Trend Vs. Exception

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The Celtics got a combined 19 points on 8 of 36 shooting from Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

The Lakers got a combined 13 points on 5 of 18 shooting from Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol.

Celtics fans are saying “We feel good going into Game 4 because we were close the whole way through even though 2 of our main threats were way off.”  Lakers fans are saying “We feel good still winning even though 2 of our main threats were way off.”  The difference is:  One was an exception… one is a trend.

The Celtics complete lack of offensive production from Pierce and Garnett is completely new.  Pierce has been awesome in this series.  KG has run hot and cold… but not this cold.  Odom and Gasol, however, have been largely absent from the Lakers offense for all 3 games (aside from a few spurts from Gasol).

So when it comes to Game 4… what is more likely to happen?  Odom and Gasol magically figuring out how to join in the Kobe Bryant shooting extravaganza… or Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett hitting their season and playoff averages? 

Rondo’s Blog:  Let it get away (and he talks about his ankle)  |  WBZ Video: Postgame reaction|   Herald:  Pierce simply homesick  |  Bryant leads Lakers to win  |  If any father knows best, its Walton  |  Kobe never more giant  |  One out of 3 not enough  |  Other shoe drops  |  Chris Wallace roots for Celts  |  Despite living with HIV, good health a Magic (Johnson) act  |  In defense of Bryant  |  Pollard left to wonder about refs  |  Stern denies claim  |  Foul issue in the NBA  |  Despite win, Lakers not moving in championship direction  |  Globe:  Wrong way in LA  |  Game 3 photos  |  Coast trip  |  Ryan: Out west, game went south  |  Lakers fix was quick  |  Vujacic: Plenty in reserve  |  Allen routinely productive  |  Pierce didn’t have a shot  |  Rondo suffers ankle sprain  |  Souza:  Game 3: Obstructed View (thoughts from back east)  |  SI:  Lakers win despite soft frontcourt  |  Game 3 Grades  |  ESPN Daily Dime:  Playing Kobe straight up didn’t pay  |  Hollinger:  Vujacic machine hums


16 Responses

  1. Good article. Was thinking about it too myself. Gasol and Odom’s inefficient plays should not be equated to that of Garnett and Pierce because those two Lakers have been playing awful anyway. Had Pierce or Garnett made their shots, this game would have been different. I’m not at all worried about the series. But I am disappointed that we let this thing go. If anything, it was just one crucial mistake we made down the stretch. You could also say that Pierce may have forced the game to come to him down in the fourth hence resulting in missed shots and turnovers. With all that being said there is still no way the Lake show are winning three straight at home. Vujacic saved them in this game. Nevertheless nice game. Lakers did deserve this win. No reason to whine about it.

  2. Hope Spring’s eternal.

    I love you,

  3. Pierce and KG both admitted to being too amped up and forcing things. I’m actually a bit surprised the Lakers still played as poorly as they did.

  4. I thought the Laker D definately improved. The seemed to swarm KG & Pierce for a while there.

  5. So by that logic…the fact the Celtics played well on the road in Detroit, but not in Cleveland and ATL , shows that we will win all 3 games at home because the trend was them losing on the road and the exception was them winning on the road…OK…I get it…thanks for the enlightenment…

    You guys is so smaht!

  6. By this logic… Lamar Odom will still crap his pants and panic on offense.. and Pau Gasol will continue to forget to come out of the locker room at halftime.

    Come on Laker fans… let’s put down the purple and gold glasses for a moment. You know Pau and Lamar are cooked in this series.

  7. Sasha saved them last night but I came away more hopeful that the C’s will take a game if not two in LA. Our defense is too suffocating and Odom is awful; i think Gasol will have two good games in LA but i don’t think it will matter.

    I don’t understand how LA fans can look at last nights game positively and think we won’t steal a game in LA…

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  10. What trend? you played two games at home no shit it would seem like gasol and odom performance became a trend, and game 3 everyone sucked. You don’t even have the brain cells to realize you should wait till both teams played their home games to be making observations of any “trends”

  11. I am worried about KG more than Pierce, he’s stunk for the best part of 3 games offensively now.
    Here’s an idea. ESTABLISH A POST PRESENCE IN THE 1ST!!! Gasol cannot guard him when he faces the basket, it’s either pts or fouls. If Gasol is on the bench in foul trouble our rebounding job becomes a LOT easier, we attack the offensive glass – we win the game…..

    Also kudos to Ray Allen – he was superb yesterday and why didn’t Perk come back in the 4th – he was playing well at both ends….

  12. The problem with the argument is that Pau and lamar are only the 5th and 6th best players on the court…Kobe is 1 and Pierce, KG and ray fill in 2-4…expectations are less for Pau and Lamar…the Celtics are a better team…no one is arguing that…however…if the Lakers are playing to fulll potential as a team we will win…hasn’t happened yet…if it doesn’t you’ll win the series…I have a feeeling all we needed was to get that first win…

  13. and what makes you think the celtics have been playing at full potential?

  14. Games 1 and 2 they were and we most certainly were not…add the refs to the equation …

    Neither of us were yesterday…but I will contest that if both squads are at full throttle, the Lakers will win…we’re deeper, better coach and have the single best player…

    The fact is that if we don’t produce, then all that BS doesn’t matter…

  15. then you seem to be contradicting yourself when you said that “the Celtics are a better team…no one is arguing that”. again your statement, not mine.

    so how is that when two teams go “full throttle”, suddenly the lakers will win? just defies logic. and deeper in what sense? hands down you have a better coach. but bench? that may be a stretch. yes your bench was great yesterday, but our bench was great the 1st two games. and yes you have the single best player (and so did the cavs and he went “full throttle” in game 7 and we both know how that ended). but when has a single best player beat a great team? wilt never did it. mj never did it (until he got great players). iverson never did it. what makes you think kobe will?

  16. First of all, to all Laker fans who have the nerve to breeze through a Celtics fansite, be reminded that more than half of the Celtics fans expected the Lakers to win Game 3. They were hopeful of a victory but nonetheless were not surprised the Lakers got Game 3. If anything, they were disappointed the Celtics let this slip away. Of all the terrible plays by Garnett, Pierce, and Rondo, and absolutely only Ray Allen showing up to play, and Kobe being Kobe (ballhogging and scoring in bunches), we were all surprised to be even up by 2 halfway in the fourth.

    Celtics are gonna win Game 4. And if the Lakers win Game 4, and hopefully for the Laker-fans’ sakes, win it more convincingly than they did Game 3, THEN you start talking.

    Oh and 3 NBA Finals games is enough to make a trend u stink. This is the Finals. Homecourt advantage should be among the least they should be thinking about. And even if we use your basis of home games, heck Odom and Gasol sucked in Game 3 anyway. That’s the trend!

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