 wins away from their first conference finals appearance since 1996, where the Shaq and Penny Magic were swept by Jordan’s Bulls.
Lakers 108 Rockets 94 – Jelly Bean Bryant’s son scored 33 points to lead the Lakers past the Rockets and retake home court advantage. Lieutenant Crazy Ass ran his consecutive games-thrown-out-of streak to two and has now been ejected from more games in this series than he has finished. Game 1 win or not, this series is completely over for Houston. I’d actually be surprised if it this gets to Game 6, must less Game 7, the Lakers are just too good and too deep for Houston.
To completely toot my own horn, all of my latest predictions have been right on. This should tell you only one thing, that I have absolutely no money riding on the games (Rockies-Tigers last June still haunts me). Tomorrow brings us Game 3 of both Mavs-Nuggets and Cavs-Hawks. Consider Game 3 Dallas’ save-face game, they’re 32-9 at home and I don’t think they’ll lay down for the Nuggets like the Hornets did. As for Cavs-Hawks, I’m definitely going Hawks. Ha! Gotcha! No Joe Johnson? Cavs win by 148.
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