Embedded video from NBA VideoIt appeared that the Orlando Magic were going to take a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals and be well on their way to the NBA Finals as they lead by the score of 95-93 with one second left to play in the game. Then Lebron James decided to make the biggest shot of his career, evening the series at 1-1 by the final score of 96-95.
Stan Van Gundy took blame for the loss and explained that it was his fault for the guarding assigment of Hedo Turkoglu on Lebron James. This is why on some level that NBA coaches amaze me.
Orlando was up by two with less than a second left, why in the hell was Lebron James not double-teamed. The worst case scenario is you let someone else beat you instead of the NBA’s MVP. Also with one second left, the shot was probably going to be tougher for a player outside of Lebron.
I do regard Van Gundy’s logic of having a 6’9 player guard Lebron to try and force a tougher shot and I will not get on Van Gundy’s back for that one. However, he has Mikael Pietrus and Rashard Lewis. It was clearly visible that Turkoglu fell-back for a second while Lebron was taking the shot. I’m sure that Pietrus and Lewis would not had that happen to them. That one second gave Lebron a good-looking shot.
In my opinion, Orlando had a grand opportunity to try and seal this series up. Now you have to play against Lebron James and the Cavs in at least three more games. In the end, I do not like those odds for Orlando.