In the aftermath of Boston’s loss to the Lakers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, two-time NBA champion and TNT analyst Kenny Smith appeared on Wednesday’s edition of SportsDesk to discuss what the Celtics must do to win.
In what has been a back-and-forth series thus far, though, winning doesn’t figure to be easy.
“It’s going to be an adjustment from game to game,” Smith told Cole Wright. “I think both of these teams are veteran-led, [they have] great coaching and [it will be] just a slugfest. Any time you make one error, it could cost you the game.”
One thing that has certainly seemed to interfere with each game of this series is officiating. Fans in both cities have complained about what appears to be glaring inconsistency by the refs.
“The NBA officials normally are great — honestly, they’re great throughout the season — and I would just say they’re good right now,” Smith said. “There’s been a couple of things that have been questionable, and not a consistency. Normally, the officials have a consistency that you see through the game, and that’s the only thing I probably haven’t seen more of.”
Could Phil Jackson‘s media mind tricks be the reason the Celtics seem to have a multitude of calls going against them?
“Phil understands what the stakes are, and so does Doc Rivers,” Smith said. “You’ll see both coaches saying things in the media because the referees definitely do read the paper, they talk to each other and they talk to other referees that might read the paper.”
Meanwhile, after breaking Smith’s own postseason record with eight treys in Game 2, Ray Allen was rendered completely dormant in Game 3, going 0-for-13 from the field. What was the problem?
“I just think the Celtics, in Game 1, did a great job of getting him open and they did a decent job in Game 2,” Smith said. “But the Lakers just did a better job invading his space in Game 3 than they did in Game 2.”
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