Hollinger's Gems: May 18, 2009

Game 7 observations and a look ahead to the Cavaliers-Magic matchup

Updated: May 18, 2009, 10:57 AM ET
By John Hollinger |

1. Give the Lakers credit for upping the defensive intensity and knocking the Rockets off their game in a Game 7 win Sunday, but L.A.'s superior defensive performance masked one lingering problem: Its offense wasn't much better than it had been in Games 4 and 6.