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Old 06-06-2009, 02:44 PM   #181
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I think because if they had game two today, it would have gone:

Game 3--Monday
Game 4--Wednesday
Game 5--Friday

Stern probably wanted that (potentially series-winning) game on the weekend. Why he didn't just insert that extra day during a city change is beyond me. And it looks like there's another 3-day stretch between games 4 and 5, again while they're still in the same city.

Maybe Sunday is just a better ratings day than Saturday?
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:32 AM   #182
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Maybe Sunday is just a better ratings day than Saturday?
Bingo.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:05 AM   #183
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sunday is a better ratings day than friday or saturday because more people are home... more people go out on friday and saturday... meaning in all likelyhood the same amount of people, if not probably more, are actually viewing the game(s) on friday and saturday, but they're doing it at a bar, which means lower ratings, which means less advertising money... which is what it all comes down to. nobody cares about the fan, they just care about your wallet.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:09 PM   #184
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icu lakers. icu lorraine. hell yes.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:11 PM   #185
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Assuming the Lakers take 1 of 3 in Orlando (and I have a hard time believing they could lose 3 in a row), they only have to win once more back home.

Theirs to lose at this point, really.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:16 PM   #186
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Yup. Though they dodged a bullet today. That lob to Lee was definitely makeable.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:17 PM   #187
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Yikes.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:21 PM   #188
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Lee never should have taken the final shot in regulation. I don't know what the hell that was.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:29 PM   #189
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That's a play that's usually designed for Dwight, don't know what happened there.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:32 PM   #190
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The Magic can win all three in Orlando. But they've got to go to Dwight more.

He only had 17 points tonight on 10 field goal attempts. Can someone explain to me why he isn't getting more touches, why he isn't putting more points on the board? I've been studying for an exam, so I only watched the last possession of regulation plus overtime. Were the Lakers just covering him so well that that nobody could get the ball to him? Or is he not offensively good enough to score from <10 feet when someone is guarding him? I just feel like, for the superstar of the team, 17 points isn't enough in the finals. Every time a clutch score was needed, it isn't Dwight they went to, it was Hedo(who I love, but he's not supposed to be a main scoring option) and Rashard for threes that they only make 50% of on a good night(which tonight was in that regard). I don't know whether to blame SVG or Dwight himself or his teammates or the Lakers. Anyone care to shed some light on the subject?
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:37 PM   #191
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It's a combination of him not being able to get a shot off because he lacks offensive skill and he gets the shit beaten out of him by about 3 guys every time. He also gets around 12-14 field goal attempts in a regular game unless he goes off for some monster numbers, also a good bunch off of offensive rebounds and put-backs. The lack of a transition game for the Magic has also dipped into his numbers a bit.

Hedo and Rashard settle for the 3 in those situations when they get beaten down physically, as Gasol, Odom and Ariza have been doing these past 2 games. Also, Rafer Alston being absolutely fucking terrible adds to it, along with a backcourt that's shaky at best in its current state. Pietrus fouling out was huge.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:53 PM   #192
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Yup. Though they dodged a bullet today. That lob to Lee was definitely makeable.
The refs missed Dwight Howard's hand through the hoop to block Gasol's shot in the first quarter, an obvious goaltend...I saw it from 35 miles away!
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:55 PM   #193
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^ The refs miss dozens of calls per game, for both sides. It's just something you have to live with if you're a basketball fan. Tough game to officiate.
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And Gasol's goaltend on the lob to Lee. That was iffy, so I don't mind it as much.
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Yup. Though they dodged a bullet today. That lob to Lee was definitely makeable.
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I do not think Orlando can with 3 in a row, even if they are at home. Lots of foul trouble for both teams tonight.


Two down, two to go
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