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Lakers Face Elimination on their Home Floor in Game Six – SportsUntapped.com
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Added June 15th, 2010 by Ryan

Lakers Face Elimination on their Home Floor in Game Six
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The reigning NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant has proven throughout these NBA playoffs that he is still the best player in the league as he has been damn near unstoppable at times for the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, but on Tuesday night his team faces elimination for the first time in the postseason after dropping two straight games to the Boston Celtics.

No matter how banged up Kobe may be right now, the Black Mamba continues to step up when the Lakers need him the most, but the rest of the players, including All-Star forward Pau Gasol, have failed to step up their game and help Kobe lead this team to a second straight NBA title.

In game one of this NBA Finals series, the Los Angeles Lakers absolutely dominated the Boston Celtics and showed that they could quite possibly beat their archrivals in convincingly fashion. Despite their dominating performance in game one, the second game of this series was dictated by bad officiating and the Lakers headed to Boston for game three with the series tied at 1-1.

Fortunately, Kobe Bryant and company were able to rebound in game three and retake the series lead at 2-1. Even though things were starting to look up once again for the defending champs, the Lakers haven’t been able to get back to form over the last two games as the Celtics have taken control of this series with a 3-2 lead heading into game six.

Much like the 2008 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics have been able to get the best of the Los Angeles Lakers with some lockdown defense and ability to take the Lakers bigs out of the game. Not only are the Lakers bigs struggling, but Andrew Bynum is really banged up right now and is nowhere 100%. Bynum is struggling so bad and playing through pain that he may be hurting more than helping the team.

It is uncertain how Phil Jackson will want to use Bynum in game six, but he may make the drastic move of throwing Lamar Odom into the starting lineup and playing the big kid limited minutes.

The one key to game six in my opinion is the Lakers role players stepping up. If Pau Gasol, Ron Artest and Lamar Odom can’t get the job done from here on out, the Boston Celtics will cruise to a record 18th NBA title.

 
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