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"Even with him dragging the leg around a little bit, he still helped us in situations last night, getting rebounds that I thought a lot of our other guys got the ball knocked out of their hands, fumbled the ball, went out of bounds off of them," Jackson said. "Andrew still has the length and the strength to capture rebounds that we need."
The finals are tied heading into Game 5 for the first time since 2006, and the team winning the rebounding battle has won all four games. Boston used its advantage Thursday to score 20 second-chance points, doubling the Lakers' total.
"We need to do a better job next game on rebounding, putting bodies on people and not allowing them to get as many second-chance points as they did tonight," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said after Thursday's game. "You know, it's a key point. It's a key point that we have to understand, and we've got to do what it takes to control that."
Bryant and Gasol have provided much of the offense while Odom and Ron Artest continue to struggle. The Celtics have received much better balance, getting double-figure scoring off the bench Thursday from Davis and Nate Robinson, plus key contributions from Tony Allen and Rasheed Wallace.
"We call them the emotional group because they are, and on nights when their emotions and the stars and the moons are aligned right, they can be really effective," Rivers said. "You know, when they play hard and with that much intensity, something is going to happen."
Wallace's technical foul was upheld Friday, meaning both he and starting center Kendrick Perkins are one away from a seventh of the postseason that would trigger an automatic one-game suspension.
Either would be a big loss, but perhaps not as much as if the Lakers had to go without Bynum. They'd been able to get by with him limited to just 25 minutes per game during the postseason, but not against a team with the Celtics' collection of size.
"We'll just figure it out. I'm not sure how yet," Bryant said. "We've played without him obviously in the lineup before. We got a good rhythm going with him in the lineup. We'll just figure it out."
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