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NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Lamar Odom has the flu

Jun 15, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for odom_bench.jpgThis time, there may actually be a reason for Lamar Odom’s quiet night.

Odom started feeling sick with flu-like symptoms on Saturday and did not feel better during his 8-point performance in Game 5 Sunday. He hoped to be felling better for Game 6, he told Lisa Dillman at the Los Angeles Times.

“I haven’t been sick all season … now I’m sick in the Finals,” said Odom after the Lakers’ 92-86 loss to the Celtics here in Game 5. “Had to put my hard hat on just to get out of bed. It was tough.


“I’m not feeling good, but I’m not making any excuses. I’ve just got to be ready to play.”

Odom has played better than any of the other Lakers bench players. Which is about like saying you’re the best of the Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitchers — it doesn’t mean you’ve been any good.

If the Lakers are going to force a Game 7, they will need a healthy Lamar Odom. Both his body and his game.

  1. Green4ever - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Where do you want the Lakers GO?
    Home or a Long Vacation?

  2. Slickjr - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Boston molested two games at home, but those ugly gangsta will fall.

  3. obvious - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Momentum is a powerful thing, and Boston has it. Not only have they been the only team to beat LA at home, it was the last home game. They also beat them in 2008. Boston is 9-2 in the finals against LA AND, they are up 3-2 in this one already. I think I read Boston is 11-0 in this situation or thereabouts? In addition to all this, game 5 was the first time all the starters for Boston were clicking. Meanwhile LA has digressed as the series has gone on, Boston has only gotten stronger. You have an injured Bynum, a horrible artest, a sick Odom and a nonexistent bench. The writing is on the wall. Have our champagne ready.

  4. Henry C. Brewster - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    This is a reverse, over-the-shoulder slam dunk. Celtics tonite.

  5. otbricki - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    It’s pretty simple. As the series has gone on the Lakers have scored fewer points in each game. The Celtics defense has now gotten a complete stranglehold on the Lakers offense.
    Look for the trend to continue and the Celtics take home the Championship for the 18th time tonight.

  6. Question - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Speaking of molesting….will Kobe be raping anyone again soon?

  7. cali - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Lakers in 7, sorry you have to live in Boston.. See you in LA when you visit for vacation. Don’t forget to stop by Staples and see the Championship banner for 2010..

  8. Bill-Sonora - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Yea right Kim. Youre an idiot.

  9. KobesGay - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Oh, here it comes, Odom is already setting up his and the Lakers excuses for when they lose tonight.How freaking weak is that? I can see it now,
    Reporter: How did the lakers manage to lose to an aging Celtics team?
    Odom: Um, yeah, I had the flu AND I was sore from my gargantuan tranny wife riding me the night before. Also, Kobe accidentally left his anal beads in all series without realizing it, and that slowed him down most of the series.
    What a freaking bunch of pussies, I’ve never see anything like it. Can you imagine Magic or Worthy or Kareem or Cooper being as pansie as this group. They must be embarrased, i’m embarrassed for them.

  10. asha - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    The Celtics are playing as a team not individuals. This is a proven system for winning. They also play shutdown defense. let Kobe score but limit others.
    If Bynum cannot give good minutes and Odom is sick ,it will be difficult for the Lakers to dominate as in the past.
    Their big hope is for Gasol to have a huge game.
    It looks to me that the celtics will prevail based upon their team play, smarts and a willingness to share.
    This is what makes a winner.

  11. Shamrock Time - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Odom came down with the flu last Saturday and played through it on Sunday; he should be feeling fine for tonight’s contest. Game6 is bound to be amazing and bitterly contested, right to the end. The Celtics can be a lock-down team when it’s needed and tonight should be the night. I look for Perkins to be dominant underneath. Go Kelts!

  12. Speedy Palm Harbor FL - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    The FLU? No way… I don’t believe it for a second.
    At best… he’s making it up! Just watch & see how he plays?

  13. Robert - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Three words, “Home Court Advantage.” Go Lakers!

  14. Kim K - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Three words: The Lakers are only playing .500 ball against the Celtics at home in the finals. OK, that was more than three words, but it is true.
    Additionally, Odom has to be around his big lardass hideous creature of a wife while at home. That should not help his play in either home game.

  15. Mike - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Isn’t it about time the Celtic fans start blaming the refs for losing tonight before the game starts. After the series, they can then turn into Patriot fans and blame the refs for Manning and the Colts beating the Pats this Fall.

  16. RC - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Jordan went off against Utah with the flu. Just sayin’…
    And Lakers 2010, when did the series get stretched to 8 (2-3-3) games ?

  17. Dada Supreme - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Wow, what a prediction! It’s over in Game 6 tonight

  18. georgio - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    This is great news for the Lakers. Guys who are sick play better, its a proven fact. Also, a little false sense of security can set in for Boston….hopefully the Lakers can announce that Bynum’s knee is killing him also.

  19. allrimeballa - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    The Lakers style of basketball while well suited for the West Coast, does not translate well against east coast teams who play aggressive defense. At the beginning of the series, they talk about Gasol not being soft like 2008. Well guess who has suddenly become all mushy and fluffy….you’ve guessed it Pau Gasol. Garnett is killing him.(softly of course)Lets not mention Artest who hasn’t done anything but make us aware of Queen City or whatever it is. I heard he has been seen on milk cartons all over LA as a missing ball player. D Fisher is playing very aggressive defense against Ray Allen and it seems to have gotten into Rays psyche a little bit but as a whole, the Celtics have looked much better than the Lakers. EVEN IN THEIR LOSSES! So, lets just say that Odom having the flu, Gasol being the pillsbury dough boy and artest on the milk carton out shine Kobe scoring 40 and the celtics win in 6. The only problem I see is that the celtic fans in boston will have to wait until their teams arrives back at home to have an official celebration. Holla atcha boy!

  20. yabbadabbado - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Trash talking is fine, but I hope everyone appreciates the tremendous basketball we’re enjoying. I love this matchup – the way these teams are playing, no other team in the NBA could touch them. I’m rooting for the Celts because their enthusiam and teamwork is incredible. Love this game!

  21. John - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    LUCKY aka Lamar Odom is the biggest loser in the Laker team and I hope the Laker organization will finally see this after 3 seasons in the NBA Finals. I am a huge Laker fan but my feelings are diminished with LUCKY being in the team. This guy is a poor excuse for an NBA player and belongs in the NBA D-League.

  22. Really????? - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Wow! Dude, get off the drugs!

  23. NoToOdom - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    I agree with John on post# 46 that Odom is a huge liability for the Lakers. He is the most inconsistent player in the NBA. He cannot even look at interviewers straight in the eye during the post games and constantly look everywhere else. The guy truly has self esteem issues and he is very lazy on the court. God help the Lakers if they keep him in the next season.

  24. Sunny - Jun 15, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    John #46, I am also in agreement with you. I like the way that you called Lamar Odom aka Lucky. He is very lucky…..lucky to have made it to the NBA. Does this guy even belong in the NBA, much less the Lakers? Wake up Mitch Kupchak, wake up!!!!!!!!

  25. Number16comeJune17th - Jun 15, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Okay people let’s all settle down now. It makes perfect sense for all the Celtics fans to be feeling pretty good right now. They are up 3-2. However, let us look at reality shall we? The Lakers are in Hollywood for cryin’ out loud. Down to do or die time. Home court…and all the Celtic fans are saying it’s over tonight. How many games ALL season long have the Lakers dazzled when it counted the most? We all know that the Lakers will win by a landlside tonight. Then, for one of the most watched finals games in history come this Thursday…it will be hard fought, all the blood, sweat, tears, puke, and any other bodily fluid will be left on the floor by both teams (possibly an OT in order)…and the Lakers get Number16comeJune17th.
    It’s Hollywood folks…it’s in the script.

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