Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 at 7:30 am  |  7 responses

Lamar Odom Finally Joins The Party

by Tzvi Twersky

After playing a subpar set of games in L.A., games where he scored a combined eight points, dished out nine assists and amassed 10 fouls, Lamar Odom finally played the way the Lakers need him to.

Tuesday night, in nearly 28 minutes off the bench, Odom shot a perfect five for five, tallying 12 points and five boards in the process of helping L.A go up 2-1 in the best of seven series.

“[Lamar] got going,” said Phil Jackson when I asked about Odom’s play. “He had a kiss shot that went in off the backboard. That was a kind of gift from God to him for all that stuff he’s been through in the series.”

Until tonight, LO was the most dissed player in Finals, aside from maybe Kevin Garnett–who, coincidentally, also found his zone in Game 3. Lamar needed a big night to hush the haters, and that’s exactly what he had.

“[Lamar] just had one of those nights where he kept playing and things happened,” said Jackson. “He created things for himself, got an offensive rebound that was big at the end of the game, made a baseline drive that was another big basket for us in a critical situation.”

Welcome to the 2010 NBA Finals, Lamar. The Lakers have been missing you.

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  • Mcfly

    We are gunna need him even more since big bynum tweaked his knee again. O yea and First

  • nastierthanu

    L.O. Is a matchup nightmare with his length and handling skills. Very good move by the lakers to resign him. Loved this cats game since christ the king.

  • Yesse

    Lakers probably would have lost the game if Pierce and Ray would have been hot, so i think they need to improve many things to the next game.

  • vtrobot

    I am surprised that Lamar had some trouble with Big Baby. You’d think he’d be very accustomed to a body of that size bumping up against him. Nice game last night, Baby.

  • jumpman3224

    That is exactly what they needed from him! He isnt going to shoot 100% every game, but he needs to stay aggressive (without fouling) and make smart plays. Loved when he attacked the basket baseline from the right corner late last night. Sometimes when he is out there with Bynum, Farmar, Brown and Artest he can be too passive. He sometimes just makes the initial pass and stands at the top of the key. With that lineup, he has to have the mindset that he is the most dynamic offense player on the floor and try to get to the basket to score or create chances for Bynum.

  • Nick the Quick

    @vtrobot That’s cold man!

  • http://nba.com/cavaliers Stephon

    Wow it’s about time Lamar showed up @vtrobot that’s wrong dude, funny! But wrong