Bryant was criticized for his unlikely gesture in Game 2 against his teammates. Emotions were flying and Kobe wants to send a message to bring back the fire and determination that have bounded them together in the first place.
The Lakers were on fire on the first two quarters in game 4 stretching their lead to 24 points. Kobe was the great facilitator and with no field goal in the half his team went on blitzing. Odom started big for the Lakers and was the unstoppable force in the paint. Boston struggles with Pierce not getting quality shots and Boston’s mentality defensively was none existence.
Allen was the lone bright star for Boston as he connected from beyond the arc. But as the Lakers cruise their way for the biggest blow out in the series the Boston went back from a 21-3 run that brings the lead back to 2 points at the end of the third.
Suddenly the Celtics connected and their small line up with Posey on the Power forward position is clicking as it opens Pierce and Allen either on a kick out or a snap shot. The Lakers fans were stunned and the uncanny silence of the crowd were on disbelief as they shook their heads as sign of frustration as they pile their way out of the arena.
The Boston made the greatest comeback in the NBA finals history. The Lakers tried it on game 2 trailing by 24 points in the fourth quarter but failed to grab the W in the end.
The Celtics never quits and proved that defense wins games. As soon as they established their defense their offense went to work and the Captain Ball Paul Pierce gave Boston some hope and as he went toe to toe with Bryant. The Celtics rebounded from a supposed blow out by the Lakers as their determination and heart kept them going and they have set a standard in the NBA… a 24 point lead doesn’t secure you anything in the NBA.. It was proven by the Lakers in game 2 and now the Boston returned the favor in game 4.
In a 3-1 series lead there’s no team that went back and wins the championship in the history of the NBA. Kobe and the Lakers have to move mountains and play a perfect game to come back from a 3-1 deficit. This have been a magical year for the Lakers and the Celtics but in a game where 24 point lead deficit is possible and the history rich rivalry has taken another step maybe miracles can happen or maybe not.