"Don't ask me how it happened," he shrugged. And then he pointed at West and Goodrich sitting in front of adjacent lockers. "Ask them. They're the guys with the ball."
Thus, after splitting the first four games, the Lakers headed back to the Coast and its theoretic edge, the home-court advantage. But perhaps Milwaukee held a bigger one. In the composite of those games, the Bucks had outshot, out-rebounded and outscored Los Angeles. Twice they had defeated the Lakers embarrassingly. "They really haven't proved they can beat us yet," said Costello. "They've won by one point and three; we've won by 21 and 26." If the Lakers can keep the games close, they should win. But the Milwaukee Bucks may not stand still long enough for that to happen.