Lonnie White’s Xs and O’s

Times Staff Writer

Three Keys from Game 5

Mr. Bryant: Kobe proved again why he’s the best closer around.

Sloppy play: San Antonio’s turnovers kept Lakers in the game early.

Best team: At the end of the day, the Lakers are simply better than Spurs.



Three Keys for NBA Finals

Half-court defense: Lakers have been getting it done in the playoffs.

Smart shooting: Don’t fall


in love with the three-point shot.

Lamar factor: Make sure that Odom stays involved in the offense.