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NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 3: Blogbook had as many field goals as Ray Allen

Jun 9, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

A collection of thoughts on Game 3 between the L.A. Lakers and Boston Celtics:

  • So here’s the trick. I need to somehow convey that the Celtics and Ray Allen didn’t fail tonight necessarily without sacrificing the respect the Lakers’ defense earned in defending Jesus Shuttlesworth. You see, to say the Lakers shut him down would simply not be accurate. The Celtics still repeatedly created opportunities for Allen, using those double screens to force baseline shots and creating spacing issues to open up the perimeter off the dribble. Allen got looks, ones that weren’t rightly contested by LA. They simply didn’t drop. They weren’t bad shots by Allen, they just didn’t fall. And even when you’re as good a shooter as Allen is, you’re going to have those nights, just as you’re going to have Game 2s where you can’t miss if you’re shooting underhanded. You need breaks as much as anything in this game, and sometimes you’re not going to get them.
  • But let’s also not make the mistake of saying the Lakers had nothing to do with it. The Lakers decided to go ahead and gamble giving up some inside passes by having their bigs extend out on Allen, to interrupt passing lanes and contest shots (see: Gasol’s massive block). The good news is that with the Lakers anticipating more and more of Allen’s location, he drifted further and further to the corner, which made opportunities for those entry passes that much rarer.
  • One monumental change in Andrew Bynum in this series has been how prepared he’s been at all times on offense. It’s one thing to be tall and beastly. It’s a whole other to always be ready for those little last-second dump offs, focused on where the ball is and what to do with it instead of looking for the rebound before the shot is up. Those little dunk shots Bynum are getting are just as much his work in being mentally prepared for them as they are the great passes he’s getting.
  • Glen Davis may want to try jumping from time to time in post defense. You can have as great a gravity base as you want, but when Gasol turns, you have to contest or he’s just going to plop it in .
  • Sometimes there IS a story in the boxscore. Rajon Rondo, 11 points on 10 shots, 8 assists, zero turnovers, 3 rebounds. The Celtics may need an efficient scoring night from Rondo at some point in this series and it remains to be seen if he’s got that kind of versatility in him. The calls aren’t coming when he drives, and that midrange isn’t as automatic as it was in Orlando.
  • Luke Walton continues to be both sides of the coin for this team. Great hustle plays, terrific defense, some fantastic, timely passes. Walton’s been in that offense long enough to know how it breathes and play with resiliency and focus. On the other hand, he’s limited so badly in some athletic possessions and when he dribbles I keep thinking we’re going to see a cop pull him over for driving under the influence.
  • Rondo’s defensive reputation was set on fire in a hobo’s trashcan tonight as Derek Fisher sliced him and diced him.
  • Davis, as unbelievable as it is when you see his form, was terrific at attacking the glass offensively. He’s just got an ability to hesitate on his release for the long arms to pass their apex before he shoots that Perkins doesn’t have. The fact that he wails around like a drunken seal on every play helps his FT/FG rate as well.
  • Zero turnovers for the Lakers in the fourth quarter, but really, some of those Kobe Bryant shots should have counted as such.
  • The Lakers managed to win this game with a medicore performance from Bryant (and yes, 29 points on 29 shots is a pretty mediocre performance considering his play down the stretch), especially down the stretch. That’s huge. Because on the flip side, the Celtics were unable to win when Garnett responded. The Celtics still need 2 of the big 3 to show up if they want to win. Game 2 was an aberration in many respects. They have to get points from 2 of the Big 3.
  • It cannot be overstated how brilliant the offensive rebounding was for the Lakers tonight, and vital. The Lakers’ offense stuck in the mud and then dug its head in the sand like the ostrich it sometimes is, but those offensive rebounds provided redemption. That’s a huge element in a lower possession game like this.
  • Odom’s performance (5-5 for 10 points, 5 rebounds) wasn’t dominant by any means, but it didn’t need to be. Simply being efficient and aware is enough for the Lakers to get the separation they need sometimes. 
  • Ron Artest with only 23 minutes tonight. Perkins with only 21. Adjustments.
  • Game 4 is officially a must-win for the Boston Celtics. 
  • And, oh, yeah, that Derek Fisher guy is old and good and makes good old plays.
  1. Lakers4Lyfe - Jun 9, 2010 at 2:00 AM

    What? No bitching about the refs? It’s all Doc Rivers and KG did in their post-game conferences, so I’m really surprised you didn’t bullet thier points. Cry more. … (and thanks Bill Kennedy)

  2. avomonster - Jun 9, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    Well, we had to wait for the fourth quarter but finally some really good basketballing showed up in the form of Derek Fisher. The sportsheads can rant all they want about Rondo the wonder kid, or the Amazing Ray or Black Mamba. But, clearly, far and above, the man on the court was DFish. He showed them all how to do it. How to bring it home. How it means something. How to take it when you really want it.
    Sure, he’s old(er) but he’s still got it. And, Big Baby should be ashamed of himself for the cheap-assed foul the threw on DFish. Give credit to Fisher that he just walked away because a lesser man would have racked-up a big T for jumping down that big lug of lard’s throat. Where are the effing officials when you need them.
    Well, Celtic fans. Look at the scoreboard, kiss the home court advantage goodbye and enjoy the rest of the TD Garden Sweep that is coming your way.

  3. Bruce Mena - Jun 9, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    LAKERS WON !!!!! Thats payback for the loss they had against the Celtics on Sunday. the refs gave the Celtics that game. I want to hear your dumm as comments. Please amuse me !!! GO LAKERS !!!!

  4. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 9, 2010 at 6:03 AM

    Way to go Matt Moore. I like the way you dissected the game without being too patronizing to both teams. As for them Celtics fans, they aint out of the woodwork coz they lost this one in Boston. HAHAHA! That’s karma for those presumptuous idiots.

  5. louis - Jun 9, 2010 at 6:37 AM

    You are 100 percent right: the refs gave that game to the Celtics.

  6. JeromeMJ - Jun 9, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    The Brown Chipmonk was the usual jock shooting 29 shots. I guess he knows that there is a ME in tEaM. It is a sad day in B-Ball now because Stearn has relegated the NBA into a wannabe thug as really millionaires running around in their underwear.
    When the rules changed to let the league decide who wins and loses the game went to crap. Since Stearn took over 3 teams have won 85% of all championships. No other sport is fixed like that.

  7. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Hey, stfu,and leave your hater comments in the sandbox over there where sore losers frequent. You lost and all that is left are your pathetic comments that make no sense. Sheesh, dude. Get a friggn life!

  8. Omnius - Jun 9, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    I am so laughing at how much maligned Derek Fisher made the pundits who trash him repeatedly have to eat their lame words last night with a stellar 4th quarter performance. Derek may be old and lost a step or two but his gritty veteran leadership and willingness to step up when the Lakers need him most is why keeping Fisher should be Kupchak’s main goal this offseason. The Ancient Celtics looked old again and isn’t Ray Allen’s dismal shooting just a hoot after he shot so well in game 2? The Lakers have dominated Ancient Gang Green over the course of three games and I look forward to seeing them continue that wonderful trend. No Rebounds No Rings! Lakers in 6 games!

  9. Tax Analyst - Jun 9, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Yeah, I spent the entire season listening to other Laker fans and reading sports blogs about how the Lakers really needed to dump Fish and get a real PG. I just shook my head and said “Wait till the playoffs and see who makes the plays when you need them”. Yes, at some point Fish will finally have to hang ’em up, but he still looks like he’s got another good season or two left in him. I hope he and the Lakers can come to reasonable terms. It would be in the best interest of both to do so…during the regular season Fish had a lot of trouble with back-to-back games, but the Lakers are one team that can afford to look past that – and there are no back-to-back games during the play-offs, and for L.A. those are the games that matter.

  10. Mr8bit - Jun 9, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    So it’s a series. I guess this just means that the C’s are going to have to Beat LA in LA.
    Preemptive Remark: I am such a loser, man! The Celtics are old! The refs! Ray Allen! I’m a pathetic fan! I should get a life! Blah blah blah! There you go. Save your breath. Nitwits.

  11. Formerskepticnowbeliever - Jun 9, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Game. Was. Fixed. Ray Allen, who possesses one of the sweetest jumpers of all time, makes no field goals on clean looks. Right…. Now I am sure the NBA is straight rigged.

  12. neil b. - Jun 9, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    OMG there’s a magnet in the ball and david stern is controlling it! i KNEW someone else was onto him. . .

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