Doh! If the Orlando Magic don’t recover, Courtney Lee’s missed alley-oop lay-up at the buzzer will go down in infamy right next to Nick Anderson’s four missed free throws against the Houston Rockets in Game 1, 14 years ago. After an abominable and embarrassing Game 1 on Thursday, the Magic responded by winning the rebound and points-in-the-paint battles, plus got good-to-awesome games from our front line. But you can’t miss 5 foul shots in a row on the road and make 20 turnovers against a good team and blow 2 opportunities right at the basket in the last 10 seconds and expect to win. And boy, do our guards suck so far in the finals. An obviously distracted Rafer Alston, whose head is all screwed up by the appearance of Jameer Nelson in a uniform rather than a suit, is gonna hurt somebody with that cockeyed jumpshot of his (how about aiming for the rim next time?) They need to pick it up real soon since even at their best, Dwight, Rashard, and Hedo can’t do it alone.
Tie score. Less than one second left (.6). The perfect call by Stan Van Gundy. A great inbounds lob pass by Hedo over Lamar Odom. Lee is wide open off the screen and catches it and lays it up off the backboard over the outstretched arm of Gasol, all in one motion. Too strong…overtime. Kobe was asked what went through his mind when he got picked off by Rashard and saw Courtney alone by the corner of the basket. His answer–“Shit!” You can say that again.