The 2010 NBA Finals is down to a best of three affair with no team wanting to blink. So far it has been a game of reactions as the Boston Celtics reacted to their game 3 loss by answering other matters that they lacked in game 3 -bench scoring. The Celtics bench outscored their counterparts to give the Celtics a complete team approach on the game as they came out on top again 96 -89 against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers to even the series to two games apiece.
Glen Davis ala Barkley move
Three Celtics superstars were defended well once again by the Lakers as Ray Allen missed all his 4 three point shots which makes him 0 - 12 at the Boston garden and 0 of 13 if you add his game 1 stats. He has been on a slump after his game 2 shooting clinic. Kevin Garnett shot 38% on the floor, a bad figure for a big man who instead of mixing it up inside is content to just shoot the jumper. Rajon Rondo on the other hand was not his persistent self as his court presence made another houdini act. So how did the Celtics win - the answer is Glen Davis and Nate Robinson.
The beasts celebrate
Time and again these two warriors has shown that they can make the big plays when given the opportunity. Glen Big Baby Davis scored 18 points in 22 minutes while Nate Robinson added 12 in 16 minutes of action. Those bench points were enough to stem the tide while the Lakers were resting their big guns. Unfortunately for them Andrew Bynum rested his knee after playing for only 12 minutes. That development made Davis run berserk as he was close to being an immovable unstoppable force beneath.
Ray Allen is still scoreless beyond the arc
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 33 points despite shooting 45% from the field and turned the ball over 7 times. Pau Gasol was his usual intimidating self as he scored 21 points after being held to 13 in game 3. The only problem for the Lakers was the third and fourth scorers who just contributed measly numbers which eventually led to them scoring their 2nd lowest points total in this year's play-offs. Sasha Vujacic has been a disappointment so far while Jordan Farmar, Shannon Brown and game 3 hero Derek Fisher were far from what was expected of them.
Kobe was 6 for 11 from 3 point land
On the other hand, six Celtics scored in double figures which gave the Boston team a balanced offensive attack. Pierce led the scoring with 19, Davis added 18 big points, Kevin Garnett had 13, Ray Allen and Nate Robinson 12 and Rajon Rondo 10 points. Now how can you contend against a team that has 6 players score in double figures. If there is one thing that excites me is the fact that I know that games 5, 6 and if ever 7 will be another classic battle.
Garnett vs. Gasol - who gives in first