I should have posted this before the series started because it would have made me really look like I knew what I was talking about
But, I told my co-worker before the series started that Boston will live and die by Ray Allen.
Kobe can really keep Rondo in check like he did tonight. Artest has been suffocating Pierce all series long. Bynum/Gasol are too long for KG (even though KG was extremely aggressive tonight and had a good game).
The one person who could really roam and light the Lakers up was Ray Allen. In game 2, Allen was shooting lights out and that really caused the Laker defense to scramble and be scattered. Everyone was so concern about the off-ball picks that were being set for Ray and switching/closing out, etc. This really opened up the floor for players like Rondo to penetrate and then dish off to his bigs.
When Ray misses, Laker defense play closer to the basket and clogs the lane. Odom/Bynum/Gasol are so long that Boston really has a hard time penetrating the ball.
I mean, Lakers played a really ugly game tonight and still pretty much led the entire game and was able to close out Boston in the final minutes. Now imagine if Ray, instead of being 0-7 from downtown, went 4-7 instead. Boston would have won the game.