Basketball


My Lakers are in the Finals AGAIN!!!!!!!

This is their 30th trip to the Finals, more than any other team in the History of the NBA!  That is a huge feat!  They have the second most Championships behind their arch nemesis Boston Celtics, but that’s because of Red Auerbach doing such a fabulous job with a great team in the 50’s and 60’s.  

I’m very excited to see Kobe get his 4th title under his belt as they go head to head against a real good team in the Orlando Magic.  I don’t think it’s going to be a walk for LA, so I’m picking them to take the series in 7.  LA has the home court advantage, but they have proved that they can lose it quickly in these 2008-09 playoffs.  They lost Game 1 at home to Houston and Lost Game 2 at home to Denver.  They did however, recover and win on the opposing team’s home court as well to bring back the home court, but still, they did lose at home.  I think both teams will win at home and that’s why I’m saying LA in 7, due to home court.

I think the Bynum/Howard match-up will be big as both guys will go head to head.  I like Howard in that match-up, but keep in mind that Howard has 6 Flagrant’s and needs one more to be suspended for 1 game.  I have a feeling that will happen before these Finals are over.  That will be devastating to Orlando because a huge part of their offense goes through Howard.  If Howard is suspended early in the series, I will take LA in less games.  No one stopped LeBron and I feel the same about Kobe.  The role players in Gasol, Ariza and Fisher will be big versus a solid lineup in Pietrus, Alston, Turkoglu and Lewis.  I can’t wait for the series to start on Thursday!!

There’s a lot of talk about how Orlando has taken the regular season series 2-0.  From what we have all seen, the regular season doesn’t matter!!  LA took Houston 4-0 in the Regular Season, yet  the series stretched to 7 games against LA.  The regular season doesn’t matter in my opinion.  It’s Win or GO HOME in these Finals and Kobe has a lot to prove.  He has to win this title to cement him as one of the best to play the game.  He has to win to prove all the nay sayers that he CAN win without Shaquille O’Neal.  He has to prove to himself that he can win with a great team around him and that he IS a team player and is a more mature Kobe Bryant than in any other year he has ever played basketball.  He has to win for the Lakers and He has to win for Los Angeles!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    You can also follow their twitter @Lakers

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