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Brown is not high on critical thinking

By Monique Walker
Globe Staff / June 9, 2010

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The whistle has been a frequent sound in this series, but players such as Lakers guard Shannon Brown said how the game is officiated is just another part of a team’s adjustment.

There has been a lot of talk about fouls in the first two games of the Finals, but players on both teams have had to manage playing in foul trouble. In Game 2, Ron Artest fouled out in the fourth quarter and Kobe Bryant was playing with five fouls through most of the final period. For the Celtics, Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins each had three fouls by the end of the first half of Game 2.

Referees have spread out the calls. In Game 1, the Lakers were called for 28 fouls and the Lakers 26. There were 67 free-throw attempts between the two teams. In Game 2, each team was charged with 29 fouls. But free throws proved to be costly as the Celtics converted 20 of 26 attempts in their 103-94 victory, but the Lakers missed 10 of their 41 attempts.

Numerous fouls, especially ones that are back to back, can interrupt the flow of a game but Brown said the key is how a team works around the stops.

“We’re aware of it, but at the same time we can’t dwell on it too much to the point that we don’t go out there and handle our business,’’ Brown said. “We have to be aggressive and not allow them do what they want to do out there. I’m sure they feel the same way.’’ Monique Walker can be reached at mwalker@globe.com.

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