The momentum had clearly shifted. After leading by 18 points, and then failing to reach out for defensive rebounds (they had three chances!), the Lakers got what they deserved — a bank-in three-pointer from Jason Richardson to tie the game at 101.

It had come down to this… again. 3.5 seconds left in regulation and all eyes on Kobe Bryant. Flanked by Steve Nash and Grant Hill, Bryant tossed up a prayer and hit nothing but air. Channing Frye had his arm wrapped around Pau Gasol who stood by the hoop, and Jason Richardson awaited the ball’s landing, when as if from nowhere, Ron Artest sprinted, reached out his arms, grabbed the ball and tossed in a layup. Two points. Buzzer. Lakers lead the series 3-2.

“I always remind him, this is why he came here,” Lamar Odom said of his childhood friend, who can now add a game winner to his resume. “Not too many people would follow a shot, but his whole life is about perseverance.”

When the game began, it appeared as if the Lakers had brought their C-game back from Phoenix. Perseverance was nowhere to be found. Pau’s first two shots were blocked by Amar’e Stoudemire, Kobe committed two fouls two minutes into the game, and it took almost 4 ½ minutes between the home team’s first and second field goal makes. They looked hesitant on offense, frazzled on defense and the exact opposite of focused.

In 9:40 minutes of game, the Lakers had 13 points and were shooting 25%. It certainly wasn’t the start they were hoping for in a pivotal Game 5, but eventually, the defending champions found their mojo.

Derek Fisher, who finished the evening with 22 points and four assists, was an offensive catalyst, especially after his fellow team captain had to sit due to early foul trouble in the first quarter. He hit jumpers from all over the floor, scored two three-pointers, went 6-6 from the freethrow line, and dribble drove to the hoop for layups like it was 1996. After being down 13-6, the Lakers took the lead, 24-21, after a 17-6 run (11 points from Fisher).

In the second quarter, the Lakers’ defense slowed the Suns enough to create a 17-point lead and leading the way was Kobe “watch me hit three in a row from downtown” Bryant. Bryant had 30 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists — one stat away from a triple double.

All the Suns could counter with in that Bryant onslaught was sharp shooting Steve Nash. For a few possessions in a row, it was like basketball banter from Bryant and the Suns’ point guard. Both had 15 points to end the half with the Lakers leading by eight points.

The second half, was a mixed bag of wildly entertaining offense from the Lakers (Fisher’s driving lay-ups, Lamar Odom’s no-look pass to an open Pau Gasol for a dunk, and Bryant being, well, Bryant), actively stifling defense (the Lakers created an 18-point lead), and expectedly, crippling inconsistency.

After building such a large lead, the Lakers went lax on their defense and allowed a Jared Dudley 4-point play, not to mention a Channing Frye comeback. With an 11-2 run to cut the lead to six, 72-78, the Suns would not waver.

Twelve minutes away from taking, or being at the bad end of, a 3-2 series lead, the Lakers tried, and failed, to maintain their defensive intensity and ball movement, allowing the Suns to chip away at the lead. There were lapses in judgment and execution a-plenty.

With under a minute left and the home team leading by three, Ron Artest secured an offensive rebound after missing a three-pointer, and instead of resetting, jacked up another three-pointer with 22 seconds left on the shot clock, resulting in a defensive rebound for the Suns.

The Suns, in the next 30 or so seconds, hoisted three attempts to tie the game, and unfortunately for those who did not box out, third time was the charm. A bank-in 3-pointer from Jason Richardson tied the game and the Lakers had 3.5 to undo it… and they did it.

“It’s amazing. You go through all this preparation and it just comes down to fundamental things, “ Kobe Bryant said in his post-game presser. “They knocked down a 3-pointer because we didn’t box out. Then they wound up losing the game because they didn’t box out.”

“Those plays like that are the difference between a championship team and a really good team,” Alvin Gentry said.

However, such situations can be avoided if you master and apply the fundamentals — boxing out, rebounding, clock awareness. To win Game 6 on the road, these are what the Lakers must be mindful of, and it won’t be an easy task after they allowed the Suns a chance to steal one on their home floor, but Derek Fisher has his plans.

“[We have to] keep fighting, keep playing hard, play smarter, eliminate mistakes,” Fisher told Michael Eaves after the game. “Play through everything regardless of what happens. Keep believing in each other and staying together.”

The Lakers are up for the challenge that Game 6 possesses.

“There’s absolutely no doubt that we love this,” Phil Jackson said before tonight’s game. “This is what champions are made of. It SHOULD be like this.”

Like THIS… a battle, survival of the toughest, the smartest, the most determined.

Pre-Game Thoughts: Defend your home court, Lakeshow.

Half-Time Thoughts: It took the majority of the first quarter to get themselves going, but the Lakers picked it up defensively and offensively, to take a 45-53 lead.

Most Thoughtless Player(s) of the Game: Aside from his 21 points, Pau Gasol gets tonight’s honor for getting owned for being 7 feet tall but allowing 6 foot 3 inch Steve Nash to dominate against him. USE. YOUR. SIZE.

Most Thought-filled Player(s) of the Game: Ron Artest hit the game winner, Kobe Bryant had another brilliant game, but the most thoughtful player tonight was Derek Fisher, who, with 22 points and four assists, showed what decorum and poise in the face of pressure looks like.

  • 09champs!

    RON ARTEST, OH RON ARTEST. THANK YOU !!!

  • LakerLand Nostradamus

    Congrats Laker Nation!
    Ron Artest is the man.
    I am happy for him.

    By the way….
    Where is TOUCH ME?

    Yeah the F-A-G only comes here when Lakers lose.

    • papis

      Yeah !! And he said if the lakers couldn’t repeat it this year,
      we can say it’s on him…
      So i’m gona say go ron ron !

    • Touch ME

      Just got finished celebrating. Great game winner Ron. Just dissapointed it had to come down to that. Phoenix should be confident for the next game. It will be a very tough close out game. If Boston win tommorow it should give the Lakers xtra juice to win game 6. Gotta admit when Rich hit that 3 I thought it was gonna be a PHX OT win cuz we couldn’t stop them in the last 5 minutes. And it resembled the Game Game 6 game in LA where Tim Thomas hit the same shot. Nostra I was here last night but very late at night. I am no fag, look at Touching Myself he got the idea for his screen name from me as well as many other brilliant ideas.

      I got used to Nostradamis picking the winner game by game like he did last year. The crystal ball knew how dum J-Rich is.

      • LakerLand Nostradamus

        LMAO!!!!
        Good try pretending being a Laker fan.
        Hater. lol

      • TOUCHING_MYSELF

        HEY STUPID @$$! You think that I picked this tag because I think that it’s a brilliant one? How FCUKIN DELUSIONAL are you? Stupid Fcuk! I dubbed myself, pun intended, this tag to make fun of your sorry @$$!

        Since I’ve been using this tag, you’ve disappeared. Only recently did you rear your ugly head back out and don’t think for a minute that anyone will buy what your selling. Even in this crappy economy, people are way too savvy to be buying your snake oil ointment. Well, except maybe RIO HONDO COLLEGE, because both of you are dumb@$$es!

        And who the fcuk cares where you were last night? Just the fact that you were down there doesn’t mean sh!t! You were probably down there pimpin your ugly @$$ whore of a mom and sis as a tandem to the Phoenix fans!

        And as far as “brilliant ideas” goes, the best idea you had was when you were on hiatus from this blog site for the last year! You would do well to just take your gay @$$ friend RIO CONDOM COLLEGE boyfriend and get the fcuk off of Laker fans’ sites. Just your mere presence here is lowering our property value!

        Oh, and as far as crystal balls go… it said that you are a F
        A
        G
        !

        You and RIO HONDO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL should just blow yourselves. That seems like the only way that’ll ensure you guys keeping quiet while INTELLIGENT ADULTS have meanful conversation!

  • KindSir

    Every analyst always talks about our size advantage against other teams, but what really is the point in having two seven footers if smaller teams still punk us all the time regardless? At this point I’m leaning towards agreeing to trading Bynum for Bosh.

    • Drake Ramoray

      Oh don’t worry, Bynum for Bosh will happen. It’ll be Bynum, Sasha, Walton, and Lakers 1st rd pick in 2012 for Bosh and Calderon!

    • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

      I didn’t even mention Drew and here come the Bosh talks again. The man is injured and he still contributed to the game. It’s not just about point contribution, especially on this team. Andrew is limited, as frustrating as that is for fans who have watched him withstand injury after injury. But he rebounded, blocked shots, hit his free throws and had zero turnovers. He’s not letting his knee render him completely useless. I would’ve taken him tonight on defense than Pau, who I feel like sometimes forgets how big he is. He doesn’t even have to jump to block a Steve Nash shot and yet he continues to be burned by him. I don’t get it. So please, quit all the trade talk until the season’s done. It should be the least of our worries at this point.

      • seankobe

        I don’t actually agreed with bynum for bosh, no way bosh n pau to play together and of course kobe this will be another family feud…pau or bosh, or bynum or noah? I’ll take the combination of bosh, noah and kobe, muscle, hustle and greatness. but pau, noah can do!

      • jonb

        HA i agree with Anna; i sometimes imagine myself being kobe in a game and going up to pau saying, “PAU, how tall r u?” so frustrating, the guys could easily be the best big man if he bulked up a bit and added some dwight to his game. But hey nobodys perfect, just work with what u got Pau!

      • Drake Ramoray

        Wow you talk alot of ish. Just stick to your article and leave ur comments to yourself. Gasol did the best he could against one of the best point guards in the NBA. It’s not like he was getting schooled by Javaris Crittenton. It was Steve Nash for crying out loud. The guy puts up 21-9-5 statline and he’s the most thoughtless player because he got beat by Steve Nash on a couple of plays? Just because he’s 7 foot doesn’t make him any faster than a point guard. How did u get this job? You proved one thing, girls should stick to cooking and leave the sports to guys who really know what their talking about. This site use to be so much better when people use to talk s h I t about things that made sense!

        • Drake Ramoray

          Another thing, your boy Bynum scored 2 points and was a non factor in the game. Whatever the Lakers do in this series or the Finals will not depend on what Bynum does because he WON’T be a factor. Open your eyes and give Lamar his props. He plays all the minutes that Bynum is suppose to play and puts up the numbers. Bynum did S H I T this game so don’t say he had something to do with this win. Go play with your Barbie because your opinions are whack! BRING BOSH TO LA! Yeah I said it AGAIN!!!!

          • Drake Ramoray

            OWNAGE!!!!!! Good luck with your next article. I hope it makes sense!

          • Drake Ramoray

            Bynum : 2 points, 0-5 from field, 2-2 from free throw, 7 rebounds (he’s 7 foot this is nothing new) Kobe had 11, 4 blocks (whoopty doo) so did Kobe. 19 minutes 5 fouls.

            Lamar : 17 points, 7-11 from field, 3-4 from free throw, 13 rebounds
            4 ast, 1 steal, great passing especially one to Pau for the floater, 37 minutes, 1 foul! Did u watch the same game I did?

          • 242LakerFan

            Advice on writing from Drake Ramoray is like diet tips from Glen Davis, hairstyling advice from Chris Andersen or golf lessons from Charles Barkley.

          • ruxpin810

            yes, his 2 points make it seem like he was a non-factor, but the lakers won this game on defense and bynum had 4 bloks. and maybe you should look at the +/-, bynum +3, pau -7. i’m not discounting pau’s contribution but before you talk sh*t, please find facts to back it up.

        • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

          Wow, you said a mouthful there, Drake. I hope you feel better. I respect your point of view, as I do everyone else’s because, hey, that’s what this forum is for. But when was I talking sh*t? Talking sh*t is saying, “girls should stick to cooking and leave the sports to guys who really know what their talking about.” =) First of all, it’s “they’re” not “their.” Second of all, the sexist card? Really?
          You can read my point about Pau on my comment to 242LakerFan down below if you care to hear more of what a girl thinks, but I’m guessing you probably don’t.

          • Drake Ramoray

            LOL! Please don’t mention 242LakerFan. His picture looks like a child pedefile and he probably masterbates to your cartoon picture.

          • lakerman1

            Everyone is welcomed to this site regardless of what others say and none of the retarded barbs from the imbeciles should intimidate anyone. People like that are the ones with the low self esteem. Bring your opinion anytime Anna. Some of us guys actually like Women believe it or not. Its probably just the ones that most women look completely over and would not even give the time of day so they make insults to boost their own moral or whatever. In fact to let them know their insults are for the low life it is best to just not even respond to them sorta like if the tree falls in the forest and no one is around did it really make a noise.

    • KindSir

      Well we can’t exactly trade Pau since he’s one of the best and most skilled (if not the best) big men in the game. If we’re going to always get owned by smaller feisty players despite having two seven footers in the paint, we might as well trade the lesser of the two for someone who can give it right back to the other team on the offensive end.

      • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

        Hey, Pau’s dunk attempt towards the end of the game, that wasn’t a foul? It looked like he got mauled up there!

        • 242LakerFan

          I sure thought it was. And the foul on Dudboy’s three was a flop worthy of the World Cup.

        • KindSir

          The refereeing has been a joke in this series

          • si pepe

            amen to that

  • Drake Ramoray

    I hope this is the last we’ve seen of Shannon Brown in a Laker playoff game. He has done absolutely nothing in his playing time other than hoisting up really ridiculousy awful bad shots, dribbling out of control leading to turnovers, and not moving the ball like how he missed an open Fisher near the end of the first quarter deciding not to pass it to Fish but instead keep the ball and shoot the ugliest shot in the game next to Waltons missed lay-up. I hope Sasha showed something to Phil tonight. In his limited playing time, he scored 5 points, hit an open three pointer (something Shannon cannot do), played within the team offense, and he got under the skin of Dragic. We all had to see that coming. Sasha keeps the ball moving and it doesn’t die in his hands like how it does when Shannon gets the ball. If Phil could do one thing to make me happy for me the rest of the playoffs, it would be to change the substitution of Shannon to Sasha as Kobe’s backup!

  • mark

    RON RON redeemed himself bigtime!
    5 more wins!! we got this!

  • Drake Ramoray

    I had no problem with Ron’s 3 pointer with 59 secs left in the game and a 3 point lead. Vegas is the only one who was really worried cause if that shot goes in, the Lakers are up by six and possibly covering the 7 1/2 point spread. I’ll lose money to take a Laker win anyday. I’m happy but would have been happier had they covered!

    • frustratedkobe

      you sure you have no problem on that? if the lakers loss fo sure you’ll say he’s dumb, even me would say that jackson knows that, but I am happy he did an ariza everywhere like effort and that is what the lakers need to do…
      fisher did a great job. In those kind of zone defense the guards are always been the X factor you have to hit an outside shot and by that you need kobe n fish taking 3’s and sasha too, I still trust sashas 3’s than any bench player…

  • Rio Rondo College

    Wow the Lakers blew an 18 point lead. They are so lucky. Its all good. The Celts will take care of business manana.

    • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

      Your Celtics blew TWO CHANCES in a row to close a series. I wouldn’t be talkin’ any smack if I were you.

      • TOUCHING_MYSELF

        Trust me Anna, he’s too damn easy! Rio Hondo is the 13th and 14th grade, not college! And do you want to know what the saddest thing about HOMIE DA CLOWN is? He’ll be there for a 15th and 16th year as well!

      • Toni

        All of our thoughts exactly!

        • TOUCHING_MYSELF

          Actually, just S T F U! Every time this dunce comes on and I crack on him for having to the 13th and 14th grade and there’s NOTHING back from him. RIO HONDO? Nia please, my niece’s 1st grade class is more challenging than his!

          GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Rio Rondo College

            We are in the finals vato!!!!

          • TOUCHING_MYSELF

            Typical Rio Hondo Elementary, got nothing to say back to me about my crack him being a dumb@$$!

    • 242LakerFan

      Um, the Lakers WON game 5. The Celtics are riding a two game losing streak. What?

    • Toni

      Hey Rio, weren’t you the exact same person who said that your Celtics would sweep the Magic?! – Yeah, that’s right now you’re having to go to a Game 6 tonight.

      Do us all a favor and keep your smack to yourself until your Celtics actually represent the East in the Finals. Until then, STFU!!!!

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    Isn’t that just about the most awkward hug you’ve ever seen? Hahaha.

    It’s great to see Ron Ron hitting that REDEMPTION GAME WINNER!

    I felt like I was at the Staples Center all night long. We’re yelling and screaming over every made shot, foul, dunk, steal, and bad calls from the ref… our studio was bombarded by the few of us cramped in our director’s office watching the game!

    That seriously was one of the best games that we’ve all had to privilege of watching. Truly a Hollywood ending to a spectacular game.

    Now for the encore… go and close them out on Saturday and rest up and prepare for the hated ones!

    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

      I was crying, I was so excited!

    • Toni

      I have to admit that I am really HAPPY for RonRon! – Through all the adversity of his tempered past, “Where’s Ariza?” comments and such, he persevered!

      This should be the confidence booster that he needed in order for us to win Game 6 in Phoenix!

      That said, Lakers, close the door on Phoenix and their rude fans tomorrow night!

      I can smell the Finals coming up!!!

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    BTW Anna, great article. Keep up the great work!

  • frustratedkobe

    that dudley’s 4 point play is not a foul!

  • j.dizzle

    I knew PHX would make it close, they are too good offensively not to hit some big shots. Close wins are a good thing IMO, they make the team better & teach them not to panic. Nice hustle on that last shot by Ron Ron, also gotta give huge props to Fisher..Everybody including myself got mad in the regular season when Phil kept playing him but he keeps making us look stupid haha. He might be older but hes a gamer, he doesnt shrink in big games. Now I know for a FACT that Farmar & Brown will NEVER be a starting PG on the Lakers ever. LA isnt even getting any homecooking from the refs so Im happy we’re still getting all the big W’s.

  • LakersFanTheBest

    Great rebound and put back by Ron Artest. Sasha played a great game tonight, playing good defense, and getting under peoples skin. Great Job Sasha.. …. and PLEASE tell Phil to sit SHANNON “doesnt pass, dribles the ball too much, does too many turnovers BROWN …… Sasha is a way better defender, the offense is a plus….

    GREAT GAME LAKERS FANS.. In true hollywood fashion

    • Toni

      I’ll be the first to admit that Sasha has not excatly been on my “favorites” list as of late but after watching him irritate the royal crap out of Dragic last night, I can see whay he is still a Laker! … Other than fouling at inopportune times, he really can “pester” other players out there.

      That being said, well done Sasha! … We can use more of your skill when Gentry puts Dragic out on the floor tomorrow night!

      Time to redeem yourself and especially your career as a Laker!

      • seankobe

        he actually knows dragic’s play, their on the same country right?

  • PauLAsol

    HOME RON!!!!

  • jonb

    I look at the boxscore after watching the game and how did we ONLY WIN by a buzzer beater? wtf? we should have won by 18. The lakers need to play with a cushion in game 6 because those leads last only 2 mins. I’m tired of the refs favoring the suns, even in our homecourt. Didn’t ANYBODY see Nash travel a couple of times. Other than free throws they only won in bench points, but we did make too many stupid mistakes (4 pt plays, pau missing dunk at end, not rebounding in crucial moments). I’d normally be happy but the suns feel as if THEY let US off the hook (pretty cocky if u ask me considering they cant play LEGIT defense, yes im tlkn about dudleys twitter comment).
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    Sasha was great, if anything i think he should start over ron, who along with bynumb isn’t fit for series, but hey ron redeemed himself. I still think denver is a much better team than this suns team and if the lakers closed them out in 6 in a dominating fashion last yr than i know they can do the same sat. Lakers must win at phx to show them that they are that much better and to prove how hungry they really are to repeat.
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    I mean really ppl, the suns in the conference finals? i still don’t know how they’re here. It’s all matchups; their girly zone has given them a chance but if we had a trad. pg. and shooters they wouldn’t be able to play zone. But then again we killed them when they didn’t play it.
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    Don’t let us down and please win game 6, after tonight, i’m not 100% sure of a guaranteed home win. Long comment i know, go LAKERS
    ..
    (and please CLOSE OUT on Nash, who cares if he drives by u, he isn’t russel westbrook, the guy is frustrating me…)

    • 242LakerFan

      Who cares if Nash drives by you? REALLY? Name me a better interior passer than Steve Nash. No, he’s not Westbrook. He’s not going to finish with a dunk or a layup; he’s going to finish with a bounce pass between your legs or around your back to a trailing Amar’ee’ee”e”e’eee for a vicious, throw-down, some chest pumping and a strut back down to the defensive end.
      I’ll take my chances on his mid-range game.

      • jonb

        When i “said who cares,” i said it because help defense, the shot blocker, should negate his drive, lamar or drew. Nash is the most craftiest though, i still can’t believe he got that pass around pau and lamar for an amare dunk w/ 1 sec. left but then again he did travel. I’d prefer to live with his drives and hope the helper stops him. He is in my opinion the best shooter in the league (right there with ray allen) and he’ll make it more often than not w/ lots of space. We just have to make him play defense, though he hides in that zone, and have to have farmar use his speed to his adv. instead of just jacking up shots. Its tough, i still say we should put sasha on him and se how that goes.

        • 242LakerFan

          That might be a good approach. At worst, Sasha could get him to take a swing and get him ejected. Even if they eject both of them, advantage Lakers! LOL.
          As for him dribbling vs him shooting, we better just agree to disagree. It boils down to picking your poison, I guess. Of course, if we really had the answers, we’d be getting $5M a year to walk a sideline in a suit, eh?

  • seankobe

    Imagine that last dime by kobe could have made it to his 10th assist on a way to his tripple double winning effort if pau made that dunk that could have been sick…this could have been the greatest kobe bryant playoffs avg. 30,9 asst 8 rebs. but still is not a talk about…kobe should wear a “check my WCF stats” or “your witnessed”but i know kobe won’t do that co’s he’s a pro!

  • edsel

    the bench baby.
    the sun’s bench are tourching us. Making me wonder, hey there’e no such thing as a bench in the suns rotation. They all play like they’re all starters.

    That is what keeping the suns alive in this series. Ruthless and fiesty that’s what they are, where has the lakers mobsters went.

    I think it’s time to let ‘The Machine’ play his nasty thing. Brown is all nice, but The Machine brings out that you-can’t-make-that-drive-on-me Kobe mentality and that is what bench needs.

    eh.

  • edsel

    by the way the last play went as planned. Kobe being Kobe, all eyes were on him, the suns were mesmerized, and when he didn’t got that ridiculous difficult 3, pau and ron knows what to do, boxing out Channing Fried chicken, and ron outrebounding the already celebrating richardson, the put back.
    check okc game 6.
    Kobe in a way created the situation and his teammates know what to do.

  • edsel

    and hey doesn’t care about the stats anymore. the guy just wanted to win that 5th ring badly. Bet he would just be happy getting it with Pau or Fisher or anybody in his locker room being named FMVP.
    That’s what the elites in the NBA look up to him.
    Kobe has a great feel for the game. He knows when to start the motor and when to preserve it for the long haul.

    and yeah I am a Witness. Witnessed Kobe’s Greatness

    one thing though. I would love him call the chuckster joke and tell him , “My days of scoring 30 or 40 is O.V.E.R”.

    seriously chuck analyzing how to win a championship is funnier than Leno, Letterman, and O’Brian combined. the dude is straight up jealous of the Kobester.

    common kobe, tell him to unretire and join the “Lakeshow” say playing the 12th man to know what it is to have a ring . Then he can talk about how to one the big one in the grandest stage.

    By the way Rio Rondo College is here. hurray the Celts are gonna crawl in Game 6. haha. But if they win, they win, heck, ‘this is fun!’, pj said. Bet Kobe is smiling inside.

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      Kobe was amazing
      but NO
      he would not be ok to win a title and pau or fisher being mvp
      NO WAY
      he has already won 3 as sidekick
      aint happening anymore
      especially with the ostrich blowing dunks and playing soft

  • YOUR WARLOCK

    This game should have been a blow out… It is Coach Jackson who lacks the Killer instinct on this Lakers team.
    …The Lakers already had an 18 point lead and were up by 15 with the ball and 2:56 left in the third quarter, when Jackson decides to insert a player he obviously has a bizarre affection for… Instantaneously, you could have bet the house The Lakers would quickly lose their established momentum, and struggle from there on out… Walton is a huge liability–might be the slowest moving piece in the NBA when completely healthy–but, no doubt when he’s damaged goods with the bad back…This was not the time for Jackson to be a friend, but an assassin!
    Walton was a fixed piece on the court for most of the 2008 finals, and predominantly for the game 6 debacle.
    …I definitely hope not–but, some day, Mr. Jackson is going to cost The Lakers big time and notably embarrass himself, again, determined on playing such a weak link in The Lakers arsenal.
    …In which case, I am definitely hoping–Phil comes around to his senses.

  • justdogm1

    nice airball kobe

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      yup
      airball double teamed which allowed artest to get the rebound
      nice work kobe
      u r the best as usual
      now u hater go fukk yourself, i m sure you love it in your a$$

      • kobe-wan kenobi

        of course lets not talk about the 30 10 9 and 4 blocks
        thats nuthin
        bwabwaaaaaa
        fukk u hater

    • Toni

      And where is your beloved LeBron, oh, that’s right, he’s fishing?! … Yeah, fishing for a team that can “try” to win him a ring!

      • seankobe

        at least kobe showed in game 5, what did lebron do on game 5 at home??? that’s not an airball it is a pass, that should be listed his 10th assist hehehe! that what makes kobe bryant the greatest those game winner by pau on okc, and now ron is because every opponent knows it will count and they just watch hahaha!

    • YOUR WARLOCK

      RolLiNg oN tHe fLoOr LaUghInG mY fReAkIn As$ oFf aT tHe ChiHuaHua

  • 242LakerFan

    Someone please arrange to get Drake Ramoray laid. He is obviously in dire need of some affection. That’s one bitter, bitter dude.
    Anyway, good job again, Anna. Just one little thing, then a major point of contention.
    A minor discrepancy, but on that silly three attempt, Ron didn’t rebound that ball. It was his miss, rebounded by Pau and passed out to him at the 3 point line. At least that’s how I remember it. It was really late.
    Now, my bone to pick is with your complaint about Pau guarding Nash. I think you’re short-changing Nash a little (pun intended). He is a two-time MVP (even though one of those should have been Kobe’s). He’s not super speedy, but he’s crafty as hell and very unorthodox in his shooting. He puts up sudden shots, off-balance, wrong-legged. It’s hard enough for guards to check him.
    Pau was playing the percentages, which say that he’s more likely to drive and dish, so has to back off him a little to try and block his lateral movement. That negates all the height advantage and those quick, awkward shots go up over him before he can uncoil and jump to try and block them.
    The constantly switching defensive pattern was working pretty well, but it does leave you with mismatches like that. Pau did a good job of cutting him off. Nash is just crafty enough to know how to take advantage of what that gave him, which is the opportunity for a quick, mid-range jumper. Give him (and Pau) a little credit.

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      yeah lets talk about the 7 footer that doesnt fight and get less rebounds than kobe
      blows a dunk that could have costed us the game
      allow a 4 point play
      etc
      i hear again someone say pau is more important than kobe or even close to that i start killing people

    • LakersFirst

      I’m going to tell you a fact, since Gasol was traded to the Lakers, they have been a championship team. You can b*tch and complain about Gasol and glorify Kobe all you want, but since Gasol has been on the Lakers, they have been a championship team. This cannot be denied.

      • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

        Right you are, LakerFirst. Let’s not start a Kobe vs. Pau debate though. They’re both VALUABLE to this Laker team and, frankly, kind of co-dependent, don’t you guys think? =) Their co-existence on this squad, just like Kobe’s co-existence with DFish (!) is invaluable. We’re so lucky we get to witness their glory days =)

        • seankobe

          lakerfirst you maybe right, bosh with kobe can also make more finals appearance, so as kobe with duncan or kobe with KG even fat shaq…that cannot be denied, when is pau winning w/out kobe, sorry I’m just a plain kobester..but I’m glad his now making those kobe’s assist except for that miss dunk that could have been a winning 3ple double. imagine of how much kobe avg. on assist if his making those kind of pass??? thanks to pau anyway!

      • YOUR WARLOCK

        I’m going to tell you a fact, BEFORE Gasol was traded to the Lakers; GASOL had never been on a championship team. You can b*tch and complain about Kobe and glorify GASOL all you want, but UNTIL GASOL joined Kobe and the Lakers, Only then has GASOL been a part of a championship team. This cannot be denied! …NUFF SAID

  • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

    Yes, you’re right. That rebound was Pau’s and not Ron’s. Sorry about that. The last couple of minutes of that game are such a blur no matter how many times they’ve replayed it.

    As far as Pau vs. Steve goes, you have a point, and even Drake “I live in the 1950’s and think that girls should stick to cooking” Ramoray has got a point. Steve is no ordinary point guard. No he’s not Javaris freakin’ Crittenton, but Pau is no Benoit freakin’ Benjamin either. He’s an all-star, a champion and, as I’ve said before, although he is not a defensive specialist of any kind, he’s still one of THE SMARTEST basketball players on his team (hell, THE LEAGUE), and when you find yourself guarding a player as savvy as you are, then I at least expect him to use his bball acumen and his height advantage to attempt to try to stop him somehow. Tower over him, close in on him, hinder his vision, extend your arms and keep him from passing. That’s all. I don’t expect him to be Ron Artest on D. I just expect him to be Pau highest-basketball-IQ Gasol =)

    • 242LakerFan

      That’s actually what I was saying, though. He can’t take both away. He was playing him for the drive, which means a low, wide stance. Tough for Nash to get around, but easy to shoot over. If he played him closer and taller to bother his shot, he’s not going to stop Nash driving around him. The percentages re Nash’s tendencies were in his favour.

      • Drake Ramoray

        LOL!!!!!!! OMG I have a fat, over weight, 4 eyed pig looking guy with a mullet telling me that I need to get laid. That’s the funniest thing I ever heard!!!!!!

        • 242LakerFan

          Then you definitely need to get out more.
          Are you embarrassed to show what you really look like or do you actually look like Frosty the Snowman?

          • Purple & Gold Fan

            242LakerFan,

            You’re a good looking
            guy in this one lady’s
            opinion. And Drake must
            be about 15 either in mind
            or age with all the name
            call. You, Anna and Marwan
            are of the main reasons I visit
            The LakersNation often. Keep
            up the great comments!

          • 242LakerFan

            Thanks P&G. My wife and daughter agree with you. PRops to Anna & Marwan, too.

  • TeamMorrison

    Need more Machine. he annoys the daylights out of other players. We need him to get in shape because for some odd reason Paul Pierce hates him and always plays awful against him.

    • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

      I wanted to see more Slovenian on Slovenian match-ups, but Dragic is the pg so Jordie guards him most of the time. I’d pay to know what Sasha said to make Dragic push him though. Hilarious.

  • willmo

    The Lakers just need to play smarter, they are playing 8 on 5 so just use the defensive game plan that you had in the first 3 qtrs. Sasha on Dragic was good and they need to make the extra pass. An important thing to note is that the last 3 shots that were made last night by the Lakers were not Kobe points, it was Fish, LO and Ron Ron being clutch. It wasn’t pretty but taking this confidence on the road is what they need. Now it’s time to close this out. this is what makes you a championship team.

  • Drake Ramoray

    Hey 242LakerFan, good job in the movie 300. I hope you were able to work out that hunch in your back! LOL!!!!

    • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

      ??

      • 242LakerFan

        Kids say the darnedest things, Anna. RIP Art Linkletter.

        • jonb

          omg ppl this is a lakers forum. Grow up kids…

  • RC

    All I can say is I couldn’t stop laughing at the end of the game. My new name for Artist is Air Bud!

    Great ending Kobe!!!

  • mr.laker19

    We are lucky to witness greatness on a night to night basis. This moment will live on trhough Lakers history. Lets close out tomorrow!

    • 242LakerFan

      That’s a good point? Does anyone else think this shot is right up there with Horry’s shot and Fish’s :0.4? G Smalls asked about that on Twitter this morning and I have to say that given the overall situation, it is.

  • lakerman1

    Nash & Dudley are predicting a game 7 at Staples. I hope this can fire the team up like those Amare comments. The Suns are already looking past game 6 as if it has already been won. It will feel great if the lakers put them away Sat. I can understand Dudley but i thought Steve was smarter then that. This just goes to show the loss last night got under their skin and they will be trying way to hard which might lead to their detriment. Keep talking Steve so you will look like more of a fool if the Lakers close this out Sat on your home floor. The Lakers have won championships in enemy territory { Boston / Orlando ). Lets see Phoenix has won exactly zero on any court. We’ll see Sat We’ll see.

    • 242LakerFan

      I don’t have much to say about the Dud. He’s been tweeting off at the mouth all Playoffs, but if Nash is saying that, then I’ve given him too much credit for being a savvy guy. I admit getting caught up in the 2-0 euphoria myself, but just as we shouldn’t have taken Phoenix lightly, (I’m talking about you, Bynum) they have no reason to look past us at any time. Nash has had great success against the Lakers, but not THESE Lakers. He should know better.

  • Robert

    Champions have that ‘extra’ edge to win games. Although we had expected the Lakers to be a juggernaut at the beginning of the year, and it did work that way (until Kobe’s injury in Nov/Dec), they are just a Championship team, that’s all (yeah, that’s a lot!). The Lakers have that edge, and it shows. This year will be no different!
    .
    Still, I have to give the Suns credit for making a valiant effort (shouldn’t be saying this until it’s over, but I have confidence in Lakers). Every series the Lakers have been in, it takes time to ‘learn’ how to adjust properly, but they always do (Nuggets last year, remember? OKC this year). They haven’t quite done that yet with the Suns. But, I predict Phil will figure things out by game 6.
    .
    Remember 2 things about the playoffs: 1) it’s a coaches’ league here, so let’s trust Phil, the greatest coach in history. Alvin’s been pretty good too, but no rings. 2) Defense wins playoffs (and Championships), period.
    .
    What makes this tough, is that the Suns are an offense oriented team. The Lakers shouldn’t win by out-gunning the Suns, but they have seemed to be playing that way. The difficulty with playing strong defense is … the refs. If they are too quick to call fouls, then the Lakers start to pull back their defense, and have to outscore the Suns.
    .
    What’s ‘good’ about this series, is that it is a great ‘tune up’ for the Finals. It’s not a ‘size matchup’ and toughness exercise, which will be prevalent when we play Orlando or Boston, but it’s a physical AND energy driven issue. It’s pumping up the Lakers, who can be ready with guns firing when they get to the Finals. The Lakers can outrun Boston, and this is prepping them for that (for example).
    .
    Sorry I’m looking ahead to the Finals, but even though the Suns are (I think) a very good team, they are still not built for Championships. They are built for exciting basketball, and I’m sure we’ll have plenty of that in game 6.
    .
    GO Lakers!
    .
    (and please leave Anna alone – she’s doing an excellent job here, in spite of having to put up with a bunch of dickheads)

  • Drake Ramorary

    Freedom of speech is alive and well! The sad part is even when people know I’m right they can’t admit it. One loser after loser after loser after loser after loser leaving comments calling me names but not willing to call me out afraid of the wrath that I would drop on them as if they were Hiroshima. Whether it be ruxpin810, lakerman1, Purple & Gold Fan, Robert, or 242LakerFan who read my comments and wrote almost the exact same s h i t about my opinion on Gasol and Nash. All of you claim to be better people because I say rude comments about someone else yet you do the exact same thing back at me calling me names after reading my commments. That’s frickin hilarious that I have that much control over you. The difference here is my comments are more witty, creative, and I must admit really funny. Without my obnoxious comments that you all will admit, make you wanting to come back to this site and see what I’ll say next back at you, makes this site fun for you. So all you can shut your pie whole and if you want to say something back, be creative when you make fun of me or insult me instead of name dropping like calling me something boring like a d i c k head or childish or imbecile. At least Frosty The Snowman was a start so I’ll give you that! Oh and Anna, If you didn’t get the 300 hundred joke, you should watch the movie with Gerard Butler and you’ll know what I’m talking about!!! Peace out and enjoy your boring blogging cause I’m out for the weekend! Play Lakers money line on Sat if you wanna win some money!

    • Robert

      I’m including myself in the list of dickheads. We’re all dickheads, Drake. Anna’s just doing her job, that’s all. She’s setting up the blog for us to comment on, not attack the messenger, that’s all.

    • 242LakerFan

      Freedom of speech is wonderful, but when you start throwing stones into your neighbour’s yard, expect to get a few thrown back.
      Yes, your point about Pau was right in line with my own, and if you had presented your argument in a respectful manner, there would have been no problem. I might have simply backed you up and we could have had a nice little debate with Anna. You chose, however, to present your argument along with sexist comments and personal attacks. Uncalled for and unacceptable.
      No one was entertained by your childish ramblings, insults and boorish comments. No one was laughing at what you wrote, but at you. I’m sure Anna “got” your 300 reference. It just wasn’t relevant and certainly not funny.
      You think because people respond to your infantile ravings that you control them? Real control would have been to restrain yourself from resorting to the offensive comments you made in the first place. A decent level of SELF control would have spared you (and us) from an unnecessarily unpleasant series of exchanges.
      As for calling names, it was you who, completely unprovoked, who threw out the first nasty names. I myself never called you any names at all. And if you think any of it was “creative”, well, I for one have heard things like that since about third grade, and that was thirty years ago.
      And just for your edification, not one of us visits this site with even a thought of experiencing your witty banter. As a matter of fact, I can’t recall ever interacting with you before today, and I’ve been coming here for over a year.
      It would be an interesting experiment, though, to see just how long we can survive here without the benefit of your wit and wisdom, so since you find our contributions so boring, please feel free to remove yourself from among us for whatever period you feel necessary for us to fully appreciate how terribly bland life would be without you. It’ll be hard for us, I know, but we’re willing to take our punishment.
      We’ll miss you.

  • YOUR WARLOCK

    On May 28, 2010 at 9:38 A LakersFirst Fan stated the following:

    I’m going to tell you a fact, since Gasol was traded to the Lakers, they have been a championship team. You can b*tch and complain about Gasol and glorify Kobe all you want, but since Gasol has been on the Lakers, they have been a championship team. This cannot be denied.

    Today, as a LakersOnly Fan, I will state the following:

    I’m going to tell you a fact, BEFORE Gasol was traded to the Lakers; GASOL had never been on a championship team. You can b*tch and complain about Kobe and glorify GASOL all you want, but UNTIL GASOL joined Kobe and the Lakers, Only then has GASOL been a part of a championship team. This cannot be denied!
    …NUFF SAID

    • si pepe

      i agree to that! go lakers…thanks Anna!:)

  • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

    Thanks for taking the time to read the post-game reports and putting in your two cents, everyone! It’s so awesome to have a place to communicate with all our fellow Laker fans (and haters too I guess cuz you people make it interesting..sometimes), especially when we discuss BASKETBALL.

    Game 5 was exciting and frustrating at the same time, but we got what we wanted – a win and an opportunity to close it out on Saturday. We don’t need to be fighting up in here about things that aren’t even relevant to what we give a crap about – OUR TEAM!

    Let’s get past all this nonsense and put our energy into why we participate on this site in the first place – to cheer when the Lakers win, and to commiserate when they lose. In the end, it’s all about the best team in the world and the people who would argue with strangers on blogs to defend them =)

    LAKERS IN 6! LET’S CHEER SO LOUD THEY HEAR US IN THE DESERT!