Lakers riding momentum into Game 3 of Western Conference finals
Phoenix ? Los Angeles Lakers fans were chanting “Bring on Boston!” before Game 1 of the Western Conference finals was over, and they picked up the volume near the finish of Game 2.
There are, however, at least two games to be played in Phoenix before what so many see as a foregone conclusion, a third straight trip to the NBA finals for Kobe & Co.
“Hopefully we can carry the momentum over from the way we’ve been playing at home,” Lamar Odom said Saturday before the Lakers boarded their short flight to the desert for Game 3 tonight. “I don’t see why not.”
The Lakers seemed ready for a more difficult challenge.
“We understand how tough it’s going to be in Phoenix,” Pau Gasol said. “The pace and energy they’re going to bring is going to be hard to match, but we have to understand who we are and play to our capabilities.”
Who the Lakers are has been readily apparent to anyone paying attention — a big, gifted group of athletes whose offense has been unstoppable against the smaller Suns.
Los Angeles scored 128 and 124 points to go up, 2-0, in the series. The Lakers bring an eight-game playoff winning streak to Phoenix, where the Suns hope playing at home will help slow down the defending NBA champions.
Nothing else has worked.
Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry can understand Kobe Bryant and Gasol having big games. He is a bit confounded that everybody else the Lakers turn to has had them as well.
“It’s almost like being a dike, you stick a finger in one hole and water comes out of another one,” Gentry said. “We’ve just got to find a way to have a whole lot of fingers, I guess.”