The Lakers center said prior to the potential series-ending game that “Close-out games are actually kind of easy. Teams tend to fold if you come out and play hard in the beginning, so we want to come out and establish an early lead and protect it.”
His words turned into motivation for the Nuggets which went up by 15 at times during the fourth quarter.
“All of us read that and we definitely wanted to prove him wrong and we did,” said center JaVale McGee, who had 21 points and 14 rebounds.
After his team lost, Bynum was asked if he regretted his remarks.
“No,” Bynum said. “We didn’t get out to a good start and we lost, so I guess the same holds true.”
Kobe Bryant was asked about Bynum’s bulletin board comments and agreed they probably motivated Denver.