by Marcel Mutoni

The Lakers’ play in the last two games of these here NBA Finals can best be described as “perfectly awful”.

As a result, they stood and watched as Boston mounted the greatest comeback in championship round history in the now-infamous Game Four, and barely escaped with a win in Game Five. And now, they need to win two straight in Beantown. Yikes.

Ray Allen will play, and even though Boston might not have the services of the rugged Kendrick Perkins (his availability will be a game-time decision), they have to be considered the favorites going into tonight’s battle.

It’s pretty simple for the Lakers. They must withstand the crowd noise (which will no doubt be defeaning); the defense must show up (something that hasn’t taken place since the Spurs series); and Kobe Bryant must once again start playing like the best basketball player in the world (Tom Thibodeau be damned.)

Sam and Lang will be reporting live and direct from the city of Boston tonight – and hopefully, Thursday night! So be sure to tune in for their coverage of what could be the last game of the 2008 NBA season. Can you tell how much confidence I have in my team?