NBA Roundtable

NBA Finals Game Three: Los Angeles vs Boston

In 2008 NBA Finals, 2008 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on June 11, 2008 at 3:56 am

Must win for LA

  • Lakers are 8-0 at home in the playoffs
  • Kobe misses the opening shot, rebound Pau, pass out, back in to Radmanovic, Ray Allen blocks it on the way up
  • Lovely pass by Rondo to Perk as Rondo cut through the lane after his post entry pass to KG on the left block
  • Gasol 13 footer uncontested, rolls off, Odom gives away a cheap foul reaching in after Boston rebounded the ball. That was dumb.
  • Ray misses a baselene J, rebound Odom, he pushes it up the middle of the floor, blocked layup by KG
  • Rondo takes a wild layup miss, rebound LA, stolen by Ray on the outlet, 20 footer, miss, defensive rebound Odom, outlet to Kobe. Kobe pushes it up the right wing, drives right to the hoop, loses the ball, Gasol scurries over and snatches the loose ball, gets fouled on his layup. HIts 1 of 2.
  • Radmanovic picks up a ticky tack foul on Pierce’s baseline drive. Another dumb foul. Dumb foul being an unneccessary foul that had no point and was down to an unintelligent play, usually after bad defense or ruining good defense.
  • Garnett takes a 20 footer off the dribble miss, Gasol hits the boards, gets it
  • Fisher on the drive to the hoop, layup, miss. Nice ball movement from LA. Fisher had a three and Gasol had a 12 footer. Passing up too many shots. Should have been easier than that in the end.
  • Boston lead 2-1 after two and a half minutes
  • Bryant post up left block, double from the top, spins baseline, reverse layup
  • Garnett right wing, dribbles left, into the paint, layup, blocked by Odom on the help defense. Lakers push it up the other way, hit Radmanovic in the right corner on the break, hits the three
  • Garnett throws a bad pass too high for Rondo’s cut, turnover
  • Bryant got hit hard on the drive, no call, spills out for the long jump shot, miss, offensive rebound Kobe, fouled on the driving layup, hits two of two
  • Garnett left wing 20 footer from Rondo, miss
  • Kobe rebounds, pushes it up, Celtics get back, Kobe drives, Rondo is on him, reaches on the jumper, foul. Hits one of two.
  • Bryant is defending Rondo and Fisher is on Ray Allen
  • Lakers trying to force Rondo to stick with Kobe on the other end by pushing the ball up quickly before Ray can get across to Kobe. Cross mismatches
  • Steal Derek Fisher, hard push, back to Kobe, fouled on the dunk attempt
  • Timeout
  • Kobe misses the first, misses the second. He lets Boston off the hook there. He’s 3-6 from the line to start the game.
  • Rondo off the dribble, gets into the paint, fouled
  • Gasol rebound out to Kobe, slow push, drives in anyway, has nowhere to go, throws it loose, Odom retrieves it
  • Kobe in the paint, catch in the post, fadeaway, hacked by Rondo, no call
  • Lakers turn it over on the break, Celtics get an open three pointer for Ray Allen, nails it
  • Radmanovic misses the post. Odd shot for him.
  • Odom gives up great position in the low post to Perk. Perk backs him down, Fisher doubles, easy pass, layup
  • Kobe iso left wing, one dribble right, elevates, hits it
  • Garnett right block, turnaround in the paint, miss, offensive rebound Perkins, Odom’s 2nd foul. Ronny Turiaf in. 5 minute mark in the first quarter.
  • Pierce in the post left block, drives baseline, reverse layup heavily contested, miss, tap by Perk, miss, rebound Lakers
  • Kobe near the top of the key, dribbles to the right, Ray pushes off, foul, Kobe hits two of two
  • Kobe standing four feet off on Rondo every time
  • Rondo drives inside, Kobe taps it loose, Fisher grabs the loose ball, transition, Fisher pops from 16 feet off the dribble, hits it
  • Rondo makes Kobe pay for sagging off with a 18 footer. Kobe was 6 feet away from Rondo on that shot trying to stop the pass to KG
  • Travel on Kobe, turnover
  • Rondo high arc-er over Kobe, miss, tip by Ronny, spills to KG, out to Rondo, Rondo behind the back ball fake in the paint, then hits it back out to Posey for three, nails it
  • Rondo loses Kobe on the screen and roll, floater in the lane, hits it
  • Kobe drives into the paint, behind the back pass, Gasol dunk, blocked by KG. KG sprints the floor ahead of the pack, gets the ball, misses the dunk, taps it out, Posey dives on it, fouls Radmanovic, call goes the other way. That’s three on Rad-man.
  • Timeout
  • Lakers lead 17-14
  • Pierce gets the roll on the second FT, makes both
  • Vujacic bricks a three badly. Didn’t come close to hitting iron.
  • Pierce loses the ball on the dribble, Perk quicker to it
  • Pierce forces up a fallaway. Sasha Vujacic played superb defense on Paul Pierce on that possession. He’s happy to get into Pierce’s body and bang him, slap at his dribble, use his quickness to limit his penetration. Paul has to put his back to the basket and beat him down low.
  • Cassell comes in. He hurt his wrist again in Game two. Let’s see how he shoots tonight.
  • High screen and roll between Pierce and KG, Ronny helps out, bad spacing, Pierce doesn’t have the pass, down to PJ, PJ shoots the 13 footer, hits it
  • Miss, Sam dribbles up, FT line J, nails it. Wrist must feel good.
  • Turiaf low post, bangs away, turnaround J, miss
  • Cassell shoots a three, miss, KG taps the ball to keep it alive, falls to Los Angeles
  • Vujacic on the break in the corner, drives baseline, gets fouled, hits two of two.
  • Final possession of the quarter. Boston will hold it for the final shot. Powe in. Rondo, Pierce, Posey, Sam.
  • Posey just goal tended a free throw by LA after a lane violation. What the heck? Whistle was before the shot, doesn’t count. Okay. Vujacic hits the second.
  • Rondo with a nice pass down low to Powe, blocked from behind by Farmar, Vujacic steps on the line as he grabs the loose ball. 1.3 seconds to play. Ray Allen comes in. Posey pops out, air balls a three
  • 13-3 Celtics run to end the quarter

Second Quarter

  • 20-20 Tie Game
  • Lakers second unit hasn’t given them enough in the first two games. Let’s see how they play now. It’ll be interesting to see who’s out there with them. Phil should play Gasol and Odom. If he plays without both the Lakers will be in trouble. Let’s see.
  • Kobe is playing with the second unit. Farmar and Vujacic. Ronny and Odom.
  • Leon Powe steals a rebound from Odom, Odom fouls. Another dumb foul. Walton comes in off the bench for LA. Powe is going to kill Walton. Terrible matchup
  • Cassell has to take it to beat the clock, high arc-er from 19 feet with Farmar in his face, miss
  • Kobe drives inside, stops pulls up for the midrange shot just outside the paint, 12 footer, over PJ Brown, hits it
  • Posey for three, way off
  • Bryant drives to the rim again, fouled again, free throws again, hits two of two
  • Powe low block, Kobe doubles, Powe has to kick it out, Ray gets it, Vujacic on him, Ray drives, gets the touch foul from Vujacic.
  • Powe drives right, travels on the pivot as he picks up his dribble
  • Luke Walton shot fake from the corner, drives, layup, miss
  • Ray Allen right wing, pump fake, one dribble right, pull up from 15 feet, hits it
  • Walton hits the cutting Farmar, layup
  • Powe just smacked Walton in the chest with his elbow. That’s setting up post position.
  • Powe with a nice roll to the hoop, gets the ball, Ronny helps, both guys go up hard, no fouls, tough shot, miss, Powe keeps it alive out of bounds
  • Lovely ball movement by LA, everybody made a touch pass, Vujacic wide open three top of the key, hits it
  • KG left block, doubled by Kobe, kickout, back inside, quick turnaround J over Turiaf, miss, rebound Farmar, PJ lands his shoulder right into him, then hacks Farmar as he tries to dribble. Foul. PJ fronting up on the point guard puffing out his chest like a hard man (he is but stop picking on the midget alright). Farmar thinks about, thinks better of it. Kobe and Sasha run over to calm it down. PJ’s already turned around. Refs quick to stamp it out. Some heat.
  • TImeout
  • Walton passes up the three, looks to drive, realizes KG is on him, brings it back out, looks at the shot clock, has to take it, hard dribble left, fallaway baseline, miss, air ball
  • KG right block, fouled on his pass out of the post on Turiaf
  • Walton is defending PJ Brown now
  • Gasol coming in for Ronny Turiaf now. 8 minutes to play. Ronny will be back in a few minutes.
  • Ray off a curl screen, three pointer, nails it
  • Farmar hand off from Gasol on the cut in the low post, layup as he jumps into PJ, miss
  • Garnett 20 footer, miss, he’s 0-7. That won’t last
  • Kobe in transition, Celtics get back, doesn’t matter, layup left handed, beautiful. Nice hesitation dribble against Posey, crossover from the FT line, lefty over KG
  • Offensive foul on PJ Brown, moving screen
  • Farmar hits a three, nice pass from Gasol
  • Turnover PJ Brown
  • Farmar is pumping up his teammates, he’s in a zone right now. Very competitive play.
  • Walton misses a layup inside
  • Ray Allen on the break, alley oop to KG, dunk, that was Walton’s fault for missing the layup
  • Timeout Phil
  • Walton is making so many mistakes all over the court in the Finals. Celtics are a really bad matchup for him. He’s becoming very hesitant on his shots, keeps passing up easier looks.
  • Pump fake Sasha, dribbles left, takes the 20 footer, hits it over Perk
  • Turiaf back in, he’s on KG
  • KG left block, turnaround over Ronny, miss, Gasol and Perk fight for the board, out of bounds off Perk
  • Vujacic takes a 19 footer off the bounce over Ray, nails it, 10 points in 9 minutes
  • Pierce’s shot blocked by Walton, Celtics keep possession, back to Pierce, left wing, drives left, uses the rim to protect himself from the block, reverse layup. Great play by Pierce. Lakers have no answer to that, keep doing that.
  • KG wraps his arms around Turiaf, fouls him needlessly
  • 4 minutes to play in the first half
  • Kobe left elbow extended 18 feet out, dribble left, pull up, hits it
  • Pierce air balls a three
  • Rondo forced to stick with Kobe in transition, all back, Rondo still on Kobe, fights the pass, Kobe gets it right wing three point line, backs him down, Celtics triple team, Kobe spins baseline, fouled by Rondo
  • Gasol fouled inside. Misses the first, misses the second. They’re 11-18 from the line tonight.
  • KG passes up the 19 footer, passes up the 15 footer, nice pass to Perk, dunk
  • Pierce reaches in on Gasol, foul, that’s three on Pierce, they’re in the penalty.
  • TImeout
  • Gasol hits the first, misses the second
  • Rondo misses a fadeaway 17 footer. Gotta go up straight young fella.
  • Posey smacks Kobe, gets away with it, tech on Kobe, Ray misses. That tech stopped a fastbreak. Some bright side there for LA. Kobe has 3 techs for the playoffs, no danger of suspensions for total techs
  • Lakers lead 41-31 with 2:30 to play
  • Garnett trapped hard, forced out, passes over the top, Celtics keep swinging the ball, Posey gets free, drives inside, fouled on the layup. Posey hits both.
  • Lakers miss inside, Kobe keeps the rebound alive, jumps on it again, forces Posey to run out of bounds trying to save the ball. No easy boards.
  • Vujacic corner three off the one dribble step back over Ray Allen, hits it, foot was on the line, two pointer
  • Fisher fouls off the ball. Ray to the FT line, the Lakers are in the penalty too. Ray misses the first, makes the second.
  • Garnett doubles Gasol in the post on the spin move, Gasol tries to pass out, intercepted easily. Very poor pass.
  • Garnett travels as he passes up the 18 footer. Just keep shooting big fella, they’ll drop.
  • High screen and roll Fisher and Gasol, layup Gasol, miss, taps it, Celtics knock it out of bounds, Lakers ball
  • Pierce and KG have combined for four points on 2-16 shooting
  • Gasol misses a turnaround in the post, bad shot, he was never in control, never balanced on that attempt
  • Ray hits another three. He has 12 points now
  • Kobe holds up the ball, drives inside, fouled, misses two of two
  • 6 seconds on the clock. Eddie House checks in for Perk.
  • Celtics outlet the ball, watch the shooters floating to the corner on Rondo’s penetration, Rondo pushes it right down the middle of the floor, none of the Lakers help, forced into a tough floater over Kobe, miss

Halftime

  • 2-16 four points from KG and Pierce. Hard to win when two of your big three are misfiring.
  • Lakers lead 43-37
  • Lakers have thoroughly and completely outplayed the Celtics yet they haven’t been able to build any seperation. That’s a bad sign. The Celtics are a great team for sticking in games when they’re not playing well. Their rebounding, defense and multitude of scoring options allows them to stay within shooting distance.
  • Lakers are 12-22 from the free throw line. That’s 55%. That’s awful. You’d think those days would be beyond LA since Shaq left town. Kobe has 5 of those 10 misses. Pau has four of those misses. Kobe is 7-12, Gasol is 2-6
  • Some Team Stats – Celtics winning the battle on the boards 26-20 and 6-3 on the offensive boards. The Celtics have 9 more shots, although LA has 15 more FTs which is about 7 shots. The Celtics have 11 assists on 14 made shots, shooting only 33% though on 14-43 shooting. They’re 4-9 from three (Ray 3-3) and 5-7 from the line. The Lakers have 8 assists on 14 made shots, shooting 41% on 14-34 from the floor, 12-22 from the line and 3-5 from three. Combined blocks/steals is 10-6 Boston. Boston have 8 turnovers costing them 9 points. The Lakers have 4 turnovers costing them 8 points.
  • The tempo of the game has very much favoured Los Angeles. They’ve done a much better job of pushing the basketball and getting some fastbreak opportunities.
  • The Lakers have blown a lot of opportunities. There were a lot of missed layups and missed free throws. Lakers could easily be up 15-17 points if they made most of those.
  • Ray Allen has 12 points and is by far Boston’s best scorer. Yet he’s only fourth in shot attempts. KG has 9 shots, Pierce and Rondo have 7 apiece, Ray has 4.
  • Kobe Bryant is leading LA with 19 points on 6-10 shooting and 7-12 from the line
  • Vujacic has been supporting scoring cast with 12 points. Gasol hasn’t made a field goal and has only two points. Odom hasn’t scored and has only played 7 minutes. Fisher has only 2 points. Radmanovic only 3 points. Walton and Turiaf both scoreless. Farmar has 5 points to be their third scorer. Lakers are going to be in trouble if they can’t get some scoring from the starters outside of Kobe. They will have a scoring drought if they don’t get those scoring right at the start of the half.
  • Paul Pierce needs to get his head in gear. He’s been able to get to the rim whenever he drives hard. Do that more often and you’re golden.

Second Half – Third Quarter

  • Garnett off the dribble, runner off the bank, god, brick. That was a 6-3 player’s shot. That’s something you see Farmar do. What was that?
  • Rondo gets the offensive rebound, falls over, travels, then is fouled, they call the travel first
  • Odom in the paint, nice pass from Fisher, Odom loses it, turnover, fastbreak the other way, Rondo falls over on the pass, Mark Jackson thinks it’s a sprained ankle
  • House in for Rondo
  • Ray with a nice cut, layup
  • Kobe passes up the three at the top of the key, drives left, spins on the elbow, floater right handed from 14 feet, hits it
  • Pierce on the drive, fouled on the pass
  • Perkins fouled inside before the pass, collects the pass, steadies himself, hits the layup, gets the continuation. That’s ridiculous. Lakers starting to foul needlessly again. At least Perk misses the free throw.
  • Fisher misses again, defensive rebound, Lakers don’t get back, outlet, Ray takes it to the hoop from the right wing, scores the layup
  • Perkins blocks Bryant, Bryant keeps possession, drives, fouled by Perk
  • Mild right ankle sprain for Rondo. He walked off the court fine. Just take some tape. Yeah here he comes.
  • Rondo sits for a bit
  • Eddie House deflects a pass into the backcourt, Fisher saves it, dives on it, throws it away to Odom before he can be tied up, Odom from 32 feet, miss, offensive rebound Bryant
  • Ariza is on the floor now, takes a long J, hits it
  • KG iso left wing, quick first step, blows by Gasol, fouled on the dunk attempt. KG misses the first, looks at the ball like it betrayed him, puzzled by that miss, makes the second
  • Bryant’s pass stolen by House
  • Pierce misses a three on the break, tap out by KG, tap by House, Pierce retrieves it. Celtics get back in their offense, House nails a three from the top of the key
  • Fisher misses a long two, KG gets his 11th board
  • Ray gets Gasol on the switch, runs to the rim, back out baseline, hand off from the post, 14 footer, miss
  • Kobe throws another bad pass, turnover, trying to lob it inside to Gasol on the break
  • KG left block, right hook in the lane
  • Gasol pass fake, dribbles left in the paint between four defenders, loses the ball. Dumb plays here.
  • Pierce inside, kickout to KG, 20 footer, Celtics 12-2 run to take the lead
  • Boston lead 51-49
  • Kobe goes iso mode, drives on Pierce, draws the foul, on the spin into the paint. That’s four on Paul.
  • Ray loses Ariza on the high screen and roll, knocks down another three
  • Timeout Phil Jackson
  • 15-3 Celtics run
  • Spacing has been a lot better since Eddie House entered the game. Quick passing, movement and the threat of a perimeter shooter.
  • Ariza’s lack of playing time with Gasol is really showing. They have no understanding of where to move when they’re passing to each other.
  • Odom down in the paint, hook shot
  • Ariza falls over on the three, bad shot, looked a bit shaken there
  • Perkins slowly backs down Odom, right hook, hits it
  • Odom 18 footer over KG, miss
  • Ariza needs to be taken off the floor
  • Ariza saves a loose pass that should have been a turnover, layup, he bailed out Farmar there, Farmar jumped up with nowhere to go
  • Garnett hits the 20 footer with Gasol in his face
  • Celtics lead 58-54 with 2 mintues to play
  • Lovely pass by Kobe Bryant to Odom, layup, Kobe’s first assist
  • Ray Allen hit on a three point attempt by Kobe, Ray hits three of three
  • Kobe Bryant hit on the drive again, no call again, hits off the spin move in the paint, very tough shot
  • Garnett left block, fallaway, great defense, miss, offensive rebound, travel, not called
  • Timeout
  • PJ Brown got fouled, missed the first, hits the second. Celtics up four with a minute plus left in the third.
  • Gasol spins right hook in the paint
  • PJ Brown misses the layup while he was looking for the shot blocking Lamar Odom
  • Layup Lamar Odom, miss
  • Celtics hold it for the final shot, Ray trying to create off the dribble, gets some space, draws the help, over to PJ, miss at the buzzer
  • Celtics got four offensive boards and created four turnovers (7 points), that was big

Fourth Quarter

  • Celtics lead 62-60
  • That was good for LA to get Odom and Gasol a hoop in the third quarter. Pity they couldn’t have gotten 2-3 hoops but at least they got them off the mark. They’ll be more comfortable offensively in the fourth after that.
  • Vujacic opens the fourth with a three, Lakers take the lead
  • Ray Allen responds from the right corner with a three of his own, great screen by Brown to pick off Kobe, Ray completely lost Kobe. Wide open look. Ray is 5-5 from three.
  • Kobe misses the fadeaway from 18 feet on the right baseline
  • Another offensive rebound for Boston, House misses the three on the next shot
  • House and Powe pick up quick fouls. That’s two team fouls.
  • Odom down low in the paint, draws the help, kickout, open three top of the key Farmar, miss
  • Bryant deflects the pass out of bounds, baseline inbound pass, PJ seals Turiaf, gets fouled on the catch. Foul on the floor.
  • Pierce iso left wing on Bryant, face up J, miss from 19 feet
  • Doc Rivers hasn’t gone back to Rondo
  • Offensive foul, charging foul on Odom, that’s four on Lamar. Powe flopped like normal on those charges.
  • High pick and roll, Pierce drives inside, passes to Powe, fouled, he misses the first, hits the second
  • Celtics lead 66-63
  • Bryant fouled again on the drive. That’s three team fouls. 9 minutes to play. Kobe misses the first, makes the second.
  • Offensive foul on Pierce, that’s five fouls on Paul. Good D by Farmar. Pierce knocked over the little fella with his shoulder.
  • Timeout
  • Sasha misses the three, ball out of bounds of Posey, Boston ball.
  • Turiaf knocks the post pass out of bounds, good D
  • KG spins to the baseline, hook shot falling out of bounds, air ball, great defense
  • Foul on the pass, that’s four team fouls. They’ll be in the penalty the rest of the way. 8:20 to play.
  • Vujacic foot on the line, hits from 23 feet over PJ Brown right wing
  • 66-66 Tie Game
  • Hand off KG to Posey, baseline, layup attempt, foul
  • Rondo enters the game for House
  • Bryant on the drive, misses the layup, tap by Gasol, rolls off the rim, Posey comes up with it
  • Garnett doubled as the clock expires, gets it up, misses, over the top of the backboard, Lakers got lucky there since they had no rebounders in the paint to fight Boston
  • 7:15 to play. Boston lead 68-66
  • Rondo/Pierce/Ray/KG/PJ
  • Kobe/Fisher/Vujacic/Walton/Gasol
  • Walton drives baseline, spins back towards the middle, defense collapses, Kobe wide open three from the top of the key, hits it, Lakers lead
  • Alley oop to KG, taps it up instead of catching the ball, miss, smacks Gasol in the face on the defensive rebound, no call
  • Foul, Lakers hit two at the line
  • Pierce loses Kobe, makes a bad pass, stolen by Odom, Odom brings it up, Kobe calls for it, head fake, drives hard, fouled by Pierce. Makes two of two. He has 18 FTs tonight.
  • Pass to KG, deflected by Odom, moving screen by KG, no call, Ray misses at the buzzer, offensive rebound and putback Rajon Rondo
  • Odom drives baseline on the right wing, reverse layup over KG, miss, tip Gasol good
  • 5 minutes
  • Pierce to KG, KG passes it up, passes it out, Ray three, miss, Odom rebounds and saves the ball
  • Odom hop step in the paint stripped by Pierce
  • Pierce spinning inside, misses the lefty layup off the bottom of the backboard. Pierce was flat out of control on that break.
  • Lakers push it up, both teams out of control right now, nobody running with Vujacic
  • Timeout Lakers
  • Odom misses the jam, another offensive rebound Gasol, layup. Great move by Odom, he started at the top of the key, beat KG with the quick first step, dribbled hard left, spun back right, lost KG
  • Lakers lead 77-70 with 4 minutes remaining
  • Foul off the ball. That’s the fourth team foul
  • High screen and roll between Pierce and KG, Pierce drives into the paint, gets fouled and the roll, three point play. Nope he missed the free throw
  • Eddie House is back in the game
  • Kobe trapped 40 feet out, he gives it up, Fisher open in the corner, miss, ball bounces right back out to him, pass inside to Gasol, fouled, he’ll shoot two, misses the first, hits the second. He has 9 points and is only 3-8 from the line.
  • Foul on Kobe on Pierce’s pass. Kobe reached too much. KG moving screen there again and he held Kobe back too.
  • 3:22 to play
  • Pierce makes two FTs
  • Lakers lead 78-74
  • Celtics very much still in this. They’ll be very tough to beat because they will get stops.
  • Gasol fouled hard, no call. PJ had his arm locked around Gasol’s shooting elbow.
  • Kobe didn’t touch the ball on that possession.
  • KG low post left block, hits the hook in the post
  • Vujacic misses a three, Kobe gave up that ball softly on that soft trap
  • Ray rebounds
  • Eddie House takes the pull up jumper from 16 feet, miss, rebound Gasol, to Bryant
  • Garnett runs out to trap Bryant, pass to Odom top of the key, to Vujacic in the left corner, three pointer
  • Celtics miss again in the paint, good shot, rebound Gasol, passes it out to Fisher, Fisher turns on the gas, runs coast-to-coast and gets hammered. He makes the first FT, swish, haven’t seen many FTs that smooth tonight, I might have just jinxed him, he makes the second
  • Timeout Doc Rivers
  • Boston have one timeout left after this
  • 1:33 to play
  • Lakers lead 83-76, they’re up 7
  • Inbounds to Ray, high screen and roll, pass to KG, dunk. Both Lakers ran after Ray to take away the three. That play took only 5 seconds
  • Lakers milk the clock, no trap, Bryant dribbles it down, takes the 20 footer pull up J, hits it from the top of the key
  • Pierce on the drive and kick to Eddie in the right corner, hits the three
  • Lakers lead 85-81
  • Kobe milks the clock again, dribbles inwards, shot fake at the elbow, gets Ray off his feet, Ray manages to avoid molesting him on the way down, Kobe open look from 15 feet, hits it
  • Timeout Boston
  • Ray Allen played excellent defense on those two last possessions. Great offense beats great defense, that’s all that happened there.
  • 38 seconds to play
  • Celtics down 6
  • Ariza in now, bad move, he’s been getting lost on screens all night, he’s defending the inbounds pass, making life hell for POsey, Posey gets it in, House takes a long two, miss, offensive rebound, Celtics dribble it, getting organized, offensive foul on KG. Moving screen.
  • 21 seconds to play
  • Offensive foul on Odom for pushing off
  • 6.7 seconds to play Boston ball

Lakers get the win they desperately needed. Game Four big swing game, looking forward to it.

Some Stats

  • Battle of the boards very even at 45-44 Boston with a 14-9 offensive rebounds edge. The Celtics did however miss 15 extra shots which muddies that a bit.
  • The Lakers outside of Kobe and Vujacic shot a miserable 28%
  • Kobe Bryant was the player of the game with 36 points on 12-20 shooting, 1-2 from three, and 11-18 from the FT line. Oddly enough he had one assist, he wasn’t creating a whole lot of easy opportunities directly tonight but if the Lakers had of made their shots he easily would have had 5 dimes. Kobe also chipped in with 7 rebounds and 2 steals.
  • Vujacic was the supporting player of the game dropping 20 points on 7-10 shooting, 3-5 from behind the arc, 3-4 from the line while adding in four rebounds and one assist. Great work.
  • Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett stunk up the joint shooting a terrible 8-35. KG was 6-21 for 13 points while PIerce was 2-14 for 6 points. Garnett did have 12 boards, 5 assists, and 3 blocks though. Only two of those rebounds came after halftime though with Gasol of all people coming down with several big rebounds down the stretch.
  • Which brings us to Gasol He had four huge rebounds in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Two offensive rebounds and putbacks and two big defensive boards in traffic over Celtic players. He struggled tonight with only 9 points, shooting only 3-8 from the line and just 3-9 from the field. He did have 12 rebounds and two assists. The big plays down the stretch were key for LA winning that game.
  • Ray Allen led Boston with 25 points on 8-13 shooting, 5-7 from three, 4-6 from the line. Despite being Boston’s only consistent scorer he finished with the only the third most shots and recieved on two shots in the crucial fourth quarter. Ray also had four boards. Ray played very good defense against Kobe, Kobe just made shots.
  • Bench scoring – 29 points for LA, 21 points for Boston. Lakers bench also chipped in with 12 rebounds and 9 assists while Boston had 14 boards and 4 assists. Farmar played well with 5 points, four rebounds and five dimes.
  • James Posey had a very strong game for Boston. His hustle was incredible; getting deflections, contested rebounds, and loose balls all over the floor. He chipped in with 9 points and 7 rebounds playing a very good game. He also played some good defense on Kobe Bryant.
  • Rajon Rondo had a bad game. Only 8 points and 4 dimes in 22 minutes. Doc benched him for Eddie once the team responded well to House. Perkins had 8 points, 6 boards, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 1 assist. The Lakers duo of Fisher and Radmanovic played below par too so no real damage done.
  • The Lakers staters outside of Kobe Bryant were poor. Fisher had only 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist on 1-6 shooting. Radmanovic had four fouls and three rebounds in 13 minuts. Lamar Odom played only 7 minutes in the first half due to foul trouble; finished with 28 minutes, 9 rebounds, 4 dimes, a block and a steal, 5 fouls and 4 points. He made a couple of big plays down the stretch but was mostly a disgrace offensively. His rebounding was huge. Pau Gasol with only 9 points struggled too.
  • The Lakers had 17 assists on 30 field goals out of 69 attempts for 44%. They also shot 6-14 from three and only 21-34 from the FT line. The Celtics had 19 assists on 29 field goals out of 83 attempts (14 more shot attempts) for 35%.
  • Both teams had 13 turnovers. The Lakers turnovers cost them 19 points, Boston’s 11 points.
  • Combined blocks/steals was 16-10 Boston
  • Boston had 28 fouls called on them versus 23 for Los Angeles.
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