June 09, 2008
NBA Finals Report Card: Game 2
Los Angeles Lakers
Derek Fisher, PG
29 min., 9 points (3-8 FG, 1-4 3PT, 2-2 FT), 0 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 TOs
Veteran point guard joined Odom in failing to step up amongst Kobe's supporting cast. Missed 3-of-4 three-point attempts and wound up with just three assists while battling foul trouble.
Kobe Bryant, SG
40 min., 30 points (11-23 FG, 1-3 3PT, 7-7 FT), 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 TOs
MVP had a better night than in Game 1, finishing with game-high 30 points and team-high eight assists. But once again, he couldn't find much room to operate against Celtics swarming defense, and he's starting to show frustration.
Pau Gasol, C
40 min., 17 points (8-12 FG, 0-0 3PT, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 TO
Spanish center had another solid night statistically, but he can't seem to put it all together for an entire game. Just like in Game 1, Gasol scored in the first half but didn't rebound. Then he rebounded in the second but didn't score.
Vladimir Radmanovic, SF
30 min., 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-7 3PT, 0-0 FT), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 TO
For the second straight game, got in early foul trouble and was a non-factor in first half. Came alive in second half to score 10 of his 13 points, and his 10 boards helped lead a better effort for L.A. in that department.
Lamar Odom, PF
32 min., 10 points (5-11 FG, 0-0 3PT, 0-0 FT), 8 rebounds, 2 assist, 2 TOs
Kobe's wingman didn't have it on this night. Scored just two of his 10 points in second half after getting in foul trouble, and wound up on bench during fourth-quarter rally. Even Phil Jackson said Odom looked "confused."
The Bench
67 min., 23 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist
Once again, they were AWOL most of the night before helping spark fourth-quarter rally. Jordan Farmar (pictured) (nine points) and Sasha Vujacic (eight) led the way, combining to hit 4-of-5 from downtown during the comeback. Nobody will be happier to get back to L.A. than these guys.
Phil Jackson, Head Coach
Rough night for the Zen Master. His switch to Trevor Ariza (instead of Luke Walton) didn't pay off. He couldn't find a way to get the ball to Kobe on the critical possession in the final seconds. And he had to watch the Celtics go to the line 38 times (hitting 27).
Boston Celtics
Rajon Rondo, PG
41 min., 4 points (1-4 FG, 0-0 3PT, 2-6 FT), 6 rebounds, 16 assists, 2 TOs
Quietly spectacular night for slinky sophomore point guard. His 16 assists (with just two turnovers) were third-most in Celtics franchise history for Finals game, behind only Bob Cousy (19, twice) and DJ (17). He also blocked a three-point attempt by the 6-foot-9 Vladimir Radmanovic.
Ray Allen, SG
41 min., 17 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 3PT, 2-3 FT), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 TOs
Another solid effort from All-Star shooting guard. Nailed three of his six three-pointers, joining Pierce and James Posey to help Boston shoot a robust 9-of-14 from downtown. Allen also helped lead another solid team defensive effort on Kobe.
Kendrick Perkins, C
13 min., 7 points (2-2 FG, 0-0 3PT, 3-3 FT), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 TO
Shook off that sprained ankle to win the opening tip, and generally provided an early emotional lift before departing with foul trouble. Returned in second for nifty "and one" on up-and-under layup, but biggest contribution on this night was giving way to Leon Powe.
Paul Pierce, SF
41 min., 28 points (9-16 FG, 4-4 3PT, 6-7 FT), 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 TOs
So much for that sore knee. The Celtics captain looked just fine racking up a team-high 28 points, including two huge free throws in the final seconds. Pierce also hit all four of his three-point attempts, dished eight assists and came up with a key block at the end.
Kevin Garnett, PF
39 min., 17 points (7-19 FG, 0-0 3PT, 3-4 FT), 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 TO
Once again, he set the tone. The Big Ticket chipped in 17 big ones, while pulling down 14 boards to help Boston finish with a 46-39 edge in that key category. Garnett also helped shut down the lane once more on Kobe, making him a jump shooter for the most part.
The Bench
64 min., 35 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist
For the second straight game, they outplayed their more-celebrated Lakers counterparts. Leon Powe (pictured) led the way (21 points in 15 minutes), but he got plenty of help from P.J. Brown (six points, three rebounds) and Posey (eight points, three boards). Only Sam Cassell 's right-wrist sprain put a damper on their night.
Doc Rivers, Head Coach
Once again got the better of the Zen Master. He showed the right touch with Pierce and Perkins, found ways to get Rondo into the lane more and used his timeouts wisely. But loses points for letting his team let go of the rope in the fourth.

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