|Posted by B-PAUL on June 11, 2010 at 1:21 AM|
Boston Celtics 96 Los Angeles Lakers 89
TD Garden - Boston, MA
June 10th, 2010
Going into tonight's Game 4 battle against the L.A Lakers, Celtics fans (whether they admit or not) were nervous and anxious to see what the troops were going to bring to the table in a must win game. The C's had just come off a rough loss in Game 3 and needed a quick rebounding effort in Game 4 to even up the series. That is exactly what they got, defeating the L.A Lakers by the score of 96-89.
Things didn't start out exactly how the Celtics wanted them to in tonight's game. For the better part of the first half the team struggled to capitalize on great opportunities on the offensive end. According to ESPN Stats/Info the Celtics missed seven layups in the first half and missed 12 shots in the paint. Thanks to a great defensive performance they were able to stay within reach at the half, trailing by only three.
The way this series has gone you just had to expect the C's to make this thing a game in the second half, the only question was if they could take the lead and come away with the victory. With 5:09 remaining in the third quarter the C's took there first lead on a Kevin Garnett jumper.
Three Kobe Bryant three-pointers later the Celtics once again found themselves down, but not out. The Celtics received a huge spark from the bench in the fourth quarter. Nate Robinson and Glen Davis combined for 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the C's even this series up at two games apiece.
Shrek and Donkey
Please excuse me for a moment. I had to make up a corny name for the duo that put the Celtics over the top in tonight's game. It was not until 2:51 remaining in the fourth quarter that Nate Robinson and Glen Davis found themselves removed from the court by Coach Doc Rivers. Both players showed that they could handle the big stage and it made no sense to go away from what was working.
While these two were in the game the Celtics outscored the Lakers 25-15. Davis ended with 18 points on the night on 7-10 shooting from the field. His partner in crime, Robinson, put in a huge 12 points on 4-8 shooting (2-4 from behind the arc). In the post game press conference Davis referred to the two as, "Shrek and Donkey."
There's still more to be done
Celtics fans and players can enjoy the Game 4 victory tonight, but the fun will stop quickly as the C's still have to win two more games to raise Banner 18. After tonight's game I can still say that this team can play a lot better. Each member of the Big Three can play much better and Rondo is capable of putting up better numbers than 10 points and 3 assists.
The guys in green will be back at it Sunday night at the TD Garden in another must-win game. The difference between going to L.A up 3-2 and down 3-2 is huge. Hopefully we can see the same effort from the bench in Game 5 and a much better performance from the starters. Beat L.A!!!
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