What Went Right:
• Kobe led the team in scoring once again with 30, including a stretch in the fourth quarter in which he connected on four consecutive three pointers to nearly put the Lakers back in contention in a game that was quickly becoming a rout at the hands of the Spurs.
• Jordan Farmar continued his Western Conference Finals resurgence with another double-digit effort, this time scoring 10 points to lead all Lakers reserves, including 2-3 from beyond the arc.
• The Lakers showed they can handle the Spurs on the boards once again, beating the San Antonio in the rebounding department by three, 42-39, including an 8-3 edge in offensive rebounds.
• Vladimir Radmanovic played a solid all-around game, contributing nine points and nine rebounds. Moreover, the forward showed an increased willingness to drive his way to the hoop instead of simply relying on his three point shot.
• L.A. played a productive first quarter, matching San Antonio’s early intensity by outscoring them 24-21 in the first 12 minutes. However, the purple and gold were dominated in the second quarter, 28-15, giving the Spurs the lead for good.
What Went Wrong:
• Lamar Odom was unable to follow up his strong 20 point, 12 rebound effort in Game 2, only managing a measly seven points. But, the foward did lead the team in rebounds with 11.
• Similar to Odom, Pau Gasol was also largely ineffective in Game 3, scoring 15 points, but needing 18 shots to get to the total.
• The Spurs bench–led by Manu Gonobili’s monster 30 point night–outscored the much younger Lakers bench by a decisive 41-21 margin. Aside from Manu, Brent Barry also came through with two huge threes just when it looked like L.A. might be gaining momentum in the fourth quarter.
• Tim Duncan may have played second fiddle to Ginobili on offense, but he was dominant on defense and on the boards, finishing with 21 rebounds to go along with 22 points.
• After a poor 13-point performance in Game 2, the Lakers let Tony Parker break out for 20 points on an extremely efficient 9-15 from the field. Meanwhile, Derek Fisher only managed to score two points on 1-4 shooting, offering little opposition to Parker.
• After struggling from the three point line at STAPLES Center, the Spurs shooters finally found their stroke in Game 3, nailing 10-18 from beyond the arc and shooting 51% from the field overall.