Lakers Need Odom to Be Top 6th Man

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Lamar Odom was honored with the NBA's Sixth Man Award, being handed the bronze trophy in a heartfelt ceremony at a Los Angeles hotel.

Which begs the question: If he can show up for a trophy presentation on Tuesday, will he show up for Game 2 on Wednesday?

Though Pau Gasol has caught the most grief for his performance in Sunday's playoff-opening loss to New Orleans, Odom was also a prominent no-show in ensuring the Lakers will have to come from behind in this series.

The man charged with giving the Lakers a boost off the bench, Odom scored six of his 10 points in the final minute, with the outcome already determined.

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