Kobe Bryant's face and eyes were filled with evil and disgust after the way his team finished Game Five in Boston. A game that if won could have sent the series back to Los Angeles with the Lakers only needing to win one game.
That is not the case anymore. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers are going to have to win tomorrow night and win what would be a pivotal Game Seven on Thursday. This is a tough task to accomplish, especially with the way the Lakers have played of late.
Six times the road team has been up 3-2 in the series going into Game Six. Fortunately for the Lakers, the home team has won both games twice.
This Celtics team has been doubted since the Playoffs started and now they are only one win away from celebrating as NBA Champs.
The Celtics are 36-1 when leading a series up 3-2. The only series they blew last year was the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Orlando Magic. A team they beat in six games this year.
Not to mention the fact that Boston is 14-0 in the NBA Finals when leading a series 3-2. It seems that this organization throughout history delivers when the opportunity knocks.
With that being said Kobe Bryant is going home to the Staples Center where they have played spectacular all year. After all Game Two was their first home playoff loss of the Season.
Bryant has been at a level that offensively can't be matched by anyone else on the floor. He is going to score 30 points or more and there's nothing that is going to stop him. The Celtics have to continue to harass him on defense and make him take tough shots.
As we saw in Game Five that still doesn't phase Kobe. He scored 23 points straight for the Lakers, and the first 19 of the third quarter. Six points shy of Isiah Thomas' record of 25 points straight in the 1988 NBA Finals.
As a Celtics' fan, it is scary to see the scoring potential that Bryant has. His shot is unbelievable and his desire to win games when it counts is remarkable.
With that being said he has the opportunity to put himself in the same group as some of the greats. He will be compared to Jordan and Magic if he is able to bring his team back from this 3-2 deficit and win the NBA title.
Kobe Bryant can't do it himself though. Phil Jackson needs to show his team the mistakes they made and there has to be corrections to the gameplan.
The Lakers have to use the length advantage they have on the Celtics and force the ball into the post. If the frontcourt of the Lakers fails to outplay Boston's big men then they are going to have a tough time winning both Games in LA.
This series has come down to Rajon Rondo and the shooters of Boston versus the LA Bigs and Kobe Bryant.
Kobe Bryant has four championship rings and desperately wants his fifth. He is going to have to do something legendary to add one to his pinky finger. He has the talent and skills to accomplish this comeback, but does he have the mental focus and toughness?
With their backs against the wall, this team is going to have to get back to playing within the Triangle offense and they need to start contesting Boston's wide open jumpshots.
The Celtics are playing very similar to their dominant fashion of 2008 where they beat LA in six games.
That series though ended back in Boston.
This NBA Finals will end in Los Angeles regardless of who is crowned Champions.
Now let's see if the black mamba has it in him to do what Legends are made for—producing under the most intense pressure on the biggest stage in the most important games.
This is sure to be thrilling, exciting, and gut- wrenching all at the same time.
It's Kobe Bryant's time to see what Champions are made of.