The Magic can pick up their parting gifts on their way out of the playoffs.


We have a home version of our game for each of the departing Magic players.

The Lakers have the NBA championship in their hip pocket. The Magic was a victim of poor shooting and the lack of home court advantage. It is almost impossible for any team to win 3 straight games at home against a championship quality opponent. The Magic proved that they could not stand the heat.

More important, Dwight Howard proved that he could not stand the heat. This is not the same team that played Cleveland so well. The Magic looked very tight. When Howard missed the free throws at the end of regulation, it was also the end of the Magic’s dream of a title.

The Lakers were in foul trouble, on the road, and tired. Even so, they found a way to steal game 4 from the Magic. Even if the Magic manage to win game 5, they are done. They will not be able to win one game against the Lakers in LA let alone 2. The Magic only won game 3 by shooting a record percentage.

The Lakers have a history of taking a game off. They may well lose game 5. They will not lose 3 in a row. If the Magic couldn’t win 3 in a row in Orlando, how can they expect to win 3 with 2 of those games in LA?

Games 5 and 6 will tell us a lot about how finals ready the Magic are. If they win game 5 and give the Lakers a real tough game 6, they may have the grit to win a title in the future. If not, they could well be remembered along with the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings as teams that could get to multiple championship series but not ever win a championship.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits He has also published several novels on and edits .

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