The officiating has been horrible and the officials have been way too much of a factor in both games. I realize that the officials have a job to do, but the large number of fouls called has eliminated players from the game. Several of them have been Celtics flops. This is the NBA Finals and it would be nice if the players were allowed to play. The Lakers are professionals and they will make the necessary adjustments. How many times can the officials fall for the theatrics or the banana in the tailpipe?
The Lakers made way too many mistakes and ended the game with the worse five-minute stretch of basketball that I’ve seen in a while. They didn’t execute down the stretch and also had way too many turnovers. However, the turnovers were not the sole reason for the loss.
The Lakers were beaten because of their transition defense, not enough offense as well as playing the exact opposite of Game 1. Despite the unnecessary contribution of the officials, the squad was able to overcome the red-hot shooting of Jesus Shuttlesworth and get back into the game and take a 90-87 lead with a little more than five minutes to go.
This is normally the time that Kobe Bryant takes over the game and shows that he is the best closer in the game. However, that’s impossible when the trio of Kobe, Lamar and Ron are saddled with foul trouble.
This isn’t the time to panic, this series is far from over and the message has to be for the team to stay together. The Playoffs are all about adjustments, the Celtics made their changes and with the loss it’s as if Celtics coach Doc Rivers is saying, “it’s your move Phil.”.
The Lakers have to bring the energy and effort. They have to play better transition defense and control the tempo, outrebound the Celtics, stop the dribble penetration of Rajon Rondo, and NOT sag off of Ray Allen. Allen got the majority of his record-setting three pointers on transition baskets with guards giving him space to shoot.
The Lakers need to play defense without fouling. They need to stay focuse and continue to run their offense and get the ball inside to the bigs. They need to STOP shooting three-point shots, it is resulting in the team coming up dry on multiple possessions. They can not go through another game missing 17-of-22 shots from behind the arc.
The best game to steal in the current 2-3-2 format is tonight’s game. The Lakers will bounce back with a huge road win tonight. It’s no mystery that the Celtics are a good defensive team that did what they had to do. It is now the Lakers turn to make the adjustments. Oh, and despite what the thespian wearing a green and white jersey and being held in check by Ron Artest had to say… this series is coming back to Los Angeles!
Tip-off: 6:00 PM PST
- Los Angeles: ABC
- Boston: ABC
- Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
- Boston: 850 WEEI (Sean Grande & Cedric Maxwell)
- Shannon Brown (Sprained Right Thumb)
- Kobe Bryant (Avulsion Fracture, Right Index Finger)
- Andrew Bynum (Small Tear in the Meniscus of his Right Knee)
- Luke Walton (Pinched Nerve, Back)
- Marquis Daniels (Concussion) Listed as Day-to-Day