That was painful. I stayed up just to see the end of the game. Kobe was ridiculous, absolutely on fire; you could see him just WILLING the team into the game in the last couple minutes of OT (how many incredibly difficult clutch shots did he hit in the end of regulation and in OT?!), but it wasn't enough. The thing about this game was that it was so FRUSTRATING. The Lakers just didn't execute. Sure, Phoenix was in the passing lanes a lot, and they were reading the offense fairly well, but there's *got* to be some way to find your guys in the low post without turning it over a few million times. It didn't help that Kwame Brown dropped everything that was tossed at him. Stop with the jumpers, it just encourages Phoenix. Ugh. Phil Jackson showed you how to beat this team, all you have to do is follow his instructions. That said, Phoenix earned it. They enticed the Lakers into playing at the tempo they wanted, they shot magnificently, they drew a few key fouls and then they exploited the situation perfectly--did you see them force rotations in the fourth quarter until Nash could get Kwame Brown? Kwame had, what, five fouls, right? He didn't dare get close--all Nash did was just move in, watch Kwame back up, then stop ten feet out and pull up for an open look. And no one could help because they had to respect Phoenix's snipers on the perimeter. Also: is it just me, or was Smush Parker almost useless? He looked really nervous and intimidated out there. It was probably just nerves, but if he was nervous last night at the Staples Center with a one-game cushion, what's he going to be like in Phoenix for game 7?!