Uh-oh. It’s a Game 6 between the Lakers and Boston Celtics.
Lakers fans hate to go there based on recent history, but it’s hard to avoid, seeing as how the teams have basically reverted to two years ago, when the Celtics’ physically charged 131-92 victory ended the NBA Finals and was either the best or worst game of 2008, depending on perspective.
The Lakers returned home Monday afternoon, which might have been the best news for them on a designated travel day where no Lakers coaches or players spoke to the media.
One live morsel could be found on the Twitter account of Lakers executive Jeanie Buss: “Just picked Phil [Jackson] up at the airport. He is concerned but upbeat . . .”
It was a good summary of the words coming out of the locker room in the immediate aftermath of Game 5, where the Lakers were again outrebounded and again outscored in the paint in a 92-86 loss that put them down in the series, 3-2.