After the hometown Lakers put in one of the best defensive performances in NBA Finals history, Silver Screen and Roll, SB Nation's Lakers blog, points out that the defending champs are capable of doing it again in Game 7.
If you'd forgotten that the Lakers were capable of choking an opponent out with world-class defense, that's understandable. As recently as early March, they led the NBA in defensive efficiency, but a late-season fade, plus points allowed in bunches in playoff series against the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns, took some of the gleam off the Lakers' defensive rep. Tonight that great Laker D came roaring back, and not a moment too soon.
There were eight Laker blocked shots, who-knows-how-many tipped balls and a team-wide spirit of energetic play. Whereas in Game Five the Celtics made 63% of their two-point shots, tonight the Lakers stayed between their men and the basket, challenged nearly every look and held Boston to 38% shooting on twos.