Henry Abbott zeroes in on a moment that will be seared into my head forever:
It’s unclear why Ron Artest got so stuck on Ray Allen’s pick — after the game he said he could remember the play, but now why he let Pierce get so open. Stop the play about nine seconds in. Pierce needs that ball, and Rajon Rondo completes far tougher passes every night. Listen to the crowd, begging for the pass to be completed! With a bucket there, the whole place would have erupted.
This was one of many moments that swung a game, but it stuck out to me, too, as I watched it. Maybe Rondo just didn’t feel in rhythm with his dribble to make the pass. Maybe he felt he had seen Pierce a split second too late.
But there are moments like this in every game—I’m sure you can think of a few from last night. Odom’s fast-break lay-in, plus one, to end the first quarter, for instance, stands out as another in a series of sloppy plays from Boston in the first three games of this series—sloppy plays on which the Lakers have capitalized, brilliantly. But this play stood out as I watched it, and I clapped my hands just as Pierce did.
Nothing to do but respond in Game 4.
What moments stood out to you guys?