NBA Finals Lakers Celtics Game 2: The Gears Of The Great Machine Urgency

BULLETS IN YA HEAD.

  • I said this many times on Twitter, but it bears repeating. This was the best I have seen Andrew Bynum play in a significant setting. He’s had better games against worse opponents. He was quick, decisive, played with a high level of intensity, worked for his possessions and above all, for most of the game, played incredibly smart. For a guy who I have continuously (and rightfully) slammed for his work ethic, it was stunning to see him respond with that kind of play on a ligament tear. That he played like he did showed not only a phenomenal effort by the Celtics, but a terrible performance by the Lakers. You cannot waste a 21 point, 7 block game from Andrew Bynum.
  • Here’s one that will blow your brain open. Via HoopData, the Celtics took 38 shots at the rim compared to just 16 for the Lakers. 38-16. Boston only converted 37%, compared to 75% for LA, but it’s more a reflection of attitude, gameplan, and effort. If you’re attacking the rim and Ray Allen is shooting the lights out, you’re going to have a good chance to win if you can play defense.
  • Kobe Bryant used up 27 possessions for a .83 PC/PU score. Pau Gasol only used 16, nearly half of Bryant’s, and had a 1.47 PC/PU rating. That’s higher than Ray Allen’s (1.33). So just to be clear on this, Pau Gasol got more points on average every time he touched the ball than the guy who broke the record for most three pointers in an NBA Finals game, and touched the ball four times in the second half. Look, I get that Phil Jackson has 10 rings and that the triangle is very complicated and that there are a lot of complicated factors, but honestly. The dude’s 7 feet tall. It’s not like getting him the ball means having to tail off double screens. You’d think they’d catch on to this whole “Oogly Spanish Dude need ball” concept.
  • Ron Artest? 16.5 possessions for a .36 PC/PU. YAKETY SAX!
  • I can understand the Celtics’ fans frustration with how this game is being played off, as more of a Lakers loss than a Celtics win. It’s just that so much of what the Lakers need to do is so simple, and they just failed to do any of it. The first game taught us a lot, and then it’s like in Game 2, the Lakers just decided to completely go away from all of it. Well, that and Ray Allen put on one of the most amazing shooting performances you’re every going to see in a Finals game.
  • Of the 5 Lakers assists leading to field goals at rim (a pitifully low number), 2 were from Pau Gasol. So with Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, and Farmar&Brown (WONDER TWINS, ACTIVATE! FORM OF A BLOWN HIGHLIGHT! FORM OF A FREE AGENT!), Pau Gasol was the one looking for Bynum. Isn’t that what you want? Your big man using his length to throw it to the other big man? But someone else should be trying to make those plays.
  • The Drunken Seal Glen Davis had himself another inconsistent game, but had a few key plays. Every time Davis is out there against the Lakers I find myself just asking “Really? Really? ” and then screaming “DRUNKEN SEAL!” every time he makes a play.
  • Today’s Laker mood regarding Lamar Odom: “SUCKS! TOTALLY SUCKHEAD! WHAT A SPACE CADET! DID NOTHING! DOES HE KNOW THE FINALS HAVE STARTED?!”
  • Tomorrow’s Laker mood regarding Lamar Odom: “ODOM IS AWESOME. MAN, WHEN HE’S ON, WE’RE UNSTOPPABLE! LAMAR RULES! GOTTA GO, I’M GETTING BOTOX IN MY CEREBELLUM! WOO!”
  • You get the feeling that Pierce is going to have one of those games, but it’s going to come in a loss. That’s where I keep getting to. He’s going to finally break out of his slump only to find that the Lakers have stopped shooting threes and started shooting over the C’s down low.
  • The lack of an athletic bench forward is something that’s hurting the Celtics in this series. It’s rare that I think “You know what’s missing? Tyrus Thomas.” But that’s the reality. They could really use a hyper-athletic guy to come in and sky for rebounds, challenge for blocks, and generally just be young and athletic. Glen Davis is supposed to be that guy. (Insert jello mold rolling down a hill joke)
  • Tony Allen had an okay game. I have nothing else to add tot his.
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Matt Moore

Matt Moore is a Senior NBA Blogger for CBSSports.com's Eye on Basketball blog, weekend editor of Pro Basketball Talk on NBCSports.com, and co-editor of Voice on the Floor. He lives in Kansas City due to an unbelievably complex set of circumstances and enjoys mid-90's pop rock, long walks on the beach and the novels of Tim Sandlin.