Just how pivotal is Thursday night's game in Los Angeles? Consider: Winners of Game 5s in a best-of-seven series hold a 129-26 record, and home teams have a staggering 117-38 record in the fifth game of a tied series. But while the Staples Center may give the Lakers an edge over
"[The zone] takes away our inside game," Odom said. "We're not swinging the ball enough. Everyone is not getting involved. So even when we do go on offensive runs and they come down, still they've got 10, 11 guys involved offensively. We just don't have that right now throughout the whole game."
"When a team that is definitely smaller than you dominates the glass with 15 rebounds of differential, I think that's the biggest thing of the game," said Gasol.
Credit the zone for taking away L.A.'s offensive rebounding (Phoenix had an 18-13 edge on the offensive board) and the Suns' rebounding mentality (no player had more than eight rebounds). But for L.A. to win, they need to establish themselves on the inside, beginning with the glass.