Lakers- Magic Game 3 Game Thread
UPDATE: In one fell swoop, the Orlando Magic end two bagel runs. First, their win total in the series gets bumped from 0 to 1 after coming out ahead 108-104. Second, their drought as a franchise in the Finals, having yet to notch a victory in six previous attempts. Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "lucky seven."
For their part, the Lakers weren't their sharpest on either side of the ball, allowing the home team a 63% clip from the field and five double digit scorers (including 18 from Mickeal Pietrus off the pine). Offensively, they worked frequently from a very stagnant offense, ball movement mostly non-existent for the contest's majority. That lack of precision extended to the free throw line, where ten fell to the wayside. Throw Kobe Bryant's red hot first quarter (8-15, 21 points) flattening out to 31 on 11-25, and there you have it. But the Lakers are still up 2-1, so there's no reason to panic. The driver's seat hasn't been vacated by any stretch.
More to come later.
I'm curious to see how jacked up Trevor Ariza is to face his old squad. I'm curious to see how well Andrew Bynum can stay on the floor against a Dwight Howard almost sure to play better at home. I'm curious to see how the bench responds after a non-factor performance, Lamar Odom aside.
Most of all, I'm curious to see the final score.
The jabber box is below.
Editor's note: You will be able to follow the Lakers and Magic throughout tonight's game (and afterwards). Lisa Dillman will be twittering from courtside. And Broderick Turner will be filing quarter by quarter updates. Also LATimes.com also will bring you postgame coverage from Bill Plaschke, T.J. Simers, Mike Bresnahan, the Orlando Sentinel and guest columnist Charles Barkley.