Lakers vs. Celtics Game 5: Pau Gasol Must Stand Tall vs. His Boston Tormentors

June 13th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
The Boston Celtics play a rugged, physical brand of basketball which is in direct contrast to the more precision-based style the Los Angeles Lakers prefer.

The Celtics have no problem with turning any contest into a battle of brawn, and each member of their team vocally takes pride in afflicting abuse on any opponent—especially the Lakers.

The re-emergence of Andrew Bynum's partially torn meniscus as a problem puts the Lakers in a bad place heading into Game Five of the 2010 NBA Finals because if Bynum is unable to play, someone else will have have to be the physical presence that Bynum represented.

The only problem is Bynum is the only player on the Lakers' roster who seems comfortable standing toe-to-toe with the Celtics' strong-men and Game Four may have been an ominous sign of things to come.

The pain from Bynum's injury limited him to 12 minutes in Game Four and the Celtics immediately took advantage as Glen Davis became an unstoppable force on offense and the boards.

The momentum has swung in the favor of Boston heading into Game Five, and if the Lakers hope to capture the magic from their two victories, P ...

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