Every morning, we compile the links of
the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
“It’s that know-how,” Wallace said. “There’s certain times when you know
you can shoot crazy shots, and there’s certain times when you know when
you can’t. I don’t think it’s going to be an up-and-down, up-and-down
game like y’all have seen in the previous games. I think it’ll be more
ball control. Every possession counts.”
“Just hoopin’,” he said. “That’s what I came here for. I love the
situation. Honestly it’s not the way that I would want to start. You
never want to try to have good fortune off of someone else’s misfortune.
At least that’s one of the things that I was taught growing up. And it
was an unfortunate thing that happened to my man Perk, but we’ve still
got to play.”
Stay out of foul trouble. This really is the key to Sheed's success in Game 7. Offensively, his presence alone will affect the Lakers defense. Sure, I'd love to see him bang 4 threes and score 18 points, but his ability to draw defenders to the perimeter will open up the paint for Rondo, Pierce and the others.
Staying out of foul trouble is easier said than done. Sheed will play more than 20 minutes. Even if he's able to reign in some of the hacking, he will get tired and then's when players tend to reach rather than move their feet.
Andrew Bynum will attempt to play in Game 7, but its unlikely he will be a factor and that means more Lamar Odom. Who is more likely to wilt in a Game 7 – Rasheed or Odom?
On Page 2, why Doc doesn't want Rondo thinking.
him. Obviously, Rondo is important to our team. We have to create some
kind of pace for him and then he has to create a pace. I thought he was
looking for too much stuff instead of being aggressive (in Game 6’s
89-67 loss Tuesday).
“Rondo has the best instincts that I’ve ever coached in the open
court. He has to allow those instincts to take over. I thought he
allowed his thinking to take over. He has great instincts and he has to
let those take over.”
Hit the boards and run, baby, run.
The rest of the links:
Globe – A last hurrah? (Shank) | Bigs will be key (Ryan) | Game 7 new for these Lakers | Herald – Kobe set to do his job | Bynum to gut it out | Perking up injured mate | ESPN Boston – Kobe, Pierce are the deciders | Rondo upset at no-call on Artest | Perk sidelined with knee injury | CSNNE – Wallace, Davis ready to step in | WEEI – Ray takes blame for Game 6 | Lakers preparing for a fight |
I apologize for the abbreviated stack of links. I gotta leave for work with the hope the next 14 hours flies by. The anticipation is killing me…