Jackson calls Thursday's game 'critical'

Updated: May 26, 2010, 10:00 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PHOENIX -- The number on the white board in the Los Angeles Lakers' locker room, representing the countdown to the wins necessary to complete their road to a repeat, remained at six after Tuesday's 115-106 Game 4 loss to the Phoenix Suns -- but the only thing on the team's mind seemed to be Game 5 on Thursday.

"Critical game," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We say they're all critical, but this is what playoffs are about. If you can support yourself on the home court, you have a chance ...

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