Over at SB Nation's CelticsBlog, Greg Payne breaks down what went wrong in Game 6 for the Celtics. (Hint: everything.):
- The Lakers clearly came out with a more aggressive mentality, and promptly owned the first half. Some first half stats to consider...LA led 51-31; LA out-rebounded Boston 30-13; LA's bench out-scored Boston's 15-0.
- This one, unfortunately, seemed to come down to effort and aggression. The Lakers presented more of both and never took their foot off the gas pedal.
- The C's failed to make any headway in the third quarter. On the contrary, LA actually increased it's 20-point halftime lead to 25 going into the fourth. Boston's offense was better than it was in the first half, but the Celtics were unable to secure multiple stops and work their way back into this thing. It was kind of ridiculous how many dunks and layups the Celtics missed over the course of the game. Many makeable shots went awry, which only hindered the Celtics' chances of cutting into LA's lead.
- Heading into the fourth quarter, only Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo had scored.
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