The Lakers once again started a 19 point lead early in the first quarter and just when everything was in sync the game 4 ghost came to haunt them and the Lakers went on choking again.
The Lakers once again fall into a pit with Paul Pierce slashing and doing his way with little resistance. The Lakers went on 0-15 with Kevin Garnet on the bench and reserve Tony Allen and Pierce doing the damage. Phil Jackson has to let his starters control the damage and their rest cut short. With just only a 3 point lead in the Half the Lakers are slowly losing their chance of redemption and a glimmer of an early exit is starting to crawl over.
The pick and roll play by Boston with Pierce orchestrating the offense leaves the Lakers flat footed and sometimes clueless as Pierce and his teammates had moments of uncontested layups. Boston went back to their reliable small lineup with Posey on the no.4 position but the Lakers countered it with High-lo plays from Gasol to Odom which was very effective in a small Boston lineup.
The Lakers has turn up their offense and was lucky enough to pull through despite of their poor defense. The Lakers Bigmen should have close up on Pierce whenever he is doubled team or they should have drew offensive charges on the center and not going for a block.
With only 37.4 seconds left Kobe made a clean swipe against Pierce and got the easy two. But Eddie House got open and shoots the trifecta that got the lead within 3 points.
They almost got the steal and the run made by Boston was cut short and the Lakers live to survive game 5 and extend their series to Boston.
The Lakers got the win and a little redemption on game 4 although their defense was dismal but they were doing the small things that proved to be big in closing games. A bigger adjustment should be done on game 6 and the Lakers should be playing exceptional defense especially on Boston’s own turf. It’s hard to win games on the road and it’s even a bigger mountain to climb for the Lakers but they will have to do it one game at a time one giant step.