Don’t Zone Out: How the Lakers can Avoid a Game Five Letdown

May 26th, 2010 by Ahaviah Bessemer Leave a reply »
Entering Sunday night, the Los Angeles Lakers held the opportunity to push their opponent, the Phoenix Suns, to an 0-3 deficit. Instead, the Suns showed the NBA that the team wasn't just happy with making the conference finals, but that the team was in it to win it.

Behind Amar'e Stoudemire's 42 points, the Suns bounced right back into the series, making it only a 2-1 lead for the Lakers.

Two nights later, the Lakers stood in the same position, holding the ability to push the Suns to the limit. Forty-eight minutes later, the Suns showed their adversaries that Game Three was no fluke.

Result: Series tied at 2-2.

Much like the Oklahoma City series, a series that went six games, many spectators and fans have already begun to write off the Lakers.

Question is: Are they believing that the Suns are the greatest? Or are they simply the latest?

For the Lakers, the solution to the problem could not be any simpler.  However, the predicament for them lies in the equation.

Regardless of losing the rebound battle by 15, I found a more interesting stat that can better sum up these losses: This ...

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