‘Round the Association: Maybe Orlando Stands a Chance

May 8, 2008 – 1:29 am by admin

Orlando 111, Detroit 86: The Magic held serve in a big way on their home court Wednesday night behind 33 points from Rashard Lewis and a 20-point, 12-rebound effort from Dwight Howard.

The bigger story is the health of Chauncey Billups. He strained his hamstring very early in the game and didn’t return. Just look at that photo. It could’ve have been much, much worse. That looks unpleasant.

If Orlando wants to have a chance in this series they have to win Game 4 anyway, but if Billups can’t suit up for a couple games or is hindered moving forward things can change in this series in a hurry. I wouldn’t put it past the Magic to go back to Detroit and steal a game if the hamstring injury lingers and hampers Billups.

I don’t think you can underestimate Billups’ importance to the Pistons. So much of the offense runs through his hands (duh, he’s the point guard), and it would be very tough to replace him down the stretch of games.

Or maybe Rodney Stuckey is better than I give him credit for. Eh, probably not.

Los Angeles 120, Utah 110:
Did you really expect the Lakers to lose the night Kobe officially received his MVP Award from David Stern? Come on.

Kobe scored 34 points and Lamar Odom added 19 points and 16 rebounds for a 2-0 series lead. The Jazz made it close, drawing to within five points in the fourth quarter, but athletically they were a step behind the entire game and trailed by double digits most of the way.

I’m officially declaring this series ova because there’s absolutely no way the Jazz can win at Staples. Given how overmatched they’ve looked against a quicker, taller Lakers team I wouldn’t be surprised if this series ended in a sweep.

That said, the Jazz were the best home team in the Association for a reason. So, we’ll see as the series heads back to the Land of the Mormons.

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