NBA Finals Game 4: Bye Bye Andrew Bynum, Might Mean Bye for Los Angeles Lakers

June 11th, 2010 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
The play of Boston’s reserves in their 96-89 Game 4 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers has gotten well-deserved attention.

Nate Robinson’s explosive offense overwhelmed a Lakers defense so used to defending starter Rajon Rondo and his lack of range.

Rasheed Wallace continued his exemplary defensive postseason. In back-to-back series, he’s successfully shut down Dwight Howard, while severely limiting the effectiveness of Pau Gasol.

Tony Allen’s ankle is fully healed, and he’s been the defensive stopper the Celtics have needed to curtail Kobe Bryant’s basket assaults.

But the biggest story out of Game 4 was Andrew Bynum’s inability to play more than 12 minutes.

With Bynum unable to play, many of the things the Lakers did successfully over the first three games were unable to be sustained.

With Bynum’s length, strength, and surprisingly alert defense around the basket, Boston had trouble scoring in the paint with him in the game—especially he's paired with Pau Gasol. However, in Game 3, the Celtics took advantage of Gasol and Odom’s comparatively smaller, weaker defens ...

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