Amare Stoudemire is back-tracking -- without saying he's back-tracking -- from his statement that Lamar Odom had a "lucky" 19 point/19 rebound performance in Game 1. While Stoudemire insists he doesn't regret saying it, he did offer this about Odom's performance:
"He had a solid game," Stoudemire said. "I'm looking forward to keeping him off the boards and containing him as much as possible. He had a great game so we have to focus in on him a little bit more."
That well-coiffed statement reeks of PR, but also speaks to the troubling truth for the Suns: The Lakers control their own destiny. As in, if they come to play, they will win (barring injury of course). And Lamar Odom represents this perfectly.
Like his team, when he's motivated (or lucky), he can be one of the most dominant players on the floor. He's an extraordinarily versatile player who can handle the ball, shoot and bang inside with anyone. However, at times, he's been known to disappear completely, finishing games with minuscule stat lines after playing passively and uninspired. If he can continue to score and get on the boards like he did in Game 1, giving the Lakers three trees in the middle, the Suns are in for a tough (and short) series. However, this is the Lakers, a team prone to lapses in motivation and inspiration. That gives the Suns some hope. Other than that, though, they'll just have to wish for luck to be on their side.