There are many ‘what if’ questions that Magic fans ask on occasion. Some wonder how the Orlando Magic would have fared if Grant Hill was healthy. Others try to figure out if the Magic had a chance to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2009 NBA Finals if Jameer Nelson didn’t have to rush back from injury to play.
Although Orlando lost in five games, apart from Game 1, this was a competitive series.
In fact, the Magic were two plays away from heading into Game 5 with a 3-1 series lead if Courtney Lee made a game-winning layup in Game 2 and Derek Fisher didn’t hit a game-tying three-pointer in Game 4 with 4.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter. And this was with a hobbled Nelson running around the court while this was all happening.
Nelson tortured the Lakers in the regular season and many people ponder the possibilities of him playing in the Finals at the All-Star level he was playing.