Great game for Derek Fisher!! Nice bound back by Kevin Garnett. Perilous fall into the abyss by Ray Allen.
I don’t have much to say about this game except this:
- Doc Rivers should have gone to Rasheed Wallace in the 3rd and 4th quarters when the offense bogged down. The announcers talked about the lack of spacing on the court. Tony Allen, Rondo and Perkins played some big minutes together but contributed to this dilemma due to their limited shooting range. Ray Allen’s ineffectiveness only compounded the problem.
- A lineup of Rasheed Wallace, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, and Paul Pierce or whomever allows the Celtics to expand the floor on offense and clamp down defensively on the Lakers length. Pau Gasol, for all of his success, has not and will not dominate Rasheed Wallace when they are going head-to-head.
- This lineup also allows Kevin Garnett to “rest” while covering Ron Artest. Perkins works on Andrew Bynum (or vice versa), but can expect help from Garnett. Pierce guards Kobe and Rondo can focus on Fisher instead of trying to help out all over the court.
- The Celtics offense works best when the floor is open and players are not over-penetrating. That Ray Allen and Paul Pierce played so poorly, and that this game was still in the balance until very late, says a great deal about both of these teams.
- At some point, the vastly superior talent of the Lakers has to show its face — doesn’t it?