The Conference Finals have been terrific. I can only hope that this game is as suspenseful and intriguing as last night's thriller.
Denver is now the aggressor and the more confident team in this series. The Nuggets will come into Game 5 with guns blazing.
The Lakers have no need to panic. They still hold home-court advantage in what is now a best-of-three series. However, just flipping the switch isn't good enough. They must respond with more toughness and aggressiveness than they have shown in any game so far this season, and more than just Kobe must answer the call. This is "heart of a champion" time. Expect the home crowd to help them find it.
Prediction: Lakers win Game 5
Accuscore puts it at 72-28, Lakers.
"They've been playing every other day since May and we've had our breaks and the advantage to heal our bodies is better than the Lakers," Andersen said. "Now we're starting to get back in our rhythm that we were at when the playoffs started."
Phil on the refereeing and hard play:
"There's a sense of how much people want it, how you play when you have to play hard and how aggressive you become and that's a fine line," he said. "I want to keep the topic on a positive note. I don't want to talk about that aspect of it."
And a nice picture of Kobe <3ing Lamar.
(thanks to nightbluefruit for the picture)
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Let's go Nuggets.