FOXSports.com columnist Kevin Hench argues that it's better to lose big than lose a heartbreaker in the NBA Finals because it's easier to bounce back psychologically. Hmm, maybe so. But this series already feels all but over, thanks to the psychic damage Kobe Bryant inflicted on the young Magic in their first Finals game. Then again, Orlando's been written off before and has proven itself to be exceptionally resilient throughout the regular season and playoffs. The easygoing nature of Dwight Howard and his teammates may serve them well in this case, if only to keep them from being traumatized by the Game 1 rout. VIDEO: Game 2 preview | Complete playoff coverage | Finals schedule | <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/9182106/nba-playo
Will Kobe's will turn into willfulness?
OK, that question is a little confusing. Here's what we mean. Kobe Bryant has a will to win that's nearly unmatchable in sports. His determination and intensity were otherworldly in Game 1, and he came though with the best Finals game of his life. At times, though, his will causes him to try to do too much, like abandoning the triangle offense and forcing shots. (Keep in mind he missed 18 shots Thursday and made several near-impossible ones.) Kobe might have a game or two in this series where his hyper-competitiveness gets the best of him. You've all seen Bad Kobe. But more likely, Good Kobe is going to will the Lakers to victory and pick up his first Finals MVP award. VIDEO: Game 2 preview | Complete playoff coverage | Finals schedule | <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/9182106/nba-play
Is Rashard Lewis' nap over?
When it comes to intensity, no one will confuse Rashard Lewis with Kobe Bryant. With his heavy eyelids and blank expression, he often seems half-asleep on the court (much like teammate Hedo Turkoglu). Still, that can be deceiving. When he's drilling clutch 3-pointers, as he did throughout the East finals, he's a matchup nightmare and a silent assassin. But when he's a nonfactor, as he was in Game 1 (eight points on 2-of-10 shooting), you just want to shake him and say, "Dude, wake up!" VIDEO: Game 2 preview | Complete playoff coverage | Finals schedule | NBA Playoff Central
Is Orlando missing the point?
The decision to play Jameer Nelson sure seemed smart a few minutes into the second quarter. In his first action in four months, Orlando's sparkplug dished out three assists, swished a jumper and gave the Magic a five-point lead. But Nelson tired as the game progressed and ended up hurting his team. (He was far from alone in that respect.) Starting PG Rafer Alston, meanwhile, had a horrible second half after a strong start and complained about losing his rhythm. Now what? Stan Van Gundy surely won't use Nelson the entire second quarter, as he did in Game 1, but the early returns suggest what many predicted: Bringing Nelson back was a big mistake. VIDEO: Game 2 preview | Complete playoff coverage | Finals schedule | <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/9182106/nba-playoff-central/" target="ne
Do the Lakers have the inside edge?
It's hard to imagine a team with Dwight Howard being at a disadvantage down low. But the NBA's premier center had no help in Game 1 as he tried to battle L.A.'s big men. With Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom -- all as tall and long as Howard if not as strong -- taking turns attacking him, Howard managed just one field goal in 35 minutes and had little impact on defense. The Lakers won the battle of the boards, 55-41, and scored 34 more points in the paint than the Magic. Howard can certainly play better, but Orlando also might want to play backup center Marcin Gortat along side Howard in Game 2 to combat L.A.'s skyscrapers. VIDEO: Game 2 preview | Complete playoff coverage | Finals schedule | NBA Playoff C