“just run another play, the hell is the big deal? i don’t see it a big deal, if i have to say something to them, they don’t deserve to be champions. down 3-2, win one game, and you go onto the next one. simple as that.”
kobe bryant on game 5, where he scored 38 points on 13 for 27, with 4 for 10 on 3 pointers, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block, and his lakers counterparts scored 48 total. this game was essentialy one vs. five, and no matter how good you are, you can’t beat five people.
lakers will need to step it up and play defense and score, and cant afford having derek fisher, ron artest, andrew bynum, lamar odom, and pau gasol all have a poor night. it can happen once in a while, but not now, not when the moment matters…
but the referees have blown two calls thus far - the charge on paul pierce (instead he got the basket and one) in game 4 in the last 2 minutes of quarter 4, and the shot clock violation when ray allen airballed a shot in game 5. both were momentum changing, game enders, as the lakers had no chance after that. both times, the lakers were within 5, and had a more than realistic chance to catch up and tie/end the game.
if the lakers don’t show up (and the refs ruin it…again), get ready for a long, horrible, tuesday night.
game 6 is at the staples center in l.a., airing at 9 pm est on abc/espn/tsn.