Posted by: Jeremy | June 8, 2010

Advantage Lakers


Fisher was the difference in the fourth quarter of Game 3

It’s starting to look like home court isn’t gonna mean to much in this year’s NBA Finals. Two nights after dropping Game 2 at Staples Center, the Lakers rolled into Boston tonight and escaped with a tight 91-84 win, using a 10-point fourth quarter from Derek Fisher to offset another quiet night from Kobe Bryant to take a 2-1 series lead.

The Lakers jumped all over the Celtics early, grabbing a 17-point first half lead before seeing it dwindled to one in the fourth quarter. Bryant scored a game-high 29 points but shot just 10-of-29 and was quiet late, giving Fisher a chance to take over and put it away in the final minutes. Up 84-80 and following a missed three by Ray Allen with under a minute to go, Fisher took advantage of some horrible Boston transition defense and drove the length of the court for an and-one to effectively seal the deal.

Allen, fresh off 32 points and a Finals-record eight threes in Game 2, missed all 13 of his field goal attempts and finished with just two points. On the other hand, Kevin Garnett, who was brutal in Los Angeles, had his best game since 2001 and led Boston with 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting. The Celtics also got solid outings from Tony Allen (seven points in 20 minutes and some shutdown D on Kobe) and Glen Davis (12 points in 24 minutes) off the bench, but quiet nights from Rajon Rondo (11 points and eight assists) and Paul “we ain’t going back to LA” Pierce (15 points on 5-of-12) didn’t do any favours. Pierce’s prediction, by the way, could still come true…if the Celtics lose the next two games at home, that is. Not sure that’s what he was getting at when he boldly predicted it, though.

Coming in, I was pulling a tight series, and it looks like we’re in for just that. With the Lakers up 2-1, my prediction of Boston winning in six isn’t looking all that good — just to win the series, they’re gonna have to take the next two at home, because going back to LA down 3-2 and needing to win two straight on the road just doesn’t seem all that favourable. I’m keeping the faith, though: Boston takes the next two, loses Game 6 at Staples and then wins it in seven.

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  1. […] and Thursday. Remember who had the Celtics winning in six when it started? Yeah, that was me. I kind of went back on that after the Lakers took Game 3 in Boston, but even then still picked the Celtics to take the next two at home before winning in […]


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