Lakers vs. Celtics, Game 3: Momentum Swing and Fisher King

June 9th, 2010 by Hardcourt Mayhem Leave a reply »
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The Celtics came out with primal screams and a sweaty coach.

Europe’s amazingly terrible song, The Final Countdown, blared in TD Banknorth and the crowd was brimming with hatred for all things Los Angeles. When House Of Pain’s seminal classic Jump Around came on, it felt like the roof was gonna blow off the joint.

Then the game started. And for the first five minutes, Boston maintained that level of intensity.

Kevin Garnett, time traveling back a decade, sprinted up and down the court for dunks and lay-ins.

Ron Artest picked up two quick fouls. Phil Jackson had to call a timeout to wake up his shell-shocked team, which couldn’t score or get stops, trailing 12-5.

Luke Walton came in for Artest and immediately, Laker spacing and ball movement improved markedly. Bigs got more touches in the paint. Less dribbling, more cutting.

The refs started blowing the whistle, resulting in foul problems for Perkins, Rondo, and Pierce. Surely, those in attendance had to wonder whether Bennett Salvatore was destined to screw them over yet again. ...

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