Quick and simple thoughts here, no need to beat dead horses. LA beat up on Houston because 1) they decided to play defense for once and 2) Houston responded horribly to said defense. Instead of moving the ball and their bodies, they stagnated and dug themselves a mighty big hole that got bigger and bigger. Houston’s O was miserable thanks to LA and that was all the Lakers needed to cruise. I respect the hell out of Luis Scola though after this series. I’m still bitter than this Rocket team decided to show up a series late but I guess this just says the Blazers need to become that much better defensively. Aaron Brooks had a truly awful game though.
Orlando beat Boston because they made shots. Seriously I feel it was that simple. 13-for-21 from behind the arc? That will get it done. And because Hedo Turkoglu decided to have the game of his life (which will get him paid this summer). Look at his line 25 points, 12 assists, 9-for-12 shooting. Hot damn, it’s a new day. Seriously, Orlando came out on fire and then just made big shots to keep the lead. Pietrus and Alston hit big three’s to close the first half when Boston was on a run. JJ Redick made a big three early in the third to push the lead from 4 to 7. Pietrus opened the fourth quarter with a big three. Orlando just made the winning plays that people doubted they could make. Boston fought but just did not have enough and couldn’t make enough shots. Ray Allen did his part but after Orlando took Paul Pierce away and kept Rondo in check there wasn’t much help to be had. Rondo and Pierce couldn’t combine to go 8-for-23 in this game. The role players going 10-for-30 didn’t help. A valiant effort by the C’s though, just not meant to be this year.
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