The Magic haven’t been playing their best basketball of late.
In fact, they haven’t been much worse in the last two seasons: they come into Los Angeles having lost two straight, 4-of-6 and 6-of-10 to fall to fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Yet as we discussed with assistant coach Brian Shaw, the Magic will have a 4-1 Lakers beating in the 2009 NBA Finals on their minds on Martin Luther King Day. Translation: throw everything out of the window; Orlando’s coming to play.
Just as Utah, Houston and Denver have all exacted playoff revenge on the Lakers this season (as L.A. did against Boston), the Magic have plenty to motivate them.
Shaw broke down what to expect in the above video (one key: get the bigs back quickly in transition), which you can view for every home game on the Lakers Gameday page.