So game three didn’t follow the script the Lakers had in mind. The same thing can be said of the Pistons. Okay, so the Lakers were away against the defending champs - but that was a game that they could have won.. and that would have all-but booked a place in the finals for the Lakers. Detroit suffered a set-back that seemed to have a similar cause - distinct lack of focus.
The question now is was this the anomaly or a swing in momentum? Was this a blip on the Lakers march to the inevitable or a reality check about how tough this mission really is? Was that the Pistons window of opportunity missed?
The Lakers game you could call a back-lash from game 2 - but that’s not really the truth - they seemed to doubt themselves rather than face a determined Spur’s squad. That game was there for the taking - just ask Lamar Odom who admits his poor game came at the wrong time, or even Robert Horry who’s experienced and frank enough to admit it wasn’t about the Spurs.
How do we get back to the winning ways? Firstly we need a kick-start, this should do the job nicely, now let’s make a real effort for game 4, we need it to win in 5, or 6 and probably 7 too.
As for the Pistons. They’ll probably win game 4 in a series that really should go 7 games just to get the scores high enough to justify a 5 game series. Personally, I think it will go 7 and then we’ll see..
Lakers v Celtics.. please.. please..