NBA Finals: Tie It or Lose It
While teams HAVE come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Playoffs before, most get the feeling that if Boston wins just one of these road games in LA, they’ll be in a great position to finish the job when they get back to Boston. That’s why I expect to see the Lakers come out with even more ferocity than they did in Game 3. However, if they only have two players in double-digits this time, they may not be so lucky as they were Tuesday night.
So besides Kobe, what else can we look for tonight. Well, there is one more Kobe item worth mentioning — you didn’t think he’d take Curt Schilling’s observations without responding did you? Thanks the LA Times, we now know what his response was:
I’m sure Bill Simmons is going to love Kobe even more after all that. OK, back to the other storylines: Rondo is going to play tonight, although, he might not be 100%. Kendrick Perkins explains what the University of Kentucky point guard means to the Celtics with an awesome double-negative:
“When he’s out of the game, we don’t have no kind of offensive rhythm.”
Apparently, Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers aren’t the only ones who think the Big Ticket needs to bring even more to the table against the Lakers. Dan Shaugnessy is looking for some nice, weak-interior-defense-attacking from the man who screams in Boston’s intro and there’s some truth to what he’s saying. I mean, KG, you do have Pau Gasol trying to guard you. How do you NOT attack the rim every chance you get?
As for the Lakers, who will be Robin to Kobe’s Batman tonight? Can we expect an encore performance from Sasha Vujacic or will Lamar Odom finally show his face? How about the aforementioned Gasol? In three games, he’s averaging 13.6 points, five points under his season average. Is this his night for a big game?
Coverage for Game 4 starts at 8:30/7:30 on ABC.