This NBA Finals is filled with lots of stars on both teams. The hero of game 3 was not one of the big stars, but instead a crafty veteran who played like a star. Lakers Point Guard Derek Fisher was the hero in game 3 hitting tough shots down the stretch to keep the Lakers from falling apart. Fisher and the Lakers hold a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Celtics.
Fisher led the way for the Lakers in the 4th quarter making 5 baskets. Superstar Kobe Bryant poured in 29 points but only 4 points in the 4th quarter. Boston cut their 17 point deficit to 1 point in the first half. Gasol and Bynum did a nice job on the boards each collecting 10 rebounds. The most important part for the Lakers is that they regained home court advantage. Ron Artest had yet another disappointing offensive performance. Lamar Odom did a nice job coming off the bench scoring 12 points to along with 5 rebounds. Even without dominating performances from their big men, the Lakers still got a victory on the road in Boston.
One game after setting an NBA Finals record hitting 8-3pointers in a game, Ray Allen went 0-13 from the floor and 0-8 from behind the arc. Floor General and emerging superstar Rajon Rondo did his part scoring 11 points, 2 steals, 3rebounds, 8 assists while making 0 turnovers. Kevin Garnett Finally had his breakout game shooting 11-16 from the floor while totaling 25 points. Paul Pierce has yet to turn in one of those games where he is unstoppable and scores 30 or more. With their starting lineup not fully producing Big Baby Glen Davis had a nice game off the bench for the Celtics.
Game 4 is in Boston and the Celtics need this victory if they want to still win the NBA Championship. If Boston loses game 4, it would put the Lakers one win away from avenging their 2008 loss to the Celtics in the NBA Finals. The Lakers are 2 victories away from becoming 2 time defending NBA Champions. Longtime back court-mates, Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant are trying to win their 5th NBA Championship ring together. Boston are the favorites according to the odds but don't count out the Celtics from delivering a staggering blow to the Celtics in front of their home fans.