Lamar Odom and the Lakers Get Rough, Gruff and Give Denver That Game 5 Cold Rock Stuff

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Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Denver Nuggets 103-94

Lakers lead Best of 7 series 3-2

The Lakers are 20-0 at home when the series is tied 2-2.

Every quarter was tied in this hard fought battle in LA. If you’ve ever been to a Laker game, there’s no athletic event that comes close. It’s not the actual competition, it’s the showcase. There’s more to the game than just the game. There’s the celebrities and personalities that sit amongst the crowd just like you would.

Honestly, that’s all good, but the atmosphere lends itself to soft like cotton Hollywood clouds. I’m not hatin’ on the Staple Center faithful, but has this team really had some mean since Diesel left for the Eva Mendes ain’t the baddest sands and fellas better wear ya mirror shades spectacle of Miami’s South Beach?

Last night the Lakers won with mean defense and the mean finally showed up in reticent ways…

Lamar Odom is one of the most talented players in the game. He has size, strength and versatility to guard every position on the floor when he’s on. In these playoffs, LO hasn’t done much of anything. His averages of a little over seven points and eight rebounds sucks for someone so talented. He’s banged up, granted, but he’s on the floor.

Last night changed things. Kobe’s been putting up 36 Mikes a game against Denver and Pau Gasol has been doing his thing despite limited touches. Somebody had to step up and Lamar was East Coast ready to show and prove.

He banged to the tune of 14 Kareems, cleaned the glass with 4 Chuck Nevitts…but more importantly, blazed 19 Worthys to finally give Kobe Stacks the support he needed that allowed him to not work as hard on either end…all with a bad back.

His teammates responded to his aggressiveness and were the definite bully in this game. Gasol had 4 blocks. There was one play where the crowd cheered when Gasol set an average pick.

Denver was bricking everything. They reverted to the team we all thought they were before they got Chauncey.

3 point bricks, 2 foot bricks…it was hard to watch.

J.R. Smith was jacking up crazy shots from all over the way a player does at the end of the game. What was up with that? He was 1-10 from behind the arc.

Collectively, the Nuggets shot 38 percent from the field…29 percent from the arc. Carmelo become the first player to score 30 points in 5 straight road playoff games on the road but shot an abysmal 9-23 to get there.

You are not going to win when your stop and pop point guard is limited to 7 shots in 39 minutes.

The Lakers had 5 players in double figures and their bench contributed big points whenever the Nuggets seemed to get themselves together.

The Lakers bench outscored their Denver counterparts 34-26. That stat can be viewed as the difference in the outcome.

Kobe took a mere 13 shots and scored 22 points. He also stepped up his leadership and made sure his teammates stayed up in pivotal moments.

He never reacted when the Nuggets beat him up…sending him to the line 10 times. He wanted physical all year and he’s gotten his fair share this series.

I asked him during the season what was missing from the NBA:

What’s missing in basketball? What would you like to implement into the NBA?

KB: “I’d like to see the game being more physical. I think that’s one thing that’s missing. European basketball is actually a lot more physical than anything. I’d like to see them go back to the 80s rules and allow more contact. Players use more contact, are more physical with more defensive accountability on an individual basis.”

You got it Beans.

Derek Fisher had his best game in a while.

Shannon Brown again was big and despite scoring just six points, his spark was huge. He also had a nice dunk on Chris Andersen.

An 11-0 run in the fourth broke the game open and the Lakers held serve heading into Game 6.

I did notice some crazy officiating. There were all kinds of ticky-tack calls on Denver in cases where the ref seemed to be waiting for anything that resembled contact.

Yet and still, the Lakers toughed out a win and finally used their height advantage to make the necessary plays in the victory.

Game 6 Friday in Denver. Will the Lakers close out or will the Nuggets get meaner at home?

DENVER NUGGETS
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Carmelo Anthony, SF 40 9-23 1-4 12-13 0 4 4 4 2 0 5 3 -2 31
Kenyon Martin, PF 36 6-15 0-0 0-0 0 5 5 1 1 1 0 3 -2 12
Nene, C 26 1-3 0-0 2-2 4 4 8 2 2 0 2 6 +5 4
Dahntay Jones, SG 15 2-8 0-0 5-8 4 0 4 1 1 0 2 2 +4 9
Chauncey Billups, PG 39 4-7 3-6 1-1 1 2 3 5 2 0 3 5 -9 12
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
J.R. Smith, SG 29 3-13 1-10 0-1 1 2 3 4 2 0 1 2 -13 7
Chris Andersen, FC 24 1-4 0-0 0-0 3 5 8 0 0 4 1 4 -17 2
Anthony Carter, PG 11 3-4 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 -3 7
Linas Kleiza, SF 19 3-6 1-3 3-5 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 3 -8 10
Jason Hart, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION
Renaldo Balkman, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Johan Petro, C DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
32-83 7-24 23-30 14 29 43 17 11 5 14 30 94
38.6% 29.2% 76.7% Team TO (pts off): 16 (20)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Trevor Ariza, SF 32 4-7 0-2 4-6 0 5 5 4 1 2 0 4 -2 12
Pau Gasol, FC 45 5-8 0-0 4-5 1 9 10 4 2 5 2 1 +6 14
Andrew Bynum, C 19 4-9 0-0 1-3 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 4 -6 9
Kobe Bryant, SG 45 6-13 1-6 9-10 1 4 5 8 1 0 7 3 +11 22
Derek Fisher, PG 27 4-9 0-2 4-4 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 -2 12
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Lamar Odom, PF 32 7-15 1-1 4-7 4 10 14 3 0 4 1 2 +18 19
Jordan Farmar, PG 7 1-3 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -2 2
Luke Walton, SF 15 2-5 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 2 1 1 2 2 +8 4
Sasha Vujacic, SG 4 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 +1 3
Shannon Brown, SG 14 3-5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +13 6
Josh Powell, FC DNP COACH’S DECISION
D.J. Mbenga, C DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
37-76 3-16 26-35 10 32 42 25 5 12 15 22 103
48.7% 18.8% 74.3% Team TO (pts off): 16 (14)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.

Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: 3 LALAKERS ( S Brown 1 ) DENVER ( N Hilario 1, C Andersen 1 ) – TEAMS (def3sec): LALAKERS (1) – COACHES: None
Officials: Ron Garretson , Tom Washington , Monty Mccutchen
Attendance: 18,997
Time of Game: 02:40

4 Responses to “Lamar Odom and the Lakers Get Rough, Gruff and Give Denver That Game 5 Cold Rock Stuff”

  1. Temple3 says:

    Ev-we-one is so wuf and tuff at home.

    “C’mon, put ‘em up! Put ‘em up! I dare ya!”

  2. Eric Daniels says:

    Now Temple there’s game 6 and the Lakers haven’t put away anyone on the other teams court. I am starting to agree with Barkley and Wilbon that the Lakers don’t deserve to win the NBA championship because they haven’t played like champions this whole playoffs.

  3. Temple3 says:

    I know the series isn’t over, but I certainly don’t buy Barkley and Wilbon’s line of reasoning. You get what you deserve OR you get what you pay for. The Lakers are a flawed team; they’re not perfect. However, that does not mean the remaining competitors are more deserving.

    Does Denver deserve a championship when they allow JR Smith to jack 10 threes in a pivotal Game 5 on the road? Does Denver deserve a championship when their selected savior hasn’t won a championship since Tom Brady was King of the Hill? Maybe. Maybe not.

    What does Orlando deserve after struggling for 7 games with a depleted Boston Celtic team?

    What does Cleveland deserve trailing miserably 3-1?

    The deserving champion for 2009 will be crowned in June — and not in the minds of Chuck B or Mike “Can I Walk on Sean Taylor’s Grave Again?? Please, Again. Please” Wilbon. It really doesn’t matter if they’re spitting in kids faces, gambling away big loot because of small brains, playing the buffoon or cursing the dead, neither of these two have much room to talk about merit. They should pipe down and shut the f*#! up. Don’t you think?

  4. Temple3 says:

    E.D.:

    If you said the Lakers are likely to look like the least deserving of champions in many years, I could possibly agree with that. They can only beat the teams in front of them. If everyone else sucks worse than they do, it is what it is.

    Take care of yourself, bruh. All the best.

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