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Jameer Nelson closer to playing for Magic

Word out of Orlando's practice today is that injured All Star point guard Jameer Nelson is looking prettyJameer Nelson vs. Lakers good.  Reports Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel:

Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson looks to be closer to playing in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers as observers said he was flying down the floor, running with the second team in Tuesday's practice.

Teammates are convinced that Nelson is making a return after missing four months of the season...

..."I'm pretty sure he's going to be given the benefit of the doubt. I expect him to be out there sometime during the series," said Anthony Johnson, the veteran back-up point guard to starter Rafer Alston. "You got to play the guys who give you the best chance to win."

Johnson, of course, would be the guy most likely to lose PT to Nelson, not that he sounds bothered by the idea.  Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said he'd make a decision after tomorrow's practice in LA.  Publicly, the team remains pessimistic, but like Johnson, the rest of Nelson's teammates think he'll play, and Nelson himself is certainly lobbying for the chance. 

At the very least, the reports should end any speculation that the Nelson talk is simply gamesmanship to screw with LA's preparation.  How effective he'd be after four months on the sidelines is an open question, but even a rusty Nelson is a more dynamic weapon than Johnson, and would change Orlando's attack.  I think everyone knows, too, how Nelson shredded LA's defense this year.  (If you don't: 27.5 ppg, 6.5 apg, 58.3% from the floor.) 

My guess is that he'll end up on the floor in one form or another.  How long, which game?  I have no idea.  It certainly adds a wrinkle to things, though.

BK


 
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What's up with all the love and respect for Orlando?

You guys haven't been watching the same Laker and Magic teams that I see meeting in the finals. Are the Magic a nice little team? Sure they are. Can they compete with this Laker team on the biggest stage of all? Not a chance!

The Magic will be lucky, I repeat, LUCKY, to win one game in this series. The Lakers are by far the better team. Please put your thinking caps on and look at the reality of the two teams.

Don't be so respectful of Van Goofy's brother's coaching skills. He will not out-coach our staff and his team can't beat ours.

By the way Jon K., Can you confirm the Cleveland Wal-Marts are completely sold out of fishing gear?

Posted by: dave m | June 02, 2009 at 04:30 PM

Thanks my brotha...

It doesn't matter. He'll play or he won't.

The Lakers are here to win games against anyone in front of them. The two games in the regular season were close, and the Lakers have improved defensively throughout the playoffs.

Lakers in 6.

Go Lake Show!

I'd rate Nelson's chances of playing at 2 in a 100 and his chance of being effective at 1 in 10,000. Pretty long odds.

I actually think it would benefit the Lakers if he did play. I think the Magic players will have very high hopes with regards to Nelson's game and will be completely deflated when they see him get some real game time action.

Lakers in 4

We didn't have Shannon Brown when we played them last, and the last I checked, he did a stellar job against Chauncey Billups (Finals MVP and Mr. Big Shot), and Deron Williams (Best PG in the L, arguably).

I'm not worried about Jameer. If they want to pin their hopes on him, then it shows a little vulerability on their part.

Whether Jameer Nelson plays or not, it's all the same to me. Besides, it will be feel better when the Lakers beat a completed Orlando roster versus an incomplete one. Still will be a tough series but I still say Lakers in 6.

Go Lakers!

I don't know, seems kind of desperate right? I mean, a week ago there was no chance and now he's playing?

Are they that scared of facing the Lakers without him?

I hope Jameer plays. He's fun to watch and I don't want them having a single excuse.

Dave m., I neglected you on my thanks last post. Good to have the spittin' appreciated.

Taking the liberty to repost that one, 'cause, ya know, I took more than five minutes on it:

Friday morning, ten o'clock'
Sitting at my desk
Checking facebook, thinking rock
And shopping smut, no less,
When a message did appear
From Colorado Mia --
"Lakers tickets in club level,
Sure would love to see ya."

So to Alaskaair.com
I next did point my mouse
Three hours later, on the plane,
From Portland toward her house.
The flight was smooth, I had some thoughts
Of arena food for dinner
And prayed my Lakers would end up
The Western Conference winner.

After landing, met our girl
And rolled us up a jay
And Rocky Mountain high we sang
To Marley on the way.
Got our tickets from a dude
With birdman tattoo sleeve
Who in the end became a friend --
Patron -- it helps men grieve.

Anyway we found our seats
Just in time for tip
And on the faces of the Lakers
There was no sign of grip.
Boom, a bucket, swish, a trey
Now, THAT’s the start we wanted
It wasn’t long before the faces
In Pepsi became haunted.

And me, as things moved on that night,
I kept emotions buried
But like the team, I was the cat
Who swallowed the canary.
No celebration, no elation
Just the business on our plate
This our year, our destiny
Another round awaits.

So bring it on, Orlando Magic,
Dwight and Stan Van Gundy.
Stan, I’m sorry, I’ve worked with the man and
You are no Ron Jeremy.
Remember we smoked the Nugs by 30
When we made our defense staunch
Like we blew up the Rockets who thought they’d avoided
The dreaded failure to launch.

So Magic, you’re next, you’re hand has been seen
We know all of your tricks
I won’t be surprised if we sweep you --
But for now I’m calling six.

And yes, I hope Larry, AKA Mamba24, gets to see it. Any time I break out the verse around here, it's with more than one thought of measuring up to our blog's Poet Lauriate.

The Magic are playing great right now, and so are the Lakers but I think the Magic will take either game 1 or 2 in this series and win the finals I hope. Go Magic !!

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BK,

Still would really appreciate a page 2 button at the "top" of the comments, as well as the bottom, so we can skip ahead if we've already read the earlier posts.

Bringing him back still sounds like an act of desperation to me.

I heard this same nonsense last year from Laker fan right before the Boston Celtics put you over their knee. You play in the worst division in basketball, but you still can't win more games then the Cavaliers. You were soft last year you and are soft this year. Last year your excuse was you didn't have the waste of space in the middle Andrew Bynum (he's terrible by the way). What's your excuse going to be this year?

Jameer won't be 100%. First off he most likely won't be starting and won't be receiving the same amount of PT that he was before his injury when he torched the Lakers for 25+ points in both games.

He won't start. He is not in the condition to play full time being a starter. Rafer at the moment is much better conditioned than Jameer.

Plus being on the bench will most likely reduce the amount of touches he receives. He'll be a shooting threat regardless but that is a big if especially being out since Feb. It is simply too hard to come back 100% after a 5 month layoff with almost no practice and no game time conditioning especially with the intensity of the Finals.

And the biggest 3rd was that he was purely defended then by Derek Fisher who played 41 minutes in both games because he had no good back up (Sasha sucked at both initiating and defending the point). Now not only is there Derek Fisher but also Shannon Brown who is more taller and better overall defender not to mention younger than Derek. Plus Jordan is there also if necessary.

Before ANYONE goes thinking Derek can't guard Rafer.....in both regular season games while he was with Houston Rafer averaged only 33.5% overall against the Lakers. Shannon will play also and if necessary Jordan can be there as well.

Jameer will be an addition to the Magic for sure but his impact won't be as much as when he was playing at an All Star level earlier in the season.

And please stop with the Rashard Lewis is a mis-match problem for Gasol even. Gasol has proved he is more than willing to guard the perimeter unlike Bynum. Cleveland did have Andy Varejao who was more than willing to defend the perimeter but Z was too slow in guarding Howard so Varejao had to guard Howard but that either forced Ben Wallace to guard Rashard (which he could have if he was the Ben Wallace of Detroit but not at the age of 34) or go small and put Lebron on Rashard which did help slow down Rashard but left the perimeter players in bad match up problems with the 6'3 Delonte West being posted up by the 6'10 Hedo Torkuglu since Williams and Gibson were in the back court or if Lebron shifted to guard Alston leaving Delonte still to guard Hedo.

Even if Bynum gets into foul trouble (which he will at times) Gasol is no Illgauskus and will force Howard to guard him and that will make Howard spend his energy on the defensive end not to mention Gasol isn't a bad defender as he did the job defensively against Nene and was actually solid on Yao and also gave KG fits in 08 Finals defensively and for those aching for Bynum so much Gasol only is 5 lbs. less than Howard so it isn't exactly Gasol is going up against a Prime Shaq. LO off the bench helps out the Lakers even more.

Either way the Lakers are a MUCH tougher match up against the Magic than the Cavaliers were. Even though both times at home in the regular season the Magic blew out the Cavaliers, 2 of those playoff games in Orlando were highly competitive and the Cavs hanged on in Game 6 for a bit. Plus the Lakers improved and are peaking at the right time. And if Kobe again guards the point like he did against Chauncey they will give the Magic much more tougher time defensively.

How so?

Kobe-Alston/Jameer. He can guard them both and will make them struggle like he made Chauncey.

Derek-Lee/Pietrus. Derek has proved he can guard taller guys from Ray Allen to JR Smith. Plus both are more spot up shooters so it won't be like if Derek is guarding moving without the ball Ray Allen. He should be able to guard either of them.

Trevor-Hedo. Won't be a mismatch as Cleveland had when Lebron guarded Alston putting Mo on the SG and Delonte on Hedo. Plus Trevor made Melo struggle with a hip pointer. A healthier and rested Trevor will be even better against Hedo who while talented isn't as good as Carmelo.

Gasol-Lewis and Bynum/Howard. Too much discussed already.

Even the president is on our side :-)

When asked for NBA Championship, Pres. Obama has said "Lakers in Six".....

http://tinyurl.com/pxkpw6

Come on guys, lets ensure our president does not go wrong!!

New post (and I just beat you to it, Cupertino. haha)

AK

I am not sure if it is a good idea for Orlando.

Orlando has been playing well w/o him. His coming back may screw up their chemistry.

BTW, don't underestimate Orlando. Yes, I still think Lakers will win, but it will be difficult. Home court may not mean much in this case. Remember, they beat Boston in Boston in game 7. Enough said.

I hope this Lakers won't buy into the media hype. Any time they think they are good, they play the worst. They only perform when they are under pressure.

Also, why people keep saying they turn the corners after game 5 with Denver? Did they really play that well or Denver folded under pressure. If you watch Game 6 again, you will see Lakers played well, but Denver played horriably. The only thing that really help us is the long break between CF and Final. Their shooters may cool off a bit while, hopefully, our shooters will gain their touch back.

Again, I still think Lakers will win in 6, but it will be very tough

Go Lakers!!!

I can't emphasize this enough. The Lakers must get the ball into Andrew on offense to make Howard work defensively. Before Andrew got injured and the Lakers got Pau, Andrew was becoming a force and powerhouse in the post because of the touches he got. Now the majority of those touches go to Pau, Kobe and LO in the post and Drew has become the forgotten man. Sure, he's still not 100% from his second knee injury, but I still believe that Drew would have identical numbers or possibly better numbers than Pau if he had equal amount of touches. Even though it was against the Clippers, Andrew was the ONLY other Laker other than Kobe to score 40 pts this year. That wasn't an accident, regardless of who the opponent was. I'm sure others on here will argue and point out that he's still recovering, getting his timing back, picks up quick, silly fouls which limit his time on the floor, struggles to rebound or block shots which has been true in these playoffs. However, Andrew still provides an inside presence on both ends of the floor that the Lakers would need to utilize more in this series against Superman and the Magic.

Andrew may not be back to the player he was before the injury until next season, but he may be close to it in the finals against Howard. I just hope that if Bynum is playing well, that PJ won't yank him out too quickly unless he's in foul trouble. I hope that Andrew takes all the comments and criticism by analysts and experts about how dominant Howard will be and even suggesting that the best matchup for Howard will be Gasol, basically dismissing Drew as nothing more than 6 fouls to give. I think that if Drew has some touches in the post, he will be effective and make things a little more even in the middle. Andrew has to rebound and block shots as well in order to stay on the court.

If Nelson's anywhere near ready then certainly Orlando should activate him, he's an All-Star and they need all the bullets they can get.

No, we're on the President's side.

I heard this same nonsense last year from Laker fan right before the Boston Celtics put you over their knee. You play in the worst division in basketball, but you still can't win more games then the Cavaliers. You were soft last year you and are soft this year. Last year your excuse was you didn't have the waste of space in the middle Andrew Bynum (he's terrible by the way). What's your excuse going to be this year?

Posted by: Greg | June 02, 2009 at 05:17 PM

Laker fan,

Let the record reflect that as much as I would like to take credit for this scud ... it was not me!

Greg (Kite?),

Brilliant! Lets see when they lost all 5 games to Detroit they said they didnt have a healthy Karl Malone. When they got humiliated last year and went Roberto Duran in game 6 and said "no mas" they claimed it was because they didnt have Bynum. (I guess Kobe didnt want to win cuz when the black mamba has that look in his eyes he is unbeatable!)

This years excuse if they lose will be .... They have Bynum. Laker fan will try and spin it that since Bynum has been injured the last 2 years the team has not had a chance to play together enough to gel.

Or another possible excuse is that there was a let down because they were expecting to play the Celtics or the Cavs and Leborn James.

Even though I did hear Pau say that last year they were "just happy" to get there. Just happy to get there?

go fishing 131-92...follow your Boston Celtics...

Hi lakers fans : } hi from orlando florida, excuse my typing isn't that great, however will make so pointers for your comments regarding our MAGIC team, center position Dwight Howard he has gone thru a better post that you guys can offer, not to disrespect you guys but Andrew Bynum is like comparing apples to oranges throw on this gasol not as good compare to Howard, Rashard Lewis vs Lamar Odom this match up is close only if Lamar decide to Play defense and we all know this , he's know to hide sometimes went need it to play defense can he bring it every game we will see, Derek Fisher vs Rafer Alston or Jammer Nelson even though we only expect jammer to play limited minutes will depend on his conditions , i think Derek is a great veteran player but he has been struggle in his shooting as his past series against Denver, Hedo Turkoglu against Trevor Arriza well they both shoot well from beyond 3 pointland however i think Hedo Provide more scoring than Trevor, Kobe Bryant vs Michael Pietrus hands down Kobe"should be more than a problem to slow down a great outstanding player, this by far will be a great series for both of our team, bench players from orlando and lakers we both deep teams at this, coaching staff lakers should have the upper hand, however dont forget that orlando took down and inspire Philadelphia team guided by Iguodala , the team that beat L.A. last year and champions Boston Celtics and the best team record 66-16 Cleveland Cavaliers with the KING LEBRON JAMES SCORING + 40 on most games, keep on mind if this super athlete name LEBRON wouldnt make that miracle shot with 1 second, orlando would have sweep 4-0 the famous Cavs. I know the lakers are far better team than the Cavaliers and believe me i like the lakers too, i wish guys good luck and lets the game begins. orlando will win in 6 games.

He's already helping the Lakers by being a distraction.

They need to focus on the job at hand. He won't help them, nor their rookie Lee get ready for the Finals.

I heard this same nonsense last year from Laker fan right before the Boston Celtics put you over their knee. You play in the worst division in basketball, but you still can't win more games then the Cavaliers. You were soft last year you and are soft this year. Last year your excuse was you didn't have the waste of space in the middle Andrew Bynum (he's terrible by the way). What's your excuse going to be this year?

Posted by: Greg | June 02, 2009 at 05:17 PM
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Buddy, this is the LOS ANGELES Times, and the LAKER blog. We don't necessarily mind non-Laker fans participating, but if you're just going to hurl insults and not contribute anything meaningful, you need to get the ^&*@ out of here and go back the Celtics blog or where ever you normally reside. Bye-bye.

Greg (Kite?),

Brilliant! Lets see when they lost all 5 games to Detroit they said they didnt have a healthy Karl Malone. When they got humiliated last year and went Roberto Duran in game 6 and said "no mas" they claimed it was because they didnt have Bynum. (I guess Kobe didnt want to win cuz when the black mamba has that look in his eyes he is unbeatable!)

This years excuse if they lose will be .... They have Bynum. Laker fan will try and spin it that since Bynum has been injured the last 2 years the team has not had a chance to play together enough to gel.

Or another possible excuse is that there was a let down because they were expecting to play the Celtics or the Cavs and Leborn James.

Even though I did hear Pau say that last year they were "just happy" to get there. Just happy to get there?

Posted by: 131-92 | June 02, 2009 at 05:48 PM
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You just can't stand it that the Lakers are a great team and a great historic franchise, can you? Jealous? You only make yourself look foolish writing your dribble here. See RICKY's post on June 2 at 7:25 pm for the proper way to post on the opposition's blog. Please don't come back here.

I hate the lakers and all their bandwagon fans like all of U!!


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