In a must win Game 3, what did the Lakers turn to? Defense.

The Lakers played one of their best defensive performances of the season. They held the Celtics to under 35% shooting for the game, including 8-35 shooting from the Pierce/Garnett duo. The Lakers forced 13 turnovers and didn’t foul nearly as much as game two.

Now, the Laker Nation can breathe again — at least until Thursday.

The Laker bench came through tonight with 29 points, but more importantly, they brought consistency and energy. The Lakers hit their open shots today and that made the difference. The Lakers would have covered the 10 point spread if they were able to make their free-throws.

As a Laker game, you have to feel good knowing the Lakers got a W despite poor shooting all around, with only 2 players in double figures.

Now, the bests of the night…

Top 3 Laker Performers

1) The MVP came through big tonight. 36 points on 12-20 shooting. He also had 7 boards and 2 steals. Would have liked to see him shoot better from the line and maybe more than 1 assist next game. Great aggressiveness, though!

2) The MACHINE! 20 points, 7-10 FGs, 3-5 threes. Need I say more?

3) Farmar did well in his short stint. 5 points, 4 boards, 5 assists in 20 minutes. Good game, Jordan!

Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): While Odom and Pau didn’t do much offensively, they played great defense. Luke seemed a bit out of it tonight and was scoreless… again. Make your layups!

Play of the Game: Sasha’s dagger three from Lamar in the fourth.

What to Look for Next Game: Look for a higher scoring game. Both teams will shoot better. Should be a fun one to watch. I expect another Lakers victory.

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GO LAKERS!

  • ab4sure

    Loved this win. Ugly win but a Great Win. If we would have blown them out we would have been complacent, but a close game makes them realize they will have to work for everything. Kobe played excellent with the exception of the free throws. My favorite moment was when Farmar got in the face of PJ Brown because he was holding him and fouling him after the play. Hopefully, this kind of game will produce mettle in the lakers, and next game will be even tougher.

  • kobw-wan kenobi

    totally agree w you ab
    but lo was sooooooooooooo bad
    and pau…
    when ur 2nd and 3rd best player score both less than 10 points in the most important game of the year that makes you think this team cant win it all
    kobe wont be enough next time

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    yeah LA..
    one win,
    3 to go..
    we have to get 2 more here at staples…
    and then win 1 in boston..
    i expect another W on thursday..
    LETS GO LAKERS!!!!!

  • Big Nick

    Not only am I wondering why Luke Walton is still on the Lakers, but I am also wondering why he is still in the NBA. When he comes on the court, he is a negative influence and cannot get anything done. Forgetting Luke though, Sasha and Kobe came up huge! you just knew at the end of the 4th that Kobe wasn’t going to lose this one. THey have worked too hard to let one go now. I’m still short of breath and I am still growing white hairs by the second until we win all three at home and go to Boston up 3-2. Then maybe I’ll be able to take a deep breath for half a second.

    A nervous wreck,

    Big Nick (representing all true laker fans)

  • LakersFirst

    This was a gut check game. And the Lakers stepped up to the challenge, “Hibachi Style” (LOL, where is that f*aggot Joseph that said Hibarch Style when he celebrated the Celtics victory on this site, LOL!! F*ck the Celtics!!!)

  • Smush Walton

    Thank you Kobe and Sasha for coming ready to play.

    As for the rest of the team – what happened? Fisher – tough game. Gasol – we need you, our #2 star! At least Pau finished strong on the boards and cleaned up Lame-ar’s gargage misses. Lame-ar – unfortunately looks like the old pothead is back. Half brain is an overstatement. Blown layups, stupid, clumsy charge fouls, ball striped over and over. Absolutely ridiculous! Vlad – this guy is a bad joke. All but invisible out there. And then Smush Walton – what a piece of sh!t. Blown layups, airballs, turnovers, always in slow motion, can’t jump, no quickness. What the hell is he doing on the floor?

    A top priority next year should be to get rid of Vlad and Smush Walton. I’m inclined to pull the plug on Lame-ar. You just can’t count on this guy. Mentally he has the brain of a walnut. Surely we can get some quality help for Kobe.

  • Smush Walton

    Yeah Joseph, you DICK!

    Whappened to Paul Pierce? 2 of 14 s 6 points! And KG? Couldn’t even make a wide open dunk.

    By the way, you can call Kg for a moving screen virtually every time he screens. Always a little slide or pivot.

    If we would have mafe a decent percentage on freethrowns we blow the Celb!tches away.

  • xxv112002

    Wooh! That was scary. The last game, I was so frustrated I turned off the TV after the 3rd quarter. Today, I had my finger on the power button the whole game. Thank goodness I didn’t have to turn off the TV. Haha.

  • e

    i usually dont make brash decisions like this, but i think sasha is starting become my second favorite player after kobe =)…ugly game but amazing nonetheless..lets blow out these worthless celtics

  • Freshh

    The homiee AB
    Speaks the truth

  • drake hunter

    drake hunter
    Jun 9th, 2008 at 1:21 am
    One more thing to note before I go to bed. Is it just me or did anyone notice that it was such a COINCIDENCE that the NBA decided to do a half time special on Leon POW growing up through rough times in the projects or whatever and making it to the NBA in the exact same game that he had a break-out performance in the playoffs. Thats so freakin weird and IRONIC how that happened. Damn, you guys are too good but you couldn’t pull a fast one on me. Leon POW scores maybe 4 points the next game!…lol

    I hate to brag about myself other than my good looks but damn, I was so on the money with this call…Leon Powe 1pt 0-3 from the field. Call the game evenly and the Lakers will win the championship! Walton and Radman, enjoy your time here because one if not both of you scrubs are gone in the off season. Ariza in limited minutes was more effective and less prone to causing turnovers. The game was ugly and the Lakers offense looked really really stagnant at times. They need to keep moving the ball around and Odom needs to stop trying to go one on one and getting called for a charge or being OC when he drives to the bucket. I’ll take the win but with all those damn missed free throws the Lakers better spend all practice shooting free throws. 21-34 from the line is unexcusable and the game wouldn’t even have been that close had KOBE not missed 7 free throws and Gasol 5. Can’t wait til Thursday to paint my face purple and gold again! Vujacic you have officially arrived!!!!

  • Michael24

  • http://youtube.com/MvpGoesToKobe LakersNewDynasty08

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    stop talkin sh!t about lamar. hes just a little nervous man! Dont give up on him hes a great player. 20 and 13 for him next game.

  • Rpoc

    Pierce clapping his hands at halftime was retarded. This motherfucker needs to be continually punked.

    It’s time for Gasol and Lamar to BRING IT all the time. NBA Finals, damn. Gasol at least had a good shooting game in Game 2 and some key offensive rebounds in Game 3. But wtf Lamar! You don’t even feel his rebounding impact right now.

  • pio2u

    Good win & ugly win but a “W” is a big “W” in the playoffs! One game at a time; Lakers in 6!

  • kobe4ever

    man these celtics are scarily good, i was expecting the Lakers to pull away but Boston just hung in there. this won’t be easy. thanks for all the calls salvatore, you are a true Laker Fan.

  • http://deleted Mr. Juan / Your Warlock

    Through out the Series, does anyone else take notice on how The Celtics are consistently allowed to get away with hard forearm, straight arm and body blows to the backs of the Lakers when they attack the boards (especially Perkins and Brown). … These are all fouls, but since they are not being called, they make the recipients such as Gasol, Odom, or Turiaf, seem/look soft and out of position to rebound. … Turiaf being the only one who shoves back, but picks up the foul… This is why the Celtics are getting away with a ton of second chance points and the MAIN reason they stay in the game.

  • Luis24

    Great win, anyone notice ESPN is on Celtics sack?!?!?Also Doc that bittch trying to diss Phil. First Jon Barry was like “I’m surprised Doc didnt say any thing about Sasha getting more Freethrows then KG” Jon is an idiot he acts like Sasha attempted more freethrow then Celdicks whole team!! We didnt shoot 28 more than they did.whats up with GayGs illegal screens? Salvatore is our red he helped a little. Nonetheless Kobe winning this Championship could seriously start MJ comparisons. Machine was a beast!!! Pau has to make those baskets missed like 5 good ones, LO is crappy hopefully he will come through

  • http://losangelessource.com/lakers/ Lane

    Yes that was an ugly win, but a win’s a win. Still gotta take the next two at home for a realistic chance

    Celtics might be “scary good” but Atlanta took them to 7 games!

    Lane
    http://LosAngelesSource.com

  • lalaland

    well good game for the lakers. a w is a w. the lakerrs just need to continue to pass the ball and good things will happen. radmonovich is due for a good game expect some 3’s from him in the next game. and for god sake make your ft people. i sarted getting nervous in the 3rd when they made the comback and thinking the ft will cost us. also the refs need to stop allowing the moving screens by the c’s that is the only way ray allen is getting open for his shots. lets keep walton out of the game and more playing time for ariza and we will win again on thursday.

  • Big Phil

    LakersNewDynasty08

    “stop talkin sh!t about lamar. hes just a little nervous man! Dont give up on him hes a great player. 20 and 13 for him next game.”

    You got to be jokin right…this guy has not shown up all series, and he DOES look completely LOST out there as Phil said. A great player is mentally strong and plays smart…not nervous, lost, and clumsy. Whenever he starts to dribble the ball, juke around…there is a 99% chance he will charge for an offensive foul, turn the ball over, or blow the layup. Lamar confirmed himself to be the God of Boneheads, Master Dumbo of the Universe, when he drove on the last play and got an offensive foul. He’s so predictable…defensive players just park on his left side and take the charge ALL THE DAMN TIME. All he had to do was hold onto the ball and run the clock out.

  • e-bucher

    why so much hate on luke???…smush of the day for someone that only plays 10 mins a game…how about lo or pau???…luke played pretty good D on pierce too…blocked one of his shots and contested well a/ most of his fadeaways…or i might of been watching a different game…i’ll put my ridiculous salary on the line that luke will be next games “smush of the day”…you guys gotta grow up and stop looking for people to blame and instead look at what did can bring/contribute to our team…each of our players bring something special(or at least have the potential to)…let’s be positive and root for them not a/ them…i personally feel that a “smush of a day” is not needed…if we win we win…what’s the point of demeaning one of our players on a win???…and if we lose then it should be a team loss…no need to find a scapegoat…

  • T-Dub

    Luke is what he is…a slow, no jumping, no shooting white boy! Not his fault Mitch gave him a 6 year deal. Vladrad was worthless yet again. At least Pierce and Garnett has had good games and lastnight was a fluke. But with Odom and Gasol, They have yet to do anything and if not for Sasha having the game of his life, we’re down 0-3. Kobe can’t carry us like that for 4 more games against these Celtics. No Fisher, Odom, Gasol, I’m very worried. Reminds me of the Pheonix series last year.

  • T-Dub

    I’m soo tired of everyone saying how talented Odom is…The fact is, he’s too small and weak in the paint, and too big, clumsy and slow on the perimeter. 10 years in the league, he never worked on a right hand or midrange game. Just think, if he had a 15′ to 18′ consistant jumper, he would unstoppable, better than KG. That would allow him either space for an unblockable jump shot or allow him to dribble drive around another big man who would most likely be much slower than him. He wont work to improve his game and has showed that he will disappear when his teammates need him most. Time to move him and move on! Back to Miami for Shaun Marion!

  • daboss1848

    Doc said: “by far the most important play of the game was when [gasp] Luke drove to the hole and created a wide open 3″

    I guess hes not all as worthless as hes made out to be by some in here.

    By the way, how is every1 enjoying their savior Ariza?

  • gugy

    we have to trade Lamar, Luke and Vlad. but that is after the finals talk.

    Lamar, I was so proud of you until this Finals started. What happen to you dude? I an glad Mitch did not gave you an extension yet. You need to prove you are a Laker for life. The way you are playing means you will be gone soon.
    Wake up man.

    Pau we love you, but man you need to play with heart and intensity. Pau needs to workout on the weight rooms like a madman this summer and come back with at least 10 pounds of muscle. The guy is just too skinny and fragile.

    I believe, the Lakers team will rally and Boston still to play a bad game. That’s happening hopefully on the next game.

    Go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DingleBerry

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    even a broken clock is right twice a day. Luke is probably in the top 5 as the most useless player in the league. put kwame and smush in the top 5 also…

  • David

    Well at least we got 1 win for now. It was an ugly game for both teams, but a W is a W. Lamar obviously struggled mightly, but towards the end of the game he as taking it to the hole and was not discouraged. If he continues to do this, his shots will fall and he will get his confidence back. We will need him and Pau for Game 4, because if anyone thinks KG and Pierce are going 8-35 again must be crazy. GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.deluxpro.com BuyLakersTickets

    Pau Gasol needs to dunk the damn ball. I can tell he is intimidated by KG. We need to get Ronny some playing time and Odom for sure needs to fight to the death too!!! Sasha did good for us. Luke did some good passes. But we need to fight for this Championship like Rick Fox said. You have to take it. It’s not given to you.

  • daboss1848

    I’m glad we had that broken clock at that moment of the evening . . .

  • ab4sure

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    Leon Powe is avg. 5 pts a game during the PO so saying he will get “maybe 4 points” is not really going out on a limb. And your really bragging about this prediction????? Seriously???(he only got one). Now you also brag about your looks!!!! Wow… who do you look like??? Sam Cassell???? Larry Bird????

  • ab4sure

    Times right… Broken clock 2 Dingleberry 0.

  • DCLAKER

    I agree Smush Walton,THANK YOU KOBE/SASHA!

    …AND NOW THE HATERZ INSIDE WANNA SHOW THERE FACES TALKIN’ ‘BOUT TRADE LO,VLAD OR LUKE….WE DON’T NEED THIS RIGHT NOW,IT’S ONLY 2-1 AND THIS TEAM NEEDS US AS FANS AND SUPPORTERS TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOIN’,YA’ FEEL ME!!!

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    Luke has to understand that he sucks athletically. When he gets to the rim he needs to finish or work all off season on his shot and not on his tan. I don’t care how high his basketball i.q. is. None of that matters if he can’t score. When he is on the court, the defense will come off him and double team Kobe, why? Because he is not a threat offensively, he sucks. I have more faith in Radmonovich than Luke.

    Bring ARTEST.

  • gugy

    I am not a hater, just tired of mediocrity from some of the Lakers players. I support them all the way, but boy, for the money they make they should show more effort and heart.

    Go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dave

    Has Luke got Dunking Disease? Can someone please explain why he always does a layup (which get blocked or misses!) instead of slamming the ball? C’mon, he is 6-8 tall! I see too many missed opportunities with him right under the damn basket. Dunk it! Dunk it!

  • T-Dub

    As far as haten on Odom, Luke, and Vlad…no one is haten! They suck period! They are not helping us win. It was ok down the stretch of the regular season and western conference playoffs. But these Celtics are a totally different team from anything we’ve gone up against. They’re quick, athletic, and skilled! A much better Trailblazer team and you know the problems we have with them. This was the only team I worried about all season and here we are. These guys need to earn their money or get traded…period!

  • as1084

    if the lakers can take a 3-2 lead heading back to boston, do u think this lakers team is capable of clinching in boston?

  • gugy

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    Yes, I do. But they need to indeed win all games as at home.
    Kobe is the driving force and if the Lakers go to Boston with an advantage, everything is possible.

  • LakersFirst

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    Ahh, I see your lack of faith still exists. Let me guess, your still going to blame Mitch for this one too? Why do you lack so much Laker faith.

  • DCLAKER

    Fellas can we stick with SUPPORTING our team for now.Let’s remember,this series reall should be Lakers 2-1 or 3-0 but because of TOM D.’s buddies(Y’all know who I’m talkin”bout)and bad play by LO/Pau,Boston is still 1 up on us and WE CANNOT LET THEM(Haterz) DIVIDE US(FANS)by talkin about WHO SUCKS AND WHO DOESN’T.

    I put myself in the Hater category also because of my past comments about LO,Bynum and Luke but they are LAKERS and they love being on this team as much as I love being a fan and have been since ’81,so I have alot of memories,even the horrible ones,REMEMBER SIDDELL THREAT WAS OUR PG and Magic was the coach,OUCH!

    I know y’all can’t stand Luke(I’m an ARIZA fan myself),Vlad or whoever but some of these guys haven’t been in this situation EVER and I’m talkin’ College too,so they’re goin’ to be Timid,Luke should know but it’s been 4 years.YES! I’ll admit HE SUCKS but that’s why we have other guys on the team that can pick the SLACK,HENCE “THE MACHINE”!!!

  • http://www.nba.com/lakers Soichiro

    Game 3 is just a fitting demonstration on how to handle “The Truth”.

    The series has finally started. =)

    Lakers!!!!!!!

    Win or lose, I love them! (^^,)

  • lakers 08-09 73-9

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    ….dont forget brian scalabrine, the lone worthless ginger kid in the league

  • Short Diezel

    WHY is Radmonovic still starting???!!!!

    He has done NOTHING offensively or defensively for all 3 games in this series.. it make no sense to me at all.. why not start Ariza? you can easily see that Ariza brings defensive intensity and is very active on the boards..

    or start Sasha and move Kobe to small forward.. Sasha can guard Pierce, Fish can guard Allen and Kobe and guard Rondo (because Rondo is easier to defend which will use up less of Kobe’s energy and reduce the chance for fouls).. Sasha is obviously a great spot up shooter, so you need someone to penetrate and dish the ball to him.. the best person to do that is Kobe!!! so you need them in at the same time.. and not just in the 4th quarter.. we need an early lead

  • Smush Walton

    Luke’s pass was the key play? By the waqy did you see he once again almost had the ball raked out of his hands. It is more like a juggling act out there. I think the key was Sasha hitting the late 3 and THANK GOD the pass wasn’t to Luke or Lamar. Does anyone in the league have more airballs than Smush?

  • lakerschamps08

    ahhaha we won wait we were supposed to i mean refs did help us like crazy just like they helped them in first 2 homes… ohh wait we were at home so were supposed to be more aggressive and got calls thats crap we were dpoing same crap just got calls but kobe did force the issue… but we won.. now gotta go get game 4.. go lakers

  • T-Dub

    Lakersfirst…I’m not lacking faith. I believe we can beat these Celtics. But, we need Odom to play BIG, more so than Pau. I agree with ab4sure months back, Odoms future will be decided from his post season performance. He has basically disappeared since the Nugget series. All I’m saying is this should be his absolute last chance. Step up or step out! As far as Luke, Vlad…I’m don’t expect much from them because they are going up against superior, stronger, faster athletes and ball players so there’s no way they can keep up.

  • http://youtube.com/MvpGoesToKobe LakersNewDynasty08

    the city of angels is where we belong

    LAKERS IN 6

  • kobe4ever

    DCLaker, I agree man this is not time to be playing the blame game or diminishing the confidence of our players even more. For all we know Odom (a self-promoting hip hop producer/shirt designer “Boston Sucks,” and active blogger on his website), walton and radman are reading our comments and getting even more bummed out. Stop with the hate UNTIL THE FINALS ARE OVER, then lets ship their @$$ out but not right now. So for the time being C’MON LO/WALTON/RADMAN BRING IT, ITS THE FINALS!

  • http://NBA.COM JAY

    I JUST HATE THE FACT THAT PPL ARE NOT GIVING ENOUGH CREDIT TO THE L.A. WIN..KOBE’S WILL WAS NOT ENOUGHT I GUESS FOR A
    CONVINCING WIN…WHILE PPL KEEP DOWNPLAYING HOW PAUL PIERCE AND KG HAD ONE OF THE WORST PLAYOFF PERFORMANCES OF THEIR CAREER.

    MOST PPL ARE FUSSING ABOUT ODOM AND GASOL HAVING A HORRIBLE GAME BUT GASOL IN THAT GAME MADE SOME BIG REBOUNDS DOWN THE STRETCH NOT TO MENTION HIS “TIP-IN” LATE IN THE GAME. FACE IT..THE CELTICS ARE A SUPERIOR DEFENSIVE TEAM…WE ALREADY KNOW THAT…AND THAT’S NOT ANY BRAND SPANKING NEWS TO ME.

    THIS GAME IS ACTUALLY A GOOD GAME THAT THE LAKERS PLAYED BECAUSE WE STAYED AGGRESIVE THE WHOLE GAME ESPECIALLY
    LAMAR ODOM WHO KEPT ATTACKING THE BASKET NO MATTER IF HE GETS BLOCKED OR MISSED A SHOT. THESE MAKE A LOT OF DIFFERENCE ESPECIALLY DURING THE FINAL MINUTES. STAYING
    AGGRESIVE WILL OPEN THINGS UP FOR GUYS LIKE VUJACIC, FISH, RADMAN, PAO, FARMAR IN WHICH THE CELTICS WILL BE FORCED TO ADJUST BECAUSE KOBE WILL BE KOBE ON GAME 4.

    GAME 4 IS THE BIGGEST GAME SO FAR FOR THE LAKE-SHOW IN THESE
    PLAYOFFS. WHICH WILL GIVE OUR YOUNG GUYS MORE CONFINDENCE KNOWING THAT THEY BEAT A CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER TEAM LIKE A
    BOSTON CELTICS A TEAM THAT HAS DOMINATED THE REGULAR SEASON..AND WHO’S FAVORITE TO WIN FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON. ITS TIME FOR OUR YOUNG PLAYERS TO PLAY W/ A SENSE OF URGENCY.

    ITS OUR TIME…NOT THEIRS…NOW LET’S FINISH.

  • Thomas

    If Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol can shoot well in Game 4 and the Lakers play the same suffocating defence then we should be able to tie the series up. But I expect Pierce and KG to come out looking to create and shoot the ball better. As long as Kobe stays on Pierce then we shouldn’t have a problem. Go Lakers!!!

  • Majic “Big” Johnson

    Keep the faith Laker Nation! We can talk about trades and all that other crap after this season is done and we are hoisting that banner over Staples Center!

    The will get it together in Game 4.. Keep the Faith.

  • kPoAbUe

    yeah it was an ugly win but still a win is a win.

  • Smush Walton

    If I was Boston I would come out like they ended the game – traping Kobe way up top and forcing him to pass. They will probably sag off Lamar and force him to shoot from the outside. They will probably do the same with VladRad and Smush Walton when they are on the floor. I think the Lakers need to use the small line up more with Sasha, Farmar, in there with Fisher, Kobe and Pau. Fisher had an off game so he’s due and he has shown signs of life in the playoffs, unlike Smush, Lamar, and Vlad.

    We are doing the same thing to them when Rondo is out there (sagging off of Rondo) so Rondo – hurry back – we need you on the floor so Kobe can guard you (and you can “guard” him).

  • vintij

    can you believe kobe has never had a 40+ point finals game?

    “40 POINT GAMES IN THE FINALS
    In the history of the NBA Finals, there have been 45 40-plus point games, 25 of which have been accomplished by Lakers. Jerry West leads all Lakers with 10 40-plus point performances in the NBA Finals, followed by Shaquille O’Neal (5), Elgin Baylor (4), George Mikan (2 with Minneapolis), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1), Wilt Chamberlain (1), Magic Johnson (1) and James Worthy (1). Elgin Baylor holds the NBA Finals record for most points in a game (61), established 4/14/62 @ Boston.”

    Also, i dont know if i trust bill walton anymore….he picked the celtics to win and played on the 86 championship celtics team….you know deep down he bleeds green and white.

    And incase nobody realizes just how much bad blood is in this rivalry, you should really understand that this is the most storied rivalry in all of sports

    “LAKERS vs. BOSTON IN THE POSTSEASON
    The Lakers and Celtics have met 10 times in the postseason (1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1984, 1985 and 1987), each time in the NBA Finals, with Los Angeles defeating Boston twice overall but each of their last two meetings in a row (1985, 1987). The Lakers’ 61 playoff games against the Celtics (57 in LA era) are the highest total against a single team in the postseason behind Phoenix (56) and San Antonio (52). The Lakers are 15-14 against the Celtics at home, 10-22 when visiting Boston and 25-36 overall against the Celtics in the postseason. Of their 10 meetings in the NBA Finals, four have gone the full seven games (1962, 1966, 1969, 1984) while four have gone six games (1963, 1968, 1985, 1987). Only once (1959) has there been a sweep. Boston has owned the home court advantage in all but two series (1969, 1987). The Lakers are 2-0 against Boston since the Finals went to the 2-3-2 format beginning in the 1985 Finals.”

    61 post season matchups? thats insane, we should really hate them with all of our purple hearts and gold souls. (especially since they own the edge in just about every category)

    Why am i not on the lakersnation staff? Beats me, because nobody on the lakers nation is even old enough to remember this rivalry, let alone detailed enough to dig out the most important old stats/facts. Half of the staff can barley remember the 3 peat in 2000-02. Such bandwagoners. Either way, enough negitivity because this happens every year, playoffs roll around and all the true fans are stuck at home watching the game,while the rich fans are at the game barley making any noise because they dont know how to re-act in front of people. Serious, does anyone agree that this years finals crowd is pretty sad compared to bostons die hard, adrenaline pumping crowd? Why is this? Because we cant afford to go to the games!!!!!!

  • DCLAKER

    All Lakers have to do is PENETRATE!Once the ball is in your hands drive to the hoop,I don’t care if it’s Farmar,Vlad or Luke(Yes,him too and good kick out to KB for the 3),AGRESSION IS OUR ELEMENT OF SURPRISE,The SMELL-TICS won’t it a 2nd time and that’s when you “LAYETH THE SMACKDOWN ON ALL THEY CANDY A##ES”!

    ….and Phil,please start Ariza.

  • SliqRiq

    Lamar needs to take that 14 to 17 foot jumper cuz they’re playing him to drive. He has to have confidence in his shot he has said it himself for some reason his shot hasnt fallen for him this year.

    That shouldnt stop him take the open shot I know all of us here cringe when he does take the open shot but other than this year I dont remember him being that bad of a shooter. He for himself more importantly needs to trust his shot, then his driving ability will be so much better.

    Also when he does drive throw in some pump fakes every once in awhile cuz that will get KG up in the air and he then will become vulnerable.

    Come on LO your time is now have faith in yourself cuz I for one do

  • megaloco10

    Gasol played so badly that there is no way he will perform same in game 4…odom stop making stupid fouls please we need you …

    go lakers…

  • Rasarx

    There is usually little the fans can do beyond cheering. But I believe there is a good opportunity in the next two Lakers games to jar Paul Pierce for that shameful showboating of his. We all know he faked or exaggerated his injury to boost his teams morale with that disgusting wheelchair stunt. Let’s make him pay for that. To all those who are going to the next two games, let’s chant “WHEEL CHAIR!!!” every time he gets the stinking ball. Let him wear that ignamonious label for the rest of his pro life. They won a game on his shananigans. Make him pay for it. Let’s repeat it so many times in the game that it will jar his confidence and make him think about what he did. Take him out of the flow of the game. Just like how we all cheer “AIR BALL” together and embarrass them into not shooting, let’s do the same thing with Pierce. Do it over and over and over folks. The Lakers are in trouble. They need us. Let’s help them. Come on now…

    WHEEL CHAIR!
    WHEEL CHAIR!

  • LETSGOLAKERSLETSGO!

    Is it me or do Lakers fans seem weaker than Boston fans? I remember watching the first two games on a fixed volume (level 12) and it was hella loud. You couldn’t even hear the whistle at times. For Game 3, I used the same level but didnt really feel like Staples is loud enough. Plus, when are the Lakers gona give out free yellow t-shirts out to the fans so that it feels more intimidating here?!?

    L.A. have too many passive/rich (especially the “movie stars”) who just sit back and relax. Lakers need a more energetic and vocal crowd to pump them up each game!

    SIMMONS ALSO MENTIONS THIS IN THIS ARTICLE ON ESPN:

    Q: How do you tell the difference between a Grizzlies-Lakers game in January and a Celtics-Lakers game in June at the Staples Center?

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/080611

  • drake hunter

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    ab4sure likes to smoke pole……..ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!