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Video: Courtney Lee Misses Game 2 Winning Layup on Alleyoop Pass

After the Lakers pull out the series and win the championship, you can point to this moment as the turning point in the series … book it. Courtney Lee had a chance to get the Magic back in the series and in excellent position to win the title on the final play of regulation in Game 2. With 0.6 seconds left and the score tied, Orlando called the perfect play on the inbounds. Problem is no matter how great of a play you call, you can’t help how it’s executed:

I can’t even imagine how much it must hurt to lose on a shot like that, in a moment where you have the win literally on your finger tips. Lee deflected the blame afterwards saying the team still could have won it in overtime, but you have to take advantage when you have the chance to deliver the knockout punch. And even though the Orlando media’s screaming foul because there should have been a goaltending called on Pau Gasol, it’s about what Lee didn’t do, not what Pau did. Maybe if 1-for-8 Rafer Alston or 2-for-9 A.A. Redick actually made a shot then it wouldn’t have come down to Lee. Still, how can you have that moment literally at your fingertips and blow it like that? This one will hurt for a long time regardless of how resilient Stan Van Gundy says his team is.


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  • SpinMax

    If you can’t make a 1foot game winner you aren’t ready to win period

  • Jeff J

    There is no way the Ref’s are going to get involved changing the entire outcome of a series on an iffy goaltending call. Pau certainly did change the direction of the shot, but it wasn’t from him grazing the net or the rim, but from him causing Lee to alter the shot as it left his hands. That was a great non-call and a great overtime played by the Lakers.

  • The Truth

    The Refs have been changing the outcome of the Lakers games calling touch fouls in the Lakers favor no matter how much time is left. I think its a shame the way Gasol is allowed to push Howard in the back out of position on every play without a foul call. There wondering why Howard isn’t getting any dunks in this series. He can barely stay on his feet from being pushed.As soon as Howard uses equal force back he gets hit with an offensive foul??? If Howard uses half the force Gasol is being allowed on defense he would not make it out the first half. I’m a Boston fan I just hate to see Refs control the outcome of the game. All the Lakers have to do is fall down with a player near them and its a foul. Gasol not only grabbed the nets he grabbed the rim. You can look at the video above Gasol pulled the rim down at the exact time the ball hit the backboard.Kobe also grabbed Lee as by the arm when he got caught bby the screen(foul) Let it had been Kobe or Gasol the call would have been made.

  • j-rod

    Howard goaltended Gasol earlier and got a no call.So cry some more please magic fans, Lee sucks. Can dunk on lebron but can’t make a layup.

  • Jeff J

    Truth,

    You have to be kidding me. You might not be an Orlando fan, but since you are a Boston fan it means you are a Laker hater, so there is complete bias in your view of the game. I agree there have been some missed calls on BOTH sides (notice my non-bias) but if you look the stats, the Lakers were actually called for one more foul than the Magic. Sure, maybe Gasol isn’t getting called on every time in the paint, but don’t think Howard isn’t being just as pushy in the paint and he isn’t getting called either. How many times does Kobe drive to the hole, get hacked and not get a call. It happens, and it happens in EVERY game. It’s just the nature of the games foul calling.

    Regarding Pau and the rim at the end of the game, he might have grazed it with his hand, but he never pulled the rim down as you stated. You can see the trajectory of the shot is off as its hitting the backboard. It has nothing to do with Pau pulling the rim, because it didn’t happen.

    If the Magic would have shot better than 41%, that last shot wouldn’t be an issue. You can’t narrow every outcome down to a microcosm in the last .6 seconds, its a 48 minute game.

  • Jeff J

    Truth,

    I actually stand corrected. it does look like Gasol bumps the rim when the ball hits, and it possibly did change the shot. You might be right, but it still doesn’t make up for the poor shooting and overall bad play from the Magic. Call it a lucky break for the Lakers.

  • JS

    Truth

    That’s splendid, a Celtic fan crying about officiating. What next, a Notre Dame football fan or Duke basketball fan complaining about a ref’s call?

  • The Truth

    We all know why the celtics didn’t make Garnett injured. If not we would have dominated again. I mean we went to the 7th game 2nd round with two second string players in key positions(Davis&Perkins) I can live with that.How many times does Kobe drive with a no call virtually never. We seen his acting ability as he does on each driving shot. When Turk blocked his last second shot from behind. No contact at all U see how hard he went stumbling falling backwarks looking like he got hacked. He was expecting his ususal bailout call and so was I. Just so happen the block was so clean from every angle they just could not help him out that time.

  • The Truth

    Just take a look and you will see what I mean about getting calls and refs deciding the outcome of lakers games in big situations. Stern keep saying well the ref is a felon now so what we all seen the game and he just confirmed what everyone was saying after that game.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3436401

  • Jeff J

    Truth,

    The Lakers had MORE foul calls than the Magic, so you really need to stop whining about ref’s and foul calls in game 2. If the Magic would have shot better than 74% from the FT line, and 41% from the field we wouldn’t even be talking about this.

  • The Truth

    Its not about calling legitamate foul call it’s the phantom calls I have a PROBLEM WITH.