After a grueling win by the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics look to redeem themselves and even up the series tonight on their home court.
A stellar, Kobe-esque performance by Derek Fisher is what helped the Lakers leap to a 2-1 series lead, winning 91-84. I say Kobe-esque because while watching this game with a friend of mine (I’ve been a die hard Laker fan since 1980) it was D-Fish doing all the dirty work, slashing to the paint for points and fouls, and hitting clutch shots. What was Kobe doing? Taking awful shots, one after another, and constantly leaving his man on defense unattended. When a defensive presence like the Black Mamba is constantly allowing Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen of all people to blow past him for uncontested lay ups, something is most definitely wrong!
That friend that I watch the Laker games with, he constantly likes to yell that the competition is fixed, and I hear that from a lot of people and have been hearing it for years. I don’t want to believe professional athletics is fixed at all. Call me ignorant, call me blind. I just refused to believe that any game or series can be fixed on the professional level. College…… maybe (look at my 1991 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels fiasco….ruined my senior year of high school!) but not the pros.
Kobe still lead us in scoring with 29 points but did it with an awful 10-29 from the field. And why was he living out in three point land so much? 1-7? Kobe?! It’s like you were trying to call the three point stripe your home, and it just wouldn’t let you out of escrow!
Kevin Garnett did a tremendous job for the Celtics, and if anyone has been following the story of the comments made by Paul Gasol in regards to Garnett’s declining inside game, you’d clearly understand why a majority of his points came from inside. Too bad you couldn’t retaliate on Laker soil there, Big Ticket.
But without sounding terribly biased, as I would hate to do, the Celtics did hold their own in Boston and LA is lucky that Derek Fisher broght his A-Game when Kobe brought his No-Game. It also didn’t help that a scorching hot in Game 2, Ray Allen, was pretty much a no show for Game 3′s contest, scoring only 2 points with 0-13 shooting from the field.
Boston for Game 4:
Get the same performance out of Garnett that you got from him in Game 3. If Garnett is dominating the paint, and you get Jesus Shuttlesworth aka Ray Allen dropping 3-bombs again, you’ll come out victorious. Also, go to Peirce early and get Artest in foul trouble. That would then force Kobe to guard him, IF Pierce takes advantage of Artest’s absence and decides to take Luke Walton somewhere his father never did, and that’s basketball camp! Rajon Rondo will have to provide a little more offensive power as well, and take a couple jump shots here and there because LA is daring him to shoot them, and he just will not. Also if you went small, and played Rondo and Robinson in the backcourt, Pierce and Allen upfront and Garnett in the middle, I can almost guarantee it’ll bother the Lakers and they could make a couple fast break runs later in the contest.
LA for Game 4:
Que the broken record that I have been playing throughout this entire year for my beloved team. LIVE BY THE THREE, DIE BY THE THREE!!!! Kobe has to step back up to the lead in this game and be more accurate and smart about his shot selections. And they must stop firing up so many threes!!! Use the triangle offense to your advantage, especially with Gasol and Bynum in the paint. Take open shots, but uncontested open shots! And don’t rely on the three so much (have I said this already?!?!) Artest has to stop playing scared to shoot and just shoot the damn ball when he’s wide open. THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT HAS TO BE A THREE!!! And we need better production off of our bench. That means Lamar has to step up even more, Farmar has to be a little more consistant and not so THREE happy, and Brown needs to play a little smarter on the offensive end. If the Lakers can get a solid game out of their starting five, they’ll survive.
Watch the Celtics defend their home court against the rival Lakers, tonight on ABC at 6PM PST.
About the Author
Written by PeaJay Harris
My name is PeaJay Harris and I am what I like to call, a "Scattered" fan. Being born and raised in Las Vegas, home of no professional sports teams, I had to learn to grab onto a team and stick with them as my own, and as if I was from the city that team resides. I have been a die hard Los Angeles Lakers fan since the age of 8. I have been a San Francisco 49ers fan since 1993, just recently became a Chicago Blackhawks fan this season mainly due to never following hockey before, and my good friends and fellow White Sox fans from Chicago brushed me up on the team and the sport. LOVING IT!! Speaking of, and not last, I am a die hard Chicago White Sox fan since 1993 as well. I love my teams, and will never trade them for another, not even if I eventually move to a city that has a professional team that isn't already on my favorites list! This is what it is and always will be till the end, so deal with my scatteredness in all its glory!! (Hey, at least two teams are from Chicago and the other two are from California. Not like I'm that scattered!)