2010 NBA Finals: Celtics keep looking for two big nights at once from Big 3

By Michael Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 13, 2010

BOSTON -- They've seen Paul Pierce go off, while Ray Allen was in foul trouble and Kevin Garnett flubbed a point-blank layup. They've seen Allen enter the record books with his three-point proficiency, while Pierce appeared disinterested and Garnett picked up silly fouls. They've seen Garnett dunk and pound his fist against his chest, while Pierce collected fouls and Allen nearly entered the record book for shooting futility. And they've seen Pierce and Garnett play the role of cheerleaders, while Allen served as moderator for Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Nate Robinson's "Shrek and Donkey Show."

But the Boston Celtics have yet to see more than one member of their famed Big Three have a good game on the same night. "Well, you just hope it comes together," Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said. "Both teams are good defensively, and they're going to take something away from you. It would be great if all three and [Rajon] Rondo and everyone got it going in one game. I'd feel very good about that game if that happens. We're certainly going to try."

Pierce had 24 points in Game 1, Allen had 32 in Game 2, Garnett had 25 in Game 3 and Pierce led the team with 19 in Game 4. The Celtics have yet to have two players score 20 or more points in the same game. "Might not happen," Rondo said. "We can win when they're not all going. I don't think there has been a game where they all scored 20-plus this whole season. It's not important -- we've won two games this series."

When asked what it would take to get him going, Pierce said, "Just get me the ball, like Keyshawn Johnson. But as far as getting guys going, you know, this team ain't really like that. It's not like I don't go out there and score 20 or Ray doesn't do it then that's the emphasis on the next game. The emphasis is all about playing the right way, playing defense, sharing the ball. That's our motto here as Celtics. It's not about one individual, regardless, because everybody is not going to play well. We realize that. But it's whatever you can do to help this ballclub win."

Greatest Laker ever?

Kobe Bryant said on Saturday that he can't go down as the best Laker ever if he doesn't defeat the Celtics. He also said that he doesn't believe that he holds that title. "In my opinion, it's Jerry West, because in terms of everything that he's done, as a player and then as a general manager. He's responsible for managing here. He's responsible for Shaq. He's responsible for myself. He put the whole picture together and everything that he's done, to me, he's the greatest."

When asked if Magic Johnson had the edge because he defeated the Celtics twice and West never did, Bryant said, "What's everybody's fascination with the Celtics in terms of going down in history as -- it's a little weird to me. I think Jerry's body of work and the championships that he's responsible for -- you can have your opinion, it doesn't really matter to me."

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