NBA Finals Game 5: Will There Be a Game Six?

Chris AllenSenior Analyst IJune 15, 2008

After Thursday's 18-point comeback rally during game four at the Staples Center, that left the Boston Celtics in a 3-1 stranglehold, it seems that the Lakers' season may be over soon. The Boston Celtics look to acheive their 17th NBA Championship with a win tonight.

The Lakers have a huge hill to climb if they want to have a chance of coming back in this series. Not only was Thursday night's loss the first home game loss by the L.A. Lakers in these playoffs, but in the history of the NBA, when a team leads the finals three games to one, their record is 28-0.

The question now is, could the Lakers be the first ever NBA team to return from a 3-1 loss and take the Championship from the Celtics grip? The Lakers-Celtics rivalry in the Finals dates back 1987, and the Celtics are 8-2 against the Lakers in the Finals.

With the Lakers having players such as MVP Kobe Bryant, as well as Gasol and Odom averaging 18.2 rebounds per game, anything is possible in this NBA Finals. Lakers fans will just have to wait and see what happens tonight, as the Lakers try to take it one game at a time.