Lakers News, Rumors, and Recap: Lakers Play Game 5 Tonight
The Lakers play what could be their final game of Round 1 of the playoffs tonight. Leading this series with the Nuggets 3-1, tonight’s game would give the Lakers a great first run, and some rest before Round 2 against the Thunder. World Peace would sit out the first game of Round 2 assuming the Lakers win tonight.
What I like most about this series so far, is it hasn’t been all about Kobe. No one can deny the force that is Bryant, but Mike Brown has been guiding his team to look at other avenues to win. Proof of this is in the scoring; six Lakers players scored in the double digits in game four. Bynum has been getting much praise the past few games and Gasol continues to show he can be counted on. Blake and Barnes cinched the game win Sunday night, while Ebanks and Hill have gotten the attention of Mike Brown, resulting in more play time. What tonight’s game comes down to at home is whether or not the Lakers can maintain control of the game. The tempo here is important; Denver likes to work fast.
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Game 1: Nuggets 88 @ Lakers 103
Game 2: Nuggets 100 @ Lakers 104
Game 3: Lakers 84 @ Nuggets 99
Game 4: Lakers 92 @ Nuggets 88
Lakers lead series 3-1
Game 5, First Round, Western Conference
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers
7:30 PM PST, May 8, 2012
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Radio: 710 AM (English), 1330 AM (Spanish)
Nuggets Projected Starting Line-Up:
PG: Ty Lawson
SG: Arron Afflalo
SF: Danilo Gallinari
PF: Kenneth Faried
C: Timofey Mozgov
Key Reserves: G Andre Miller, F Corey Brewer, PF Al Harrington, C JaVale McGee
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