Lakers fans did you feel it? Did you? I was sitting at home in Brentwood and I know that I felt it. After two quarters we were all even. Then came the 7:22 marker of the third quarter, enter stage left Shannon Brown. For those of you who do not follow the Lakers or live in LA, Shannon was acquired as a salary dump when we traded Radmonavich for Morrison and Brown. Brown has been nothing but energy off of the bench for the Lakers and tonight was no exception.
When he entered the game the Lakers were down seven points half way through the third quarter. Three minutes later Shannon Brown and all 6 feet four inches of him absolutely posterized Chris self titled Bird Man Andersen. This put the Lakers down three but more importantly put a spark into the Lakeshow and Staples Center. The Next trip down Lamar drained a three and the rest is history.
What we Lakers fans felt tonight is what we have been looking for from our boys in Forum Blue and Gold all post season. All I have to say is thank you Shannon Brown. As the third quarter ended Phil brought in Farmar with about a minute left. I questioned this but then realized that he was resting Brown to go big for the fourth. Sure enough to start the fourth there was Shannon.
Aside from the offensive play that Shannon provided the Lakers with how about his defense on Billups. He created two back-to-back turnovers that related in big points for the Lakers. With this being said it brings me to the title of this article. Should Phil go out on that limb and start Shannon Brown instead of Derek Fisher.
If Fisher played the way he has been playing all of this series or post season then I would say lets start Shannon and throw aside the playoff experience. Yet tonight was the first nigh Fisher has scored in double digits and played a decent role in offensive side of the Lakers victory over the Nuggets. I say keep the rotation the same and start Fish for the game and the second half. Then when they bring in Carter you bring in Farmar and when Billups is entered again bring in Shannon.
Tonight only became a great night once we started the fourth quarter. The Lakers sparked their D and in the end sparked their offense. Not only did you see how professionals handle a run (I am referring to Smith and the way he looked like a tool in Denver when they went on a run) but we the Lakers posterized and shut the “Bird Man” and the bench down with a couple of posters (see Lamar’s dunk and Shannon’s dunk).
All in all this was the first time we truly saw the Lakeshow move the ball this series and dominate a period of the ball game. Lets carry this momentum to game six and end this series early. Ohh yeah, huge game Lamar, a blog about you coming tomorrow…..Lets go Purple and Gold.