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NBA Playoffs 2011: LA Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 3 Report Card

Nathan TannerContributor IIIMay 7, 2011

NBA Playoffs 2011: LA Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 3 Report Card

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks goes up for a shot between Ron Artest #15 and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at St
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    After losing Games 1 and 2 at home, the Lakers entered Game 3 in a must-win situation.

    Despite their best effort, the Lakers could not close out the Mavericks in crunch time. The Mavs took care of business at home and are just one win away from knocking off the two-time defending champs.

    No team has ever come back to win a playoff series after trailing 0-3, but if any team can do it, it's the Lakers.

    Here is the report card for Game 3 of the Lakers-Mavericks series.

12. Derek Fisher, PG

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 06:  Guard Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO
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    Derek Fisher played a decent game but was involved in two key plays down the stretch that cost the Lakers Game 3.

    With L.A. down by two and less than 20 seconds to play, Fisher bumped Jason Terry and sent him to the line. After Terry sunk the two free throws, Fisher turned the ball over on a poor inbounds pass to Lamar Odom.

    Game 3 Grade: B-

11. Jason Kidd, PG

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04:  Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks moves the ball as Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes for the steal in the first quarter in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Staples Cente
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    Jason Kidd finished the game with nine assists but did not have a good shooting night. He was 3-of-12 from the floor and missed six three-pointers.

    On the defensive end, he was subpar through most of the game but defended Kobe well the last few minutes.

    Game 3 Grade: C+

10. Lamar Odom, SF

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04:  Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a shot against Brendan Haywood #33 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second half in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May
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    Game 3 was Lamar Odom’s best performance of the series.

    He was very aggressive on offense and was the Lakers’ second-leading scorer.

    Odom was involved in a key turnover down the stretch, but Fisher is mainly to blame for the bad pass.

    Game 3 Grade: B+

9. Shawn Marion, SF

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 27:  Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots a free throw shot against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on March 27, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Mavericks defeated the Suns 91-83. NOTE TO USER: User e
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    Did Shawn Marion even play in Game 3?

    While the box score shows he logged 30 minutes, I can’t recall any play that he had a positive impact on.

    Marion finished the game with two points on 1-of-7 shooting and played very poor defense against Odom.

    Game 3 Grade: C

8. Andrew Bynum, C

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers makes a move on Brendan Haywood #33 of the Dallas Mavericks in the second half in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 2, 2011
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    Andrew Bynum was the best player on the Lakers in Game 3. He dominated the paint and showed the Mavericks that no one could guard him.

    Bynum was the most animated I have ever seen and finished the game with an impressive 21 points and 10 rebounds.

    Game 3 Grade: A

7. Tyson Chandler, C

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 06:  Center Tyson Chandler #6 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after a 98-92 win against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Da
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    Tyson Chandler was unable to guard Bynum and took the easy route by flopping on several occasions.

    He only made one field goal the entire game and pulled down five rebounds in 33 minutes of work.

    Game 3 Grade: B-

6. Pau Gasol, PF

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 28:  Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during play against the New Orleans Hornets in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2011 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Lou
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    Rumor has it that Pau Gasol’s fiancee recently left him, and the team’s “trust issues” that Bynum addressed are in reference to Gasol and an unnamed teammate.

    Regardless, Gasol had an awful Game 3.

    He was chewed out by Phil Jackson on multiple occasions and allowed Dirk Nowitzki to shoot several wide open three-pointers.

    Game 3 Grade: D+

5. Dirk Nowitzki, PF

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 06:  Forward Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after making a three-point shot against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at American Airlin
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    Another amazing game for Dirk Nowitzki.

    He was the MVP of Game 3 and has proven to be the best player in the series. No one can stop him.

    Nowitzki had 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting and made several big shots down the stretch.

    Game 3 Grade: A+

4. Kobe Bryant, SG

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 06:  Guard Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a 98-92 loss against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dal
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    Kobe Bryant had a great performance through the first 44 minutes. He was a very efficient scorer and got his teammates involved.

    But in the last four minutes, Kobe was unable to close the game.

    With his team up by three, Bryant had two lousy plays in a row—a bad pass to Pau Gasol (who wasn’t looking) and a forced jumper that he missed while trying to beat the shot clock.

    Game 3 Grade: B+

3. Jason Terry, SG

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 06:  Guard Jason Terry #31 of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at American Airlines Center in
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    While DeShawn Stevenson is the starter, Terry played most of the minutes at shooting guard.

    Terry had a brilliant Game 3 and scored 23 points on only 10 field goal attempts.

    Down the stretch, he nailed a three-pointer in the corner and buried two free throws after drawing a foul on Fisher. Those two plays sealed the Mavericks’ victory.

    Game 3 Grade: A

2. Lakers Bench

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 28:  Matt Barnes #9 and Los Angeles Lakers huddle before a game against the New Orleans Hornets in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2011 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Lou
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    With Ron Artest suspended and Lamar Odom getting the start, the Lakers bench consisted of Blake, Barnes and Brown.

    Steve Blake bounced back from an awful Game 2 and played adequately.

    Shannon Brown was very active on the offensive end and finished with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting

    Matt Barnes was a non-factor.

    Game 3 Grade: B-

1. Mavericks Bench

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    DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 23:  Forward Peja Stojakovic #16 of the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on February 23, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User
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    The Mavericks bench stepped up again.

    While J.J. Barea was the bench hero in Game 2, Peja Stojakovic was clutch in Game 3. He hit several big shots down the stretch and helped the Mavs fight back in the fourth quarter.

    Barea shot 1-of-5 from the field but dished out five assists.

    Brendan Haywood was average on defense and didn’t take a shot all night.

    Game 3 Grade: A

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