This series bears an uncomfortably close resemblance to the course taken by the 2008 NBA Finals. The Lakers dropped the first two games on the road, won a tightly contested Game Three back at Staples, then came achingly close to tying the series, only to cough up a big lead in Game Four. Back then Game Five was in Los Angeles, but I think I prefer it this way. Winning two straight in the enemy's gym is just too brutal a task. Knowing Game Six, if you win tonight, is back in your building helps put the "one game at a time" mantra into practice. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself.
It's very important to stay hydrated whenever someone mentions:
- That Serge Ibaka led the NBA in blocked shots this year,
- The inhuman strength of Metta World Peace's hands,
- The San Antonio Spurs,
- Stan Van Gundy, or
This could be the last set of game threads until next season. Make those comments count.