Some Los Angeles Lakers fans are in "panic mode" right now as a result of being down three games to two in the NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics. The Lakers have failed to execute the entire series, and now they have their backs against the wall because of it.
But if they follow the following three keys, Los Angeles should not be going home today.
NOTE: The keys are in order of priority.
This may seem like a small key but it is extremely important.
The Lakers have a 9-1 home record throughout the 2010 NBA Playoffs, but their only home loss in these playoffs was Game Two in the Finals. In case you did not know all ready, the last two games are at Staples Center so Los Angeles needs to recover their home groove quickly, or they could be in for a long game.
Ron Artest needs to pick it up on defense and slow down Paul Pierce in order for the Lakers to have a chance to stay alive in the playoffs.
Pierce has averaged 19 points per game in the Finals, and he has shown an ability to make clutch plays this series. One of the clutch plays he made was in Game Five where Pierce got the inbounds pass when the Lakers needed to foul. He quickly through a bullet pass to a wide open Rajon Rondo under the basket which led to a nail in the coffin layup to put Los Angeles in their present position.
Message to Ron Artest: Slow down Paul Pierce.
The Celtics bench have been one of the surprises in this year's Finals. Two of Boston's key bench players are Glen Davis and Nate Robinson. Davis is averaging 8.2 PPG and 4.2 RPG while Robinson is 5.6 PPG and 2.0 APG.
In addition, Robinson is becoming the leader of the bench as he is pumping up the Celtics constantly, and is successfully defying his height disadvantage and putting up stats unlike someone of his height.
So the Lakers must keep the Celtics bench in check in order to win Game Six.
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