2010 NBA Finals, Game 4: Boston, Chest-Thumping and Posing Will Not Beat L.A.

There was a moment in Game Three of the 2010 NBA Finals when Kevin Garnett was fouled hard by Andrew Bynum and, while sprawled out on the court, he beat his right hand on his chest to demonstrate the size of his heart.

There was another moment when Glen "Big Baby" Davis was also fouled, while converting a field goal at the rim, and he turned to face the Boston faithful and let forth a spittle-laced, guttural growl.

Never mind that neither play was instrumental in the outcome of the Celtics' loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Three, nor did either play allow Boston to draw even on the scoreboard.

In fact, the Lakers scored on each of their subsequent possessions after the Garnett and Davis gestures, and instead of being moved by Boston's emotion, the Lakers used it to help them clinch the crucial victory on the road.

This 2010 Finals series' has been defined by superior defense from both teams, occasional brilliance from Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Derek Fisher, and Rajon Rondo—and of course, the horrible officiating on both sides.

But, the Celtics' have also offered their own signature moments, including Paul Pierce's false bravado after Game Two, and the many scowls, poses, grunts, and icy stares which accompany nearly every Celtic play.

The Celtics have been a team which wears their emotion on their sleeves since Allen and Garnett joined the roster in 2008, but, in the past, their gestures have been backed with dominant play on both ends of the court.

Garnett is known for his fierce scowls after grabbing momentum-changing rebounds, but, even though the scowl remains, the rebounds have been hard to come by against the Lakers' dominant frontline.

The hustle which used to accompany the Celtics' fierce attitude has been muted by the Lakers, who have been quicker to loose balls, fought harder for rebounds, and in Game Three, they made all of the plays that were t...

About the Author