Game 4 of the NBA Finals ended with the Celtics winning, 96-89. The Lakers had trouble matching the intensity of the Celtics, and they had absolutely no answer for Glen Davis. Kobe put up another great game, as he had 33 points and 6 rebounds. However, the rest of the team seemed to disappear late in the game; the absence of center Andrew Bynum hurt the Lakers, and the Celtics took advantage of the “open lane.” Game 4 was yet another example of how the Lakers seem to fall asleep during games, and how the bench was a non-factor. With the series now tied at 2-2, the Lakers are looking for answers and have to find them fast. We should all expect a hectic Game 5 at the TD Garden, which is a must-win for both teams.
With a pivotal game five coming up on Sunday night, the media was trying to figure out what had happened to the Lakers and how the Celtics pulled off the huge victory.
After the Lakers lost their center Andrew Bynum, they were having problems guarding the Celtics from attacking the basket. The Lakers now understand that an unhealthy Bynum means an early exit in the playoffs. [OC Register]
The 2010 NBA Finals has turned into a best-of-three series after the Celtics won in Game 4, 96-89. In order to come out as champions, the Lakers must play with effort and have to execute on the offensive end. [Forum Blue and Gold]
The Lakers played poor down the stretch of Game 4; their “silly” turnovers and incapability to snatch key rebounds cost them the game. [Silver Screen and Roll]
The Lakers should consider themselves lucky to only lose by 7 points; the Lakers were out-hustled throughout Game 4, not by the Celtics starters but by their bench. A Game 5 victory will depend on the Lakers effort and their desire to win. [Lakers BasketBlog]
Many people considered Glen Davis the “MVP” of Game 4, as he put on a great show late in the game. Davis was getting to the basket at will and the Lakers had trouble staying in front of him. If they Lakers want to go back to LA up 3-2, they must find a way to limit Davis. [Celtics Blog]
Paul Pierce finally broke out of his slump after his great performance in Game 4 of the Finals. Pierce poured in 19 points and grabbed 6 boards to assure the Cs a win. [Dime Magazine]
Most coaches would insert their starters late in the fourth quarter of the NBA Finals, but not Doc Rivers. Towards the end of Game 4 , Rivers kept Nate Robinson and Glen Davis on the court, which paid off big time. Both of the reserves combined to score 30 points, and helped their team tie the series at 2-2. [LA Times]
The heart and determination shown by Andrew Bynum has many people impressed, he vows to play in Game 5 but the question rises. How effective can Andrew be while playing with the injury? [OC Register]
Here is the link to the “moving pictures” of Game 4 of the NBA Finals.