Lakers Win, Magic Suck

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What would you say if I told you that game three in RDaniel_OerKobemy Magic career game down to me vs. Kobe in crunch time, and we almost won? Well, make that SHOULD have won. I’ll explain in a  minute.

I ended the game with 13 points, 16 assists and four steals (we’ve gone to 10 minute quarters this year), and was the catalyst for our offense. We were down by 18 points in the third quarter, but had tied it up with under a minute to go. The Magic utilize a facet of my game I’ve not had to flash since my D-League days: they play me at shooting guard half of the time. Of course, against the Lakers, that means I’m head-to-head with Kobe Bryant. He made – not counting two runaway fast break dunks – only four shots over the course of the game on me. When Jameer Nelson was on him, he lit him up for most of his 46 points. Ouch. Dwight pitched in 28 points and 16 boards, while Vince Carter contributed 27 points, but it wasn’t enough. It should have been, though.

Here’s how it went down. We were down by two with twenty seconds to play in the game. Nelson, for whatever reason, decides to dribble the clock out at half court before throwing it to me in the corner with 0.2 seconds left. I was 2-4 on threes in the game (including a half time buzzer beater) at that point, but c’mon, 0.2 seconds? When we started with 20? I have no idea why he stood at half court for 19.8 seconds, sealing our fate. Needless to say, I finished the game 2-5 on threes. We had a whole shot clock to make a two to tie or a three to win, but Nelson squandered it. I hate Jameer Nelson.

- Rick Daniel

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