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Posted: December 22nd, 2010

LeBron James and the Miami Heat head to Los Angeles for a Christmas Day showdown with the Lakers.

The NBA has five games scheduled for Christmas Day with the big one being the Miami Heat taking on the L.A. Lakers in Los Angeles.

You’ve got Miami’s Big 3 going up against the two-time NBA champions with all the celebrities sitting courtside.

By the time that game comes on, I’m might be snoozing after eating my mom’s turkey and dressing, but as long as I wake up by the fourth quarter, I’m good to go.

Anyway, the other four games aren’t too shabby either, but is each one worth missing out on a meal or gift giving? Will you fall asleep on them or fight fatigue to tune in? Here’s how I see the appeal of the five games on a scale from 1-10.

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: June 9th, 2009
NBA Finals Lakers Magic Basketball

Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic are back in this series.

The Orlando Magic are back in this thing.

After shooting an NBA Finals record 75 percent from the field in the first half, the Magic got a big defensive play late to beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-104, to win Game 3 Tuesday night in Orlando.

In winning its first ever game in the NBA Finals, Orlando shot a finals record 63 percent from the field for the entire game to pull within 2-1 in the series.

The biggest play of the game came with the Lakers down two, 104-102.

Kobe Bryant tried splitting a double team, but the NBA defensive player of the year, Dwight Howard, deflected the ball away from him with Mickael Pietrus defending Bryant.

Pau Gasol went the floor to get the ball, but instead of calling a time out, he tried to give the ball to Bryant.

Pietrus came in and took the ball, drew the foul and made two free throws to put Orlando up four, 106-102, with 28.7 seconds left in the game.

Game 4 is Thursday night in Orlando.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 30th, 2009

Final score: Orlando Magic 103, Cleveland Cavaliers 90

Cavaliers Magic Basketball

Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic are in the NBA Finals.

Analysis: With Dwight Howard scoring  a career playoff-high 40 points, the Magic ended Cleveland’s historic season by winning Game 6 in splendid fashion Saturday. Once Howard forced Cleveland to change the way it played defense, the Magic got their 3-point shooting going. Cleveland never cut the lead under 10 points in the second half.

The go-getter: Howard carried Orlando to the series-clinching win the Eastern Conference finals. Howard scored 40 points on 14-of-21 shooting, grabbed 14 boards and added four assists. Howard was also 12-of-16 from the line.
The brick-layer: Not only did Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Cleveland) shoot just 1-of-5 from the field, he couldn’t handle Howard. Z wasn’t up to that challenge.
The stunning stats: Once again, Orlando reserve forward Mickael Pietrus outscored the entire Cleveland bench. Pietrus finished with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting. The Cleveland bench had 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting.
The play: With the Magic leading late in the game, Howard made a spin move on Anderson Varejao and threw down a one-handed power dunk to give Orlando a 101-84 lead with two minutes and 12 seconds left.

What’s next: As Cleveland’s season concludes, the Magic and Lakers will play Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Los Angeles (ABC, 9 p.m.).
What to expect:
For the Cavaliers, the question is how will this impact whether LeBron James stays or goes after the 2009-10 season when he becomes a free agent. However, the bigger question is what is Cleveland going to do to upgrade its roster to improve their chances to win a title to please James enough to influence him to stay. As for the finals, I’ll break the Los Angeles-Orlando series down.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 28th, 2009
Magic Cavaliers Basketball

LeBron James took over.

LeBron James just took over.

The NBA MVP accounted for 29 consecutive Cleveland points in the fourth quarter to lead the Cavaliers to a 112-102 Game 5 win to force a Game 6 Saturday in Orlando.

He did this over a stretch of 10 minutes and 37 seconds.

By getting the ball at the free throw line instead of the top of the key, James didn’t have to travel as far to either shoot or find a teammate. James had 17 points and four assists during this stretch.

Let’s recap the run.

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 27th, 2009

The Cleveland Cavaliers do.

APTOPIX Nuggets Lakers Basketball

Shannon Brown has never lacked the ability to play the game. He's just found a home in Los Angeles.

They drafted Shannon Brown in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft out of Michigan State.

He was supposed to be the big, off guard to complement LeBron James. I really thought Brown had star potential in the NBA because he’s athletic, can shoot the three and came from a college program that stresses defense.

Cleveland ended up trading him to Chicago last season. After the Bulls released Brown, he signed with Charlotte, which traded him to Los Angeles where he has become key reserve.

His second-half dunk over Chris “Birdman” Andersen gave the Lakers an emotional jolt in their Game 5 win Wednesday night.

I look at Brown’s size (6-foot-4, 211 pounds) and wonder how much he could help Cleveland against Orlando. Brown could guard Mickael Pietrus and would do a better job in defending Hedo Turkoglu than Delonte West is doing.

Just food for thought.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 24th, 2009

Final score: Orlando Magic 99, Cleveland Cavaliers 89

Cavaliers Magic Basketball

LeBron James scored 41 points, but it wasn't enough as Cleveland lost Game 3 to the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

Analysis: Now down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals, Cleveland has a major concern. No one other than James is consistently making the perimeter shot. So although he scored a game-high 41 points tonight, James is having to carry the offense, which favors Orlando because no one else is involved in the offense for the Cavs.

The go-getter: Before fouling out, Dwight Howard (Orlando)  scored 24 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Known as a poor free-throw shooter, Howard was 14-of-19 from the stripe. He was money late in the game.
The brick-layer: Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Cleveland) shot a shaky 3-of-10 from the field for nine points. Although he can make the 3, for him to attempt three of them tonight is not good.
The stunning stats: The Cavaliers scored just eight bench points. Orlando reserve Mickael Pietrus had 16 points off the bench by himself for the Magic.
The play: In the first half, Courtney Lee had a open lay-up, but James ran him down and blocked his shot. In the second half, James tried to do the same thing, but the Orlando rookie guard dunked on him.

What’s next: Game 4 Tuesday at Orlando, 8:30 p.m.
What to expect:
Cleveland’s biggest dilemma was trying to match up with Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis, but the Cavaliers have a greater challenge. If Mo Williams, Delonte West and Sasha Pavlovic don’t make open shots Tuesday, that’s going to put more and more onus on James to carry the offense. As great as James is, he can’t beat the Magic by himself.

Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 22nd, 2009

Final score: Cleveland Cavaliers 96, Orlando Magic 95

Magic Cavaliers Basketball

LeBron James said he's never the heard Quicken Loans Arena crowd that loud after he hit buzzer-beating shot to beat the Orlando Magic, 96-95, in Game 2 Friday.

Analysis: In an epic thriller, LeBron James made what he called the biggest shot of his career by hitting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give Cleveland the thrilling win to tie the series at 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Sunday. The Cavaliers blew a 23-point lead only to have James save the day for the Cavaliers.

The go-getter: The MVP scored 35 points including the game-winner. He had six turnovers and Mickael Pietrus made it tough on him late, but he found a way to make a 3-pointer at the top of the key. To deliver in that fashion is as good as it gets.
The brick-layer: Rafer Alston (Orlando) shot a dismal 1-of-7 from the field for four points. Just didn’t play well on either end of the floor, took some crazy shots and missed all three of his 3-point shot attempts.
The stunning stats: Before James made that game-winning 3-pointer, he had only four points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field.
The play: The shot was great, but for Mo Williams to have the patience to wait for James to get free was just as good. He had Zydrunas Ilgauskas open in the corner for 3, but as Williams said after the game, option A, B,C, and D were all for James.

What’s next: Game 3 Sunday at Orlando, 8:30 p.m.
What to expect:
Look for the Magic to put Pietrus on James more. The way he forced LeBron to go left and actually blocked his shot worked in Orlando’s favor. As for Cleveland, if it is fortunate enough to build a big lead in the first half, it can’t afford to blow it in Orlando or the Cavaliers will find themselves on the losing end.

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