We’ve had some good times haven’t we old friend? I romanced you – you gave in, I wrote stuff – you say you read it. Now like any good high school relationship I feel it’s time we go our separate ways for the summer. Sure I’ll write you from time to time and maybe we can talk on the phone for a few minutes here and there but I think it’s best that we both see other people. Don’t cry baby – we’ll be together again soon.
Lakers 99 Magicians 86 – Kobe now has his first ring without Shaq, Phil has ring number ten, the Lakers have their 15th as a franchise, and city of front-runners is wondering why Robert Horry didn’t get more minutes in the series.
The Magic actually led the game by 2 after 1 quarter – but a 16-0 push in the 2nd put the Lakers up 10 before halftime – a lead they would never surrender. The Lakers did nothing in the game at a particularly outstanding level but they were consistent where the Magic were not. Orlando continued its season long trend of living and dying by the three – this time dying as they shot just 8 of 27 from long range.
Kobe Bryant predictably led the way for the Lakers with 30 in the Game 5 clincher – proving that his “thing” is more than just facials. Lamar Odom added a neat little 17-10 performance while Pau Gasol, Trevor Ariza and Game 4 hero Derek Fisher all cracked double figures. Adam Morrison did not play but he looked dashing in a suit despite his pedophile mustache.
Each of the Magic starters scored in double figures – but none exceeded 20 points. In the end the Magic could not overcome a pair of overtime losses in Game 2 and Game 4. It’s not a huge stretch of the imagination that the Magic could have been up 3 games to 1 with the opportunity to clinch. Blame Courtney Lee, blame Dwight Howard or blame Jameer Neslon but for Magic fans – the what-ifs are going to sting for a long long time.
I’d say congratulations to the Lakers but this website is built on bias and I have no intention of changing that. So I’ll just say this – the Los Angeles Lakers are the 2009 NBA Champions.
The regular season starts at the end of October. But the NBA Draft is June 25th and there’s all sorts of awesome summer league to talk about – so don’t think you’re getting away from hard-hitting SoD NBA analysis quite yet.