TLN’s Finals Chat: Game 5 — Lakers @ Celtics

The Los Angeles Lakers literally wasted a golden opportunity to place a stranglehold on the series in Game 4. There are four games of the Finals in the books and without some mistakes and a lack of execution down the stretch the Lakers would be up 3-1 in this series. They have played better, but haven’t closed out games well and have allowed the Celtics to hang around. I’ve never been a fan of the NBA Finals 2-3-2 format, but the good thing is tonight’s game will be the last of three in Boston.

The Lakers lost Game 4 by being outrebounded, allowing too many points in the paint, giving up 16 fast break points, and allowing the Celtics’ bench to become too much of a factor.

Both teams know each other very well and know each player’s tendencies. Several times Playoff games come down to adjustments and execution. The Lakers need the presence of Andrew Bynum. His shown me a lot playing with an injury by being effective and giving his all. It shows that Andrew Bynum has matured. I applaud his effort and desire to be a factor in this championship run.

If Andrew can’t go tonight, D.J. Mbenga or Josh Powell will have to step in limited minutes. Both guys can provide solid defense and rebounding. This also means that Lamar Odom will more than likely be matched up with Glen Davis again.

Odom has to step up and become a factor in this series. Offensively, he has to start on the perimeter, avoid relying on jump shots, be aggressive, attack off the dribble, and get to the basket. Being aggressive will also allow him to move the defense to find an opening for him or a teammate. Defensively, he has to play defense without fouling, hold his ground, and force Davis to shoot over him. It should be a known fact to him by now that Davis is going to play the bull in a China shop and act accordingly. Odom needs to get in front of him, plant his feet, and be willing to take a charge if necessary, the Lakers need stops.

The key to victory for the Lakers starts and ends with their defense. They have to outrebound, outhustle and outwork the Celtics. They also have to stop the dribble penetration, get back in transition, play solid on screen and roll action plays, use their size to limit the points in the paint, extend their defense out to the three point line, and control the tempo.

The Celtics are going to continue to make Kobe Bryant work and double team him constantly. When they load-up on Kobe, he is going to have to pass the ball which will move the defense. Once this occurs there will be cracks in the defense that can be exploited. Kobe is a willing passer, but the recipient has to make an aggressive move. The Lakers ball movement and player movement is a huge key and the Purple and Gold have to execute their offense.

The Lakers front line has to be aggressive and the bigs need more touches to be effective. They need to run their offense through Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. Both have been highly effective, but down the stretch haven’t had enough touches to continue the onslaught. They need to have someone else step up so it isn’t just Kobe and Pau against the Celtics.

Boston is going to do everything they can to make sure that Kobe doesn’t beat them. He needs everyone wearing a Lakers jersey to help out and pick him up. The Lakers have to match the intensity of the Celtics and play with a sense or urgency game five. It will take a total team effort, but by night’s end the Lakers will return to Los Angeles up 3-2.

Tip-off: 5:00 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: ABC
  • Boston: ABC

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Boston: 850 WEEI (Sean Grande & Cedric Maxwell)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Shannon Brown (Sprained Right Thumb)
  • Kobe Bryant (Avulsion Fracture, Right Index Finger)
  • Andrew Bynum (Small Tear in the Meniscus of his Right Knee)
  • Luke Walton (Pinched Nerve, Back)

Celtics:

  • Marquis Daniels (Concussion) Listed as Day-to-Day
Jeff Little is the pre-game writer for LakerNation.com. Follow him on Twitter.
  • LakerMarc

    Drew feeling better. All Lakers want to get this over with. If you follow the pattern, Lakers win tonight and hopefully if they accomplish that, feel enough motivation to win the next one after that back home in Lakeshow Land.

    Go Lakers Back2Back!!!!

  • Robert

    Have big expectations today.
    .
    JUST WIN.

  • lakerman34

    Joe Crawford reffing tonight. Good news for Laker fans!

    • Toni

      So tell me, what was so good about it?!?!?! – The Lakers got so many damn bad calls that every time we turned around, the Celtics were handed the basketball!!!!

      Reule of thumb: Don’t count of the refs to help the Lakers win the championship because we all know everyone is against our team!!!!

      • lakerman34

        no ref is going to “win you” the game. Joe Crawford reffed Laker games just tend to be in our favor. Tis all.

  • rynorod32

    Artest needs to step it up quite a bit offensively. Hit some timely 3′s, maybe a couple of drives to the basket, and bruise some bodies along the way. Soften up the C’s interior defense inside.

  • Remy

    to avoid the charging calls…lamar needs to learn how to drive and pull up instead og going all the way in

    • LakerMarc

      lo MADE SOME GREAT STRIDES THIS SEASON IN COMPARISON TO LAST SEASON IN AVOIDING FOULS AND GETTING INTO FOUL TROUBLE? wHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED? EVER SINCE THISD [POST SEASON BEGAN....LOTS OF RETRACTING TO BAD HABITS AND FRANKLY ..........USELESS AND LO IS MY FAVE LAKER [GO FIGURE] , SINCE TREVOR IS NO LONGER…….AHHH TREVOR…..WHERE ARE YOU BOY WE COULD REALLY USE YOU RIGHT NOW

  • trippleocho

    Let’s win this game and put a lot of pressure on Boston to win at Staples.

  • justdogm1

    boston is at home, last home game of 2010,healthy..all the pressure is on the kobes..

  • Touch ME

    Well Game 5 is a huge game. Well my honest opinion we lose for the following
    1. Its on thier home court last game, won’t lose 2 of 3
    2. Ray Allen is due for a big game.
    3. Bynum is still limited.
    4. Kobe can’t beat the Celtics by himself.
    5. LAMAR ODOM

    As much as it hurts me to say, I think LA will lose, the winner of this game will determine our NBA champion. Boy this hurts bad like in 08. I ABSOLITELY HOPE ALL THOSE REASON DON’T HAPPEN

    • lakerman34

      You’re obviously not a Laker fan, Touch ME. Just admit it. The Lakers beat the Jazz twice on their homecourt, so what? Bynum is still limited, but cuz he’s injured doesn’t mean he’s still not 7’1″ tall. Ray Allen due for a big game? Maybe it’s because we are playing great defense on him? Kobe doesn’t HAVE to beat the C’s by himself.

      U R an idiot.

      • Touch ME

        The Jazz, lol. Your in denial. Now zip it and get ready to watch the game this is gonna be very intense. Kobes legacy is on the line tonight so don’t let your pride get the best of u.

  • Touch ME

    O and by the way you all won’t be seeing your hero Lakersland Nostradamus here tonight and he knows why.

  • kb24dbest

    Another must win for the lakers tonight. Up 3-2 and going home is huge for the lakers. let’s end this series in 6 lakers. Game 7 is too risky with injuries and foul trouble can cost us a ring. Let’s play 2 consecutive close to perfect game and let’s party at figueroa.

    Artest, Odom, or the bench needs to give us sometin.. somethin’ tonight to secure a win. Go lakers, I believe, we believe, let’s ball!

  • kb24dbest

    I’m not blaming the refs for game 4 loss, but I thought there were some calls at the end that were bad call like the 3 point play by Pierce when Kobe stepped in for a charge. Bad call, kobe was clearly outside the line, rotated well, and the call should have been charging.
    The lakers lost game 4 because they were outrebounded, outhustled, outplayed by the bench, turnovers, and they couldn’t score 3-4 straight possessions (lack of execution). Hopefully we’ll fix that tonight and go back to LA for a momentum to close it out.
    Go Lakers!

  • lakers4life24

    I’m hyped up for this one!!
    lets go lakeshow!
    bring it home!

  • Laker4 Life

    This is a must win for the lakers. If they go down 3-2 they are in trouble. It is going to be very difficult to win 2 straight in LA.

    Go Lakers !

    • Toni

      And why would it be hard to win two straight games in L.A.?! – The Lakers have done it numerous times before! … Have a little faith in our team.

      Even though I am totally pissed off right now, I still see them winning in 7 Games!!!

  • livetowin16th

    Boston Sucks! LETS GO LAKERS 3-2

  • Touch ME

    LAKERSLAND NOSTRADAMUS WHAT WAS I TELLIN YOU. WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO SAY FOR YOURSELF. YOU STABBED US ALL IN THE BACK. SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT LISTENING TO ME. ITS OVER. LAKERS FANS ARE OFFICIALLY OWNED BY THE CITY OF BOSTON. I HAVENT SEEN YOU SINCE GAME 4, I WINDER WHY. DID I CALL THIS GAME OR DID I CALL THIS GAME

    • iLostHope

      Bitch get a life!!! Stop wastin ur time comment cuz we don’t care….. Yo know wat ur Entertaining.. Keep it up faggot..

    • Touch My Ass

      Dis guy don’t have a fuckin life!!! Coming here n talk shit!!! Dats all u got??? Hahah West Side Bitch!! Lakers inGame 7

      • Touch ME

        Don’t speak unless SPOKEN TOO, Now tolarate the discipline handed to us.

        • Touch My Ass

          Go fuck ur self!!!

        • Touch. ME

          I fuck myself all the time because i have nothing else to do but bug laker fans!

          • Touch My Ass

            Well good 4 u Asswhole!!! if u want 2 talk to me in Personal?? Come see me in Compton Bitch..

          • si pepe

            your in the right pace..come on lets touch each other comes game 7

          • Touch My Ass

            O forgot wat u say ” because I have nothin else to do but bug Lakers fans” so dats mean u don’t a damn life??

  • iLostHope

    Do u guys have any Plan B?????? I thought da Lakers ar better team dis year but I was wrong…. now Boston take da LEAd 3-2 n when is Ron N Odom ar gonna show up??? I don’t trust Artest especialy Odom n da bench… But L.A in Game 7 4 sure…

    • SHELLY

      bro stop saying DA it sounds stupid

  • Toni

    Can someone please tell me where the HELL the rest of the cast were in the 3rd Quarter?! … Kobe was on fire and DID NOT get any help from anyone!! … It’s bad enough Pau Gasol had to do the Celtics a favor by tipping the damn ball into the basket for them but Ron Artest cannot even make his damn free throws?!?!?!

    I am so pissed as now I have to hear all the shit at work tomorrow!!!

    Once again lat me state to the Lakers team: KOBE CANNOT DO IT ALL BY HIMSELF!!!! – Either show up on Wednesday or you relinquish the championship again to the asshole Celtics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Inlakerwetrust

    I always read posts and comments In fact lakernation is my homepage. I never right comments. Tonight I vent.

    Lakers Step it up Kobe dosen’t trust his teamates right now, You can tell, where the hell is Ron Ron he isn’t even palying defense or making freethrows. If you watched the game there was numerous times the Lakers had a chance to tie and switch the MO but stupied plays stoped us. we are better then this. I have faith that we win 6-7 but it comes from hardwork and determination as a team, We payed you Ron now make a difference in the finals.

    For all you Boston Fans and players Screw off> Ithought I hated the Spurs as the most complaing team but Boston takes the lead evey play you think I didn’t foul BULLSH*T I hated the boston fans before but I truley HAte ALL BOSTON FANS. EVERY SPORT

    AS for the REF F*ck U get the call right SHot clock viloation and foul on KOBE every game the REFS down the stretch have made the worst calls I have ever seen. Every game every time You Blow the calls. This is not in favor of the Lakers I have seen you Blow calls even for the celtics but it always seems the refs blow the calls at the must crucial times for the LAkers. Get the call right or review it Under 2 Min

    all you LAker FAns need to support your team andKnow we can Win BAck to BAck and take are championship that everyoen is trying to TAke REFS Boston FANS evry Laker HATER F*Ck THEM ALL.

    STEP IT UP AND WIN

    • Toni

      My thoughts exactly! – I normally don’t swear but under the circumstances, I am so upset right now all I can do is cuss!!!!

      • si pepe

        heads up bro

  • Pac Div

    I say before game 6, Mitch brings in Ron, LO, Gasol, Bynum to his office and tells them if you don’t win the chip u better start packing cuz were gonna sign and trade you dudes for either D-wade, LBJ, or Bosh. I bet that would fire these mutha fukas up. Go Lakers! Shout out to the Lakernation!

    • briane

      yup even tho odom is good at times hes to lost out there and as for bynum idk id ship him out for tyson chandler and gerald wallace? anyone

      • Inlakerwetrust

        Quit thinking shipping players out. THis is OUR team and we can Win 6-7 Bynum gave good minutes and if you watched the game the Man played through injury and gave Solid Minitues. STOP losing faith. Bynum IS fine But Ron needs to step it Up as far as LAmar he also needs to come and Play, he gives us effort but us fans want Championships.

        • shelly

          bynums aa freakin warrior. but he has glass knees.. i would hate to trade him but would love to see what we could get in return for him and LO

        • LakerMarc

          NICELY PUT AND ONE OF THE BEST COMMENTS ALL NIGHT LONG AND CONSIDERING SOME OF THE CRAP UP ON THIS BITCH!!!!!! C’MON LAKERS FANS THE POSTS ARE AS WEAK AS THE TEAM’S PLAY.

  • Touch. ME

    im a fruit cup

    • si pepe

      you taste so bad..puta!

  • Kent

    Isn’t this what the NBA wants for a 2-3-2 series??? The team with home court advantage (Lakers) going home down 3-2. There hasn’t been a series like this in a long time.

    • LakerMarc

      WHAT’S YOUR POINT?

  • KOBE279

    THIS IS BULLSHIT LAKER NATION. ITS A LIST OF PLAYERS EVERY NIGHT WHO DONT PLAY WELL.

    LAMAR ODOM(INCONSISTENT)
    JORDAN FARMAR
    LUKE WALTON
    RON ARTEST
    DEREK FISHER
    SHANNON BROWN

    • Touch My Ass

      Hahah I agreed wit u. Same damn LIST !!!

    • LakerMarc

      LOTS OF LAMAR AND RON ON THOSE LISTS…AND FRANKLY THE OCCASIONAL GREAT GAME REALLY DOENT MATTER IF THE REST OF THE TIME (OVERWHELMING MAJORITY IF SUBPAR AND STRUGGLING) PAUL PIERCE AND KEVIN GARNETT HAVE STRUGGLED, BUT THEY ARE GETTING IT TOGETHER AND MAKING THEIR TEAM WIN ………AT THE EXPENSE OF OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LakerMarc

    WAS I FUCKING WRONG OR WHAT? CELDICKS WANTED IT MORE….. LAMAR, RON, PAU, FISH, JORDY, SASHA….ONLY KOBE AND DREW WERE PRESENT, OTHERS HAD GLIMPSES OF PRESENCE…WIN NEXT 2 OR REPEAT THE FEELING OF 2008…..NO SUCH THING AS REVENGE…..NOW THE GOOD THING ABOUT THIS IS IF LAKERS WIN THIS…THEY WIN IN AT HOME, IMMEDIATE CELEBRATION!!!!!!!

  • Touch. ME

    My name is Touch ME because i was raped by a guy who was wearing a Kobe Jersey and since then i havent looked at the lakers the same! Sorry guys but its over for the lakers maybe next year we can win.

    • Pouch Me

      just shoot yourself buddy u will do us all a favor

  • Touch ME

    Touch. ME notice the period after the touch thats not me replying. I obviously got under the Lakernation skin maybe even worst after the Celtics smackdown of LA. Lakersland nostradamus lol what a joke he ran like the rest of you all thats what happens when you trust objects like a crystal ball

    • Pouch Me

      O so your on your period fag?

    • Touch My Ass

      Just ignor this guy that don’t have a damn life.. Forget the Fast, think about the Future.. Piece I’m out

  • Laker4 Life

    Terrible game by the Lakers. They just ran out of gas in Boston. Kobe was great, but the rest of them played mediocre basketball. No defense, no hustle, no rebounding, just standing and waiting for the celtics to make shots. Kobe should yell at his teammates and tell them if you guys don’t step up then I am going to tell Mitch to trade you guys and bring in players that play hard and with heart. They need to make adjustments for game 6 or else this series is over. I predicted the lakers to win in 7 and I am very confident that the Lakers can still win the title. However, they have to play their best game in the finals if they are gone win. It is not going to be easy to win 2 straight in LA. They have to work much harder than ever.
    Go Lakers !

  • lakerman34

    Why must Laker fans always think it’s over when we lose a game? Yes we are down 3-2. The Celtics are a win away from a championship. We are 2 wins away.

    Last time I checked, the game the Celtics have to win is in LA, and the 2 games the Lakers have to win are in LA. The numbers (being down 3-2) isn’t in our favor, the circumstances are though.

    Stop whining and complaining Laker fans. It’s over when someone has won 4 games.