Originally posted by <b>q</b>!
Rod's a solid player and a veteran, so I don't understand why or how he could make the mistakes he did during the last 30 seconds there.
Most of the time doesn't include up by three on the final possession. That was an amazing lapse of judgement by Strickland...and what was Strickland preventing by falling three feet off him? Certainly not helping on Shaq or anyone inside.Originally posted by <b>JNice</b>!
It was really on the steal that was a bad mistake. I mean, Rick Fox hadn't hit a shot the whole game. I think most of the time you'd taking your chances letting him shoot in that situation.
Exactly. There was no reason for him to not be up on Fox. Shaq was on the other side of the court and there wasn't anybody he was sagging of to help. The Magic definately shouldn't have put themselves in that position, letting a bunch of scrubs make the game close again, but Strickland had a really really bad last 30 seconds. He really couldn't have been much worse. It's too bad, because as I said, he's a good player and a good guy, it's very uncharacteristic of him to have such a huge mental lapse as he did there.Originally posted by <b>Minstrel</b>!
Most of the time doesn't include up by three on the final possession. That was an amazing lapse of judgement by Strickland...and what was Strickland preventing by falling three feet off him? Certainly not helping on Shaq or anyone inside.
Strickland absolutely screwed up on defense and then screwed up bringing the ball up.
But it would be unfair to put the whole loss on him. The entire Magic team played like losers in the fourth quarter. One screw-up after another against a less talented squad (the Lakers second team).
Some blame should go to Johnny Davis. The Magic shouldn't have abandoned their pick-and-roll when Shaq went out. They were running it to perfection, it would have helped keep their confidence up to run a play they were in flow with.