Lakers 89, Celtics 96: Finals Game 4 Twitter Diary

60705550Lakers – Celtics Gameday Page
After a thrilling Game 3 win in Boston, the Lakers looked to take a 3-1 series edge in Thursday’s Game 4 at in Beantown. Mike Trudell was typing all the way through on Twitter via the @LakersReporter account to make sure you didn’t miss a thing:

Inactives
Lakers: Adam Morrison
Celtics: Tony Gaffney

Starters
Lakers: Fisher, Bryant, Artest, Gasol and Bynum
Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins

Phil Jackson on Bynum Starting
The major question heading into Game 4, as it had been since the opening of Round 2, regarded Andrew Bynum’s knee. There had been some speculation that Bynum wouldn’t play from various media outlets, but the 22-year-old said he would play no matter what, and Phil Jackson confirmed before the game that ‘Drew would indeed start: “We’ll try to get him six, seven minutes at the beginning of the game. He likes to get out there and participate and get the feel of the game, and we’ll see how it goes from there.

Pregame
- The 9 p.m. Eastern start gives the Celtics fans plenty of time to rile up, though there’s a bit less energy than before Game 3.
- Danger note for me tweeting: 2 Celtics fans behind me saw the “Lakers.com” on my name card. They’ve had a few root beers.
- Lakers coaches identified 2 Boston plays that hurt ‘em in Games 1-3: 1) double high screen/roll; 2) an elbow screen/roll.
- 2 other keys for L.A.: limiting transition chances (C’s had 12 FB pts in Game 3) & getting ball inside consistently, esp. late.

60705724First Quarter
- Especially after Kobe’s fadeaway to open scoring. RT @jadande*: Crowd intensity at the Garden is wayyyy down from Game 3.
*For those not accustomed to Twitter protocol, that’s a “retweet” of someone else’s tweet (ESPN’s J.A. Adande in this case), with my thoughts added on to the front.
- It took Ray Allen only 1 minute to make a FG after his 0-for-13 Game 3, on a driving layup. Fans trying to pick it up here.
- Gasol’s 15-foot J from Gasol made it 5-4 C’s after Allen missed an open 3. But C’s players are all over the place, incl. off. glass.
- Fish is only 2 3′s from catching Jordan on the all-time postseason 3-point chart. Has yet to hit in series, after a corner miss.
- L.A. took a 12-11 lead on a tough leaner from Kobe over Allen, following Gasol’s 3rd bucket early, halfway through the 1st.
- Boston’s getting good looks, but has converted only 5-of-14 shots (35.7%), missing 4 straight to allow L.A. the 1-pt lead.
- Fisher picked up his 2nd personal, much to his surprise, on a driving Pierce. Vujacic’s in for L.A., up 1 with 4:27 in 1st.
- Pierce started 0-for-5 in the 1st in Game 3, but he’s 4-for-6 here to score 10 of Boston’s 14 points in a 14-all tie.
- Loudest ovation of the night here in Boston comes as ‘Sheed knocks Gasol onto the groud. 2 Pau FT’s then tied score at 16.
- A low scoring 1st Q ended on a Nate Robinson 3 that put Boston up 19-16. L.A. missed 6 straight FG’s to end the period.

Quick quarter summary: It was a very poor shooting first quarter for both teams, L.A. making only 7-of-20 shots and Boston 8-of-22. Pierce’s 10 led Boston, while Gasol went 3-of-6 with two freebies to lead the Lakers with eight. Bryant took four shots, making two, and added two assists before being subbed out with 1:06 to play for his first rest of the game.

60705721Second Quarter
- L.A.’s bench made its first 7 shots last game, and 9-of-11 on the night. They were 0-for-3 in the 1st, but got an and-1 layup from Shannon Brown to open the second, tying the game at 19.
- L.A. got its first bench points on a S. Brown and-1 layup, but Robinson answered with his 2nd 3 off Boston’s pine. C’s by 3.
- Rough start for Odom (3 reb but 0-for-2 FG’s, 2 fouls & 1 turnover), but Farmar/Brown had 8 total points to keep things even.
- Lakers have shot the 3 very poorly all series, are just 1-for-7 after a Brown miss, while Boston’s 2-for-6.
- Rasheed just made a fun face after picking up foul No. 3 on Gasol. Almost like Spencer when Heidi’s sister opens her mouth.
- I own Ding in 2K10. RT @KevinDing: It’s the Finals … & the sloppiness makes it look like 2 guys playing 1st game of NBA 2K10.
- Kobe just nailed back-to-back 3′s after going 1-for-7 from downtown in Game 3. He’s up to 10 pts, Pierce has 12, L.A. by 2.
- First audible sign of nervousness in the TD Garden came after Odom’s and-1 made it 39-33 (missed FT). Kobe had scored 8 straight.
- Gasol = a solid half, getting to 13 pts w/3 reb. by hitting 2 FT’s. L.A. up 5, 17.4 sec. until half. Crowd trying to stay in it.
- Gasol blocked Allen’s 3, but Garnett gathered and hit a fallaway from 17 feet to bring Boston within 3 (45-42) at the half.
- L.A. made 10-of-15 FG’s in the 2nd Q after just 7-of-20 in the 1st to jump in front of Boston. Kobe had 8, Gasol 5 of his 13.

60705785Third Quarter
- If you didn’t notice, Lamar Odom’s starting the 3rd Q for Andrew Bynum. No official news, but ‘Drew’s not on bench.
- Spero Dedes on 710 ESPN Lakers radio just said that Bynum was getting treatment & IS expected to return.
- And there he is … Bynum just came out of the tunnel to join teammates on the bench. Very good news for L.A.
Meanwhile, L.A.’s lead was cut to one on Rondo’s pull-up jumper, the fans hoping desperately for the lead Boston could never grab in Game 3′s second half.
- Fisher has nailed 2 off-balance J’s while trying to draw a foul after not scoring in the 1st half. Then Gasol’s J puts lead at 5.
- Both teams have gone cold on offense, 5 straight trips without a point, L.A. still up 5 with 6:47 to go.
- Loudest its been all night here as LA lead’s cut to 1 again, thanks to KG’s D, then layup. Crowd begging for a lead here…
- Finally, a 2nd half lead for Boston at 5 min to go in 3rd … but Kobe’s 3 swished home. Big momentum shot from Kobe.
- We def. saw that, but Perk just hit w/a PF. RT @RicBucher: Doc challenged Perk to get physical w/Pau and take him out of his game.
- Andrew Bynum’s checking back in here after coming out late from the halftime tunnel.
- Allen just had a look at a wide-open transition 3 … but missed. He’s only 2-of-8, 0-for-3 in 3′s, after his 0-for-13 Game 3.
- Back to the bench for Bynum after a very short stink … teammates appreciating him fighting through pain.
- Kobe was just 4-for-16 from 3 in Games 1-3 … but he just nailed another set of back-to-backs. He’s 5-of-6 tonight.
- Whistle was buried in the 3rd, both teams battling fiercely, as BOS cut 1 pt off L.A.’s 3-pt HT lead. 62-60 L.A., 12 min to go.
- RT @KevinDing: Kobe ends Q3 literally praying to ref G. Willard for a call. Kobe has no FTA’s but 21pts anyway. Lakers lead, 62-60.

60705666Fourth Quarter
- Odom just can’t get it going on O tonight, missing a jumper to get to 2-of-7 for 4 pts. Does have 7 rebounds, however.
- Gasol and Kobe are carrying the Lakers in a big way, with 40 of the team’s 64 points. In look of help from somewhere.
- Boston just reached its biggest lead of the game with an 8-0 run as L.A.’s offense has stalled. Celtics verrrry physical on D.
- Big Baby is 7-of-9 off Boston’s bench for 15 points to lead the C’s, including 3-for-3 in the 4th. L.A. 12 total pts off bench.
- Sheed hammered Kobe in paint, called for foul, hated call, got a T. Kobe missed the T, made next 2. 6-pt game.
- Things chipper than the Lay’s BBQ in the media room … Lil’ Nate latest to get a T for taunting Odom. 79-72 C’s, 5:39 left.
- Fisher missed the T after Robinson’s antics; Kobe had missed the T after Rasheed’s protesting. C’s lead to 9 after Rob makes.
- Rajon Rondo has been on the bench all quarter; Robinson continues to play, having scored 6 pts in the period.
- Lakers officially in trouble. 11-point C’s lead with 3:57 remaining. Haven’t been able to match Boston’s energy in 4th.
- Game 2 star Rondo, Game 3 star Garnett have been on bench all 4th Q, Rivers riding Davis/Robinson.
- L.A. still in it as Kobe has 3 FT’s after TO, can cut lead to 5 w/2:51 left. Allen missed 2 more FG’s last C’s poss., is 4-of-10.
- Correction, Kobe had just 2 FT’s there. 8-point game, as KG boards Allen’s missed 3 & Pierce hits elbow J.
- Kobe’s fallaway J made it 87-81 C’s with 1:41 left, & L.A. had a steal before Gasol threw it right back to C’s. That hurts.
- Big call there. Kobe wanted a charge, but it was a block as Pierce made an and-1 layup. 9-pt lead, 1:17 to go.
- Bryant drew Allen’s PF while taking a 3, making all 3 FT’s to again cut lead to 6. He has 30. Pierce then misses J.
- That could do it … Kobe’s pass out to Odom was stolen by Rondo, who laid in. Fish answered, lead at 6 w/22.2 left.
- LA has really missed Bynum’s defensive presence in the paint in 2nd half (just 2 min). L.A. glad he has 2 days b4 Game 5.
- Not surprising that backs-to-wall Boston won hustle stats. 20-7 second-chance pts, 54-34 points in paint (no Bynum), 41-32 reb.
- Boston, with a 96-89 win, has ensured that if the Lakers win their 16th title, it will be at STAPLES Center.
- Kobe scored 33 in the loss, and Gasol 21, while the rest of the Lakers had just 35. No Laker had more than 7 rebounds.
Check back soon for a postgame wrap up of Game 4 in what’s now a 2-2 series.