Lakers-Suns: The Real Victory in Game 5 Was Jackson’s Gamble Paying Off

May 28th, 2010 by Pat Mixon Leave a reply »
Lost amidst Ron Artest’s thrilling last second put back of Kobe Bryant’s three point miss to win Game Five of the Western Conference Finals was the coaching decision made by the Lakers’ Phil Jackson.

When Kobe Bryant picked up two quick fouls in the early minutes of the first quarter, Jackson did what every coach must do: sit the player. 


But most coaches would wait until late into the second quarter, or even possibly not bring the player back until after halftime at the risk of the such a key component picking up a third foul so early in the first half.


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