LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Jordan Hill #27 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Kenneth Faried #35 of the Denver Nuggets during 104-100 Laker win in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. According to reports May 3, 2012, Hill turned himself in to authorities in Houston, Texas and was charged with allegedly choking his girlfriend. .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 Harry How/Getty Images)
This is the sort of game the Lakers almost always lose. SO MANY TIMES recently, they've won the first two games of a playoff series at home and proceeded to drop Game Three on the road. In the Pau Gasol era they're 2-6 in these circumstances, the only two wins coming against Denver in 2008 and Utah in 2010. Frankly I expect the same thing to happen tonight. The Denver crowd will be hyped and the Lakers know they just need a road split. I hope to be wrong, and if I am I'll have to start adjusting my expectations for this Laker team.
Have a Brass Monkey in MCA's memory whenever someone mentions:
- Fast-break points,
- How only once in their franchise history have the Lakers failed to win a series they lead two-zip,
- "Manimal," or
- How the Thunder are up three-zip on the Mavs so the Lakers BETTER GOTDAMN WIN TONIGHT.
Ahem. Sorry for the outburst. Enjoy the game, everyone.