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Lakers Nation: The scene outside Staples Center for Game 6

June 15, 2010 |  6:12 pm

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Outside Staples Center, Game 6 between the Lakers and Celtics is about to begin — and fans from both sides are already talking. 

For some, it won't be for long. Tony Santini of Los Angeles and his friend Scott Pedersen of Oregon (by way of Boston) walked towards the arena together despite Santini's Lakers shirt and Pedersen's Celtics jersey.

"The game hasn't started yet," Santini said.

With the Celtics leading three-two in the series, this game could mark an NBA Championship or it could send the series to a final game.

Most Lakers fans expect that Game 7.

"The Lakers are going to win," said Ed Marrow, who lives in San Diego but has owned Lakers season tickets since 1971.

Morrow wasn't the only confident Laker fan. Jonathan Miller said Los Angeles will pull out the series based on the play of its reserves.

"Game six and seven," he said. "I think they'll take both. Whoever has the best bench usually wins in this series."

But that wasn't the case in Game 5, where every Laker not named Kobe Bryant struggled for 48 minutes.

Bryant went off for 19 points in the third quarter and finished with 38 in Sunday's 92-86 loss.

Mohammad Traore, dressed for the World Cup, said Bryant needs more help from the starters if his team is to win.

"Right now I feel like it's the Celtics against Kobe, and that's not right," he said.

We'll be outside talking to fans throughout the game and we want to hear from you as well. Leave a comment or send us an e-mail to laura.myers@latimes.com and we'll highlight the best on the blog.

The game's starting. Let's keep talking. 

-- Laura Myers and DeAntae Prince

Top photo: Elmo likes the Lakers too. Credit: Laura Myers, Los Angeles Times


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