Making Pierce a liability

… is what the Lakers managed to do last night. Garnett, had he not rebounded well, would have also been a huge negative, although he had three offensive and nine defensive boards, which is the same as Pau Gasol, who people incessantly call “soft.” Bryant really tried to take this game over, and managed to win it for his team, I admit that I was skeptical that such an approach would work (he had only one assist), but it seems to have in this case.

tm Player MP PTS MEV PVC PtC Credit G/B
lal Kobe Bryant 45.25 36 28.07 0.370 33.39 0.397 2.62
bos Ray Allen 41.42 25 25.54 0.370 28.91 0.344 4.06
lal Sasha Vujacic 27.60 20 20.08 0.265 23.88 0.284 5.93
bos Kendrick Perkins 28.45 8 16.05 0.232 18.17 0.216 5.10
bos James Posey 24.60 9 12.25 0.177 13.86 0.165 5.94
lal Jordan Farmar 20.05 5 11.55 0.152 13.74 0.164 6.67
bos Kevin Garnett 41.98 13 10.17 0.147 11.52 0.137 1.49
bos Rajon Rondo 21.87 8 7.62 0.110 8.622 0.103 1.97
lal Pau Gasol 39.47 9 4.97 0.065 5.906 0.07 1.36
lal Trevor Ariza 8.82 4 4.61 0.061 5.483 0.065 5.53
bos Eddie House 19.80 6 4.82 0.070 5.461 0.065 1.74
lal Derek Fisher 28.07 6 4.02 0.053 4.778 0.057 1.60
lal Luke Walton 11.23 0 1.97 0.026 2.342 0.028 1.60
bos Sam Cassell 6.85 2 0.95 0.014 1.07 0.013 1.29
lal Lamar Odom 27.97 4 0.75 0.010 0.89 0.011 1.05
lal Ronny Turiaf 18.87 0 0.26 0.003 0.31 0.004 1.16
lal Vladimir Radmanovic 12.68 3 -0.42 -0.006 -0.5 -0.01 0.89
bos Leon Powe 5.98 1 -2.25 -0.033 -2.55 -0.03 0.57
bos P.J. Brown 17.48 3 -2.39 -0.035 -2.7 -0.03 0.68
bos Paul Pierce 31.57 6 -3.67 -0.053 -4.16 -0.05 0.80
Totals 480 168 144.93 2.000 168 2.01 1.94

It is difficult to identify what to take away from this game: PP had a game last night like Kobe has been having all season against the Celtics–last night, some folks were saying that the Celts should take heart because their two best players played terribly, and they still made it a close game on the road. However, to the extent that LA caused their terrible play with good defense, this is not a reason to rejoice, unless they can come up with a better plan for the next game.

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