The good news is that the Lakers are back at home. The bad news is that the Lakers lost Game 6 and have to play in an all important Game 7. This isn’t the type of situation that the Lakers wanted to be in, they haven’t been in this position in a while.

This is the playoffs folks, this is the epitome of the phrase “win or go home” this speaks to the finality of the situation. The Lakers fought to earn the home court advantage in the event they were put into this situation.

This is a different Rockets team then the one the Lakers faced this season and Los Angeles has to adjust to this team.  The Lakers need to adjust to the Rockets being physical with them on the block and be physical themselves.

Too many times when teams are physical with the Lakers the team settles for jump shots. That can not happen today, the Lakers need to use ball movement and player movement to find the open man who needs to take a high percentage shot. The Lakers need to attack the basket early and often.

It is what it is; the Lakers know what is at stake and will deal with it. The real question is what type of energy, effort and resolve the team will bring into this game.  The Lakers have been wildly inconsistent from game to game. The Lakers need to have a high energy level, increased effort and play with a sense of urgency.

The Lakers need to play hard & commit to playing solid defense, the type of defense that the team played in the 40-point beat down administered in game 5. It is imperative that the Lakers increase the intensity of their defense and get off to a fast start so they aren’t playing uphill.

The team that has won the 1st quarter has won the game several times in this series. Kobe Bryant will provide a stellar performance, as usual, but the rest of team has to knock down shots.

The Lakers will win by doing something that they haven’t done with any consistency. The Lakers need to control the tempo, the glass, get back in transition, stop the dribble penetration and most importantly rotate out to three point shooters.

Nothing can be left to chance, the Lakers need to stop the pick-and-roll play and Aaron Brooks and make the screener Chuck Hayes beat you. When the Lakers got back into the game the Rockets used the pick-and-roll play to distance themselves.

This game and the rest of the playoffs for the Lakers is about their defensive intensity, focus and controlling the painted area.

The Lakers know what they’re dealing with a scrappy trio of energy and effort guys in Luis Scola, Carl Landry and Chuck Hayes.  The Lakers need to match the intensity, effort and energy of these guys and the entire Rockets team.

The Lakers need to limit the Rockets to one shot per possession and contest every shot. Despite the fact that Houston was able to dominate the paint in Game 6; that will not happen again. This has been an action packed playoff series the will end today, the Lakers will be ready to play.

To be a champion you have to rise to the occasion and overcome obstacles like this. You’ll see a game ready focus from the Lakers.

Tipoff: 12:30 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: ABC
  • Houston: ABC

Radio

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Houston: KILT Sportsradio 610 (Craig Ackerman)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • None to report.

Rockets:

  • Yao Ming (Foot)
  • Tracy McGrady (Knee)
  • http://lakers.com kobe_4_mayor

    I expect the lakers to execute on the pick and roll..lets play man-to-man and not double..that is r weakness…

    Lakers 102
    Rockets 93 FINAL!!

  • http://myspace.com/xclusiv85 LAKER_girl

    In the spike lee documentary you see the potential of a championship caliber team. I’m sure all the guys in the yellow jerseys got the memo form watching it yesterday. You have the faith of your laker nation guys.

    leave it ALL on the court.

    GO LAKERS!

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

    lets roll baby! time to forget what happened thursday and its time to focus on today. goodluck lakers!!!

  • sketch

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    “Let’s roll baby”? Isn’t that the phrase that the guys on flight 93 said as they stormed the cockpit to overtake the terrorists? I understand the sentiment, but the end result was that the plane crashed and everyone on board DIED!

    So might I suggest we don’t use that phrase? Hahaha! Let’s just kick some rocket @$$!

    Go Lakers! We win and we win big!

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

    ^lol! how bout this quote from independence day. i changed it up a bit, but it probably suits today.

    “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our LAKER VICTORY Day!

  • Stephen

    Here it is Lakers just do your thing and play Laker Basketball and someone guard freakin Aaron Brooks!! We Believe in you guys!!!!

  • Kb24sdbest

    I hope the lakers did some soul searching on their own, if not as a team. This is like becoming a disease and they know it, but they don’t know how to treat it. If this game don’t fire up the lakers, nothing will.
    It’s the coaches job, to fire up the team. Phil if your motivation is not working, you better find something else.
    The 2 leaders need to come together and hold a player only meeting.

    The good thing is, if the lakers win this game, the lakers persevered and pass adversity, and hopefully will give them confident to play in the finals, if we get that far.

    Come on lakers.. let’s leave it out all on the floor. Play smart and hard.

    MEMO to the LAKERS: Talent alone does not win you a championship. It’s a combination of talent, brain, and heart.

    LET’S GO….. LET’S DO THIS… GO LAKERS!

  • Kobe Forever

    If the Lakers play like they did in Game 5 they are gone win. They need to play the whole 48 minutes and not fall asleep.

    LA Lakers 116
    Houston 79

  • sketch