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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