Bowen will go back to getting away with almost murdering Kobe but they are just going to have to play through it although in Games 1 and 2, Kobe really wasn't going to the hoop. Maybe he will in Game 5. The Lakers have to treat Tuesday's game as if it was a Game 7 situation. We haven't won all year in this barn they call the SBC Center so we are due. The Lakers are more mentally tough than the Spurs and they appear to be a tad rattled no matter what they say in public. If it is close in the fourth and the refs decide to let them play, I look for the Lakers to come out on top.
We have to start the game quicker, though. We can't be lethargic and start slow and then expect to climb out of the whole just like that. The refs will be leaning towards the Spurs, the crowd will be going nuts and San Antonio will be pumped up. We need to step up our defensive pressure and execute our offense a little better. I would love for DFish to post up on Parker more during the game. He should make Parker work on the defensive end. I wish Horry would find his stroke so Duncan can expend some energy on the defensive end. Since Horry is not shooting it gives Duncan all the time in the world to help double on Shaq.
As for the Daddy, he needs to be aware that the refs in San Antone are quite whistle happy and are looking to call offensive fouls on him. I am not saying he should change his game but he should be aware of situations.
No turnovers, no foul trouble, execute the offense, play hard, solid defense, make your free throws, crash the boards, and share the ball and we should be fine. There is a lot of pressure on the Spurs. They might come out a little tight and anxious and the Lakers need to jump on them right away. Get the Spurs thinking a bit.