After shooting the go ahead basket Rafer Alston point his finger to Mark Jackson at the stands in acknowledgement for the Queens connection. The Lakers doubling Dwight Howard and Alston who only scored 10 points on their first two games made them pay by knocking down open jumpers and easy layups. Alston who shared the limelight with Dwight, Hedo and Rashard quickly downgraded to a backup point when Jameer Nelson decided to play after a season ending shoulder injury. “Skip to My lou” the street ball legend named to Alston after skipping while dribbling has been around in the NBA for 11 years there isn’t any successful street ball legend that came out as an NBA star starting with Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell and Earl “The Goat” Manigault and Alston for one is the typical journey man who started as a bench warmer in the Milwaukee Bucks then played in the developmental league as a Idaho Stampede and Mobile Revelers and went back in the NBA as a member of the Toronto Raptors then Miami Heat then got the starting point as a Houston Rocket then traded to Orlando Magic.
The Lakers have done a good job in shading Dwight Howard but when Dwight is passing the ball well and his teammates responded with some open shots the Orlando Magic is invincible to stop but it can be frustrating when you are shooting a 69 percent average but still trailing by a point or two in the second quarter.
“When he gets it going, we’re almost unstoppable.” Said Turkoglo on Rafer’s impressive performance… Alston was passing, shooting and made some flashes on why he was dub as a streetball legend. The Lakers have an answer to Dwight’s superiority inside but they were flabbergasted by how Alston and the others responded. They were knocking some shots and Rafer has something to do with it. Alston played it like it was his backyard and once again Skip to my lou is skipping passing through the Lakers defense making it hard to read going through high picks and knocking floating jumpers. It is important for Alston to keep his rhythm and stay in it since it’s still a very long series. Dwight Howard’s offense struggled throughout the series and they badly needed Alston’s offensive prowess. The Magic escape a 108-104 victory thanks to Kobe’s fumbling towards a potential game tying possession and Orlando lives to see another day.
“I thought for two days about what to say to him, and I said, ‘Play your game said coach Stan Van Gundy… After all the teams Rafer has been through it’s always good to be back on your roots… on the street or on the court “Skip to my Lou” is back… Mark Jackson acknowledges that…