Are the Lakers wholly dominant, or did Orlando just have a bad night on Thursday? Tonight we get to find out. We'll be liveblogging from Staples Center in Los Angeles once again. Game time is 8pm ET.
Henry Abbott Thanks for hanging around. More coming on TrueHoop tonight, but signing off the liveblog. Good night, everybody.
Henry Abbott Great night for Lamar Odom and the Lakers. Magic make a show of it, but this one's over. Orlando up against a wall.
Henry Abbott Guess Rashard's turn and fire in the last series wasn't a fluke.
Henry Abbott 65% of what Turkoglu does is work the refs. It works, too!
Henry Abbott Laker defense is strong and active, like the first half. Then a Gasol "and one," and Staples is the loudest it has been. 97-91 1:14 left.
Henry Abbott Redick just made the turnover that will make people question his crunch time burn.
Henry Abbott Eric Neel: Kobe can't take Hedo to the low block like he would a lot of defenders at this stage.
Henry Abbott Now that we're here, though, how glad is Stan Van Gundy that for once Dwight Howard is not in foul trouble? Only 3 ...
Henry Abbott Four minutes left in OT, tied. Who do you have? No idea who'll win this one.
Henry Abbott Dr. Jack, by coincidence, diagrammed that play for us on a picnic table yesterday afternoon. Then we see something like it tonight.
Henry Abbott Dr. Jack called a play like this to win a game in 1980: http://bit.ly/lNvkg
Henry Abbott Wow wow wow. That was a great play. A great pass. And Courtney Lee darn near got to become the Billy Ray Bates of 2009.
Henry Abbott Magic haven't gotten a play really run on either of their last two attempts. Both times just meaningless movement.
Henry Abbott Turkoglu inbounding, and making me look stupid.
Henry Abbott My bet:They won't be able to get it to Turkoglu, and Redick'll end up taking this shot. Or, possibly, the Magic don't get a shot off at all.
Henry Abbott 0.6 on the clock after instant replay. Got to think it'll be Turkoglu.
Henry Abbott Turkoglu with the block, recovery of the ball, and immediate timeout. Looks clean on the replay here.
Henry Abbott Looks like the Magic will have about a second or so here.
Henry Abbott Lakers force Turkoglu left again. Courtney Lee ends up having to create.
Henry Abbott Turkoglu 2 (good call). Arnovitz: If Orlando loses, everyone will question Stan Van Gundy's substitutions. If they win, he's a genius.
Henry Abbott Bam bam bam. A game starting with misses, ending with makes. Tied with a minute to play.
Henry Abbott Rafer Alston can't be loving the fact that the team is playing with no point guard instead of him.
Henry Abbott The second half of this game has been good stuff.
Henry Abbott A month ago, who thought J.J. Redick would be on the floor in a one-point Finals road game with 2:42 left?
Henry Abbott Turkoglu does that off-arm chicken wing thing like thirty times a night. This time, they call it.
Henry Abbott Lakers are forcing Turkoglu to his left hand.
Henry Abbott Two straight plays ending with Lamar Odom very upset with the referees.
Henry Abbott Last time it resulted in Bynum's fifth foul.
Henry Abbott Out of a timeout, the Magic ran a cross screen to get the ball to Howard. Better than just a post-up: Makes Lakers move and fight on D.
Henry Abbott Orlando now up two, with 6:13 to wash the memories of Game 1 away. This has been such an odd game though. I expect an odd finish.
Henry Abbott One-point game with 6:29 left. This ain't Game 1.
Henry Abbott Courtney Lee has played just seven minutes. Wonder what the story is there.
Henry Abbott And now Odom's made eight of his nine shots.
Henry Abbott Bynum to the bench, and in comes the player with the best +/- in the game, Lamar Odom.
Henry Abbott Lakers have only two offensive rebounds.
Henry Abbott What is that I felt. A hammer? A Polish Hammer? Marcin Gortat with a bucket.
Henry Abbott Eric Neel points out that Lamar Odom may be the most whimsical fouler in the game.
Henry Abbott Andrew Bynum's fifth foul somehow became Shannon Brown's first foul.
Henry Abbott Lamar Odom got twice his money's worth on that last foul. Replay shows him pulling down two players.
Henry Abbott Kevin Arnovitz points out that if Hedo starts demanding a lot of Laker attention, Howard could benefit.
Henry Abbott @andreaparma The part that is cheap it that Hedo's play was all about forcing the call, instead of playing basketball. Good call, no fun.
Henry Abbott Play by play shows it was 32-29 after a Lewis 3. Then Gasol went to the line. Perhaps they then reviewed the earlier Ariza or Fisher 3s?
Henry Abbott Shame on Dwight and Rashard. Both took a play off to whine at the ref, and it cost two points in a one-point game.
Henry Abbott RT @edgary23 With about 2:00 to go in the 2nd quarter, LA leading 32-29, suddenly it's 33-29. Can anyone with DVR confirm?
Henry Abbott Magic guards are attacking the rim, as Thorpe requested. Laker D is tough, though.
Henry Abbott Kind of hate Bynum's fourth call. One of those "you have to call it" things. But feels kind of cheap.
t The defense is just as good as the first half, but Kobe has decided that now it's time to score.
Henry Abbott Courtney Lee +4. Michael Pietrus -6.
Henry Abbott Eric Neel points out that Kobe Bryant once again has five first-half assists. That created his good look at a jumper.
Henry Abbott Thorpe also suggests Howard ought to be much stronger with the ball around Pau Gasol.
Henry Abbott Total Magic field goals not from Rashard Lewis: 4. Thorpe says Magic guards must attack more.
Henry Abbott RT from Kareem: @kaj33 "Bynum is not shooting a Skyhook he is shooting a jump hook."
Henry Abbott Thorpe said Laker challenge was to be even more active on D this game. Check.
Henry Abbott Luke Walton averaging about 200 fouls per game, over a five second period.
Henry Abbott Lakers want Bynum in the post vs. Gortat, but it's not working yet.
Henry Abbott Lewis, Battie, Gortat, Nelson, Redick. Unusual lineup.
Henry Abbott Anyone got a good replay of Dwight Howard blocking Gasol earlier? Word is perhaps he stuck his hand through the rim -- a violation.
Henry Abbott Magic have been doubling Kobe Bryant on the catch. Making someone else beat them. Late in the game, Bryant shoots anyway, I'd bet. Not now.
Henry Abbott Dwight Howard locates his inner post-scorer.
Henry Abbott Remember when Tracy McGrady scored 13 points himself in 39 seconds? That wasn't this game.
Henry Abbott Nine minutes of NBA basketball. 21 total points.
Henry Abbott Odom guarded by a small player, he battles at the hoop. Gortat comes in, and Odom starts running around on the perimeter. Versatility pays.
Henry Abbott Kobe vs. J.J. Redick. The double comes and Ariza misses the 3. If Ariza hits that consistently, no one's beating the Lakers.
Henry Abbott Lakers playing zone?
Henry Abbott Eric Neel points out that Ariza has gone to the paint three times already. Did he go at all in Game 1? Seems deliberate.
Henry Abbott Magic twin towers, perhaps in response to Lamar Odom making noise close to the hoop.
Henry Abbott Derek Fisher veered into Mickael Pietrus' path and then fell down. Don't love that call.
Henry Abbott Pau Gasol can play basketball.
Henry Abbott Last game Howard was very passive on pick and roll D. Today he gets an early steal on that same play.
Henry Abbott One more pass! Alston had Turkoglu wide open to his left.
Henry Abbott Anybody know what Courtney Lee did to get that second foul?
Henry Abbott When Magic's initial post fails, Kevin points out it would be nice for them to re-post more often.
Henry Abbott Laker D swarming. Seem to be doubles just about everywhere.
Henry Abbott Howard's block of Gasol was the Magic's play of the Finals so far.
Henry Abbott Dwight Howard shooting jumpers over the triple team. Doubt that was the gameplan.
Henry Abbott Rashard Lewis moving pick. Andrew Bynum meeting Howard high. Two quick fouls.
Henry Abbott Laker assistant Jim Cleamons: Option 1 worked so well last game. Tonight, how will Lakers be at getting to Option 2? Something to watch for.
Henry Abbott The guy from American Idol who sang the national anthem got boos when he was intro'd. But they loved him afterwards ...
Henry Abbott Game 1: Not a heck of a lot of basketball excitement. Game 2 wish: Adrenaline, tension, and a buzzer-beater.