November 21, 2014

The Power of X

What more can be said about the play of Shrek and Donkey last night? Glen Davis and Nate Robinson, along with Rasheed Wallace and Tony Allen, were phenomenal in game four, hustling harder, playing fearless basketball, and looking like a bench that could stand up to anybody.  For Davis, it’s almost unfair how he’s nationally perceived, but as Bob Ryan wrote in today’s globe, the guy is a basketball player pure and simple.

The real story right now, and quite possibly what the final three games are riding on, is Andrew Bynum’s right knee.  The seven footer played just 12 minutes in game four, allowing Boston to dominate in the paint. He has the ability to change the series’ complexion more so than any other player in the field, especially on the defensive end, and his absence was duly noted with Glen Davis’ performance.  (It also exposed how much of a sponge Pau Gasol truly is.)

In game two the Celtics showed they can defeat L.A. on the road with Bynum playing efficient basketball, but this was behind a once-in-a-career shooting performance by Ray Allen.  Bynum is the one Laker Boston can’t game plan against. He’s too tall, long, and imposing on both sides of the ball.  With three full days of rest before game five, will the 22-year-old see more floor time? Or will his injury prevent him from running, jumping, and winning a second NBA title? L.A. can’t win without him, and in these NBA Finals, young Bynum is the X-factor.

We’ll leave you with this clip of Bynum acting like a 22-year-old should.