2011 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks, Western Conference Semifinals, Game 2
Information about game 2 of the L.A. Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks series in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, with score, recap, pictures, stats, highlights, quotes and Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol performance.
May 4 - Staples Center, Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant's three-pointer with 2:43 left was the first one for the Lakers. By then the game was already over. Maybe not over in the numbers but it was already over in everybody's mind. There was no way the Lakers could have overcome the Mavericks superiority defending so badly and at the end Dallas won 93-81 to take a surprising 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Shawn Marion added 14 and the Lakers shot an awful 2-for-20 (.100) from behind the 3-point line. But it was J.J. Barea who completely demoralized L.A. in the fourth quarter finding and taking advantage of all the Lakers' defensive flaws, particularly of the bad rotations to defend the pick and roll.
The frustration was so big that even model citizen Ron Artest was ejected after getting his second technical for clotheslining Barea in the face with 24.4 seconds left. This nonsense could cost him a suspension for game 3.
Kobe had 23 points, center Andrew Bynum had a very good game, provided the team some energy and ended with 18 and 13 rebounds but many times his efforts were wasted when he rotated to help a teammate and nobody rotated to help him, leaving a big empty hole in the paint.
The Lakers now have to revert a very difficult situation to avoid Phil Jackson's career to end like this. Only 3 teams in NBA history have recovered after losing the first two at home in a best-of-seven series.
Kobe needs just 3 points to pass Shaquille O'Neal for career playoff points. Shaq, currently playing for Boston is injured and not expected to see action soon.
Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "Desperate? That's a strong word. I think when you play desperate, you don't play your best basketball. What we need to do is relax, focus on what we're doing wrong and the mistakes that we're making, and we have plenty to review and lock in on that.”
Pau Gasol (Lakers): "Wish I could have been more productive. Wish I could have been more effective. Some plays I should have finished better, but I tried my best."
Andrew Bynum (Lakers): "It's deeply rooted at this point. It's obvious that we have trust issues, individually. All 13 of our guys have trust issues right now. I think it's quite obvious to anyone watching the game—hesitation on passes, and defensively we're not being a good teammate because he wasn't there for you before—little things. And unless we come out and discuss them, nothing is going to change.”
Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks): "We talked about it, and this series is far from over. I've been around a long time. I've been up 2-0 before and ended up losing the series. I've been down 2-0, lost both home games … and came back and won in Game 7. We've seen a lot of things happen in this league. We have to stay focused, stay together.”
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: 2 LALAKERS ( R Artest 2 ) - TEAMS (def3sec): DALLAS (1) - COACHES: None
Officials: Bill Spooner , Bennett Salvatore , Monty Mccutchen
Time of Game: 2:19