Do the Lakers Have the Will To Win It All?

Lakers101.com@@Lakers_101Contributor IMay 12, 2009

HOUSTON - MAY 10:  Forward Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers is called for an offensive foul against Shane Battier #31 of the Houston Rockets in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 10, 2009 in Houston, Texas. 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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I wrote an article back in April that says it all: The Lakers Need an Edge.

Game Four was as tough a game to watch, and only because we had no effort for the first three quarters.

Now, the Rockets are tough: they proved this with their physicality in the first three games.

I know this, you know this, the whole league knows this. In case the Lakers still did not know, the Rockets went out in Game Four to make sure everyone on the team was aware.

Mission accomplished.

And the Lakers: we did not respond well at all.

I talked about Game Three being a statement game. Well, whatever momentum I thought we had after the so-called “statement” that I thought we made with the Game Three victory, no longer exists, thanks to that poor performance in Game Four.

Lack of intensity, lack of energy, lack of effort.

We simply did not care.

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Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady, and Dikembe Mutombo were out, not to mention the starter at the beginning of the year, Rafer Alston, who was traded, and a second year player thrust into his spot, who happens to be as close to six feet tall as I am, to playing in the NBA (not close for those keeping track).

The Rockets are done, right?

Maybe that thought is okay to enter into a fan's head, but certainly not a player's. Nothing is more dangerous to a team than going into a big game overconfident, especially on the road.

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