Tuesday, June 09, 2009
So near and yet . . .
Kobe missing free throws and turning the ball over in crunch time? Give Orlando all the credit for an amazing shooting night (62.5%!!) and just maybe for being a little more desperate and focused at the end. But after trailing pretty much the entire game, with Orlando looking as if it might pull away several times, the Lakers stayed gritty and determined and made it a one-possession game. The fact that they really didn't let up at all this game -- maybe the defense was a little less tight than in the first two games, but it really came down to Orlando making shots they were missing in the first two games -- leads me to believe it won't go much past five games. Maybe six. But unless the Lakers have the kind of stinker game they had in the early series, they should win the rest. WEell. maybe Orlando will take one more but . . .