Now all of this over-analyzing isn’t going to mean much of anything on Thursday night when these two teams collide for Game 4, but for now this is what is important in the basketball world. Both teams will make adjustments, and both teams will try hard to win Game 4. However, if you’re the Boston Celtics you need to understand that the next two games are must-win games because heading back to Los Angeles down 3-2 is a very bad idea.
It is hard to say who should feel more fortunate heading into Game 4 on Thursday night. On one hand you have the Celtics, who managed to keep last night’s game close despite wretched performances from Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. On the other is Los Angeles, who has had two straight poor shooting nights, albeit 50 points combined, from Kobe Bryant, and practically nothing out of Artest and Odom, yet still lead the series 2-1. In a series that is supposed to be defined by big players making big plays, this series has had everyone scratching their heads thus far.