Officially, the Magic aren't done. But mentally, they can't be in a good frame of mind after squandering great chances to win Games 2 and 4, both of which they lost in overtime. Collectively, they have to be at least somewhat demoralized, if not traumatized, by the missed opportunities. Individually, many of Orlando's players also have to try to shake off their own issues missed free throws for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu (pictured), curious benchings for starting guards Rafer Alston and Courtney Lee, rust for Jameer Nelson. The Magic have little chance to take this series, but we'll see whether they're resilient and prideful enough to prevent the Lakers from winning the title in Orlando. VIDEO: Game 5 preview | Complete playoff coverage | Finals schedule | <a href="http://msn.foxsports.
Will Dwight Howard be able to bounce back?
How much did Orlando's superstar want to win Game 4? Of the game's first 12 missed shots, he grabbed 9 of them. He finished with 21 rebounds and a Finals-record nine blocks, playing with the energy and emotion of a champion. But let's face it: He choked. With a chance to seal the victory, he missed two free throws with 11 seconds left. Derek Fisher forced overtime with a 3, the Lakers won to take a 3-1 series lead, and Howard has to feel fairly or not that he pretty much blew the Magic's chance to win a title. That can't be easy for a 23-year-old who is more sensitive and competitive than his easy-going exterior suggests. Can he rekindle the flame that burned in Game 4, or has it been snuffed out? VIDEO: Game 5 preview | Complete playoff coverage | Finals schedule | <a href="http://ms
Can L.A.'s big men stay out of foul trouble?
Late in the first quarter of Game 4, Kobe Bryant found himself on the court with some unlikely teammates D.J. Mbenga, Josh Powell, Luke Walton and Jordan Farmar. Mbenga and Powell almost never get off the bench, but they were forced into action because Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom already had two fouls. Granted, some of the calls were bogus. But Bynum (pictured) in particular hasn't been able to defend Dwight Howard without hacking. A foul is better than a Howard dunk, of course, but the Lakers would like their big men to avoid so many early whistles that it affects their playing rotation. The less Mbenga in Game 5, the better. VIDEO: Game 5 preview | Complete playoff coverage | Finals schedule | <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/9182106/nba-playoff-central/" target="new"
Who is Stan Van Gundy's fifth man?
Orlando's coach has been consistent about four players he wants on the court Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis and Mickael Pietrus. But the fifth? He can't seem to make up his mind. Rafer Alston? Jameer Nelson? Courtney Lee? J.J. Redick? Tony Battie? All five have seen their playing time fluctuate wildly over the course of the series. Alston (pictured), one of Orlando's Game 3 heroes, was upset when Van Gundy used Nelson for the entire fourth quarter and overtime of Game 4. (Nelson didn't exactly earn that PT; his soft defense on Derek Fisher helped cost the Magic the game.) Van Gundy says he goes with whoever's playing well, which makes sense, but it's hard for players to perform without an established role and the confidence of their coach. VIDEO: Game 5 preview | Complete playoff coverage | <a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/9455418" targ
Will Kobe have another signature game?
After his snarling, awe-inspiring, 40-point performance in Game 1, Kobe Bryant hasn't really had a stellar series. Yes, he's averaged 33 points in the first four games, but he's shot a shade under 43 percent and has had uncharacteristic problems seven turnovers in Game 2, five missed FTs in Game 3, 20 missed shots in Game 4. Although he's certain to win his first NBA Finals MVP award if and when the Lakers complete their title run, he'd surely like to leave his stamp on the occasion with another unforgettable outing. VIDEO: Game 5 preview | Complete playoff coverage | Finals schedule | NBA Playoff Central