LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball against Willie Green #33 of the New Orleans Hornets in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 17, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Hornets won 109-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Is this a must-win for the Lakers? No, not quite. But it's a "damn well better" win.
With their Game One loss, the Lake Show has left you no choice but to drink whenever someone mentions:
- Pick-and-roll defense,
- Pau Gasol = soft?
- How the Hornets have "nothing to lose,"
- Lamar Odom = Sixth Man of the Year, or
- Rally towels.
VENGEANCE WILL BE OURS.