Pierce battled for his 27; His best effort of the series
92-86. Game 5 Boston victory. On the brink of title number 18. 4 players are beating up on 2.
Boston has never lost a Finals series when leading 3-2 (11-0). Kobe has 38 of Lakers 86 (44% of team total). The rest of his team shot 35%. Odom and Artest have an unacceptable 15 points and 10 rebounds combined in 60 minutes play and Pau Gasol was only other Laker in double figures with 12 points…Gasol also had12 rebounds. Such a team effort by Los Angeles is not gonna get it down. Is it just about Andrew Bynum’s ineffectiveness? Naaaah.
Boston becomes first team to win 2 straight games in the Finals.
It seems as if Boston is getting every loose ball and grabbing every rebound. The Celtics, in offsetting Kobe Bryant’s 78th 30 point playoff game, shut down everyone else not wearing #24. The Lakers 86 point output is their lowest this postseason and 39% shooting percentage is second lowest.
The aforementioned Andrew Bynum played 31 minutes but scored just 6 points and grabbed 1 rebound.
Boston got the crowd into it early by scoring on 12 of first 13 possessions. Even when Kobe scored 23 straight (4 to end first half, 19 to open third), Boston was shooting a sickening 70% (ended at 56%) and the crowd were never out of it.
The Celtics smell blood; Kobe was visibly frustrated because he had no help.
It was the first game all of the Big Four shot 50% in any playoff game. They scored 74 of C’s 92 points.
The Lakers have been held to under 100 for 4 straight games after scoring 100 or more the previous 11.
Paul Pierce had his best game of series. He said it wasn’t a battle with Kobe post game, but his 11 points in the third were as big a factor as any other contribution.
Pierce finished with 27.
Ray Allen had 12 but also had 5 fouls trying to shadow Kobe.
Kevin Garnett had 18 points, 10 boards, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 5 steals. Champions step up in big games. Gasol really has no excuse in scoring just 12. He was blocked, poked, shoved and moved out of the way by the Celtics front line.
Rajon Rondo was 9-12, scored 18 and had 8 assists. His sickdiculous tip with 3:54 remaining over Lamar Odom pushed the lead to 12 and Boston never looked back. This team is resilient and pass the ball great as a unit.
Here’s an example:
Celtics had 21 dimes, the Lakers 12.
Points in paint has also been huge.
The Lakers outscored the Thunder by 42 inside, the Jazz by 8, the Suns by 48 but are -38 vs. the Celtics.
Boston outscored Los Angeles 46-32 in Game 5 points in the paint. Andrew Bynum is the X factor. If he’s not in their clogging the paint, rebounding and blocking shots, the Celtics ball out.
Boston had 7 blocks to Los Angeles’ 1.
The Celtics ran whenever possible and held a 14-3 fast break points advantage. The C’s led the entire 2nd half.
Phil Jackson was matter of fact in the post game presser. He knows what his team has to do and isn’t dwelling on his team getting out scrapped.
Doc Rivers is showing the world how great a coach he is. His defensive philosophy is the reason why his team is on the brink of another title.
So…if the Celtics win the title this year, can we dispel the notion that the Western Conference is stronger than the Eastern Conference? Remember, if KG wasn’t injured, the Celtics might be working on their third straight. Boston’s defense is simply remarkable and that the Celtics are the first team in NBA Finals history to have a better road record than home record speaks to how mentally tough this team is.
Could the Lakers win 2 straight at home?
Hell yeah! The champs are the champs until they get beat but…
because of Bynum’s injury, it seems like 2008 all over again…
Game 6 Tuesday in Los Angeles. 9 pm ABC.
|A. Morrison||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|J. Powell||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|D. Mbenga||DNP — INACTIVE|
|M. Daniels||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|M. Finley||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|S. Williams||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|T. Gaffney||DNP — INACTIVE|
|O. Lafayette||DNP — INACTIVE|
|B. Scalabrine||DNP — INACTIVE|
Officials: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Derrick Stafford
Time of Game: 2:43
- D. Fisher (7:07 – 3rd Qtr)
- R. Rondo (4:42 – 2nd Qtr)
- Team (10:54 – 3rd Qtr)
- R. Allen (7:07 – 3rd Qtr)
Cleveland, Orlando and potentially Los Angeles. Boston’s got ‘em falling like…