June 11, 2008
NBA Finals Report Card: Game 3
Los Angeles Lakers
Derek Fisher, PG
28 min., 6 points (1-6 FG, 0-1 3PT, 4-4 FT), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 TO
Rare off night for veteran QB. Missed five of six shots, and dished just one assist in 28 minutes. However, he came back late to sink two big free throws with 1:33 left that helped ice the victory.
Kobe Bryant, SG
45 min., 36 points (12-20 FG, 1-2 3PT, 11-18 FT), 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 TOs
Take that, Curt Schilling! MVP led the way from start to finish. Attacked the basket all night, getting to the foul line more in the first six minutes than in either of Games 1 and 2 total. Pumped in 10 big ones in fourth.
Pau Gasol, C
39 min., 9 points (3-9 FG, 0-0 3PT, 3-8 FT), 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 TOs
Like Odom, 7-foot center was non-contributor offensively for much of the night. But he did lead a much better rebounding effort for L.A., and he flexed at least a little muscle with two big baskets in fourth.
Vladimir Radmanovic, SF
12 min., 3 points (1-4 FG, 1-2 3PT, 0-0 FT), 1 rebound, 0 assists, 0 TOs
Phil Jackson's favorite space cadet must have been off in Pluto somewhere. The 6-10 forward picked up three fouls in first 9:31 of game, and wound up playing just 12 minutes.
Lamar Odom, PF
27 min., 4 points (2-9 FG, 0-0 3PT, 0-1 FT), 9 rebounds, 4 assist, 5 TOs
Maybe he's still "confused," as Jackson surmised after Game 2. Once more, Kobe's wingman didn't do much offensively, going scoreless in the fourth. At least he helped a bit on the backboards.
The Bench
84 min., 29 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists
Welcome to the Finals! What took so long? Led by Sasha Vujacic (pictured) (20 points on seven-of-10 shooting, four boards) and Jordan Farmar (five points, four boards, five assists) the Bench Mob finally lived up to its billing. For the night they outscored their counterparts 29-21, helping rescue Kobe on a night when his fellow starters struggled.
Phil Jackson, Head Coach
His pre-game griping about refs worked, as evidenced by his team's 34-22 edge in free-throw attempts. But it was decision to go with small lineup, especially Vujacic and Farmar, that showed Zen Master still has his touch.
Boston Celtics
Rajon Rondo, PG
21 min., 8 points (4-8 FG, 0-0 3PT, 0-0 FT), 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 TOs
Helped keep Celtics in game early with six-point, three-assist first quarter, and even hit a few more 'dare' shots. But sprained ankle sent slinky second-year guard to bench for most of second half.
Ray Allen, SG
41 min., 25 points (8-13 FG, 5-7 3PT, 4-6 FT), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 TO
The only one of Big Three to show up, he led the team in scoring while sinking five of seven from downtown. Also helped out with rebounds and assists. Can we declare his slump officially over yet?
Kendrick Perkins, C
28 min., 8 points (4-5 FG, 0-0 3PT, 0-1 FT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 TO
Solid effort in limited minutes. Scored Celtics' first field goal, added ferocious dunk on offensive rebound in second, and chipped in four points during Boston's big third-quarter surge.
Paul Pierce, SF
31 min., 6 points (2-14 FG, 0-4 3PT, 2-3 FT), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 TOs
Rough homecoming for Inglewood native. Misfired on 12 of 14 shots, including all four from downtown, and got no love from L.A. crowd after tumbling into baseline seats in futile chase for loose ball.
Kevin Garnett, PF
41 min., 13 points (6-21 FG, 0-0 3PT, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 TOs
Did his usual yeoman work on defense and boards, but like Pierce, couldn't throw the ball into the Pacific. KG missed nine of first 10 shots, then after a brief flurry in third, went cold again at end.
The Bench
72 min., 21 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists
Didn't shoot well as a group (five-of-22), but another solid performance. James Posey(pictured) (nine points, seven rebounds), P.J. Brown (three points, two boards) and Sam Cassell (two points) were ready to play from get-go. Eddie House (eight points) hit two big treys in relief of Rondo.
Doc Rivers, Head Coach
Did nice job shuffling lineup to withstand foul trouble. Called right play out of timeout late in game to get KG a dunk. But did he stick too long with House instead of going back to Rondo in fourth?

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