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Step-Up Time: Game 3 Open Thread

 

The Los Angeles Lakers have not trailed in a series since last year’s second-round bloodbath against the Houston Rockets, when Houston won Game 1 and never led in the series again. 

Tonight is a chance to make the Lakers feel the sort of pressure they haven’t felt in a long time. 

Consider this your Game 3 open thread. Are the C’s trying to get KG going? What about Pierce? Has LA changed their defense in the wake of Ray Allen’s Game 2 explosion? Does Pau Gasol look like an ostrich? 

Tell us what you’re seeing. Let’s hope we all sleep well tonight.

  • Big George

    Let’s put the crunch on the interior defense, spread the court, make open shots, run without turning the ball over, win the hustle game and go up 2-1 sounds easy, right?

    Go green

  • JMM

    I’m thinking the two team’s starters match up pretty close but the Celtics’ bench out produces the Laker’s bench. Win to the Cs.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    We need to win this!

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Eeeeee it’s starting!

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    The. Boy. Is. Mine.

    Woulda been funny if Monica sang with Brandy instead of with backup singers.

    Sorry, I babble random things when I’m nervous.

  • Sophomore

    OK. That’s a pretty good start. Love seeing the Cs get to all the 50-50 balls and the Lakers looking confused.

  • DRJ1

    Marc Jackson: Wanna know why the Celtics are up? Two words. Ron — Do. (groan)

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Crap.

  • Sophomore

    Rondo – that foul was dumb.

  • Kevin

    Is Doris Burke getting more attractive as these playoffs wear on or have I just been watching too much basketballl?

  • Sophomore

    Are the Cs going to hit any jump shots?

  • RBD

    If Ray and Paul could hit a jumpshot we’d be way up.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Man we can’t score. Good thing our D is keeping us in the game.

  • Sophomore

    Rondo doesn’t sweat. I know everybody’s said that, but it’s weird.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    We’re not even hitting our freebies. Come on C’s!

  • Sophomore

    @miss – that was hideous, mostly due to our failure to execute.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Oh yuck. We’re down 9. After that fantastic start. :(

  • complexity

    @Sophomore, I don’t sweat much either, I don’t know why.

  • DRJ1

    This team is SO frustrating. Ray goes from breaking records to missing every wide open shot he takes. Paul can’t hit the side of a barn. Defense disappears. WTF …. it’s SO WEIRD the way they can’t KEEP it together.

  • RBD

    Fool’s gold start to the quarter because we can’t buy a jumper. KG came to play. Where is Paul Pierce?

  • RBD

    @DRJ1

    They’re older and consistency wanes with age.

  • Sophomore

    Hit. A. Shot.

  • RBD

    Doc needs to get KG back in asap.

  • pam

    @DRJ1 i agree. why cant more than 2 people have a good night? i think for pierce if his js arent falling he needs to start penetrating and drawing fouls. i mean with the foul disparity i think the refs are probably looking the give the cs fts.

  • RBD

    Next five minutes are crucial. We could lose this game if we’re not careful.

  • Sophomore

    Doc was exactly right in that timeout – BBD has Bynum on him, don’t throw him the ball in the post!

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    @Soph – Like your comment about Rondo not sweating. Funny what we observe about these guys. Like I think Ray Allen has no armpit hair.

  • Sophomore

    Wow. We hit a shot.

  • Sophomore

    Man. Everything they throw up falls in.

  • RBD

    Everybody standing around doing nothing on offense.

    Awful.

  • Sophomore

    It’s ugly out there.

  • JP

    this is terrible right now, I can’t believe no one is even moving around

  • RBD

    I’m so angry at this team right now.

  • YOYO

    Typical the refs have made the team tentative and thus the offense is effected.

  • pam

    fisher is a really sneaky little flopper

  • RBD

    Refs have NOTHING to do with the way the C’s are playing.

    NOTHING.

  • YOYO

    right the refs never guide the game by their calls, o.k.

  • YOYO

    maybe phil’s comments never influence the refs either

  • Sophomore

    @RBD – I’m with you on the refs issue. The only silver lining is that they are down because they missed a lot of good shots. Just have to get back to it – and getting the 50-50 balls.

  • YOYO

    just like that body shot by fisher was not a foul on pierce, RIGHT?

  • Sophomore

    Pierce is just horrible right now. Also, that Kobe pass wasn’t very good – Gasol did a great job to convert.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    So what I said about the D keeping us in the game despite the lack of offense? Yeah, scrap that.

  • Sophomore

    Wow. Bad finish by Ray.

  • YOYO

    that was a foul though by allen

  • Tom

    How many freaking flops/holds/grabs is Fisher going to get away with. God I hate that guy, hope Rondo blocks him a few more times and make him look like a fool

  • RBD

    T or F?

    Pierce is having the worst series of his career on offense.

  • DRJ1

    Fish was still moving into position when Ray was already in the air. Typical bad call

  • complexity

    Luckily Kobe is missing right now. Still a lot of game left.

  • DRJ1

    Paul cannot hit a shot to save his life. Ray cannot hit a shot to save his life. WTF is going on with this team

  • pam

    eessh fast break against fisher just frickin give garnett the ball. he is hot and can easily finish over fisher.

  • YOYO

    pam stated it correctly

  • Sophomore

    @pam – yes. Don’t know why he did htat.

  • Sophomore

    “Pierce finally gets one to go.” Yep.

  • YOYO

    finally pp

  • YOYO

    another foul see

  • YOYO

    finally a ticky tack on LA

  • YOYO

    garnett 2 hands

  • Sophomore

    Damn. That was a great play by Bryant. Soul-crushing.

  • YOYO

    gasoft says no foul…geez at least we take them

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    I have been having issues with our rebounding. Seriously. Jeff van Gundy keeps beating me to it, but seriously, what’s with going for the rebound with one arm up? Tapping the ball isn’t a rebound. Getting it is. So can we please aim to grab the ball instead of just aiming to touch it?

  • JP

    this is still terrible

  • YOYO

    finally some calls our way.

  • Sophomore

    How many rolls are the Lakers gonna get? And we not gonna get? Dang.

  • YOYO

    the “D” is slow…

  • JP

    they are calling fouls against the celtics almost every other possession it is pathetic

  • RBD

    Lakers have hit some lucky shots. They’ve still been the better team but for a few rolls of the ball, we could be within a couple.

  • RBD

    Pierce ISO.

    Sigh.

  • Sophomore

    Pierce actually got a clean look and of course, it rattled around the rim.

  • LDR

    will somebody please wake PP up? And please tell him it’s game 3!

  • DRJ1

    Celtics are playing terrible basketball. They’re lucky to be down only 12. 50% FT?? Paul and Ray = 1 for 13?? Man… they’re disgusting tonight

  • RBD

    Jon Barry accurately labeling the Celtics offense as awful.

    Really, Lakers look like the better team for the second time in three games.

  • http://celticshub.com dee

    The C’s CANNOT be out efforted at home. This is what has happened in the first half. 50/50 balls has to go to the home team, as the Lakers are dominating from that stand point. Three things: 1.Take care of the defensive boards. 2. Run at every opportunity. 3. Win the 50/50 battle. Do that …we have better than even shot at coming back and winning this game.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Bottom line: C’s can’t score right now in the half court, other than KG post-ups. It’s transition, KG or nothing.

  • Worried

    Pierce was right series isn’t going back to LA just the wrong team winning

  • JESUS

    SAVES (the rock)!!!!!

  • Shuttlesworth

    might as well be Hustlesworth

  • Kevin

    Derek Fisher is such a faker. He plays the whole game with his arms, then flails them at random intervals to attempt to draw fouls.

  • YOYO

    they will go after pp and foul him up watch

  • YOYO

    told you

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Silly fouls on gambles. We should just focus on playing tight D.

  • YOYO

    kg all night PLEASE!!!

  • This Just In

    being a Lakers fan automatically makes you 10% more like Kim Kardashian … which is not a good thing

  • YOYO

    this is so scripted by the NBA silly…

  • YOYO

    what is the ft by team just curious…anyone have that right now?

  • YOYO

    i cannot put up with this after a series like orlando where everything was called but fair

  • YOYO

    defense is incredible my rear, the referees have given points to LA, period.

  • Sophomore

    @YOYO, honestly, I don’t know what you’re talking about. PP committed a dumb foul there against Kobe. On Rondo, maybe you were able to see it, but it happened awfully fast and there wasn’t a replay – and Rondo didn’t complain at all.

  • YOYO

    go lakers!

  • Zain

    LA: 11 PF
    BOS: 17 PF

    LA 15-17 FT
    BOS 10-16

  • YOYO

    sophomore o.k. thanks you

  • YOYO

    thanks zain

  • Sophomore

    What we really need to do is convert a layup. That’s not the refs causing us to miss all those.

  • YOYO

    thought more fts i was wrong. Thank you as i rewound to see it again on those calls

  • YOYO

    free throws on our side is an issue, (making them) and getting stops.

  • YOYO

    good hustle and call by the refs on baby

  • Sophomore

    Can we close out the quarter and get it to 5?

  • YOYO

    baby hustling and the refs have called it well right now both ways. To be honest the second half has been reffed better than the first in my opinion…also the celtics have turned it up a bit better as well…kobe is being kobe right now

  • complexity

    @Zain, ironically about the difference in the game.

  • YOYO

    sophomore, i hope so, but kobe is doing the one man thing the last 2 times down.

  • Zain

    @Sophomore

    Absolutely we can. That’s the number I was shooting for.

    BTW: Bill Simmons reports Bynum re-injured his knee.

  • YOYO

    get out on bynum…when did that happen? was it on the out of bounds off his finger tips?

  • RBD

    Down 5 at the end of three would be decent.

    Then maybe Paul Pierce could actually show up for once in this series on offense?

  • YOYO

    curious if the technicals on perk might come into play today

  • YOYO

    good call on sheed

  • Sophomore

    Beautiful fast-break. Textbook.

  • YOYO

    6 not bad

  • RBD

    Well…. we have no business being this close.

    But if either Ray or Paul shows up for the fourth, we can steal this game.

  • YOYO

    heres to a good 4th for both teams…i think game 2 was a classic. this one seems a bit off. Anyone agree on this state?

  • pam

    damn kobe is so clutch. but 4th quarter lets hope he keeps shooting and not passing to pau.

  • Zain

    Perk was pretty close to getting T’d up earlier when he slammed the ball. Luckily it didn’t bounce too high.

    @Yoyo

    The bynum injury was at about 15 minutes ago. I’m not sure what time in the 3rd Q.

  • Sophomore

    Ray Allen is 0-11 from the field. That’s incredible.

  • RBD

    Ray looks completely out of sorts tonight. Missing shots, forcing shots, making bad decisions. On offense.

    His D has been good.

  • YOYO

    @RBD, I think Ray has been bumped more today and maybe thinking about the blocks a bit. He might be speeding up his shot right now.

  • YOYO

    ok ticky tacks on pp now

  • YOYO

    not talking right now

  • Sophomore

    Sheed, keep your head screwed on straight. Don’t get a T, keep your focus on what you can control.

  • Sophomore

    BBD – you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him.

  • YOYO

    keep baby in with kg

  • Sophomore

    RRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOONNNNNNNDOOOOO!!

  • YOYO

    brown looks hurt or funny bone got hit

  • RBD

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

    We’re back!

  • Sophomore

    The Cs’ d is good, but the Lakers’ O just stinks.

  • RBD

    Watch for Kobe going into hero mode!

  • YOYO

    hopefully ray wins this with his only 3 of the game at the end!

  • Zain

    Not back yet. We need to keep playing like this. TEN MINUTES of Celtics ball to go and we go up 2-1. But we gotta keep playing SMART.

  • complexity

    Ray hasn’t shot good, but a lot of them shots weren’t that great of looks. Not to mention, he was forced into a lane a few times without anyone keeping their man away from the basket. Not to mention, if it wasn’t for his composure and passing, this run wouldn’t have happened.

  • YOYO

    it would be fitting for Ray with the way he is playing right now

  • YOYO

    ray gets 12 at 4 years (48 mil)

  • complexity

    It’s also good because if Ray can knock one down, that’s going to make the crowd go even crazier and might get Kobe to force up a three.

  • RBD

    Honestly, we just need a little bit from Ray and Paul.

    Surely, $40M buys us a little bit.

  • Sophomore

    Did not want to see that Sheed 3.

  • Zain

    Need to get over the hump! So close…

  • YOYO

    make up call there

  • YOYO

    make up for the finger tips our of bounds

  • RBD

    Just can’t seem to get back to even.

  • Sophomore

    I will say I don’t understand how this game is being called. Bynum did foul Garnett there.

  • YOYO

    wow this is not being called straight. Ticky tack on one side but no calls on the other. MAN oh MAN

  • complexity

    @RBD, that’s our hard tax money at work.

    wait a minute.

  • RBD

    So frustrating watching this slowdown offense.

  • YOYO

    what about fisher with the kobe shoulder bump. I think rondo might have flopped a bit there.

  • preston

    these refs are blowing it again

  • Sophomore

    Hope Rondo’s fresh enough. Too bad Nate shot too often in the 1st half. Would’ve been nice to see him get a few minutes to give Rondo a blow. I understand why Doc gambled, but I hope we don’t pay for it now.

  • Sophomore

    Is that BBD or Wilt Chamberlain?

  • YOYO

    preston, not unexpected with the crew handling this game. crawford is probably the best. kennedy hates the celts and salvatore had one of the worst calls in the playoffs ever in 2006

  • YOYO

    no charging on fisher, hmmm

  • YOYO

    rasheed needs to come in for ray right now

  • pam

    how cold is ray ray right now??

  • YOYO

    baby on artest and rasheed on gasoft, garnett on odom. pierce on kobe and rondo on fisher

  • Sophomore

    What really killed us were those Fisher buckets. Could’ve been ahead. Damn.

  • DRJ1

    I think the Cs aren’t gonna win this game. They’ve played most of it like they KNEW they were going to lose. And whenever they made a run, the refs were there to stop it with another set of BS calls. No… don’t think the Cs are winning this one

  • pam

    we arent down much but with ray this cold doesnt it seem like a 10 point lead right now?

  • Sophomore

    Just tell Sheed – no 3s.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    This, what is happening now, is why you don’t fall behind by 17 early.

  • YOYO

    you mean the fisher baskets, on the shoulder bump for space, charging not called…sure those were the calls

  • YOYO

    watch the call will go to LA, who wants to bet it?

  • Sophomore

    They could’ve called those fouls on Fisher, but they were borderline – not a scandal they weren’t called. And even though it’d be better if they were consistent for the whole game, seems like they’re allowing more contact here at the end.

  • YOYO

    this will go LAs way too watch

  • YOYO

    asleep there

  • YOYO

    should have put rasheed in

  • YOYO

    to be honest, I think LA wins the series now.

  • YOYO

    no way the NBA allows the celtics to win in LA, this goes 6 games

  • YOYO

    DAMN

  • YOYO

    critical calls that just did not go our way. That was a make up at the end. whatever

  • complexity

    We are getting to see the rule in three different forms.

  • YOYO

    crap calls going on at the end. This game will be looked on badly

  • YOYO

    goodnight all

  • YOYO

    the nba, where amazing referees decide how close the games end.

  • Mad miraMax

    Nah, this game is all on Ray Allen. Period.

  • The blind

    Why Rondo keep denying Paul Pierce the ball when open and force it to Allen, who is dead cold?

  • YOYO

    on doc…he needs to see what is going on. Ray is just playing

  • YOYO

    if we are a team let the team play

  • JP

    this is not fun to watch the refs are killing the finals for me

  • YOYO

    so the refs did decide this. I think after this year, I might not watch any regular season games. lost a fan.

  • pam

    yea how much ever i hate nba refs- this game was on ray allen. too many shot attempts and too many wide open misses. its def on ray.
    and whatever you say- kudos to derek flopper for finishing it off. he was huge.

  • sacbobv

    It’s just another game, even though I wish it had a different outcome. Let’s see what happens on Thursday, especially with Ray.

  • Jay P

    So Ray Allen has won us one game, and lost us another.

    Any production out of him at all, and we win this one. And he had great looks.

    Make/Miss league though, make/miss league.

  • Mad miraMax

    I really don’t have many problems with the calls tonight. The replays went the right way, and Celts got lucky on Rondo’s loose-ball on Odom.

    That Fischer 3-point play was inexcusable.

    I understand that Ray’s just playing. And playing terribly. I’ll throw some on Doc, as our OTHER Allen was playing better on both ends of the floor.

    I hate saying it, but the Lakers just came up bigger. Winning 6 or 7 in L.A. isn’t a fun proposition. The C’s need both of the next 2 to have a prayer.

  • YOYO

    watch next game the refs will call nothing for both teams and we will lose by 20

  • http://www.hotmail.com Josh

    Everybody in here NEEDS to stop blaming the refs. The calls were bad for both sides, but at the end of the day, you just gotta make shots. Fisher did, Ray didnt. This game is solely on Ray Allen. We lost because of him tonite.

  • YOYO

    i blame doc for ray, when sheed or tony could be on. Also rondo needed some rest in the 2nd half, should have put nate in a bit

  • http://espn.com travis zen

    Ray Allen simply sucked tonight..plain and simple.

  • Mad miraMax

    Man…Lakers 2-15 from long range, and Kobe doesn’t “go off”. Tough loss to swallow…

  • Zain

    @Yoyo

    I don’t mean this to be personal, so don’t take it the wrong way:

    If the refs call nothing, we will win. If you think Lakers can be more physical than us in Boston, I’m not sure what’s going on in your head.

    Also, as a coach, I’m 100% fine with Ray taking most of those shots. It’s unbelievable how rare it is for him to go that bad, a lot of those shots were on the line.

  • Mad miraMax

    We’ve all said this before, but: I really miss James Posey right now.

  • Shooter

    Oh yeah did anyone catch that missed pass by Rondo to a wide open Pierce cutting to the basket…..4th quarter.
    I don’t understand why Rondo was opting to pass to an ice cold Ray Ray instead of giving it to Pierce, who wasn’t too hot either but he was at least hitting some shots.

  • Dan in L.A.

    WOW, what a bunch of winning little bi***s you Celtics fans are. The refs didn’t have anything to do with the outcome. Boston is hacking away like a bunch of sissies, what do you want the refs to do?

    The real Ray Allen showing up and little Pierce being bullied by big Artest, that’s why you lost!

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