The Lakers opened the 2008 NBA Finals much like they finished the 2004 Finals. They were flat, they got out hustled, and just couldn’t knock down the big shots. It was a second half the Lakers will hope to soon forget.
The good thing is, the Lakers played pretty bad and still were within striking distance for the entire game, on the road. The Lakers as a team only shot 41% from the field and 21% from three point land. The difference in the game however, clearly was on the glass… the Lakers only had 33 rebounds all game, compared to 46 from Boston.
The Lakers played good defense tonight, but need to move the ball better and get to the rim more.
Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker Performers –
1) Fisher played great tonight. 15 points, 4 boards, 6 assists, and 3 steals.
2) Pau didn’t have his best game, but still the second best on L.A. tonight. 15 points on 6-11 shooting, 8 boards, 4 assists.
3) Even though Kobe’s shot wasn’t falling, he still kept us in the game. 24 points and 6 assists.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Luke didn’t score and had 3 fouls. He got some bad luck, but still wasn’t contributing much.
Play of the Game: Kobe’s oop from Fisher on the break.
What to Look for Next Game: Look for better shooting from the Lakers. Lakers must crash the boards. At the same time, watch out for Sasha. He is due.
Game is Sunday night at 6PM PST.
Remember, you can watch the game at Staples with other Laker fans for $15!