This morning, waking up was bitter sweet; bitter because I was feeling the pounding in my head from a little too much of the sauce after celebrating the Lakers win and sweet because of the Lakers win! However, I am trying to keep my excitement to a minimum; this series is not over. After last night I am beginning to gain more and more confidence that it is just a matter of time. The Lakers continued to show an extremely high level of focus and took every punch the Suns threw at them. I was very curious to see what would happen in game 2 if the Suns were to actually hit a shot, and they did. But it didn't really seem to matter. Dudley, except for fouling out late, had the game of his life with 5 for 5 from 3, Grant Hill had a very solid game, Nash, as usual, dropped 15 dimes etc etc...All of that still did not seem to matter. This makes me feel much better about the series as a whole. I will be honest; I was concerned after game 1 because I knew that the game was a blowout moreso due to the Suns shooting poorly from pretty much everywhere. I knew this would not be the case the entire series. However, after last night, I am more content. The suns shot 50 and 40 percent from the field, very respectible.
I am very proud of how the roll players stepped up last night, hitting open looks, making the extra pass, deflecting balls, rebounding etc. This was the definition of team basketball.
Now, we have two games in Phoenix. We HAVE to keep up this intensity, this focus, this sense of urgency. Kobe said it himself after the game; it will be a completely different series than it was in L.A. This will truly be the biggest test for the bench of L.A. They cannot afford to fall asleep. I want this series to be over as soon as possible. No losses. None. Please end it in Phoenix. For whatever reason (smack me for thinking so negatively) I keep thinking back to 2006 when L.A. had a 3-1 series lead against Phoenix and then lost 3 straight. It can't happen this year. It won't happen this year. Please pardon my pesemistic undertone. I am just aware that it isn't over until it is over.
Alright, no more negative thoughts. We have four days to sit and twittle our thumbs until game 3. I guess in the mean time, let's watch the East. I find myself pleading to Orlando to get their heads out of their asses and take this series back. I do not want to face the Celtics in the finals again, but this is simply wishful thinking at this point.
Back to the Lakers; the true test will be game 3. Away from the support and comfort of the home crowd. Away from Jack Nickleson at half court, away from everything familiar. It is time to walk into the lion's den. I only ask that we walk out with one question in mind; who's next???
LET'S GO LAKERS!!!!!!