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Derek Fisher is not impressed by your speed and quickness. He's not impressed by your youth, spryness and hairs of hues other than gray. He's not impressed by the fact that you didn't live through most of the Ford administration. Fisher has been here before. Thanks to a pair of clutch 3-pointers from the veteran guard, one to tie the game late in regulation and one to stake the Lakers to an overtime lead, the Lakers are a win from a title.

Not surprisingly, only a hardy few fans expect the Magic to rally from a 3-1 deficit. But consider how the tide of popular opinion has turned since the NBA Finals began.

seanhipworth

Tonight was a consummate choke by the Magic for the second time in this series. First, Courtney Lee misses a chance to steal one in L.A. It was a tough shot--I'll give him that. Tonight there was no excuse. Jameer Nelson and our inability to make crucial free throws blew the series open. Add to that a possibility of Pietrus getting suspended and the Magic will soon have all offseason for those few plays to haunt them.

-- seanhipworth
ikejenkins21

Why would you let Nick Anderson in the building during a Finals game?

-- ikejenkins21

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Rick Fox knows something about versatility. Forget splitting a basketball career between the Lakers and Celtics, the guy made repeat appearances on both "One Tree Hill" and "Oz" (just imagine the possible crossover episode between those two). So there are worse people to ask about what both teams in the NBA Finals need, beyond star performances from Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, respectively.

For their part, voters are split as to whether Pau Gasol or Rashard Lewis is the best sidekick in the series. Surprisingly, Lamar Odom fares equally poorly in both California and Florida (although he does better than most places in Pennsylvania, home of Hershey's).

Roland (Orlando)

Other than players named Kobe and Dwight, what player has had the most impact on this series for either team?

Rick Fox
Rick Fox

I thought, quite frankly, for the Lakers, Odom had to be the presence he was in the first two wins. I thought his presence was the X-factor. For the Magic, I thought the point guard position was one of challenge for the Lakers. It's always been the pick and roll. You saw early on in the series, [the Magic] had to see what Jameer Nelson could give them and it could be a distraction, and it was. They seemed to return to what worked, and Alston played well, leading them to a win. Full chat transcript.

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Just keep throwing stuff at the wall and hope something sticks. That's how Magic coach Stan Van Gundy summed up his point guard rotation in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

A game after playing 23 minutes in his first run in months, Jameer Nelson's time tailed off. Rafer Alston -- surprisingly not dressed in a parka and mittens, despite the bitter chill that apparently haunts him on the bench -- missed seven of eight shots. By the second half, Hedo Turkoglu was bringing the ball up court and fans back in Orlando were waiting for Scott Skiles to walk through that door.

SportsNation blogger ghostcasino liked Van Gundy's machinations, suggesting Turkoglu is the team's best playmaker at this point.

Blogger AB2324 isn't so sure Van Gundy is the second coming of Norman Dale on the bench, especially if he insists on playing J.J. Redick.

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