The Lakers are in Denver for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals and I have no choice but to feel a little bit of De ja Vu. The reasons are simple; the Lakers were in this same position game 4 of this series and game 4 of the Houston series.

I feel that the Lakers have learned their lesson and understand the importance of the position that they’re in. However, the Lakers haven’t won two consecutive big games in a row. This statistic needs to change tonight.

Kobe Bryant had a big game in a slightly different way playing the role of the facilitator and getting his teammates excellent shots. Count on seeing more of that early as well as seeing him take over the game in the fourth quarter.

The Lakers got a huge lift in game 5 with Derek Fisher & Andrew Bynum combining for 21 points, Lamar Odom’s coming out party with 19 points 14 rebounds and four blocked shots as well as a solid contribution from the bench. Lamar knew he hadn’t played well and had to step up and he played like a man possessed.

When Odom plays like he did in game 5 he has the potential to be a huge x-factor for the team. Big question for tonight’s game is can Lamar play that way again?

The Lakers need to put the Nuggets in as many screen and roll plays as possible due to the fact that Denver is switching defenders on this play causing a mismatch of a smaller player guarding either Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum.

The Lakers have to recognize this and make the Nuggets pay for playing a smaller player on Pau or Andrew. The Lakers need to cut down the number of three point shots taken and focus on controlling the paint by attacking the basket with their size advantage.

Los Angeles needs to be aggressive and attack the basket early and often and not settle for so many jump shots. This should take the crowd out of the game and allow the Lakers to go to the free throw line. The Lakers need to have five players in double digits to have a more balanced attack.

Put the pressure on the Nuggets defense, Denver will do everything they can to win this game and the Lakers have to match their intensity and focus on winning today and ending this series.

The Lakers will have to control the tempo, the glass, get back in transition, and stop the dribble penetration as well as rotate out to three point shooters. The Lakers will need to slow Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups & Nene. Limit the impact of the explosive yet volatile J.R. Smith.

The Lakers have played excellent defense in certain stretches of games and have executed in the fourth quarters and that trend needs to continue to end this series. Denver has committed 11 technical fouls out of frustration and need to be put out of their misery.

The Lakers have found more ways to attack this team. Los Angeles is tough to beat when everyone is contributing and they’re hitting on all cylinders, the 23-5 run in the fourth quarter proved that. I believe that the type of effort, energy, poise and execution down the stretch shown in game 5 can travel to Denver and we as Lakers fans can see a repeat performance.

Tipoff: 6:00 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: ESPN
  • Denver: ESPN

Radio

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Denver: KCKK AM1510 (Jerry Schemmel)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • None to report.

Nuggets:

  • None to report.
  • gugy

    Please Lakers, finish this tonight.
    I am so tired of the Nuggets.

    Go Lakers!

  • ilikebasketball

    FIRST!

    faith laker fans.

    we play through the calls tonight and take this one.

    with a day of rest over orlando!!

  • http://lakernation kauaimamba

    Does anybody else want to punch Jeff “Beeker” VanGundy in the face?The guy is so anti Lakers it makes me ill.

  • Russ Ahi

    Here’s my thoughts…

    The Lakers showed in game 5 that they are a force to be reckoned with. I know nuggets fans say the officiating was lop-sided, but c’mon…the officiating has been lop-sided during the entire playoffs. it’s something we all expect to see now.

    The thing that upsets me is that Lamar has that type of game once in a while, when we all know he is capable of doing that during EVERY SINGLE GAME. the dude needs to understand that he is a serious threat and he can cause a lot of damage by getting his 16 points and 16 boards. that’s all we need from him anyways. we’re not asking him to give us 30. same with Fisher. All we ask is that he plays good D on Billups and hits a few shots.

    The way to stop Denver is to make them shoot jumpers and not get inside the paint. We saw in game 4 how JR Smith, the Birdman, Nene, and Carmelo just kept going into the paint and passing it out or getting fouled. We need to CONTROL the paint so that they won’t try to get in there. Make them shoot J’s and we’ll take our chances there. Carmelo has been having such a bad series, i doubt he’ll he incredible tonight.

    Bottom line, the Lakers know how to win against this team. The last game proved to me that it’s not that hard to beat the Nuggets. All you need to do is play good D and control the paint. We don’t need a 50 point game from Kobe. We don’t need a miraculous play by Ariza. We don’t even need 30 by Pau. We just need a little bit from everyone and everyone playing D. Our team is THAT good that that’s all we need.

    You saw in the Magic-Cavs game last night how LeBron had to do EVERYTHING for those last 12 minutes. We don’t need that. As the TNT analysts said, if LeBron was on the Lakers, they’d win 80 games. It’s because we have so much talent on our team. We just have to realize that and play strong. Everyone needs to step up. Farmar, Ariza, Sasha, Powell, Luke, Pau, Fisher, Kobe, and Bynum. All you guys should score tonight or have a significant impact on this game.

    LET’S DO THIS. FINISH IT OFF IN GAME 6

  • LakersFirst

    This seriers is going 7 guaranteed. I’ll take any and all bets the Thugs win game 6 and I’ll take any and all bets lakers win game 7.

  • http://myspace.com/taeyongpark Day

    Stop hating on van gundy ~

    GO LAKERS

  • Michael Perez

    “The Lakers will have to control the tempo, the glass, get back in transition, and stop the dribble penetration as well as rotate out to three point shooters.”

    Really? Again? lol

  • sketch

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    My sentiments exactly! He was hating on the Lakers all night long! And his take about Kobe’s and 1 play shouldn’t have been an and 1 because he lost the ball and then regained control of it put me over the top! That mother fcuker! And how about the other one when Chauncey “rose up” with his knee into Ariza’s chest for a layup? He wanted Ariza to be called for a block! What a fcukin douche bag! Van Suckdy claimed that that’s how Chauncey elevates for his layups… what a JOKE! ESPN’s gotta look for unbiased commentators and not haters like Van Suckdy to call the games. He’s just bitter that his brother’s going into the Finals and that he could never beat Phil and the Bulls to get his Knicks in! Fcuk Jeff Van Suckdy and go Stan Van Gundy!

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

  • sketch

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    You’re $h!ttin me right? Were you listening to the commentators or were you watchin the game on braille? Helen Keller thought Jeff Van Suckdy sucked and she was blind, deaf, and mute!

  • kwame4mvp

    I agree with you sketch. Van Gundy gets on my nerves. Sucks how every Laker game is him and Mark Jackson. Two Laker haters every game.

  • LakerLand_Nostradamus

    OK,
    Here we go again.
    My Crystal Ball tells me that we are going to finish this series tonight!!!!! Yes Lakers in 6!

    Last night my prediction came to life. Cavs. won and the day before too with the Lakers winning and monster game by Odom.

    So Lakers family, be ready to have a good night.

  • LongDongMamba

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    No bro, you are second… lol

  • LakersFirst

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    The REAL LakersFirst believes the Lakers will close out tonight. My son is a little pessimistic. It hurts me to him like that. WAKE UP SON!!!

  • WifelovesLuke

    “When Odom plays like he did in game 5 he has the potential to be a huge x-factor for the team. Big question for tonight’s game is can Lamar play that way again?”

    After the effort and energy LO gave in game 5, does his back have enough with just one days rest?

    Will Kobe play decoy again?

    Will Brown get more minutes tonight?

    Can Pau and Bynum control the paint two games in a row?

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm………

  • sketch

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    I HOPE THAT YOU’VE NEVER BEEN WRONG! CAUSE I SURELY COULD USE YOUR CORRECT PREDICTION TONIGHT! CAN’T STAND THIS SEE SAW CRAP FROM OUR TEAM ANYMORE! NEED THEM TO PLAY CONSISTENT HARD NOSED AND DOMINATING BASKETBALL THAT THEY’RE CAPABLE OF PLAYING!

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

  • kobe8

    close it out today please!!!

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Lakers do not have the stones to close it out tonight. The only one who has the chops is Kobe Bean Bryant. The rest of the team can’t win a game on the road. They will take it to seven and Kobe will save the day. OK my brothas I am out. I have a date and she is goin downtown tonight. I will give you my take later but be watching. The Warlock will talk shit because he knows his Sh it. Bynum will really F up and Pau will suck dildo. When I am right just call me Sir Warlock, The BasketBall GOD.

  • lakerfan

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

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Yes GO Lakers NO FAKERS

  • http://www.myspace.com/on3s3qu3nc3 123kid

    send em off fishing lakers! close it out and get some nice needed rest!

  • Paul Garnett

    Thuggets will get game 6 and 7 on Sunday. If the Lakers are depending on Odom to come through, they have another thing coming. How many years have Laker fans counted on the X-Factor Lamar Odom to come through? How many times has he failed you all? The Lakers remind me of the Nets of years past. They could get to the finals, but wont win one.

  • Touch ME

    nostradamis, whne the Nuggets win tonight you will have relized that all this time that you were looking at an egg not a crystal ball. If you are really playing with spritual things you need to stop because you are breaking the 1st commandment. By the way any1 could tell Cavs were gonna win yesterday. When Denver win tonight on Carmello Anthony’s birthday make sure you post the same prediction.

  • LakerLand_Nostradamus

    Touch ME,

    go read my earlier posts this week and I’ve got any single one right. I even predicted a monster game by Lamar.

    The Crystal Ball never lies! Bi-tch
    I also predicted your wife and mother suc-king my co-ck and I got it right! They are pretty bad by the way. lol

  • Touch ME

    LOL Nostradumbnus #1 I am Single and never been married. #2 my mom will cook that egg that you are looking at and after she’s done you will suck that egg. So much for that crystal ball.

    I’ll take your word on your earlier post and I did see that you predicted the Cavs to win game 5 just like 85% of this country did. I’ll give you this one chance retract your Lakers game 6 win. I say this being a die hard Lakers fan. Don’t shy away for the game 7 prediction, ill be watching.

  • LakerLand_Nostradamus

    lol,
    that bi-tch said was your wife, but now I know, she is your sister because my crystal ball just said you are a fuc-king gay. lol

    we will talk later…

  • lainok

    the mamba is waiting to strike. those first few games, and lebron’s games were nothing compared to what he is going to unleash.

  • LongDongMamba

    Once again all these Denver and fake Denver(Boston) trolls around our site.
    Don’t you guys have anything better to do?
    Anyway, Karma will get you. Lakers in 6!

  • MR JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

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    You seem to enjoy hanging on M Y_B A L L S, all of YOUR grease_ass time!
    …What’s the matter, not enough lubricant in your own grease_ ass creativity to maintain your own feeble little grease_ass balls!
    …Don’t be a wussie_fvcken_pussie, hiding behind somebody else’s thunder! …Be a proud child, woman, or man, and stand up for yourself, on your own merits, not hiding behind some weak_ass foolish attempt to be someone else!

  • Deport Vujabrick

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    Oh joseph, you ignorant slut,
    Your mindless comments are always good for a laugh. But seriously, you really should get yourself some therapy. Hopefully it is not too late for you.. Now your Sukdic team is done so you need to get back to your jerking off!

  • LakersFirst

    LAKERS VICTORIOUS. Where are the doubters who thought they couldn’t get back to the finals (t-dub? where are you?). It was surgical destruction of Denver. Not over yet though. 4 MORE WINS

  • LakerLand_Nostradamus

    Hey “TOUCH ME”

    I told you man, my Crystal Ball never fails.

    I also saw in my Crystal Ball that I just stick my huge co-ck right up your @ss with sand and you said that you like it, asked for more and called me daddy! lol

  • Touch ME

    Nostra

    Take it easy we are all Laker fans here, I can tell you are a teen by your language. When the Lakers win I always say that the opponent will win to play reverse pyschology on myself. If I ever saw your co-ck ill use my saw machine to the extreme and I am not talking about Vujacic. Congrats on the nice prediction, I sure hope we play Orlando in the finals. Maybe the crystal ball is the key for Lamar Odom playing well because we will need it in the finals. It looks like the egg i was talkin about is rotton just like the Cavs.

    I am so glad the Lake Show will be getting plenty of rest because they’ll need it.