NBA Roundtable

Game Time: Boston vs Los Angeles

In Game Log / Recap on February 5, 2009 at 11:23 pm

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The final regular season matchup of the season for last year’s Finalists.

First Quarter

  • Usual starting lineups for both sides. Walton continues to start at small forward for LA – watch that matchup with Pierce closely, it may decide the game.
  • Boston’s crowd are up for this one
  • Pau Gasol wins the tip, on LA’s first possession Odom dribbles the ball left towards the middle of the floor above the three point line, quick crossover right, blows by Garnett, fouled, runner blocked by KG. Odom misses his first free throw, and misses his second free throw.
  • Kobe Bryant is defending Rajon Rondo like he did in the NBA Finals. Ray Allen needs to take advantage of Fisher.
  • Pau Gasol doing a very nice job backing down KG, passes out to Odom on the double team, Odom turns it over … fastbreak, Boston finds Pierce trailing for a three pointer and he nails it.
  • Bryant takes a tough one-on-one contested shot from 18 feet left wing over Ray Allen, misses
  • Fastbreak Boston off the defensive rebound, Rondo takes it to the rack, misses the layup against tough pressure, no Lakers left to grab the rebound, easy follow up dunk for KG.
  • Lovely pass from Pierce over the top to KG for a layup, Odom was fronting him in the post.
  • Boston ahead 7-2 after two minutes
  • Pau Gasol has it slapped away, fastbreak, behind the back pass by Rondo to Pierce, layup. I think that was Pierce who deflected the ball out of Pau’s hands.
  • Kobe posting up, nice turnaround J from 15 feet, hits it. Right wing shot.
  • Ray Allen catch and shoot from the left corner, everything but in. Close.
  • Bryant gets the step on Ray, slithers to the hoop and lays it in.
  • Nice pick and roll with Pierce and Perk but Paul made the pass to early and made Perk make a decision.
  • Odom trying to front KG in the post again, foul. Great job by KG running the floor and getting early position low in the paint.
  • Pierce isolation left wing, Bryant starts to roam, Rondo cuts to the rim, gets the pass, misses the short jumper.
  • Pierce doing a great job boxing out Lamar Odom and pulling down the rebound off of a Kobe missed three pointer.
  • Ray Allen strokes a three pointer on the other end
  • Walton hits a 15 footer left wing after the quick pass ahead
  • Bryant strips Ray, breakaway, Kobe finishes with a two handed dunk. Nice pass by Lamar Odom to find the streaking Bryant for the easy two.
  • Boston lead 11-10 after five minutes. Bryant is called for a foul.
  • Perk posting up on Odom, muscles him down, spins baseline, misses the easy shot, Odom tips it to Bryant, Kobe comes away with it.
  • Bryant drives into the paint, little out of control, misses the runner, Odom and Gasol go after it aggressively. Loose ball foul on Odom. Powell enters the game.
  • Good defense by the Lakers, deep contested three by Pierce against the shot clock, miss
  • Gasol drops a face up 14 footer over Perk. Lakers on a 10-2 run and have taken the lead.
  • Ray Allen runs off a baseline screen to the corner and nails the catch and shoot three pointer.
  • Fisher responds right back with a three pointer of his own
  • Rondo dribble penetration on the quick push, nice spin move, layup contested, miss. Good play from Rondo.
  • Kobe Bryant posts up, defense hedges, Pau cuts to the rim, Kobe finds him for the easy dunk.
  • Timeout Lakers
  • Lakers on a 15-5 run
  • Both teams, particularly Boston, are doing a great job pushing the ball both in transition and in the halfcourt. I love how Rondo is getting the Celtics into their sets quickly, very important.
  • Fisher misses a long J out of the timeout, close to the same spot where he hit the three moments ago.
  • Rebound Gasol, outlet to Bryant, he dribbles up, takes a 22 footer on the right wing, misses
  • Rondo pushes the ball upcourt again, turns into a Pierce one-on-one move against Walton, pull up jumper from 17 feet, miss
  • Rondo pick and pop with KG, missed J from 19 feet top of the key
  • Bryant knifes into the paint and finishes with a scoop shot against Perk’s help defense. Nice drive.
  • Ray Allen driving baseline and hitting a leaner from 16 feet
  • Powell misses a rainbow 18 footer left wing. Not sure why he took that shot, it seemed early in the shot clock.
  • 3-on-1 fastbreak for Boston, Rondo goes for a killer shot instead of an easy layup and passes back to Ray, missed shot.
  • Timeout Celtics
  • Lakers lead 19-16 with 2:30 to play
  • Ariza misses a 22 footer from the top of the key, Rondo pushes the ball back upcourt, runs a 1-3 screen and roll with Pierce, Fisher is on Paul, Rondo gives it to him, Fisher strips him, ball goes out of bounds to the Celtics. Blocking foul on KG as the C’s try to inbound the ball, he used his elbow.
  • Lakers do a poor job with their spacing, and a poor job of getting Gasol the ball in the post, his great low position 8 feet from the rim turns into a catch 14 feet from the rim without having his feet set. Gasol turns and faces, right wing, drives left across the lane and tries a scoop shot, misses badly. Fastbreak Boston the other way, Rondo tries to make a lob pass to Pierce on the run, Farmar breaks it up. Another attempt from Rondo to go for a home run play. Farmar fouls Rondo after the inbounds, Rondo makes two at the line. Jeez, when’s the last time you’ve seen Pierce throw down an alley oop dunk on the fastbreak?
  • Some shaky decision making from Rondo over the past few minutes but he’s doing an excellent job pushing the ball and creating opportunities for Boston. He’ll calm down as the game goes on and Boston will exploit those opportunities.
  • Bryant posting up, clearout, left wing, 16 footer, face up J over Allen, misses. Kobe is 4-9 from the field.
  • Rondo on the right wing, breaks his man down off the dribble, goes left, knifes into the paint and finishes with a nifty reverse layup after a change of pace dribble. Celtics have the lead back, 20-19 Boston.
  • Final minute of the first quarter
  • Bryant drive and dish to Powell, Powell 18 footer left basleine. That shot was better from Powell, same spot but in a better rhythm.
  • Kobe dribbles up court in transition, high pick and roll, crosses over and hits a 22 footer from the top of the key
  • Celtics swing the ball around the key, Ray gets in space, drives inside, kicks it out to Glen Davis, 19 footer left wing misses.
  • Lakers hold it for the final shot, Kobe dictating the play, Celtics come over and help, Kobe throws it over to Ariza on the right sideline, he doesn’t pay attention to the shot clock and decides to drive the ball instead of shooting, clock runs out, Lakers don’t get up a shot. Kobe miffed at Ariza as LA heads to the bench.
  • Lakers lead 23-20

Second Quarter

  • Lakers lead 23-20
  • Kobe has taken 10 shots, nobody else has taken more than 3 shot. Although, five Lakers have taken 2-3 shots so several players are getting involved offensively.
  • The Lakers shooting 50% on eFG%, Boston only 39.1%
  • Phil Jackson’s quarter interview – “Lakers did nothing special to get back in the game, Boston just missed open shots, transition defense was terrible, gave Boston open shots, they just missed.”
  • Vujacic is defending Eddie House now. Nice story from Doug Collins about how Vujacic locked up Eddie House a few years ago in the playoffs, while Eddie was in Phoenix.
  • Pierce fouled, gets two FTs on the first possession of the second quarter, Pierce makes both.
  • Nice give and go from Ariza-to-Pau, Ariza on the left wing throws an entry pass into the low post, cuts towards the middle, gets it back, muscles up a shot and draws a foul, finishes the shot but misses the free throw.
  • Ariza steals the pass, fastbreak, Powe fouls Ariza as he runs down the deflected pass, Ariza has it under control as he gets fouled.
  • Pau finds and open Vujacic for a three pointer left wing with a nice pass out of the post, missed J.
  • Good passing from Boston, ah scratch that, nice passing until the final pass by Glen Davis which was thrown over the head of Tony Allen even with Allen jumping up to catch the pass. Tony was open in the right corner. Out of bounds, turnover.
  • Lakers post up Gasol, he backs down Powe, turns middle, Powe hits him on the way up for a hook, Gasol finishes the three point play.
  • Lakers lead 28-22
  • Farmar picks up another foul, is that his third foul? I think so.
  • We’re only 90 seconds into the second quarter
  • Pierce uses Powe in the screen and roll, hits Powe as he rolls to the rim, Powe misses the finish, ball squirms loose to House, he misses a jumper, rebound LA.
  • Gasol faces up Davis on the right wing, sweeps the ball left to right, drives baseline and draws the foul as he tries to pass off.
  • Nice passing from LA, Vujacic (right wing) finds Odom cutting across the paint, Odom takes one power dribble, draws the defense, finds Ariza open in the opposite (left) corner, miss.
  • Turnover from Powe, deflection by Odom on Powe’s dangerous pass across the paint, bad decision from Powe, Fisher pushes it in transition and finishes the layup plus the foul. He knocks down the FT.
  • Pierce slices into the paint and finishes the layup. Nice drive.
  • Lovely pass from Vujacic, great catch by Mihm inside for the dunk. Vujacic on the left wing ran a screen and roll with Odom on the left wing, Vujacic turned middle, Celtics rotated off over from Mihm to cover the middle of the floor, Mihm cuts to the rim and gets an easy dunk.
  • Timeout
  • It looks like Pierce has been on a one-man mission here in the second quarter. The Celtics second unit is not performing right now. Nobody from the bench is helping Pierce offensively, forcing him to over-do it with the ball.
  • Lakers leading 33-24 with just under 9 minutes to play in the second half
  • House runs the pick and pop with Davis, he misses a 23 footer from the top of the key, great effort from Powe tapping the offensive rebound twice before corralling the ball and finishing inside.
  • Vujacic hits two FTs and Kobe re-enters the game
  • Tony Allen dribbles the ball up court, great denial defense from Vujacic in the backcourt to stop House from brinigng up the ball
  • Kobe pushes the ball in transition, good defense by Tony Allen to contest the shot, miss, Powell rebounds the ball. Lakers almost throw it away, Lakers hang onto it after running into the backcourt, House steals the ball a moment later, he pushes the ball, he’s ahead of everyone and finishes with the layup
  • Another Lakers turnover, House with a three pointer in transition, nails it. Vujacic lost the ball on his way up on a jumper, Tony Allen got the loose ball and pushed it upcourt, then found House for the three ball.
  • Timeout Lakers
  • Lakers lead 35-31
  • Celtics on a 8-2 run
  • Philadelphia are leading 87-80 over Indiana in tonight’s other game. Eight minutes to go in that one. That would be a very important win for Phily.
  • · Fisher misses a pull up J from the free throw line, I think that was Tony Allen again contesting the shot
  • Tony Allen left wide open on the left wing, he misses a 18 footer. Celtics get the ball back, House unleashes a three pointer, misses, Powe offensive rebound. Ray Allen dribbling around in a circle, KG pops out to give him a passing option, his defender doesn’t go with him, catch and shoot from 20 feet, hits it.
  • Walton throws a nice pass inside to Powell for the dunk
  • Garnett posts up on the left block, doubled, jumps up and passes over the top to Allen for an easy finish inside.
  • Great block inside by KG on Fisher’s drive
  • Celtics give it right back on the other end, Lakers fastbreak gets nothing. Bryant stops at the three point line, holds the ball, then shoots the three ball and hits it.
  • Powell blocks Tony’s shot inside, Powe gets the loose ball and dunks it home. Nice pass from KG to the cutting Tony Allen.
  • Bryant slices into the paint, KG blocks the reverse layup, follow up dunk from Pau Gasol. Bryant wanted the foul.
  • Garnett posts up on the left block again, he drives right towards the middle and finds the open House in the corner, hits it.
  • Powell taking a quick shot again, from 22 feet top of the key, hits it. I don’t like Powell taking quick shots.
  • Lakers lead 44-40 with under four minutes to play as KG heads to the line.
  • Powe and House go the bench, they did a great job after a shaky start and have supplied high energy play which has sparked the Celtics.
  • KG hits both FTs. Lakers ahead 44-42
  • Walton gets into the paint, teardrop missed. Defensive rebound Boston, outlet pass ahead, 3-on-1, Garnett fills the lane and dunks the ball home. Tie game.
  • Boston’s crowd erupts
  • Pau Gasol on the left block, drives right to the middle of the floor, fouled by Perkins. Pau makes two free throws to put LA back in the lead.
  • Great game. High energy, great tempo, great aggressiveness from both teams. We have a real contest on our hands here.
  • Fisher deflects KG’s pass, runs down the loose ball into the open court, pushes it ahead, pull up J, little runner off the glass from 8 feet, hits it.
  • Timeout
  • The Pacers-Sixers game has tightened up, Sixers up 2 points with 3 minutes remaining. Dunleavy and Green are the leading scorers for either side. Dalembert has 18 rebounds while Andre Miller leads with 12 assists. Indy have outscored Phily 20-11 in the fourth quarter. Didn’t Phily have a huge fourth quarter collapse recently? Where they just couldn’t score in the fourth quarter?
  • A little under three minutes left to play in the second quarter
  • Lakers ahead 48-44
  • Perkins is at the foul line and knocks down two freebies
  • Great full court pressure from Boston, deny the inbounds pass, Gasol with a heads up play runs back and collects the inbounds pass, Bryant runs across and takes the ball from Gasol and finds the pass to get the ball cross court.
  • Bad pass to Bryant picked off from Rondo, nothing in transition, then a turnover.
  • Lakers ahead 16-10 with points off turnovers
  • Fisher hounding Ray Allen and deflecting the pass out of bounds. Ray inbounds the ball easily to Perk, then runs off a screen from Perk after Perk passes the ball to the perimeter, catch and shoot for Ray, he hits the 18 footer.
  • Nice cut from Walton on Gasol’s post up, Pau finds him, layup, heavily contested, Walton doesn’t hit the rim, Gasol gets the offensive rebound after Powell keeps it alive. 24 second shot clock violation.
  • Final minute
  • Celtics have the ball, Rondo lets the ball bobble before picking it up in order to save the clock, Bryant runs down court and tries to steal the ball, Rondo picks it up and blows by Brtant, drive and kick, bad pass, Lakers run in transition, Fisher takes it to the rim but he’s blocked by Pierce, sorry that may have been Perkins both were in the vicinity. Rondo gets the ball and runs back the other way, he takes it to the rim, misses the layup, offensive rebound by Perk and he finishes it inside.
  • Bryant takes a 19 footer on the other end, misses the shot, tip by Gasol, no good, Boston come away with it.
  • Timeout Doc Rivers, he wants a play set up here for the final shot.
  • Rondo top of the key, passes to Pierce on the right wing, Pierce drives, help comes, Rondo cuts to the baseline, Pierce finds him, layup, heavily contested by Gasol but Rondo finishes inside.
  • Long inbounds pass from LA, full court pass, nobody catches it and it goes out of bounds. Boston will get the ball back beneath the Lakers rim with 2 seconds to work with. Ray Allen runs off a screen, catch and shoot, wide, wide open three pointer, misses.

Halftime

  • Boston lead 52-51
  • Great run from the Celtics to finish the half off in good form
  • Very even first half from both sides. The Celtics are doing a much better job on the offensive boards though, but their turnovers is pretty much canceling that out.
  • The Celtics 9 turnovers have cost them 16 points. The Lakers have 5 turnovers but only 7 points have been scored off of them. The Celtics have scored in other transition opportunities though.
  • Garnett leads the Celtics with 10 points but it’s been a very balanced effort from Boston. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce have 9 apiece, while House adds 8 points. Rondo is fifth with 6 points while Perk adds 4 points as does Leon Powe. Good scoring balance.
  • The Celtics lead 26-20 on the backboards. Three Celtics have five rebounds – Rondo, Garnett, Pierce – and three others have three rebounds – House, Powe, Perkins.
  • Meanwhile Bryant and Gasol have combined for 12 of their 20 boards, while Powell adds another four rebounds which makes 80% of the Lakers rebounds. Four others have one rebound so the Lakers simply aren’t getting good rebound across their team and it’s hurting them badly right now.
  • Gasol and Bryant also lead the Lakers in scoring with 11 and 13 points respectively, Fisher adds 8 points. Ariza and Walton add 6 and 5 points.
  • Lakers have 10 assists on 21 made field goals, while the Celtics have 12 dimes on 20 made shots.
  • Both teams have done a good job keeping each other off the line, with Boston only getting 8 free throws which were all made, while LA got 9 free throws but made only 6 (Odom missed both of his attempts, Ariza missed his lone attempt).
  • The Lakers have 7 steals but no blocks. The Celtics have 5 steals and 5 blocks. KG has three of those blocks while Perk has the other two.
  • Phily won 99-94 against the Pacers. Willie Green led all scorers with 23.
  • Kobe had a great start early with 10 points and 3 assists on 5-10 shooting in the first quarter. He now has 13 points on 6-14 shooting and still only 3 assists, he didn’t use the ball in threatening positions in the second quarter and made only one shot, a tough face up three out of rhythm.
  • Pau Gasol has 11 points and 7 rebounds on 4-6 shooting. His passing out of the post for cutters and shooters has also been very good, only one assist has come out of it though.

Third Quarter

  • Celtics lead 52-51
  • KG pops out and drains a 23 footer from the top of the key to kick off the second half. Celtics on a 8-0 run over the last 150 seconds of game time.
  • Rondo forces a terrible shot on the fastbreak, brick.
  • Bryant forces the drive, has the ball slapped away from him, turnover.
  • Fisher picks up his second foul in the first 60 seconds of the third quarter, Pierce pushed the ball in the open court and was fouled on a driving layup, he makes both FTs.
  • Celtics ahead 56-51
  • Bryant misses a rainbow elbow J, fadeaway that was heavily contested, on a catch and shoot as he cut along the free throw line, he misses.
  • Lovely passing from the Celtics to find Ray Allen for the open three pointer from the right corner, hits it
  • Perk blocks Gasol’s shot, Gasol gets it back and passes it out to Fisher who nails a long two pointer. Foot on the line for Fisher.
  • Boston turn it over again, fastbreak, Garnett left to defend the rim with the Lakers two big men filling the lanes, Bryant holds up the ball and then finds his big man, Odom makes the catch, almost charges but gets the call and hits two FTs. If Odom turned that ball over instead of making the extra pass for an easy Gasol dunk I would have be very angry.
  • Rondo dribbling at the top of the key, lulls his man to sleep, blows into the lane, head fake and finishes over Odom.
  • Loose ball foul on Rondo as he fights for a defensive rebound against Odom, Rondo pushes Bryant, double technical after the response from Kobe.
  • Lakers post up Gasol, turns baseline and hits a hook shot
  • Celtics lead 61-57 with under 9 minutes to play in the third
  • Ray Allen looses Fisher as he runs off a screen on the left block, hits the easy 14 footer
  • Odom drives by KG and hits the lefty running layup over KG. Tough shot.
  • Odom snares a defensive rebound and pushes the ball upcourt, everyone gets back, Odom on the left wing kicks it across to the other side of the court, ball swung to the corner, Fisher drives baseline and hits the layup. Foul off the ball on Rondo as Fisher hits the shot, Kobe hits the FT, his first FT of the night.
  • KG posting up on Gasol, defensive three second violation on Odom. Ray Allen shoots the tech and hits it.
  • Ray Allen drills another corner three pointer, this time from the left corner
  • Bryant drives baseline, blocked by Perkins, Gasol cleans up with the dunk. Great job by Gasol, second time he’s done that. Good defense by Boston to deny Bryant too.
  • Ray Allen drives baseline, throws it back out, kick ball on the pass. Offensive foul on Garnett, now KG and Odom having words. Turnover.
  • Seven minutes to play in the third quarter
  • Boston lead 67-64
  • KG denies Kobe’s shot after the foul call, jumping up high and swatting (goaltend if live) the shot. Not allowing them to get any rhythm.
  • Two fouls called in quick succession, one on Perk for bumping Gasol over-exuberantly, and one on Rondo for a blocking foul. Didn’t see the Rondo foul but the C’s are upset with it. Fisher splits the FTs.
  • Timeout
  • We’re at the halfway point in the quarter now
  • Odom hits a free throw, perhaps two. Hard to tell with TNT’s sloppy production work which regularly misses a few early seconds of possessions.
  • Bryant misses a fadeaway J from 17 feet on the left wing
  • Bryant runs up court, excellent low position, three second violation though, Lakers couldn’t get the ball to him in time.
  • Bryant defending Pierce here, Pierce bullies him into the paint but doesn’t get the pass, jogs out of the paint, now sprints off a KG screen, catches the ball in space on the left wing, Pierce drives left, drive and kick to House, three pointer, nails it.
  • Garnett with the good defensive rebound, good outlet pass ahead, Ray passes inside to Perk who ran valiantly to the right block. Nothing comes of it but nice play from Boston. LA deflect it out of bounds, inbounds, Pierce a 3-1 pick and pop with House, drives right, loses the ball, turnover. Bryant gets the basketball, sprints into the open court, gets to the rim and is fouled before he can finish. Bryant makes one of two.
  • Three point game now. The Celtics lead 70-67.
  • Farmar is now back in the game, Vujacic is also there with Bryant at small forward.
  • Four minutes to play in the third
  • Pierce controlling the ball, high screen and roll, Pierce drives into the paint, spins into Odom and draws the foul. Pierce hits two freebies. Pierce is playing the point offensively for Boston on the last few possessions. That was Odom’s fourth foul but he stays in the game. Celtics up by 5 points now.
  • Gasol posting up on BBD, can’t back him down, re-posts, fadeaway J, tough shot, swishes it. Easy release for Pau but tough shot going away from the rim.
  • Nice cut from KG as he slides across the lane, Pierce finds him, KG elevates and extends over the defender.
  • Nice shot by Bryant, left post, turnaround J off the glass, hits it.
  • Bryant has 17 points on 7-19 shooting
  • Ray Allen has to force a 32 footer to beat the shot clock, back iron
  • KG switches onto Gasol, Gasol catches it on the left wing, Gasol leaning left, Garnett shoving his hip into Gasol’s shoulder, Gasol drives right right towards the baseline and draws the foul.
  • Timeout
  • Boston lead 74-71 with Gasol heading to the line and a little over two minutes left to play in the third quarter
  • Kobe has 17 points on 7-19 shooting. Gasol also has 17 points but on 7-10 shooting. Gasol has also added 10 rebounds, Bryant 7 boards. Gasol has two dimes while Bryant has 3 dimes. Bryant and Gasol have 17 of LA’s 29 rebounds.
  • Lakers have done a good job on the boards in the third quarter though, out-rebounding Boston by 4.
  • Ray Allen has 18 points on 7-16 shooting and 3-7 shooting from behind the arc. He also has 3 assists. So Ray is pretty much matching Bryant, more efficient but not good efficiency. Both players also have two turnovers.
  • The Lakers are now 12-20 from the FT line as Gasol misses both FTs
  • Davis turns down the shot, forces House into creating a tough shot off the dribble, House gets a friendly roll off the rim and makes the bank shot. Tough shot.
  • Pierce rebounds, brings it upcourt, passes it ahead to House, House wide open and drills a three pointer in transition. That’s Eddie’s 16th point of the night and he’s hit 4-5 on threes.
  • Farmar returns the favour on the other end with a nice pass out of the spot from Gasol.
  • Final minute
  • House eludes Bryant with the pump fake, step back J, misses, Powe keeps it alive but loses control. The Lakers run upcourt, Bryant passes it back to the spotting up Vujacic and he nails a three pointer.
  • Boston are 8-14 on three pointers while LA are 5-13 from behind the arc.
  • Pierce beats Sasha off the dribble, Vujacic uses LA’s foul to give.
  • Five seconds to play – Ray inbounds to Paul, he works on Bryant, blows by Kobe, Kobe reaches for the steal from behind but doesn’t get there, Pierce takes it strong into the paint, Gasol had position for the charge but Ariza ran in front and fouled Pierce. Actually, from the second camera angle, Gasol may not have had position either. Pierce finishes the layup but misses the free throw. Powe gets the offensive rebound, Celtics get off a long J, misses.

Fourth Quarter

  • Celtics lead 81-77 to start the fourth quarter
  • Ariza picks up an early foul, then slaps the ball loose from Pierce’s grips. Eight seconds on the shot clock as Boston inbound the ball to BBD, he drives right for no reason, runs into a crowd, has to pick up his dribble, no-one to pass to, has to force a contested 18 footer, misses badly.
  • Fastbreak LA, Ariza goes up high but can’t finish
  • Farmar pushes the ball hard, Boston are back, Farmar goes one-on-five and finishes high off the glass. That was an odd play from Farmar but he made it work.
  • Nice passing from Boston, Pierce found the cutting BBD who in turn found Powe open under the rim for the dunk after LA’s defense rotated over to Davis.
  • Farmar trying to create off the bounce, drives, gets bumped, throws up a prayer, hits it plus the foul, misses the FT. Rondo skies for the rebound.
  • Pierce drives on Ariza, dishes it back out to Davis who misses the 18 footer. Loose ball foul on the rebound, it’ll stay Boston ball.
  • Great tap pass from House to Powe for the layup inside.
  • The Celtics have a nice unit on the floor right now – Rondo – House – Pierce – Powe – Garnett
  • Odom draws a foul, takes two, makes one of the two.
  • Celtics lead 85-82 with nine and a half minutes to play
  • Rondo sets up the offense, high screen and roll, knifes into the lane, draws the defense, dumps it inside for Powe who finishes again.
  • Odom hits a three pointer off the dribble on the right wing over Powe’s contest. Not a good shot.
  • Rondo knifes into the paint again and finishes off glass
  • Timeout Lakers
  • Boston have finally remembered they can get into the lane at will and finish easily because the Lakers interior is weak without Bynum
  • Ariza takes the long J, misses, foul on Powell, double tech with Powell and Powe.
  • A little under 8 minutes to play
  • Rondo dribbles all around the world, resets the offense, runs off another high screen from KG, dribbles down the left hand side of the lane, Bryant swats the shot. Inbounds, Rondo has Ray curling off a screen, Ray has to force it against Sasha, solid defense, misses the shot.
  • Nice entry pass from Fisher to find Odom running the floor, layup
  • 91-87 Boston
  • Ray creating off the dribble, pick and pop, KG wide open from 23 feet top of the key, miss
  • Bryant dribbles upcourt, Rondo forced to pick him up, Bryant tries to back down Rondo, gets a clearout on the right wing, 18 feet, 16 feet, three second defensive violation. Bryant takes the tech, misses badly, hard off the front of the rim. Lakers inbound the ball, swing it around the perimeter, Vujacic gets a three pointer on the left wing, misses, loose ball foul on Perkins. Lakers still hang onto the ball. Lakers inbound to Gasol, Odom runs off a screen from Gasol, doesn’t create anything, but checks back and turns the other way, drives hard to the paint, misses the runner, offensive rebound on the follow up from Odom, fouled by KG on the follow, hits the layup and the FT.
  • Boston lead 91-90
  • Midway point in the fourth quarter
  • Rondo drives hard to the rim, protects the ball nicely on his way up, finishes off glass.
  • Nice ball movement and spacing from LA, Bryant pump fakes from the top of the key, Pierce stays in the play and contests the pull up J from 18 feet left elbow extended, misses again. Odom jumps over the back on the rebound, not called, wait, late call, very late, that’s Odom’s fifth foul.
  • Lamar Odom has been very important over the last couple of minutes and has kept LA in the game. This foul could hurt. Odom now has 16 points on 5-9 shooting from both the field and the foul line.
  • Timeout
  • There is five minutes and fifty seconds remaining in this ball game with the Celtics ahead 93-90
  • Fisher, Bryant, Odom and Gasol have 63 of LA’s 90 points. Nobody else has more than 7 points. Fisher has 13, Bryant and Gasol still on 17 points.
  • Rondo hits another runner to put Boston up five.
  • Bryant has an isolation at the top of the key, he hits the three pointer over Pierce. Big shot.
  • Rondo misses the teardrop, rebound Bryant.
  • Bryant wants LA to post up Gasol, swings the ball, Fisher inside to Pau, KG pulls the chair and Gasol falls over, turnover.
  • Boston make a mess of that fastbreak
  • Gasol throws a bad pass, turnover. Two turnovers back to back from LA
  • KG offensive foul on Fisher, is that five or six? Fisher deflects it, Garnett reaches in and knocks Fisher over. That’s six fouls. Garnett has fouled out. He has had a very good tonight.
  • The Celtics crowd are on their feet
  • Boston lead 95-93
  • 4:22 – Lakers ball, upcourt, into Gasol late in the shot clock, 18 feet from the rim, nothing on for him, he gets rid of it, out to Fisher, misses the heaved three pointer, Lakers on the boards, Walton keeps it alive, Gasol and Odom both should get that loose ball, Davis outworks and outruns both of them to steal the possession for Boston. Great effort from Davis, great strength to push away Gasol and Odom to create space for himself. Huge play/. Davis just came on for KG.
  • Pierce draws a foul on Walton on the perimeter on the other end, Pierce splits a pair at the line.
  • 3:34 – Lakers back upcourt, Walton bringing it up, over to Bryant, clearout top of the key, Bryant hits another three pointer from the same spot as a few moments ago.
  • Tie game
  • 3:11 – Rondo, up top to Pierce, Fisher forced to switch onto Pierce after a soft screen from Ray. Fisher playing physical defense, foul. Pierce goes back to the line. Reggie Miller dislikes that call – physical game so that type of defense should be allowed, ticky tack call. Pierce hits both.
  • Boston lead 98-96
  • 3:00 – Walton brings it upcourt again, same play, Bryant isolation, he drives, nothing on, pulls it back out, step back J, no over the top pass after jumping into the air, very bad pass to Odom, turnover as it falls out of bounds.
  • Timeout
  • Celtics four leading scorers from the starting lineup – Ray has 18, Pierce has 18, KG has 16, Rondo has 14 – that’s 66 of Boston’s 98 points. Difference is, they also have House (16) and Powe (10) providing a major scoring punch.
  • Lakers – Bryant 23, Gasol 17, Odom 16, Fisher 13 – that’s 69 of LA’s 96 points. Next leading scorer is Farmar who has only 7 points. They’ve gotten nobody else going offensively. Leaving them reliant on star plays right now.
  • 2:43 – Rondo brings it upcourt, to Pierce, isolation top of the key against Walton, he holds it for a long time, then takes the pull up J after a late screen from BBD I think it was, he hits it from 20 feet.
  • 2:10 – Gasol posts up, nice spin move and hook shot in the middle of the paint.
  • Two point game
  • Ray Allen misses a three pointer, rebound Gasol
  • 1:48 – Fisher runs off a Gasol screen, back out to Odom, across to Bryant, stagnant right now, Kobe nails a contested three pointer over Pierce.
  • Lakers lead by 1
  • 1:20 – Pierce isolation top of the key, shakes loose of Walton, loses his dribble, falls out to Davis, misses the 18 footer
  • Final minute – Bryant dribbling down the clock, nothing on, has to get rid of it, Gasol has it, Bryant can’t get open and receive the pas, Gasol swings the ball left to right, drives down the middle, flips up a shot, misses badly, air ball, shot clock violation. Doug Collins is upset that Gasol didn’t go strong to the rim
  • Timeout
  • Lakers lead 101-100. There are 46.4 seconds remaining in the game. Thank goodness for that timeout, allow me to post the score.
  • Davis is 0-5 on the night
  • 46 seconds – Pierce, defended by Bryant, top of the key, nice drive and dish to Davis, misses, he runs down the long offensive rebound which went to the corner. Davis passes back up top to Pierce, Pierce drives by Bryant and draws the foul. Pierce misses the first, hits it.
  • Tie game at 101
  • Two huge hustle plays by BBD to get Boston extra possessions here late on.
  • 30 seconds – Bryant dribbles up court, directs traffic, he works on Pierce, takes a terrible fadeaway shot, misses badly, rebound Perkins.
  • Timeout
  • Boston go small – Rondo – House – Allen – Allen – Pierce
  • Lakers go with – Vujacic – Fisher – Gasol – Walton – Bryant
  • 7.7 seconds – Boston ball. Pierce top of the key, tries to create, Bryant knocks the dribble away, House gets the loose ball, 30 feet from the rim, has to take it, jumper moving sideways, miss

Overtime

  • The game is tied 101-101
  • Bryant leads all scorers with 26 points but has taken 25 shots, four free throws and three turnovers to get them.
  • Paul Pierce leads Boston with 21 points on 5-11 shooting and 10-13 shooting from the line.
  • Odom with a nice spin move and hook shot down in the paint to give LA the lead
  • Rondo creating off the dribble, lovely change of direction drive from Rondo, layup, good
  • Fisher misses a bad shot off the dribble, long rebound out to Bryant. He goes one-on-one with Pierce, great contest, it’s short.
  • Ray Allen gets the step on the right wing, straight drive to the rim, layup. Walton is defending Ray.
  • Bryant misses the three pointer, rebound Gasol, passes over to Bryant on the sideline, comes over to set a screen, slips the screen, nice pass from Kobe, layup
  • Tie game 105-105
  • 3:10 – Ray Allen creates off the bounce, goes off a screen, gets into the paint and hits the layup again
  • 2:50 – Gasol posts up on Perkins, he dribbles inside, kicks it out, Kobe misses a three pointer from the left wing, rebound Boston
  • 2:30 – Rondo dribbling top of the key, gets Ray coming off ascreen, he’s doubled, back to to Rondo, high bounce, Perkins keeps it alive and it goes out of bounds off of LA. Good initial box out from Walton but he quit on the play at the final moment, cost LA possession.
  • Pierce isolation top of the key against Walton, goes left, pull up J, misses
  • 2 minutes – Bryant drives right, spins, fouled, tries to throw it up, refs say it was on the floor
  • 1:50 – Bryant, screen and roll with Gasol, nice pass to Odom at the FT line, extra pass to the cutting Gasol, slam dunk
  • Tie game 107-107
  • 1:30 – Rondo top of the key, Pierce runs off a screen, doubled, great team defense from LA, great help defense at the final moment from Bryant to create the steal. Fastbreak going the other way, 3-on-1, Fisher holds onto the ball until the final moment, across to Kobe, Kobe finds the trailing Gasol, Ray tries to take the charge, foul, Gasol doesn’t finish. Gasol misses the first, makes the second
  • Timeout
  • Lakers lead 108-107
  • Doug Collins making a good point about the Celtics missing Scalabrine. He would have been very valuable for the C’s tonight, sine he can hit the shots Davis cannot regularly make.
  • 1:11 – Davis hits the 17 footer
  • Final minute – Bryant, at fifty seconds, trying to create, awful shot, misses, kept alive by Gasol but Pierce gets to the loose ball.
  • 30 seconds – Pierce isolation top of the key, over to Davis, blocked by Gasol, Odom gets the loose ball, tries to pass it ahead to Pau Gasol who had leaked out, fouled on the pass. Is Odom going to the line? Yes he is. He makes the first, hits the second.
  • Lakers lead 110-109
  • Timeout Boston
  • 16 seconds – Inbounds from Pierce to Rondo, Rondo back to Pierce, he runs off a Perk screen, 18 footer over Kobe, miss, Rondo gets the offensive rebound. Rondo dribbling around, looking to create, Fisher falls over and slides into Rondo.
  • The Lakers have a foul to give, sideline ball.
  • 20 second timeout from Boston
  • 3 seconds – Ray inbounding, four smalls (Rondo, House, Ray, Pierce) plus BBD, hand off back to Ray, Ray shoots the three pointer, Gasol blocks the shot.

Lakers win the game

Some Notes/Stats

  • That was a fantastic game, very enjoyable to watch. Two excellent teams going right at one another on both ends of the floor. Great passion on display. Very good tempo too, especially in the first half. Nice mix of halfcourt ball and transition play, inside play and outside play. Good passing and spacing. Very enjoyable.
  • With this win, the Lakers have now taken top spot in the standings with a record of 40 wins and 9 losses. That gives the Lakers a winning percentage of .816. The Celtics currently sit in second place with record of 41 wins and 10 losses, and a winning percentage of .804
  • The Lakers have also taken the season series which means they hold the tie breaker
  • Paul Pierce’s defense on Kobe Bryant was spectacular. Pierce caused Kobe huge problems, especially when Bryant tried to shoot off the dribble.
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  1. Dave, so what do you think about the addition of Adam Morrison on the Lakers?

  2. Hey Travis,

    I’ll post some thoughts on that trade sometime tonight.

    A one line summary on the trade – Excellent deal for LA and a very bad deal for Charlotte. That reaction was too strong, good deal for the LA Lakers, not excellent.

    Update: Here’s a link to that post

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