Lakers in a Danger Zone
As Kenny Loggins so eloquently sang behind the top-notch production of Giorgio Morodor, we are now on a highway to the danger zone. With last night’s 92-86 win by the Boston Celtics, the Lakers are now in an unfamiliar position in the postseason. They now find themselves trailing in a series 3-2, however with the home-court advantage they play the final two games at Staples Center.
It would be nice to feel optimistic about it, especially since before the NBA Finals the Lakers had been undefeated at home. But the Celtics had been a better road team than a home team and did win Game 2 in LA.
Also everything that I was fearing in my series preview is starting to come true.
Pau Gasol has played better than he did in the 2008 Finals, but he’s still doesn’t have the gaudy numbers he had in all the other playoff series. The Celtics are doing just enough to clog up the paint and create problems for Gasol. He did get 12 points and 12 rebounds in Game 5, but he was an inefficient 5-for-12 from the field. The Celtics are not making life easy for Gasol and it shows.
Kobe Bryant has gotten his points with 38 points, but he’s shooting an awful lot don’t you think? Bryant had 38 points last night but needed 27 shots to get there. Some of those attempts looked like line drive shots ready to be caught by a Red Sox infield, but we’ll probably see a lot more of that this weekend in Fenway once the Dodgers are there.
But no one else has shown up for the Lakers. Aside from an explosive 11 points in the fourth quarter in Game 3, Derek Fisher has been silent. Is Lamar Odom even playing? Ron-Ron? Bench?
I will give a pass to Andrew Bynum who is clearly playing injured and gutting it out. He played another 32 minutes in Game 6, and whether he’s effective offensively or not his length creates problems for the Celtics.
Well the Lakers play much better at home, so I expect this series to go to a seventh game. Plus the NBA will probably dictate to the referees to ensure that a Game 7 happens. Although my initial prediction of Celtics in six looks more probable than ever, I really doubt that is going to happen. But here’s a stat for you. Since 1985 there have been six teams with a 3-2 series lead to go on the road for a Game 6 and 7. Four teams have won in Game 6, and the other two lost in Game 7.
So come back here for Game 6 tomorrow night and Game 7 Thursday night where I will liveblog the proceedings.