Who knew the Celtics had 4 All-Stars? Garnett, Pierce, Allen, and Kendrick Perkins?
It was a night where early foul trouble got the worst of us. Bynum had to go to the bench early with 2 quick fouls and it never seemed to get better for the Lakers.
The three Laker bigs scored 4 points apiece—Bynum, Odom, and Turiaf. That is a recipe for disaster. I don’t really think the Lakers played that bad. I think the Celtics are just that good. The Lakers shot 42% from the field, but let the Celtics shoot over 50%. The difference in the game in my opinion was the three-point shooting. The Lakers hoisted up 30 threes and each miss led to the Celtics running the break on us. Garnett finished with yet another double-double and Perkins had a career best 21 points and 9 boards.
Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker performers:
1) Vlad Rad was splashing threes tonight. He shot 7-12 and 3-6 from behind the arc. Vlad finished with 18 points. He does need to work on moving his feet on defense better. And when you foul Vlad, make sure you don’t give up an easy And1 to Perkins, thanks.
2) Kobe was Kobe again. 28 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists. He did what he could, but the Lakers bigs just didn’t give him any help.
3) Jordan Farmar continued his superb play. 13 points on 8 shots, including 3 threes. He finished with 3 assists and 2 turnovers.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): While Lamar had a poor game, Chris Mihm simply hurt us tonight. When he needed to step up with Bynum in foul trouble, he did the opposite. He had 0 points, 2 turnovers, 4 fouls to go with his 5 rebounds.
Key play of the game: Farmar’s three in the fourth to cut the lead to 9.
What to look for the next game: Look for the Lakers to get back on track against the Nets. Even though Vince Carter is back, the Lakers are back at home where they play best. Game is Sun night @ 6:30 PM. (Chick Hearn night)