DETROIT PISTONS @ ORLANDO MAGIC (-3.5)
After the debacle in Detroit, I have a feeling the Magic are using the controversial 3-pointer to add fuel to their already ‘Jarah Mariano’-hot fire and pumped to get their home-crowd ignited for this must win Game 3.
Now that's one hot MFin fire!
For the season, the Magic were ridiculous from behind the arc at home (40%) and usually did a better job of controlling the tempo to their liking. While the Pistons appear in lockdown mode having won 5-straight since sleepwalking through their 1st few playoff games, I still believe their overdue for a “I’m in this porno, but I’m not happy about it”-type of effort. Especially with the postseason starting to take its toll fatigue-wise, I have a feeling the young legs of the Magic will look even bouncier in-front of their home-crowd and they’ll fly out the gate for a nice 1st quarter lead. Not to mention...
Not to mention, Rashard Lewis is too good a shooter (41% from deep for the season) to continue to struggle (23% in the playoffs) and no way the Pistons frontcourt gets as many easy looks as they did in Game 2 (McDyess, Maxiel, & Rasheed: 14-17 fgs). I know thinking the Pistons will have a letdown has bitten me in the azz (or my back/shoulder if I was carousing with Marv Albert), but I just see the vets shutting it down early if the Magic can get some momentum rolling…Magic by 8-12 points
By: $$ Mike
Congrats to Kobe for earning the NBA's Most valuable Player Award. It's been a long time coming and well deserved.
LeBron is a great player, and I give him his props when they are due. But I think he gets to much of a free pass when he doesn't step his game up. LeBron was 2-18 shooting last night. Yeah I know he had a triple double anyway; and even superstars have off nights. But superstars find other ways to score like take it to the cup and get to the foul line. Waiting till the last few possessions to take it to the rack was to late in my mind. Trying to win a close game down the stretch in the Garden without your best player stepping it up is asking to much of your teammates. They missed their chance to steal one in Boston, because Boston won't play that bad two games in a row. This series will be 2-0 going back to Cleveland. Sorry Lebreezy!
Utah @ L.A.
Will be interesting to see how the Lakers and Jazz respond to the MVP annoucement. I don't think Utah needs any extra motivation but I'm sure it will pump them up to try to spoil the night.
Detroit @ Orlando:
Expect the crowd to be hyped up for this one, and expect a 20/20 game from superman! Magic in a close one.