Can the Magic do it?

A wise man once said anything is possible. The NBA’s slogan is “Where Amazing Happens.” It used to be “It’s Fantastic.” All of those phrases would apply if the Magic are able to pull of a miracle comeback in this series.

There are myriad factors against Orlando’s favor heading into tonight, such as…

  • The Lakers haven’t loss three consecutive games since acquiring Pau Gasol last season.
  • Phil Jackson has only lost three consecutive games in they playoffs twice ever (in 2004 against the Pistons and 2006 against the Suns).
  • No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals.

    … but the Magic overcame some pretty big obstacles this season, from Jameer Nelson’s injury to being down 3-2 to Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals. This series could easily be 3-1 Magic, and the Magic know that. If they can hit their outside shots and close out games, maybe they can make a series of it.

    Stan Van Gundy loves to reference other sports when talking to the press – he’ll bring up the BCS without warrant, and he’s been known to wear a Florida Marlins hat after practices. So, let me ask – why can’t the Magic go on a run like the Boston Red Sox did in 2004? Down 3-0 to the New York Yankees seems far more daunting than 3-1 to a Lakers team that the Magic played to overtime twice this series.

    Most likely, this series is over. But you never know. The Lakers still have to beat the Magic one more time, and that hasn’t been easy this season.

  • I wrote about Jameer Nelson in today’s Daily Dime. Woody Wommack and I will be at the game tonight. Check back later for a report on SVG’s pre-game press conference, and we’ll have post-game coverage immediately after the final horn.

    Philip Rossman-Reich

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    Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily