Posted on: June 11, 2010 12:00 am
Edited on: June 13, 2010 11:03 pm
BOSTON -- The blame for the Los Angeles Lakers throwing away Game 4 -- yes, tossing it into the garbage -- along with a chance to put a stranglehold on this series comes down to two men: Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.
In 82 minutes the two bigs combined for two offensive rebounds. If that doesn't get a team beat, nothing will.
Gasol and Odom were symbolic of the Lakers' 96-89 loss to Boston. The Lakers looked soft and at times uninterested in matching the Celtics' fourth quarter intensity especially on the critical offensive boards. Boston had 20 second chance points to the Lakers' 10.
Gasol and Odom may have been effective scorers but with Andrew Bynum clearly hurting they needed to be more physical inside particularly since Big Baby Davis was putting a clown suit on them.
As a result the series is tied at two games. It's certainly not time for Los Angeles to panic but the pressure, squarely on Boston before this game, now shifts back to Los Angeles.