By: James Sargent
Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics – 8 ET ABC
Game 4 was a gritty performance by Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Nate Robinson. Doc Rivers left the bench in a little longer than he normally does in the fourth quarter against the Laker’s starters and the move was ingenious. Davis and Robinson were unconscious and could not be stopped, and this was a good kind of unconsciousness for Davis. If the Celtics want to head to LA with a 3-2 lead, the bench is going to need to step it up again and provide another spark. This will be a very tough task to ask for because with each new game comes new counter strategies and ways to stop previous occurrences. The Celtics will definitely need two of the “Big Three” and Rajon Rondo to have a steady game.
As for the Lakers, Kobe was shutdown in the fourth quarter and Andrew Bynum was hit with another knee injury, limiting him to only 12 minutes of play. Bryant was pestered by many different Celtic defenders who held him to only two field goals in that pivotal fourth quarter. Kobe said he felt miserable after the game and Phil Jackson said Kobe was very tired. Could Bryant be going back into the funk he was in at the end of the season? I don’t think so. I believe with the two days off, Bryant will be rejuvenated and ready to bring his “A” game like he usually brings.
Pau Gasol will bring his usual intensity to the court and continue to reek havoc on the Celtic’s frontcourt.
Rajon Rondo will record an “almost” triple-double by scoring in double figures and having double digit assits, but he will only reach about 5-7 rebounds.
Now, I asked my dad to get his thoughts on the game, and I am going to stick with what he had to say. Celtics need a must win since winning two in LA is very unlikely. Also, Ray Allen is going to hit some three pointers and get back to his shooting ways.
Celtics- 97 Lakers- 94