The Western Conference Finals return the Los Angeles for game 5 tonight. After leading the series 2-0, the Lakers have lost the last two in Phoenix tying the series 2-2. The tide of the series changed in game 3 when the Suns started to use a match-up zone defense against the Lakers forcing them to take more jump shots. The zone has taken away the Lakers ability to post up the Suns and dominate the paint. In games 3 and 4 the Lakers shot 18-60 (30%) from 3 point range, helping the Suns get out on the fast break and get easy points. In order for the Lakers to win game 5 tonight the need to: 1. play better transition defense. 2. figure out a way to score against the zone by getting the ball inside. 3. Lamar Odom needs to play like he did in games 1 and 2. 4. Keep a body on and box out Robin Lopez. If the Lakers can do these things tonight, they should be able to win game 5 at home.
Lakers-Suns Game 5 tonight