Hustle and Flow

6 05 2009

It’s the title of a movie, but it also symbolizes the style of play the Lakers need to even their series with the Rockets tonight. Phil Jackson spliced clips of this movie into a highlight package to show his players before their first-round series against the Phoenix Suns in 2006. That was a different team, with Kobe, Odom, Walton, Bynum and Vujacic the only remaining Lakers from that squad.

This is supposed to be a more talented ballclub, but do they even have as much heart? The fact that I’m comparing the heart of this squad to that of a team which squandered a 3-1 series lead vs. Phoenix and laid down/bent over in Game 7 of that series scares the living bejesus out of me.

Between Shane Battier’s bloody face and Yao Ming’s re-entry into the game after banging his right knee, I have to believe the Lakers’ ability to show toughness and impose their will against the Rockets is the key to this series. Do the Lakers want it more? It’s evident possible future opponents like the Cavaliers and Nuggets are playing with an unabashed level of confidence. They want it. Do the Lakers want it? That’s what us Lakers fans will be asking. Do the Lakers freaking want it? I sure hope so.




One response

6 05 2009

You nailed it. The Rockets bullied the Lakers in that first game, and that seems to be the only way to beat the Lakers.

If the Lakers bully back, they win. Simple as that.

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