The Lakers took care of business and won game three 87-81. This game was close because early on LA didn't want to win a title. They let Boston hang around and they are lucky the big three were somewhat microscopic tonight (Pierce especially).
The Free Throw Line..
Kobe missed six free throws tonight; a rarity. Now there are some things you have to consider as to why KB24 missed these shots. Although it isn't talked about much, Mamba does have a finger problem, he wears a sleeve over that finger, also there was concern about his back earlier in the playoffs, I don't know if that may or may not be a factor. Also, we are talking about a truly phenomenal athelete that has played lots of games and lots of minutes. He may still be considered young, but his legs aren't that young. I'm sure the Zen Master would also like to point out that Kobe didn't have the right mind set at the line; he's got to be one with the hoop, the ball and himself. Maybe a little yoga pose before each shot would help.
The Lakers had a four point advantage in points in the last two minutes of quarters. Boston had the upper hand in the P.J. Brown, Perkins, Posey to Vujacic, Turiaf, Farmar ratio 38:31. This ratio is calculated by adding points, blocks, assists, rebounds, and steals. I think the only reason Boston had the upper hand in this regard was Perk filling up the stat sheet (8 points, 2 blocks, 3 steals, 1 assist and 6 boards).
So now we move onto game four. LA will have to be ready for adjustments from Boston. LA made the adjustments in this game (switching Kobe to Rondo), Boston will make some this time. I think LA will continue to be willed by Kobe and continue to win.
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