2010 NBA Finals Game Five Preview: Will Star Wars Yield To Role Play?

After four games of a blockbuster NBA Finals between the league’s most storied franchises and some of its best players of the last generation, the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are tied 2-2 and the role players have stolen the show.

In a 96-89 victory in Game Four, Boston’s Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Nate Robinson were trusted, valiant understudies with Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett both shooting under 40 percent.

Robinson and Davis became big-time players during the crucial moments of the game to help the Celtics reclaim momentum in the series.

Boston cemented its reputation for defensive focus and teamwork, with six players scoring in double figures while the Celtics limited the Lakers to less than 90 points for the first time in more than a month.

Although Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol were in full superstar mode as Bryant, last year’s Finals MVP, scored 33 points and his co-star Gasol added another 21, Bryant also had seven turnovers and only two assists, Gasol only grabbed six rebounds and backup Lamar Odom was the only other Laker to score in double figures.

The rest of this series is tailor-made for the superstars to take over. The refs will put the game in their hands and Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Garnett, Gasol and Bryant will have the opportunity to bolster their championship reputations.

Bynum-Gasol Tandem Key

Pau Gasol will have to play tougher basketball if the Lakers are to win Game Five.

Gasol, a great offensive player with a variety of moves in the post to match a consistent outside jumper, has to play a stronger all-around game.

In Game Four Gasol was efficient on offense, going 6-for-13 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line and finishing with 21 points.

However Gasol, known as one of the best passers in the post in the NBA, had four turnovers and only three assists. He only grabbed six re...

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