Saw Terminator: Salvation tonight and as Dr. Greenbaumberg said – it really fell apart in the last 30 minutes. One thought I couldn’t quite get over the entire movie was that if I’m part of the resistance I would probably just give up. That’s right – I, Scott Howard, will gladly give myself up to my machine overlords.
Magicians 103 Cavs 90 – By the ghost of Dennis Scott, Superman has bested the King and Orlando’s going back to the NBA Finals. The Magicians finished off the Cavs in a blowout and Louie’s prophecy has come true.
Orlando took control of the game in the 2nd quarter, took an 18 point lead into half time and never looked back. In the end the story of the game – and the series – was the Cavs inability to contain Dwight Howard. Howard poured in 40 points to go with 14 rebounds to lead Orlando. The Turkish Jordan, Skip to my Lou, Mickael Pietrus, and Rashard Lewis (needs a nickname – how about “That Guy That Cried in the Green Room at the NBA Draft. Catchy eh?) each scored in double figures in support of Howard.
LeBron led Cleveland with 25 but it was definitely his least overwhelming performance of the series. The Cavs also got 22 from Delonte West – but most of it occured when the game was out of reach. Orlando made it difficult for Cleveland to score but the Cavs didn’t really do themselves any favors by shooting just 11 of 22 from the free throw line.
For Cleveland it is the end of the best regular season in franchise history. They won 66 games, had home court advantage throughout the playoffs and stormed through the first two rounds before running into the buzzsaw that was Orlando. 66 wins or not they didn’t have enough in support of LeBron to win the championship. If I’m general manager Danny Ferry I have one goal in mind – load up for 2010. If you’re Cleveland you’re probably losing LeBron James to the Knicks in the summer of 2010, so why not go out with a bang. For selfish reasons I’d love them to trade for Shaq (clearing millions for the Suns), but toeing the line with the current roster is just going to ensure that they don’t win the championship AND they lose LeBron.
The Magic on the other hand are back in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995. They may not be the sexiest team ever – and they may cause Nike to rush a Marcin Gortat puppet into production – but here they are in the Finals. I’d say they have no chance to beat the Lakers but I’ve spent most of the playoffs completely underestimating the Magic. They’ve got enough balance to give the Lakers trouble and they’ve already proven that just because the other team has a better superstar, it doesn’t mean they’re going to win – so who knows.
The NBA Finals start on Thursday so thus the Nightcap is on hiatus until then. I sincerely hope you can find something to do until then.