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Lakers vs. Celtics Game 5: What Los Angeles Did Wrong Last Night

BOSTON - JUNE 13:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot against Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 13, 2010 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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John CarterContributor IIIJune 14, 2010

What's the use of a talented team, if only one player will take the challenge?

Nothing.

That was not the Los Angeles Lakers that had the hunger to win it all that I had seen in the beginning of the series. Game Five was basically the whole Boston team against the lone Kobe Bryant.

I thought I saw Gasol and Odom smokin' outside my house while I was watching the game.

Before I begin, a word for the Boston crowd that had a huge effect on Odom. You were just plain terrible and ruthless.

During Odom's free throws—both of which he missed—the Boston crowd was chanting "UGLY SISTER," referring to Lamar's wife, Khloe Kardashian, and her more famous sister, Kim Kardashian.

I don't know how anyone could take that. I even saw some of the Celtics flash some sympathy in their eyes. That's how horribly cruel Boston can be.

1. The LAKERS need to step up.

No, not just Pau, Drew, Lamar, or Derek. I mean everyone . Out of all the heavyweight contenders: Orlando, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Boston, and Phoenix, which team has the inferior bench?

The Lakers must be one of the most inconsistent championship teams I've watched. Other than Kobe and Pau, you can never know what the team is going to bring. 

Shannon and Farmar combined for a single lousy point. Shannon was flat on the stat sheet. That deserves to be called pathetic, considering their athletic ability.

 

2. LA is switching on pick and rolls too much.

I saw too many mismatches last night.

Artest on Rondo, Walton on Perkins, and so on. Just outrageous mismatches. That's exactly what Rajon Rondo wants, a slower or bigger defender. He can use his speed to set up players when he penetrates against the mismatch—not to mention score.

3. REBOUND

Perkins just muscled his way through, and grabbed much-needed offensive rebounds in the fourth.

Pau Gasol showed me how he played in 2008. He just surrendered his space and was practically scared off by Perkins.

I saw Perkins guarding Pau in the post, and Perkins backed up to invite Pau. Nonetheless, Pau took the jump-shptinstead.

These are times you wished Bynum was in there.

4. We're way too slow.

On the Lakers frontline, their fastest and quickest player is 31. Well yes, he is Kobe Bryant, but still. 31 is pretty old to be an athletic freak.

Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown have the athleticism, but not much else to show.

Derek is definitely showing huge signs of aging. Artest, too, is way too slow.

These are times that you miss Trevor Ariza.

When Rondo got that quick layup from Paul Pierce's Randy Moss/Tom Brady play, Artest was eating dust behind Rajon. At least Trevor could catch him.

Trevor was better from the field and from the stripe with LA than Artest.

4. Play Defense

The Lakers played horrible defense. Just watch Nate Robinson's wide open lay up that looked like grown ups letting a little boy get a lay up. Nuff' Said.

5. Stop Flopping

This is more for Derek Fisher, because Fisher gave Ray Allen so many easy looks while he was on the ground. Didn't he notice the refs weren't calling anything before?

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