After a long hard fight… the stage is set for the 2009 NBA Finals.

The Orland Magic, with superman Dwight Howard, shocked the world by defeating the favored Cleavland Cavaliers with all-star LeBron James in 6 games.

The LA Lakers, with all-star Kobe Bryant, continue to live up to their reputation by defeating the Denver Nuggets and Carmelo Anthony in 6 games.

Orlando Magic Playoff Run:
Round 1: Philadelphia 76ers 4-2
Round 2: Boston Celtics 4-3
Conference Finals: Cleavland Cavaliers 4-2

Los Angles Lakers Playoff Run:
Round 1: Utah Jazz 4-1
Round 2: Houston Rockets 4-3
Conference Finals: Denver Nuggets 4-2

2008/09 Season Series:
December 20, 2008: Magic win 106-103 (@ ORL)
January 16, 2009: Magic win 109-103 (@ LAL)

The Magic are evaluating the injured Jameer Nelson’s status for the finals. It is obvious why since he averaged 27.5 points against the Lakers during the regular season.

The official poll had 71 votes for the LA Lakers and only 5 for the Magic (68 for Cavaliers)

I’ve reset the poll and will lock it on June 4, 2009 when the finals begin. Let’s see if Winnipeg gets it right!

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