Amar’e Stoudemire Goes Off as Phoenix Defeats Los Angeles 118-109 in WCF Game 3

Amar’e Stoudemire finally stated his name on the series and was impressive…if not dominant last night. Stat scored 42 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and energized the Suns in a Game 3 118-109 victory over the Lakers. We all knew he was a better player than his entire playoff performance suggested this postseason and I guess he grew tired of hearing the all out screams he was overrated and playing uninspired ball. He had just 9 rebounds in the first two games. Unacceptable. Period. Why did it come down to the prospect of his team getting swept to finally understand he had to do something?

The shoulder chip is a helluva drug.

The Lakers 8 game postseason win streak was stopped.

Los Angeles still leads the best of 7 Western Conference Finals 2-1.

No one wants to get swept and Phoenix needed to get back home quick fast and show their fans that when backed into a corner, they would come out blazing.  Steve Nash was efficient and had 17 points and 15 assists. Robin Lopez’s 20 (8-10 shooting) points were a surprise might have been the deciding factor in the win. He looks as if he’s finally got his legs after being out since March. Jason Richardson put in 19 and made 4 of his 7 three point tries. The Suns as a team shot 5-20 from the arc.

Kobe Bryant scored 36 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 11 assists. Sounds like a great game but he shot 2-8 from the arc and his team didn’t fare better (9-32, 28%). The 32 attempts were a franchise record. Pau Gasol made 11 of his 14 shots and scored 23 to go along with his 9 rips. Derrick Fisher had 18, Ron Artest 12 and Lamar Odom 10.

The most telling stat IMO, was the Lakers free throw attempts. They made 16, but shot just 20. In contrast, Amar’e himself shot 20 and converted 14.

The Suns as a team made 37-42 from the line. That’s a ridiculous number considering what the Lakers shot.  You know Phil Jackson will work the media in that regard heading into Game 4.

Will Andrew Bynum be able to go after playing just 7:31 on Tuesday. If the Lakers don’t overpower the Suns the game becomes a three point shooting contest. Not cool for LA despite having quality shooters. It’s the volume of shots attempted and obviously the Suns style that the Lakers do not want to morph into with for an entire game. If the Suns win Game 4, this series will get very interesting.

Game 4 is Tuesday in Phoenix.

LA Lakers
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3M-3A +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
P. Gasol F 45:14 11-14 1-2 0-0 -7 2 9 2 1 0 1 3 23
R. Artest F 40:55 4-13 2-2 2-7 -8 1 6 0 0 0 2 3 12
A. Bynum C 7:31 1-1 0-1 0-0 -5 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
K. Bryant G 42:41 13-24 8-8 2-8 -12 2 9 11 1 1 5 3 36
D. Fisher G 37:36 6-11 3-3 3-6 -9 1 5 3 0 1 2 5 18
L. Odom 34:56 4-14 2-4 0-4 -9 2 6 2 2 0 3 6 10
S. Brown 19:49 2-7 0-0 1-5 +7 1 3 1 2 1 2 3 5
J. Farmar 10:25 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 3
J. Powell 0:55 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Mbenga DNP — COACH’S DECISION
S. Vujacic DNP — COACH’S DECISION
L. Walton DNP — COACH’S DECISION
A. Morrison DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 42-87
(.483)
16-20
(.800)
9-32
(.281)
- 9 41 20 6 4 17 28 109
Phoenix
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3M-3A +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Stoudemire F 41:49 14-22 14-18 0-0 +14 3 11 0 1 1 2 3 42
G. Hill F 29:19 1-4 2-2 1-1 +14 0 9 3 1 3 1 3 5
R. Lopez C 29:49 8-10 4-4 0-0 +19 1 3 0 0 1 0 3 20
S. Nash G 37:59 5-10 7-7 0-1 +13 0 2 15 0 0 1 2 17
J. Richardson G 36:02 7-15 1-1 4-7 +17 0 3 0 0 1 0 2 19
J. Dudley 19:00 1-4 2-2 0-2 -6 1 4 0 0 3 0 1 4
C. Frye 17:52 0-7 1-1 0-5 -9 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 1
L. Barbosa 11:58 0-4 2-2 0-2 -8 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
G. Dragic 10:01 1-4 4-5 0-2 -4 1 1 1 0 1 2 1 6
L. Amundson 6:11 1-2 0-0 0-0 -5 3 4 0 0 0 1 1 2
E. Clark DNP — COACH’S DECISION
J. Collins DNP — COACH’S DECISION
T. Griffin DNP — INACTIVE
D. Jones DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 38-82
(.463)
37-42
(.881)
5-20
(.250)
- 10 40 19 2 10 7 21 118
Officials: Monty McCutchen, Eddie F. Rush, Tom Washington
Attendance: 18,422
Time of Game: 2:36
Technicals
LA Lakers
- Team (9:20 – 2nd Qtr)
- Coach (2:58 – 2nd Qtr)
- D. Fisher (6:31 – 3rd Qtr)
Phoenix
- R. Lopez (6:31 – 3rd Qtr)

5 Responses to “Amar’e Stoudemire Goes Off as Phoenix Defeats Los Angeles 118-109 in WCF Game 3”

  1. Dinakobe says:

    Mizz,
    cant lie, i went 2 bed angry about the game’s outcome…but ok Amare did his thing but here’s my issue, why does it take you 3 games into a series and three rounds into the playoffs to prove the critics wrong? Not to mention they were playing at home w/ their backs against the walls. Let’s see what does go down game 4 b/c im very interested…. and lil Lopez better watch himself, wanna throw bows at a vet like Dfish…that can cost….is it tuesday yet?

  2. mapoui says:

    Alvin Gentry is the right coach for phonix. a father figue, skillful, smart, unflappable, patient.

    phoenix may not win..its not likley that they will prevail in the end…but job Gentry has done/doing is a quality one

  3. Temple3 says:

    The Suns improved last night. The Lakers, however, were able to get excellent looks at shots that they made in Games 1 and 2. Kobe Bryant had a solid shooting game. The Lakers’ biggest letdown was attributable in part to the decision of the referees to call touch fouls early. Bynum and Odom both played the types of game that tend to result in losses.

    Phoenix is in a nice position right now, but they have room for improvement. So far, all that’s happened in this series is that everyone has held serve at home. The series will either go 7 or get hot once someone breaks through on the road. If the Suns don’t fix that porous defense, I suspect the Lakers may break through in Game 4.

    Stoudemire’s troubles in the first two games, to me, were largely the result of his belief that he could attack the Lakers in much the same way he attacked the Spurs. The Lakers approach to pick and roll defense and their additional front court size required Amar’e to be more aggressive and make quicker moves — before the bigs arrive at the point of attack. Last night, he did just that.

    These adjustments probably should have been made in the first half of Game 1, but better late than never. Also, the improved health and performance of Robin Lopez are huge factors in this. Stoudemire cannot hope to compete against Gasol, Bynum and Odom all by himself. (Even the great Hakeem Olajuwon had Otis Thorpe or Robert Horry or Clyde Drexler)

    Amar’e has the strength and skill set to average 40 for the rest of the series, but the Suns have to play better defense — and on that front, I remain largely unimpressed. They get a few great sequences from guys like Grant Hill, but then it all fades away.

    I hope Amar’e has more games like this and demonstrates exactly how much he has meant to this team. (If he was a $$ free throw shooter, he’d be a household name, averaging 27 ppg in the regular season.) People have short memories…this is the same guy who posterized Tim Duncan for a week — FIVE YEARS AGO.

    Maybe we all just have too much access to information. When a 42 point, 16 rebound, 4 block performance” can be forgotten out in the Desert, you know it really may time to back your bags.

  4. Jerold Wells Jr says:

    @T3 right on about Amare. Dude really goes back to when Steph Marbury was in Phoenix and they were a tough out in the first round. Hes a monster on the screen and roll and I cant for the life of me figure out why he doesnt shoot FTs better since he came back off of micro fracture surgery with a SMOOTH 10-12 foot jumper.

    Stoudamire showed up. Nash showed up. Richardson was nice. Lopez was nice.

    Look I could care less about Fisher. Hes from the same woods in Arkansas my Dads people are from but hes a dirty player. Yeah I said it. DIRTY PLAYER. In the vein of Stockton. An irritant. Old man stuff. Hes the old dude with a shoulder chip I cant stand playing with at the gym. I wont steal on you bc youre my pops age but you know you cant check me old man, chill.

    Odom/Bynum/Artest were no shows and I think thats the essence of the Lakers title shot. Those three must contribute for LA to win on the road and ,if they have title aspirations, win it all.

    Bynum is hurt AGAIN and while he’ll do what he can I dont think the Lakers can count on back to back strong games from him.

    (Get Bosh in there by any means necessary)

    I think the Lakers adjust and take the next two bc you cant rely on a zone against a Phil Jackson coached team. Hes actually being forced to coach/teach now and thats Phil at his best.

    Im glad Phoenix showed some cojones and took one. Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

    Lakers in 5

  5. KevDog says:

    Impossible to win 5 against 8. The game was a farce of an exhibition with some Wrestling thrown in.

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