Amid all the World Cup hype, we’re less than a day away from the biggest game of the year…or at least the biggest game in the world of basketball.
The last game was ugly, ironically depicted by the mirror-shattering photograph of Big Baby drooling after what he would likely look back and call a “beastly” play.
The winner of Game Five will probably go on to win the series, and it is extremely improbable that the Celtics' bench is what’s going to carry Boston to their 18th NBA Championship.
Glen Davis is a solid bench player, and Nate Robinson is unquestionably a very explosive and exciting guard, but they aren’t going to combine for 30 points again. They won’t be able to will the Celtics to another win this series.
To win at home and take a 3-2 lead in the greatest rivalry in the sport, the Celtics will need one of their stars to take over and carry their team to a victory.
Ray Allen is still struggling to find that Sweet Baby Ray's stroke, and Rajon Rondo was out-shined by his backup.
Paul Pierce was much more productive for the C’s, scoring 19 points on just 12 shots.
But the raspy-voiced Beantown hero needs to do more than that for the Celtics to take advantage of playing at home and win Game Five.
When the Celtics went on their last championship run, Pierce put up 38 in Game Five, and they lost. With the build of this Boston team, they won’t need 38 from their best offensive player, but he’ll need to be more aggressive with the ball.
On the other side, the Lakers played like a depleted and defeated OLD team on Thursday night.
The defending champs need a big game from somebody other than Pau and Kobe, who combined for 54 of the Lakers 89 points in Game Four.
Lamar Odom’s box sheet didn’t look too bad, filled with 10 points and 7 rebounds, but he played 39 minutes and he failed to really show up after Andrew Bynum left the game, which is when the Lakeshow really needed him to step his game up.
The Lakers didn’t have any players with double digits in rebounds, were out-boarded by seven, and had three more turnovers.
Kobe and Gasol continue to show that they will get their points, but two players can’t win a title, let alone a Game Five on that quest to a title.
The purple and gold need to get double digit points from Artest and Fisher to win this decisive fifth game in Boston.
After four games it’s evident that the Lakers aren’t going to get much from their bench, and if Ron Ron and Odom don’t stop playing like the Queens Disconnection, the Lakers might drop to 2-10 all time against their biggest rivals in the Finals.