Game 4 Side Lines
The Pistons deserve all the credit. The Lakers have been outhustled, outplayed and outmanned for this entire series. This one looks over. But as a Lakers fan, as bad as it looks, as many numbers lead you to believe that it's over, there is one small ray of hope. This whole year is a drama-filled soap opera. Nothing is normal on this squad. Knowing that this will be the one and only wild ride with this group of guys, who knows? Maybe it will go down as the biggest, most historic comeback of all time.
STEIN: You better hope that (stab-in-the-dark) theory about how Detroit can't deal with prosperity is more than myth. Pardon me for not embracing your optimism when Shaq and Kobe seem to be drifting apart yet again ... and when the Lakers still don't have one player in four games to crack double figures besides Shaq and Kobe.
"We all pretty much sucked the last two games."
— The Lakers' Kobe Bryant, apparently not impressed even with the fourth 30-point, 20-rebound game posted by Shaquille O'Neal in his NBA Finals career.
Year Team; Opponent; Game 5 1998 BULLS; Utah; Lost by 2 1997 JAZZ; Chicago; Lost by 2 1995 ROCKETS; Orlando; No Game 5 (Houston swept series)
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