NBA Roundtable

NBA Finals Game Four: Los Angeles vs Boston

In 2008 NBA Finals, 2008 NBA Playoffs on June 13, 2008 at 3:52 am

Big swing game for the series. This is a must win for Los Angeles

  • Rondo will start the game as expected
  • Perk wins the tip, Lakers control the ball, Odom gets it, Lakers get into their offense, quickly back to Odom, on the drive, layup, goaltend by Garnett. Good start for Odom.
  • Ray on the pump fake at the top of the key, defender buys it, drives right him and takes the finger roll in the lane
  • Fisher turnover as he throws it out of bounds
  • Rondo with a quick drive, nice drive and dish, missed shot
  • Fisher dribbles hard, creating a lot of body contact and bumping against Rondo, spins round, fouled on the runner. He’ll shoot two, make two.
  • Lakers on the quick push, Kobe from three, miss
  • KG gets Kobe on the switch backs him down, double, kickout, long shot, KG doesn’t bother to go for the offensive rebound, Kobe pulls it down.
  • Kobe to the paint, fouled, hits one of two
  • Both teams exchange turnovers, Lakers waste two brilliant chances. Tech on Doc, Kobe pushed Pierce in the backcourt to create that second turnover, Pierce gave up on the play but Doc didn’t give up on the officials.
  • KG inside, spin move into the paint, layup, miss. Phil Jackson would call that a weenie shot.
  • Quick push, lovely passing, Fisher to Odom, runs down the open lane, dunk
  • Rondo hits the jumper, Kobe gave him that
  • Odom hits another
  • Perkins on the left block, backs down Odom, jump hook in the lane, knocks it down
  • Odom drives on KG again, the help comes, passes into the corner, Radmanovic hits the three
  • Rondo takes an out of control floater as Gasol comes to block, miss, Odom tips it, KG taps it out, Celtics get it. Miss, Gasol tips, Lakers get the rebound.
  • Defensive rebound Radmanovic, ahead to Odom, he gallops down the right wing into the middle, pass left wing to Gasol, touch pass back, layup. Beautiful fastbreak.
  • Timeout Boston
  • KG has a quick 21 footer rim in and out from the left elbow extended
  • Kobe takes the 22 footer as his defender slips, Odom outjumps KG and steals the rebound, spin move in the paint, hook shot, fouled by KG, two fouls on KG. Odom misses the first free throw. PJ Brown checks in. Lakers have to continue to push the pace here and punish the lack of footspeed from Perk and PJ. Odom hits the second FT.
  • Halfway through the first quarter. Pierce and Ray have to take over now and handle the scoring.
  • Ray into Pierce on the post, double off Rondo, Rondo makes a good cut, Pierce throws it over his head and out of bounds, turnover.
  • Radmanovic nails a three out of the left corner over Pierce
  • Lakers lead 20-6
  • Eddie House checks in for Rondo
  • Pierce loses Radmanovic on a screen on the left elbow, pops out to the three on the left wing, gets the pass, in acres of space, takes it, misses it, offensive rebound Perkins, fouled by Odom.
  • Kobe Bryant blocks PJ Brown, they give the foul.
  • Kobe lobs it up for Gasol, ball flies through his hands, turnover. Oh easy layup missed there. Gasol wanted the foul on the push, didn’t get it.
  • Eddie House pump fakes Kobe, moves left, pull up, miss
  • Fisher pull up J from 15 feet as he beats House, nails it over PJ Brown
  • Odom knocks down another jumper, he’s 5-5 from the field
  • Eddie House left wide open from three as Kobe continues to cheat, misses the three
  • Timeout
  • Odom nails another jumper, he’s 6-6
  • Pierce in the low post, doubled, finds PJ Brown baseline 15 footer, miss, Perkins has inside position, Odom shuffles over and takes it from him
  • Radmanovic open three top of the key, miss, Celtics rebound, long outlet, ahead to Pierce, spins into the paint, layup
  • Radmanovic blocked inside by Perkins, ahead to Pierce right wing at the three point line, shot fake, Odom buys, Pierce drives right, draws the help, finds Ray in the left corner, nails the three pointer. That’s better from Boston.
  • Sam Cassell is talking to KG over on the bench. KG has a flabberghasted look on his face.
  • Perkins fouls Kobe in the paint, Kobe shoots two, makes two. Posey comes in for Perkins. He’ll defend Lamar Odom as Boston goes small. Bryant has some MVP chants going.
  • Pierce in the high post, draws the foul on Ariza, mid post on the inbounds, gives it up, Posey drives, misses the layup
  • Kobe down on the right block, draws the help, finds Gasol, Pau is mugged, gets the call. He gives Farmar a tap on the head for making a good cut. Gasol hits two FTs.
  • Lakers lead 30-12
  • Pierce finds Eddie House wide open in the corner, misses the three, Ray Allen hands a frustration foul to the Lakers as he wrestles Ariza after Ariza pulls down the rebound. Ariza hits the first, lovely high arc-ing swish, misses the second, offensive rebound on the long bounce.
  • Kobe drives inside, finds Ariza open in the left corner, nails the three
  • Eddie House from 40 feet, beats Farmar off the bounce, takes the floater off the glass
  • Kobe has it, he’ll hold it for the final shot, dribbles down the clock, Ray Allen on him right now, Kobe drives inside again, finds Gasol again, Posey smacks Pau again, he’ll head to the FT line. There’s 4.7 seconds left in the quarter which is more than enough time for the Celtics to get off a good shot. Pau misses the first, Celtics go small on their subs, Phil matches, Pau hits the second.
  • Inbounds to Ray, screen, runs the sideline, three falling out of bounds from the sideline, miss
  • Worst deficit at the end of the first quarter in NBA Finals history.

Second Quarter

  • The Lakers have gotten this lead far too early in the game. This is going to be very dangerous for them. The C’s are one of the hardest working teams in the league. They’ve a great defense and plenty of offensive weapons. They’re one of the best equipped teams in the league at making a run, they’ll make a run and you can bank on that.
  • Sam Cassell and Leon Powe comes in
  • The Celtics miss their first shot, then Powe fouls on the other end.
  • Lakers lead 35-14
  • Vujacic misses the 20 footer, Ariza beats Posey to the rebound, loud dunk
  • Garnett drives into the paint, nice dish off to Powe, fouled, Powe makes one of two
  • Farmar drive and kick, Walton misses the wide open three in the corner
  • Powe carries it, turns it over as Powe tries to bring the ball up court on the Celtics save and push
  • Walton’s pass knocked down away from Gasol’s reach, turnover
  • Ray Allen drives on Ariza, blocked by Ariza, long outlet by Gasol ahead to Walton, he has the space but loses the footrace, just gets to it, finds Farmar, layup, miss
  • Pass ahead, Ariza knocks the ball out of bounds
  • KG right wing, drives, spins back, layup
  • Walton spots up from three, misses
  • KG low in the left block, Walton is on him on transition D, easy turnaround J, Lakers had to help there and didn’t
  • Vujacic’s shot tapped by Ray, Ariza saves it, kicks it out to the left wing, ball swung to the corner, open three by Vujacic, hits it
  • Gasol stops KG from making a move by getting right into his body, KG gives it up
  • Posey draws the foul, he’ll shoot two.
  • Ariza has 6 points and 5 rebounds in 6 minutes
  • Timeout
  • Lakers lead 40-19
  • I like KG’s aggressiveness in taking it to the rim. Two nice moves on drives, another nice turnaround out of the post, another drive that set up Leon that resulted in two FTs. Keep it up. Celtics offense looks more organized now. Hard to be organized when none of your three best players are controlling the action.
  • Luke Walton has shot the ball poorly here in the quarter. He’s not doing their offense or defense much good right now. He hasn’t had a good series, hasn’t been awful but below par.
  • Kobe in the post, doubled, pass to the cutting Odom, layup again
  • Perkins has three fouls. Missed that. KG has Farmar in the post, turnaround over him, miss. Good take by KG.
  • Quick push by LA off the miss, Farmar in the corner, drives along the baseline, layup, miss
  • KG low post, doubled on the bad spin move, trapped, jumps up and looks to bail himself out, turnover, Sam Cassell fouls Kobe to avoid the pass ahead to Farmar for the open dunk
  • Lakers lead 42-22 with 7 minutes to play in the first half
  • Kobe on the drive and kick to Sasha on the right wing, three pointer over Ray Allen, hits it
  • Celtics have only 1 assist versus 7 turnovers
  • Powe moves into the post, spin move, layup against four Lakers defenders all going for the blocked shot, miss, rebound LA. Good collapsing defense on Powe to make his life hell there.
  • Sasha’s pass picked off by KG, as Sasha tries to lob it over the top to Kobe who had his man pinned as he tried to front him in the post. Sasha makes up for it by stealing Ray’s pass.
  • KG in the post, pass to Cassell, three pointer, miss
  • Bryant whistled for an offensive foul. Weak call. He had stopped and the Celtics play, Pierce, flopped.
  • Timeout
  • Posey misses a three out of the left corner to re-start the game, Lakers push, Kobe runs right down the middle of the court, gets into the paint, kickout, open three, miss, offensive rebound, another miss
  • KG hits another short J from 10 feet out of the low post
  • Bryant puts Pierce down on the post, double, kickout, Radmanovic misses a three, rebound KG
  • Nobody picks up Ray Allen in transition, open three pointer right wing, nails it
  • Timeout Phil Jackson – he didn’t like that defensive breakdown that gave Ray an open look
  • Bryant drives again, takes an off balance runner, miss. Kobe has only 3 points tonight
  • Fastbreak Celtics, Posey fills the left lane, gets the pass, goes up for the reverse layup, fouled.
  • KG low post, kickout for the three, nails another. Celtics have cut it to 14.
  • 3 minutes to play in the half
  • Pierce iso left wing, face up J
  • Celtics on a 12-0 run
  • Fisher on the drive out of the Lamar Odom post up, gets fouled and hits the finger roll off the glass
  • Timeout
  • Fisher hits the FT, Celtics miss a long J, Kobe runs the high screen and roll, finds Gasol, dunk
  • KG low post again, gives it up, defensive three seconds on Kobe, hit the T, didn’t see who because ABC didn’t show it. Guessing Ray.
  • Posey for three from the top of the key, hits it. 13 point game.
  • Radmanovic blocked inside, goaltend I reckon, by KG
  • Ray misses a three in transition
  • Posey gets the blocking foul against him as Fisher takes it hard to the rim
  • 1 minute to play. Lakers lead by 14. Garnett and Kobe head to the bench. Pierce hits another FT.
  • Fisher’s pass slips through Gasol’s hands again, that’s their 9th turnover
  • Pierce drives into the paint, takes a fallaway on the drive off balance, miss, Odom defensive rebound, holds the ball up and slows it down
  • Lakers hold it for the final shot, Fisher runs the high screen and roll, bounce pass through the gap, layup and the foul on Pierce. Gasol hits the FT
  • 9.1 seconds, inbounds to Rondo, try to get it to Pierce, Rondo falls over, Radmanovic hit him, Lakers in the penalty, Rondo will shoot two. Phil won’t like that unneccessary foul, I know I don’t. Rondo fell pretty easy there, he’d lost his balance and was starting to fall over already. Dumb contact by Radmanovic. Rondo misses the first, Farmar comes in, 5.2 second to play, hits the second.
  • Lakers inbound it to Farmar, he drives through the middle of the floor, gets off the long two pointer as his foot was on the line and banks it in from the top of the key. Nice runner. It was a three pointer by a good margin. They change it.That’s a very difficult situation to defend. With 5 seconds left and a quick point guard running at you. You don’t want to foul and give up two FTs. The opposition will be very aggressive and go right at you because they’re playing against the clock. Very difficult to defend.

Halftime

  • Lakers lead 58-40
  • Lakers did a great job finishing of the half once Boston got the lead down to 12 to push the lead back up to 18. Completely changes the momentum right before the half.
  • Some Team Stats – Lakers dominating the backboards 26-16 and leading 5-2 on the offensive boards. Lakers have 38 shots, 19 misses. The Celtics have 37 shots, 24 misses. The Lakers have 15 assists on 19 made field goals shooting 50%, 6-13 from three and 14-19 at the FT line. The Celtics have 4 assists on 13 made field goals shooting 35%, 4-14 from three, 10-13 at the line. The C’s have 8 turnovers against those 4 dimes, but it’s only cost them 5 points. The Lakers have 9 turnovers but the C’s have only gotten 2 points off those turnovers. Combined blocks/steals Celtics lead 8-7. Celtics have 14 pesonal fouls against 11 fouls for the Lakers.
  • Lamar Odom was the star of the first half with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
  • Kobe Bryant is still stuck on three points, he hasn’t even made a field goal. Two of his four field goal attempts were from three. He’s shot 3-4 from the line. However he’s controlled the game by forcing Boston to double him in the post and off the dribble and screen and rolls. he has 6 dimes, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds. Kobe has done a fantastic job facilitating the play.
  • Gasol has already beaten his scoring total from the previous game with 10 first half points. He also has 6 rebounds. Fisher has chipped in with 9 big points off two shots and chimed in with 3 dimes. Radmanovic has two threes to give him 6 points and 3 boards.
  • The Lakers bench 15 points and 9 boards.
  • Despite the two early fouls Kevin Garnett ended up playing 17 minutes. He had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. He was pivotal in helping get Boston back in the game. What did he do? He went into the low post and he attacked the paint on the dribble drive instead of settling for long jump shots.
  • Ray Allen leads Boston with 9 points on 3-8 shooting but he is only 2-6 on three pointers. He’s settling for too many long jumpers right now. Pierce hasn’t been up too much with 6 points on 2-6 shooting, he also has 2 and 2 for rebounds and assists.
  • Perkins has 2 points and only 1 rebound in 11 first half minutes. His lack of rebounding is a big reason why they’re getting beaten on the backboards. Another is that they’re missing more shots than LA.
  • James Posey was the saviour for Boston by hitting a few long jumpers to stop the effectiveness of the Lakers doubles. He also did a good job attacking the rim hard. He has 10 points. Unfortunately he was beaten out to every loose ball by Trevor Ariza for a 6 minute spell. The rest of the C’s bench has 4 points, 4 rebounds.
  • The game’s tempo was definitely in the Lakers favour
  • When you’re down 20 plus you normally don’t get a handful of chances to get back in the game. I’m worried the Celtics didn’t make enough of the chance of the chance they got in the second quarter.
  • I didn’t like Rondo being benched for so long between the first and second quarter spells he recieved. Good things happen when he’s on the floor. They can work around his lack of a jumpshot.

Second Half – Third Quarter

  • Pierce quickly goes into the post, pump fake, draws the foul. 9 seconds is gone and Pierce is already at the line. Great start from the Celtics.
  • Odom in the post, short shot off the glass from the low post, miss, he gets a piece of the offensive rebound, Celtics corral it.
  • KG hits the 20 footer
  • Kobe Bryant one dribble pull up J from 20 feet on the right wing, hits it
  • Rondo drives on Bryant, floater in the lane, hits it
  • 14 point game right here. This is far from over.
  • Gasol misses the 16 footer
  • Garnett wide open from 17 feet on the right wing, miss, offensive rebound Ray Allen. Fisher was too busy fronting him to keep him away from the rebound that ball actually bounced over his head. KG drives inside, spins, layup
  • Odom drives down the middle, goes up for the dunk, fouled by Perkins. Perk has hurt his shoulder on that play. Doesn’t look good.
  • Pierce switches onto Bryant
  • PJ Brown misses the open J on the baseline from 14 feet, defensive rebound Lamar Odom, he pushes it ahead, finds Radmanovic, Rad takes it hard to the cup, reverse layup over two Celtics, hits it. Great play by Radmanovic. I love it when he’s aggressive like that.
  • Kobe has Pierce in his face, drains the long J
  • KG throws it out of bounds as the Celtics get confused offensively
  • KG doubled in the post, gives it up, the ball swings around, Rondo gets it after three passes, catches it on the left baseline 13 feet from the rim, tries to drive and put pressure on LA, moves towards the left elbow, finds Posey for the open three on the left wing, miss
  • Kobe hits Gasol on the screen and roll, Gasol kicks it back out to Fisher as the defense collapses, Fisher nails it. 8-0 Lakers run.
  • Timeout
  • Lakers lead 68-48, 20 point lead
  • Skip ahead a few plays, Lakers lead 72-57 with 4:20 to play
  • Odom backs down Posey in the paint, gets fouled. I love seeing Lamar in the post. It’s a pretty sight. Lovely seal on posey to create the easy passing angle. Odom in the paint again on the lob pass, retrieves it, gets doubled, kick out to Fisher, misses the three
  • House finds Posey inside, layup
  • Gasol posts up KG, lefty hook off the glass, doesn’t get the roll, offensive rebound but the Celtics steal the ball, Ray Allen got the steal, goes coast to coast and gets the layup
  • Timeout Lakers
  • Kobe drives into the paint, takes the fallaway, miss, Lakers keep it alive, KG yanks it down. Big rebound by KG in traffic.
  • Offensive foul on KG for settling illegal screens. That’s his third.
  • Gasol in teh post against KG, pump fake, KG bites, Gasol draws the foul, hits one of two
  • Pierce gets into the paint, gets the layup and the foul, hits the FT
  • Ariza came back into the game a few minutes ago
  • Lovely pass by Kobe to find Gasol, dunk, missed, good contest by KG to bother Gasol. Worth pointing out he didn’t get any of the ball and wasn’t jumping up straight.
  • Lakers lead 73-64
  • Eddie House strokes a three pointer. This is suddely a 6 point game. The Celtics are on a 15-3 run.
  • Foul on Kobe Bryant on Ray’s drive. They’re in the penalty so Ray will head to the line. He makes the first, makes the second. 41 seconds left in the game.
  • PJ Brown knocks down the easy two

Fourth Quarter

  • Lakers lead 73-71
  • Lakers need to look at themselves in the mirror and question how the hell they blew this lead. This is going to be one heck of a fourth quarter. Lakers have the fresher legs but the C’s have momentum.
  • Kobe passes up the J, lobs it inside to Turiaf, fouled hard, he’ll head to the line, takes the first, bounces three times and rims out, takes the second, in and out. Two big misses. Gotta make your FTs. That’s going to cost LA.
  • Kobe is only 2-11 from the floor
  • Loose ball foul on Turiaf as Leon wins the offensive rebound
  • The Lakers offense has completely fallen apart. Hardly anyone is making plays outside of Bryant. Doesn’t look good for them. Gasol looks gun shy after missing a few makeable shots and FTs tonight.
  • PJ drives, thinks better of it, goes back, gets it to Pierce, he pushes off, offensive foul. Bryant is on Pierce.
  • Bryant misses the long two, offensive rebound Sasha, Lakers move the ball around, back to Sasha on the left wing, takes the three, miss
  • Eddie House misses the long two, PJ Brown offensive rebound
  • Foul on Vujacic for tripping Ray Allen up off the ball. 2nd team foul. First to get in the penalty will get in trouble
  • Powe in the paint, spin move, backs in, turnaround J from four feet, gets it to go
  • Kobe Bryant low post, takes the fallaway runner in the lane, miss
  • PJ Brown cuts to the hoop, gets the pass, passes over to Leon, layup, miss, tip, miss, tip, miss, Lakers rebound the ball.
  • Kobe Bryant gets to the hoop, layup, he has 9 points now
  • Pierce iso o nthe left wing at the three point line, Pierce pump fake, dribbles right, pull up from 20 feet, hits it
  • Blocking foul on Pierce. That’s the team’s second.
  • Timeout
  • Lakers get nothing going on the offense, Odom has to take a contested three to beat the shot clock, miss
  • Garnett low post, turnaround over Odom, miss, rebound Turiaf
  • Bryant gets the iso against Pierce on the left wing, takes the face up J, hits it
  • Eddie House loses Farmar on the great screen by PJ, misses the 16 footer, rebound Farmar, ahead to Kobe, he drives into the paint, pump fake, up and under, scoop shot from 6 feet, miss
  • Garnett left block against Ronny, takes a tough shot, makes it. Great work down on the block.
  • Sasha drives into the paint, finds Ronny from 15 feet baseline J, miss
  • Lovely pass to the cutting PJ Brown, Turiaf contests the shot, PJ loses it, Lakers run in transition, Odom gets the layup
  • Blocking foul on Turiaf, that’s their third team foul.
  • Posey comes in, Gasol checks back in
  • Farmar gets another rebound off of Pierce’s miss, Pierce hurt his ankle on the miss. Kobe runs the other way, hesitation dribble, slam dunk
  • Timeout
  • Pierce says he’s okay
  • Lakers lead by 4 with 6 minutes to play
  • Lakers doing a great job pushing the ball after missed shots. That’s the difference right now between the Celtics having a lead and being down four.
  • Eddie brings it up, Ray slips, manages to get it to KG, Lakers defense falls apart scrambling to steal the ball, Ray gets it back off KG, finds Posey in the corner, three pointer good
  • Bryant bank shot on the move, bricked badly
  • 6 seconds on the shot clock, baseline inbounds, Gasol against KG, drives into the paint, pump fake, gets a hook/scoop shot to fall
  • KG drives into the paint, draws the foul, didn’t think that was a foul. KG makes the first, makes the second. Big play by KG.
  • Lakers bring it up, still up 1, Vujacic almost loses it, inside to Odom, layup, Posey slides out of the way, confuses Odom, bricks the layup
  • Celtics ball, out to Eddie, 20 footer, hits it, Celtics have their first lead of the game with 4 minutes remaining.
  • Lakers turnover, Ray steals it, timeout Celtics
  • Timeout
  • Celtics ball, they bring it up, Pierce passes up the J, gets it back, pops out for the three, wide open top of the key, miss, offesnive rebound Ray, Iso for Pierce, he has Farmar on him, Kobe helps, Ray gets the ball in the corner, drives baseline, reverse layup
  • Vujacic misses as he shoots to beat the buzzer, offensive rebound Odom, Kobe on the drive and dish to Farmar from three, miss
  • Celtics lead 86-83
  • Garnett travels, hop step in the paint, gets the short J to go off the drive.
  • Celtics 8-0 run to put them up 5.
  • Timeout Lakers
  • Kobe Bryant takes it to the rim, fouled, ABC aren’t even showing the game right now. They’re showing JVG and co. talking. Kobe makes both. 2 minutes to go. Lakers need stops.
  • Celtisc inbounds, full court pressure, but light, great defense by Bryant on Pierce, Pierce has to give it up, they run a second screen and roll, Gasol switches, Pierce drives, beats Gasol, gets the foul. Soft call at the end of the game but it was a foul. Pierce will make these, he takes and misses the first, he’ll make the second, makes the second. Four point game. 1:44 to play.
  • Lakers have missed 27 of last 29 shots from the floor
  • Kobe drives again, foul on the floor, sideline ball. They had a foul to give.
  • Kobe into the paint again, hits the layup over KG, two point game.
  • Eddie brings it up, Fisher harrassing him, can’t get it to Pierce, to Posey, to Ray, Ray drives, Lakers gamble, lose Posey, open in the corner, three pointer, hits it
  • Drive and dish Kobe to Fisher, three, nope foot on the line but he hits it. Three point game with a minute to go.
  • Bryant bumps Pierce, Pierce gets the call, he’ll shoot two
  • Timeout Doc
  • Since the first quarter the C’s have 78 points on 52% shooting plus 14 assists.
  • Pierce to the line, makes the first, steps back, looking forward to the next shot, takes it, makes it
  • Lakers are small with Fisher/Sasha/Kobe/Rad/Gasol
  • Drive and dish, Gasol dunk
  • Lakers go full court, almost cause a 5 second violation, KG gets it in to Ray, Ray dribbles it up, milks the clock, drives, Sasha loses him, Ray Allen wide open layup
  • Timeout Lakers
  • Lakers miss, Eddie House fouled, makes two FTs

That’s the game. Terrible collapse from the Lakers. This series is over. The Celtics will win this series and probably in the next game.

Some Stats

  1. Celtics scored on all 10 of their final possessions, that’s the final 5:24 of the game.
  2. Also worth noting that each of the five Celtics – House/Ray/Pierce/Posey/KG scored. Posey led the way with six, KG had four, Ray had four, Eddie had three, Pierce had three.
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