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2009, June 9 – LA Times: Jalen Rose’s viewpoint: Mickael Pietrus needs to step up defensively

June 9, 2009

Yet give Orlando credit. The Magic had 20 turnovers Sunday, and if it weren't for that missed play by Courtney Lee at the end, Orlando wins the game. The team goes home and shouldn't feel that bad.

I've been impressed with the forward play on both teams. Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis have been good offensively and defensively, and the Lakers have gotten great play from Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol and really good minutes from Trevor Ariza. It's been a good matchup all the way around.

Orlando needs Pietrus to step up, though, as he did in the Cleveland series. He's got to come through big in Orlando because the Magic probably needs a sweep to have a chance.