NBA
Game Date (All Games on TSN) Matchup/Result Breakdown
1 Thursday June 4, 8pm et Magic 75 @ Lakers 100 Recap | Box
2 Sunday June 7, 7pm et Magic 96 @ Lakers 101 (OT) Recap | Box
3 Tuesday June 9, 8pm et Lakers 104 @ Magic 108 Recap | Box
4 Thursday June 11, 8:30pm et Lakers 99 @ Magic 91 (OT) Recap | Box
5 Sunday June 14, 7pm et Lakers 99 @ Magic 86 Recap | Box
Lakers win series 4-1

Orlando Magic

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Regular Season Record: 59-23
Head-to-Head Record: 1-0
Last NBA Championship: -
Last NBA Finals Appearance: 1995
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008

How They Got Here: The Magic defeated the 76ers 4-2 in their opening round series and showed some depth in doing it without star Dwight Howard, who was suspended for Game 6. Orlando then walked into Boston Garden and won the first and last games of the series to earn a 4-3 series win over the Celtics. Then, despite a scare, the Magic were able to hold off LeBron James and Co. in the Conference finals.

A Reason To Cheer For The Magic: Orlando was 33-8 and the halfway point of the season, and went on to win their second straight division title. Led by one of the league's most exciting and dynamic players in 23-year-old Dwight Howard, the Magic are seeking their first trip to the NBA Finals since losing to the Rockets in 1995. The Magic have an excellent long-range game and their depth means that anyone on the court can be dangerous at any given time, adding a little unpredictability to their game.

Players to Watch: Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu


Los Angeles Lakers

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Regular Season Record: 65-17
Head-to-Head Record: 0-1
Last NBA Championship: 2002
Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2008
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008

How They Got Here: In the first round, the Lakers finished off the Utah Jazz but didn't display the kind of dominance you might expect. The Lakers faced a tough test against the Houston Rockets in the second round and finally prevailed in seven games. In the third round, they disposed of the Nuggets in six games to earn a berth in their record 30th NBA Finals.

A reason to cheer for the Lakers: Los Angeles dropped last year's championship series to the Celtics, 4-2. The Lakers have the second-most NBA championships in the NBA after the Celtics (16, 17 respectively) and will be extra hungry to knock off their long-time rivals should they meet again in these playoffs. By mid-December of 2008, the Lakers were 21-3 and they beat Boston in a much-anticipated Finals rematch on Christmas Day. Kobe Bryant has had some outstanding performances this campaign, including a 61-point effort at MSG against the Knicks. Bryant is arguably the best player in the league and has the power to take control of a game and change its outcome almost single-handedly. With three NBA championships to his name, Bryant knows how to tough it out in the post-season and his experience and maturity should be helpful in the locker room. He's on the record as saying he wants to win this thing really badly this year. There's no reason to doubt that.

Players to Watch: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher


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A Historic Event

It was Canada's night at the NBA Draft as four players from north of the border were selected.


1. Andrew Wiggins - Cavaliers

8. Nik Stauskas - Kings

18. Tyler Ennis - Suns

45. Dwight Powell - Hornets


2014 NBA Draft Tracker

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