To their credit, the Lakers didn't give up and mounted a furious fourth quarter comeback after Boston dropped their guard and quit playing defense. The Lakers took a 24 point lead and brought it down to 2 with about 22 seconds to go. But, if the Lakers had have played better defense they woudn't have had such a huge defecit to overcome. But just for a few minutes late in the game the Celtics got very very nervous.
The truth is; the Lakers didn't deserve to win tonight. No defensive effort in the second half and they made too many mistakes again and rarely got to the foul line until the fourth quarter. Now they have to win three in a row in Staples just to get a sixth game. Can it be done? Sure. But...it will take a hell of a lot more than what I saw tonight.
I'm a die-hard Laker fan and I've seen stranger things so I'll be waiting here in L.A. for game three. I even thought about driving up to Staples Center tonight to watch the game on Giant Screen but at $4.50 a gallon for gas right now I can think of better reasons to get caught on a parking lot masquerading as a freeway.
P.S. - Just once I wish an athlete would answer this all-time cliche' question with this snappy comeback...
Question - What will it take for the Lakers to win tonight?
Answer - We'll have to score more points than the other team.
Sports reporters have to be the World's biggest Donkey Dicks.