After being left for dead by many in the media, Pau Gasol (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Lamar Odom (20 points, 11 rebounds) had standout performances for the Lakers in Game 5.
“They both did a good job on the boards,” said Lakers coach Phil Jackson. “And I thought Pau was aggressive, made some real good plays out there. Lamar had one of those games in which one of our writers here was questioning his ability to rebound and come back after that kind of a — what kind of game would we have out of Lamar, but Lamar is very resilient and showed that tonight.”
Gasol was integral in getting Celtics forward Kevin Garnett into foul trouble. Garnett, who played only 33 minutes due to foul trouble, said he got caught up in his matchup with Gasol after the game.
“Playing a good player like Pau, man, I’m competitive,” said Garnett. “When I see a chance and opportunities to get the ball, I try to do that. But tonight wasn’t that night.”
For his part, Odom says he’s feeling more comfortable.
“I’m really focusing on my jump shot and the way I’m shooting the ball,” he said. “I feel really good about letting the ball go from anywhere on the court right now.”