Playoff Match Ups
(Magic @ Celtics Game 2,
Rockets @ Lakers Game 2)
The second round has officially begun and there have already been
some upsets game one of two of the four series.
Coming into round two the Boston Celtics were tired, bruised and
seemingly had no time to take a breath from their unbelievable seven
game series against the Chicago Bulls. Even though the Celtics were
able to overcome a talented young and motivated Bulls team it is
obvious that historic series may have taken its toll as Boston came
out flat against a rested Orlando Magic team in game one.
The Los Angeles Lakers had somewhat of the opposite effect coming
off of too much rest before heading into their second round match up
with the defensive minded Houston Rockets. Yao Ming and company came
into game one in LA motivated and ready to play against the favorite
to win it all and where able to snatch home court advantage away
from the Lakers by going up 1-0 in their series.
Orlando Magic @ Boston Celtics Game 2
It was painfully obvious in game one of this series that the
Boston Celtics are going to have to make some serious adjustments on
both offense and defense to be able to compete with Dwight Howard
and company in seven games.
Rajon Rondo was a key factor in the loss to the Magic due to the
fact he just couldn’t get going like he did the Bulls series. Ray
Allen also struggled shooting the basketball which left only Paul
Pierce picking up the slack.
The Magic got off to a huge double digit lead for the majority of
the game, but that didn’t last in the fourth quarter as the Celtics
started to come back and trim the deficit to single digits.
Orlando was able to hold the lead and keep Pierce at bay, but
Boston did expose the Magic’s weakness to not be able to hold leads
and live and die by the three point shot.
I fully expect the Celtics to come out in game two and beat the
Magic by a convincing margin.
Houston Rockets @ Los Angeles Lakers Game 2
I wasn’t all that surprised that the Magic were able to upset the
Celtics in game one after they were taken the distance against the
Bulls, but I was definitely surprised to see the Rockets dominate
the Lakers in Los Angeles in the first game of their second round
Kobe Bryant couldn’t hit a shot, Pau Gasol was pretty much non
existent and both Yao Ming and Ron Artest were on their game! I
still believe the Lakers will win this series, but it will be a
challenge compared to the Utah Jazz series in the first round.
The key for the Lakers is stopping Yao in the paint and getting
Kobe Bryant going offensively. Kobe scoring the basketball is never
a problem for long, but if he keeps playing the way he did in game
one the Lakers championship hopes are over.
The Lakers should comeback in game two with a vengeance and win
by a convincing margin. As long as Kobe and company don’t live and
die by the three and find a way to contain Yao in the paint they
should win game two and tie up the series at one a piece.
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