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So far, then so close, then so far

In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Lakers were generally outplayed for the bulk of the action, save a six minute stretch at the end of the first half where they turned a five point deficit into a five point lead. Sunday night in Game 2, they opened the game strong, taking a seven point advantage on a tip in from Lamar Odom with 6:15 to play in the first.  From there, things turned Boston's way.  Decisively.  Washington Generals vs. Harlem Globetrotters, Shaq vs. free throws, Oliver Miller vs. the training table decisively. The Celtics locked down on a foul-plagued Lakers squad- more on that later- and opened a 12 point lead at the half, a cushion they pushed to 22 closing the third, and 24 with 7:55 remaining in the fourth. 

At that point, the Celtics became complacent defensively, careful not to foul a desperate Lakers bunch and content to trade hoops, bleed the clock down, and send the fans out to the pubs with a big collective smile.  Except a funny thing happened- they stopped trading.  The Lakers shaved 10 points off the deficit over the next 2:40, and another 10 in the next four minutes.  After two free throws from Kobe with 38.4 to go, the Lakers were down only two, needing a stop. 

Didn't happen.  Derek Fisher was called for a reach on a penetrating Paul Pierce, who went to the line and sank two freebies.  Then Pierce blocked a Sasha Vujacic triple on the next possession, and that was that.  A heartbreaking, frustrating, angrifying (new word alert!) 108-102 loss.  Lakers down 2-0. 

Honestly, the game was too weird to fit neatly into our traditional (and well loved) breakdown, so I'm going to hit on what I saw as some of the game's biggest themes.  Click below for that.

Issue 1: The Lakers Offense

  • For the vast majority of the game, it just wasn't very good.  The Celtics once again were quicker to the ball and frustrated the Lakers, particularly when they tried to get Kobe going.  While almost by definition Kobe believes any shot he takes is one that can/should go in, I don't think even he would classify anything he saw during the first three quarters as a bunny, like he did in Game 1.  Virtually every shot he had over the first 24 minutes was fading away from the hoop, rather than going towards it. The Celtics continued to place players in between him and the basket, and cut off avenues for penetration.  His frustration was evident, particularly in the second and third quarters when he started to force shots and push for open space on the floor.  His percentage wasn't a problem, but as he and the Lakers had trouble running the O, the shots became more awkward and the Celtics were able to pressure LA on the other end. 

Pau Gasol was effective, especially early, as the Lakers were able to establish a solid low post game (13/3/2 in the first half).  Lamar Odom was strong crashing the boards, notching eight points overall, four coming on putbacks off the offensive glass.  But for most of the game, the Lakers again got very little production from the bench, forced to play a some very critical minutes because of early Lakers foul trouble. (Did I mention I'd be talking about that?)  Through three, the LA bench had contributed a total of seven points.  That's it.  Derek Fisher wasn't effective, taking and missing both open and contested shots and struggling to stick Rajon Rondo, who didn't score much but finished with 16 assists. 

In the fourth, Boston went into their prevent D, trying not to foul and grant the Lakers easy points at the line.  That let them gain some momentum, and by the time the Celtics realized that they were in a game, it was hard for them to turn it back on.  Credit the Lakers for making a comeback, but I tend to think that if the Lakers had started the fourth down 12 instead of 22, the Celtics wouldn't have given them the space to make the run to begin with. Overall, the Lakers offense didn't look like the one we've seen all year, and they're running out of time to figure it out. 

Speaking of running, the Celtics have taken that aspect of LA's game away, both with smart transition D and excellent offensive execution.  The Lakers only had 10 fast break points tonight, eight of which came in the final quarter.  Tonight particularly they were deep in LA territory with guys like Leon Powe, or taking threes in rhythm, many of which were dropping. 

Issue 2: The Lakers Defense

  • The Lakers cleaned up the rebounding disparity from Game 1, but that was about the only bright spot.  In short, the D was not good. Boston, and particularly Rondo, was able to break them down repeatedly and with relative ease.  Part of the reason LA was put into foul trouble (getting there, I swear) was the fact that overall, Boston was the faster, more physical, more aggressive team. That, in combination with home court, will always result in a disparity at the line.  Maybe not the one we saw tonight, but that principle holds.  The Lakers ran up their personals with too many silly reach in fouls.  They might be ticky tack, but as a team they have to resist trying to make plays when they're not in position to do it.  Move the feet, not the hands.

Even more disappointing for LA was that Boston essentially controlled the pace of play.  The Eastern Conference, slug it out, punch 'em in the mouth Boston Celtics had a 10-0 advantage in fast break points in the second and third quarters, got into space, and created clean looks.  Their ball movement was very crisp, explaining their 31 dimes on 36 makes, including the aforementioned 16 from Rondo and eight from Pierce.

Issue 3: The Officiating

  • I am not one to point to officiating as a reason a team wins or loses.  Generally speaking, I believe that the better team gets the calls, which creates the disparity that ticks everyone off.  And no question the Celtics were, for most of the game, the better team.  So with that in mind... there's no question the officiating helped put the Lakers behind the eight ball early, and made it tough for them to climb out.  Did the Celtics deserve an advantage at the stripe in the first half?  Absolutely.  Like I said, they were the faster, stronger, more aggressive team, and the Lakers, particularly Kobe, were forced into and/or settled for too many jumpers.  But 19-2?  And with one of the two for LA coming after a KG technical?  No, that's just too wide.  And it's hard to separate the calls from what came later.  Why was Powe (21 points, including 13 free throws, or three more than the Lakers had as a team) able to find so much space down low?  In part because the Lakers were saddled with foul trouble in the front court, and lacked bodies to throw at him (and in part because as a team, they don't a lot of muscle to begin with- the Lakers were often pushed around (literally, on occasion) through the course of the evening).  It was not a well officiated game by any stretch, and the Lakers were generally on the wrong side of it. 

Put it together, and the Lakers had to absorb some tough calls on a night where they were being outplayed, against a team beating them to the loose balls, and facing a tough challenge on a hostile court.  That only added obstacles to the path, and until the fourth quarter rally, LA didn't respond well on either end. Did the Lakers lose because of the officials?  No, I don't think they played well enough to make that claim, but they certainly weren't helped by them, either. 

There will be plenty more to come on this and other issues, I'm sure. 

BK

 
 
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REFS:2 LA:0

I WILL NEVER WATCH ANOTHER NBA GAME

agartaw

CRYBABY!

Wah wah. I've got a pacifier for you.

Geez louise, you Laker fans are the biggest bunch of SORE LOSERS.

What! the Lakers were doing pretty damn good in the first quarter and were leading. Then the weak fouls Kobe got forced him to the bench therefore causing the Lakers lead to dwindle.

Those ticky tacky, unnecessary, non playoff calls took the lakers out of their game allowing them not to be assertive. If Kobe could have finished the first Lakers would have had a bigger lead. Face the facts AK & BK 10 to 40. Lead at halftime 12 points, FT deficit 2 to 14 made FT. FG wise we had the same amount. I can understand giving 3 or 4 benefit of the doubt no calls to the aggressor, but come on a guy is holding Kobe's dominant hand in the 4th quarter while he is driving and no foul call.

FACT:

Refs poor officiating, constantly calling fouls on consecutive Celtic possessions caused Laker's key players to be on the bench and hindered the development of any rhythm while the Celtics gained points from the line.

Something just occured to me.

My superstar aka The Truth is the polar opposite of your superstar aka The Mamba.

Both were on bad teams last year and wanted out. The Mamba acted like a fool blubbering and blasting his team, teammate, GM and owner. The Truth acted professionally and Ainge and company got Allen and KG.

It seems fitting that The Truth and The Crybaby are playing for a championship.

How sweet it'll be when The Truth wins Finals MVP honors.

Let's go C's!

We're not done.

Phil Jackson has the Celtics exactly where he wants them to be. Of course, I bet his plan was to win game 2 but the zebras kinda ruined the plan tonight.

But look at that comeback by the Lakers. Is there any other NBA team that has been so good at consistently coming back from huge deficits as the Lakers? None.

And that's due to PJ's coaching style. Read Adande's article on PJ on espn's site. PJ's style of "non-coaching" the Zen way - letting players figure it out themselves, staying cool as a cucumber no matter the deficit and how badly refs are calling it - that's the PJ style.

And that is exactly why the Lakers never say die no matter how much they're behind. So right now, the Lakers are in an 0-2 hole behind the Celts. But you can bet the players are mad as hell about the officiating. They will come out for game 3 in LA with a ferocity and aggression that we've never seen from this team before.
And that's something that Odom and Gasol need. They're nice guys at heart and they need a reason to fight. The bench will be more confident in LA remembering how the Lakers won the 4th quarter in Boston by 16 points.

At the same time, the Celts just crumbled in front of their home fans and they know they won a close one just bec. of the officiating. Now, all the doubts about them are coming back to haunt them. Kevin Garnett - the anti-clutch player. Rivers not knowing what to do under pressure. Allen disappearing. Rondo showing his inexperience.

The Lakers are behind 0-2 in a seven game series and its going back to LA. Phil Jackson has the Celtics exactly where he wants them.

From the first minute of game 1, maybe 4 5ths of the calls have gone the Celtics way. Has Stern fixed it for the home team to extend to 7 games? Celtics-style dirty tricks to buy off the refs? Mobsters bet against the spread? Refs just drunk off TD Banknorth delirium? Leprechaun miracle along the lines of Willis Pierce's I-was-paralyzed-but-I-can-walk-again recovery? Speculate away! It's the only storyline left that matters. Certainly the so-called competition on the court doesn't.

Take this into account, we actually outscored them 40-34 in the paint (we had 41fgs in the paint compared to their 23), yet still only got 10 freethrows compared to their 38. We were the aggressor. Unbelievable.

Charlie Rosen pretty much sums it up:

“A pair of phantom fouls on Kobe ruined the Lakers’ first-half rotation, and at the intermission Boston had attempted 19 free throws to L.A.’s two (one of these being a technical foul on KG). After three quarters the margin was 26-to-4, and the final total was 38-to-10.

This disparity was even more puzzling since the Lakers’ game-plan called for them to constantly drive the ball to the hole. And several replays showed exactly how biased and inconsistent the refs’ decisions truly were.

No surprise, then, that the Lakers were distracted, annoyed, and even outraged all game long. And rightly so.

bad calls or not. the lakers are soft. the cetics were the aggressors and the lakers basically ran off with their tails between their legs. i'm not gonna make excuses for that garbage they put out there tonight. it's as if they got punched in the mouth and just sort of teared up and looked away. does it really take 2 games for them to figure out that they have to take the title? wake up, sissies! boston came out with pride and heart and you thought they would just lay down because you're the big bad lakers. well you're effin wrong and if you don't figure that out during your flight home, your sorry a$$es will get swept and the hated celtics will have another title over our proud franchise.

This was a stupid recap. The Lakers were most certainly robbed by the horrible officiating...particularly during the 2nd and 3rd Q's. I can't even count how many times I heard the announcers even comment on blown calls during the game. The flow the Lakers developed in the 1st Q was trashed by the refs in the 2nd Q. Hence, the gross disparity in free throws that people are talking about.

It's hard to win a game when you're being called for ticky tack fouls on your end, while getting hammered by the other team on the other end.

@ "Let's Go C's

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agartaw

CRYBABY!

Wah wah. I've got a pacifier for you.

Geez louise, you Laker fans are the biggest bunch of SORE LOSERS.
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Of course we're sore losers. This is the finals. You're gonna be sore as hell too after the Celtics blow a 2-0 lead to lose the series.

The refs won this game for the Celtics. Look at the replay on the foul call against fisher when pierce drove to stop the Lakers comeback. It was a bailout call. This stopped the Lakers run and sealed the game for the Celtics.

That call is just one bad example. Could the Lakers have played better? Damn right they could have. Would you say the Lakers were significantly less aggressive than they were in game 1? Hell no I wouldn't. In fact, I would say Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom for example were much more aggressive. I think any sport analyst would agree with me.

How many free throws did the Lakers get in game 1? 28. Aggression is not the only issue here.

Thankyou, U are my man !
http://cbs2.com/johnireland

lots of ppls say we do not attack the rim enough to get calls. think about this, if you continue get hit with NO calls given. Therefore NO basket and Waste a possession, what u gonna do? still keep attacking the rim or see if any luck the official give u call?

sixonezero

A voice of reason. Congrats! The first Laker fan to be somewhat realistic about Game 2. Kudos.

I would like to see the Lakers punch back.

Prediction for the most commercially appealing script for the 7 game series:
Boston goes up 2-0. Lakers rally in LA and the series is tied 2-2.
Boston wins game 5 in LA.
Now, Lakers are in do or die desperado situation in game 6.
Lakers pull it off and win game 6.
Game 7 and TV ratings are off the charts.
Everyone is rubbing their money grubbing hands.
Celtics win game 7 against the Vegas odds.
Now we're onto the 08-09 season.
The theme of the new season is can the Lakers with Bynum as challengers unseat the defending champs - the older Celtics?
Of course, 09 Finals is a Lakers-Celtics rematch.
TV ratings off the charts again.

Celtic Fan's predictions:

Lakers win Game 3
Lakers Win Game 4
Celtics Win Game 5 and 6.

The Truth is awared Finals MVP.

KG and Allen, great players in the NBA, finally get a well deserved title.

Well, that was disappointing. Who are these players masquerading as Lakers? Where are the Western Conference champs? I'm so mad at the officiating but at some point we have to stop blaming the refs and turn a critical eye on the Lakers' play. In 2 games, I haven't seen the offensive fluiditiy and aggressiveness they've shown to clinch the WC crown. Their defense is always a step behind. The rally in the 4th qtr was nice but those seldom win games... not when you sleepwalk through 3 quarters. C'mon... the Celtics are good but they're not that good. At least, I don't think that they're 20 points better than the Lakers so there's no reason to be down early by that much. There are still 5 games to be played so the time to start winning is on Tuesday. Play the way I know they can play and they'll come out on top.

Go Lakers!

Fact: Tonight, the Lakers learned to pronounce the name.......POWE. They will be made to remember it again.

SWEEP,SWEEEP, SWEEEEP.

Kobe's first two *ahem* "fouls" ....

Enough said.

Why were the Celtics the better "team" for much of the game?

Because the refs took Kobe Bryant out of the game. There may be no "i" in "team", but there's no "team" in "Lakers" if Kobe Bryant is sitting on the bench.

Thos had to be 2 of the most absolutely haenous, biased, ticky-tack "rooks don't even got those calls" kind of fouls. Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, who are noted Kobe haters, couldn't even wrap their heads around it.

Nasty, nasty game.

Only Kobe was good throughout. Gasol was only good on offense. His defense was poor with many, many slow closeouts on KG.

I don't see how the officiating didn't necessarily cost the game. The Lakers got the game within 2 points with less than a minute left and only lost by 6.

These are people, not basketball robots. When they are saddled with fouls, foul trouble, and uneven officiating, it breaks their spirit and their ability to play as well as they can (even under slightly adverse conditions they can play better than in officiating hell).

I will not say the refs cost us the game. I will say they very well may have cost us the game. Only a do-over (impossible, obviously) would determine just how much the refs cost us.


On a more positive note, it was nice to see Ariza in there even though he wasn't particularly effective.

Let's be the Heat and let the Celtics be the Mavs.

Without a doubt, the WORST officiated game I've ever seen.

Celtics are gonna get pasted in games 3-5.

I hate to bring the issue and I do respect call for keeping a class act by the LA fans, but the truth of the matter is that this game was decided by the refs, they totally ruined the game starting from the Q1, and it snowballed from there onward. Otherwise, Boston plays much stronger and Lakers need to find the answer for that, especially Odom and Gasol.

We've played through adversity all season long: Kobe's uncertainty, Bynum's injury, Kobe's pinkie, etc, etc. Great teams can overcome adversity and this team will too.

All C's did was defend what they were supposed to defend. No way Kobe lets them lose in the Finals.

Lakers: 4-2 (4 straight)

BELIEVE LAKER NATION!

When Kobe was asked about the disparity of the fouls? His answer was: "I didn't notice."

When Vlad was asked whther the first two fouls took the game away from him? No Comment. All I can say that if you give a team 39 times in the foul line vs. 10, we will never win ball games.

I believe there are three forces that took Game 2 aways from the Lakers:

1. The Referees

2. Laker Defense

3. Boston Intimidation & Thuggery

I don not have to belabor the shortcoming of the Zebras many ticky-tacs on Fisher, Kobe and Vlad but they did not call holding fouls on Gasol about 4 or 5 times from Rondo, Posey, Perkins and Powe right under the basket. The poor Spaniard is just meek to complain. This is ABUSE OF POWER and NBA just allow it to happen. In order to fairness is to get COMPETERIZED ROBOTS AS REFEREES aided by multiple cameras. Someday, that will be the officiating of the NBA. You just can trust humans!
PS. One of their glaring mistakes that favored the Lakers was the traveling foul on Vlady which was let go.

2. Boston Intimidation - This is the reason why longtimed Laker fans hate Celtics and their fans, this has been going on now for decades, they will do anything to win. Did you see Perkins how he abuse his guard, Odom? How about Pierce, the wimp on Game 1 and the flopper on Game 2. He blocked Kobe's passage way in trying to chase RA, then he was bump a little he got down. From our TV set, you can hear the Celtic yell everytime a Laker shoot that rock. This is like playing b'ball at the park, no sense of professionalism. Well, whatever cheating available that refs. won't play aleprechaun will always abuse the process to his own advantage. If you point it out, they will say Laker fans are whiner. Well, we whine because you cheat and abuse your opponents to just to achieve your end.

3. Lakers defense. We suck for 3 and 1/2 quarters, we came back to life at the last 7 minutes that brought the score down from 24 to 2 pts. That call on Pierce was really UNFAIR call, they should just let the players play the game without the aid of referee's partiality. Now going back to Lakers, again lackadaisical ways of just standing around, touch fouls which do not alter shots, no switching defense on Ray Allen so he was able to escape from his defenders, lack of transition defense, our bench mob were totally out of sync, no offense and no defense so the lead mushroomed when they were playing. It's totally unacceptable in a championship game. If we want to win Games 3, 4 and 5, Kobe and Pau should play 40 minutes.

At the end of the game, we have the momentum, so that was the ray of sunshine out of these two games. The message Celtics can lose the lead of 24 in a flick of time of 7 minutes. That's the ending of Game 2 which will be the beginning of Game 3.

"Did the Lakers lose because of the officials? No, I don't think they played well enough to make that claim, but they certainly weren't helped by them, either."

Ya think? A 28-ft advantage in a game where the Lakers were within 2 points down the stretch? I know you're supposed to say what you're saying or the other journalists will sneer at you, but if you can't speak the truth, you're better off saying nothing.

THE REFS WERE BAD....DAMN, VLAD RAD TOOK FIVE FULL STEPS WITHOUT GETTING CALLED FOR TRAVELING IN THE FINAL MINUTE!!!

PAUL PIERCE IS GOD!

WE THANK YOU, INGLEWOOD...FOR GIVING US PAUL, HE`S A WONDERFUL TREASURE, AND SOON TO BE THE PLAYOFF`S MVP.

PLEASE BOOKIES....CONTINUE TO MAKE THE LAKERS FAVORITES. IT ONLY SERVES TO MOTIVATE THE CELTICS.

LAKERS.....RIP!

LAKER FANS....ENJOY YOUR MISERABLE MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE ON THE CLOGGED 101, 405, 10, AND 110, AS YOU TRAVEL TO A JOB YOU DESPISE!


One last thing, to those who wil see the game on Tuesday, everytime the name Pierce is called, just cheer

P A U L A P A U L A P A U L A

That sound's like Darryl. Darryl, DArryl


Note: This kid is a congenital liar with his faked injuries.

" agartaw "

Yes agree, I m NOT watching the coming game either !
If Stern think he can increase the TV rating of this year, i will tell u NO..

The biggest reason laker are looking SOFT and outplayed is because the momentum was taken by those bad call. we climbed up close in 1st Q and beginning of 2 Q, and got beaten again and again by those consecutive bad calls. Our moment suddenly shifted. We bother by foul trouble, ie shorten the rotation and we quit attack the rim (because we found out the damn xxx dosent blow whistle), ie, we settle for jumpers. so we become very very bad looking team.

I shoudlnt call our tean is a bad looking team, because there is NO GOOD LOOKING TEAN in history can overcome this kind of situation...

" agartaw "

Yes agree, I m NOT watching the coming game either !
If Stern think he can increase the TV rating of this year, i will tell u NO..

The biggest reason laker are looking SOFT and outplayed is because the momentum was taken by those bad call. we climbed up close in 1st Q and beginning of 2 Q, and got beaten again and again by those consecutive bad calls. Our moment suddenly shifted. We bother by foul trouble, ie shorten the rotation and we quit attack the rim (because we found out the damn xxx dosent blow whistle), ie, we settle for jumpers. so we become very very bad looking team.

I shoudlnt call our tean is a bad looking team, because there is NO GOOD LOOKING TEAN in history can overcome this kind of situation...

Weird how Leon Powe had a short feature about his life ready to go at halftime, on a day when he has a breakout game. So that means there must be short features on all the players right?

bad calls or not. the lakers are soft. the cetics were the aggressors and the lakers basically ran off with their tails between their legs. i'm not gonna make excuses for that garbage they put out there tonight. it's as if they got punched in the mouth and just sort of teared up and looked away. does it really take 2 games for them to figure out that they have to take the title? wake up, sissies! boston came out with pride and heart and you thought they would just lay down because you're the big bad lakers. well you're effin wrong and if you don't figure that out during your flight home, your sorry a$$es will get swept and the hated celtics will have another title over our proud franchise.

Posted by: sixonezero

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You're an fake. A Celtic fan pretending to be a Laker fan. Good try though.

i am so glad that the celtics won! at first i was like "its over" but then the lakers came back. woo my heart was pounding, but they still came out with the win. all the celtics players were great and the made great plays, especially the one when rondo dunked. another great play was at the defensive end when rajon rondo(who i liked to call roadrunner) blocked a shot from a 6' 10'' player. it was great and suspenseful

Maybe it's easier to just lose by 20+ than to comeback from 20+ down in the final 7 minutes only to fall just short....

Need to win all 3 at home now?

Lane
http://LosAngelesSource.com

What was that ESPN article saying about how unstoppable Phil Jackson is in Game 2s in the Finals?

Well, history does have its place.

Nowadays, Doc Rivers is simply mastering the so-called master. Just like MIKE D'ANTONI has done for years.

If the SUNS were playing in these Finals, we'd have some competition going, but as it is, the lakers are making a mockery of representing the WC.

"Jon Barry simply states that the Lakers would get more free throws if they were more aggressive taking the ball to the hoop"

How? Barry teach us how? We got call against us when we play tough, We got NO CALL everytime attack the rim.

Any idea Barry? I am sure Jerry buss love to hire you as our new coach !!

Taking a break from lurking to post. If the officiating was bad on Thursday (and it was) it was truly awful tonight. Did you guys see the second foul on Kobe? That was an embarrassment to the referees. He did *nothing* and got called for an offensive foul.

The Celtics generally got plenty of sympathy from the refs while we got none. The free throw differential was outrageous. This was eight-on-five if ever I've seen it.

As for the Celtic people, I'm polite enough to stay off of your blogs. Now get the hell off of mine.

Boston Sucks.

So are the refs getting Boston championship rings, or just the Tim Donaghy special?

We were outplayed, outhustled, and outhearted. We made Powe look like a superstar. Bring it back Lakers.

ak/bk i think you're overly trying to be fair in favor of the other team.. when the officials take the lakers out of their offense by making really horrendous calls.. how are they supposed to come back.. you really need to watch the reel again i believe.. this was a grossly poor officiated game..

even rob fugazaki saw it that way.. the guys i watch with don't make a lot of complaints about officiating. but that was an obvious game where poor officiating occured.. the lakers looked like the better team i honestly thought.. it's just the officials took them out of their offense.. what can they do.. even rasheed wallace complained about the officiating.. it was a circus..

the non-suspension on KG (like your other post said).. kinda gave the celtics the series.. there's something wrong here..and according to your posts.. it definitely suggests the nba are favoring the celtics for some odd reason that the feds need to take a look into..

Not to worry, Laker Faithful. When the refs let the Lakers play, they are clearly the better team. I'm over complaining about the foul disparity. The Lakers just have to play through the lack of whistles (or glut of whistles on the defensive end). The Lakers can, and will, beat the Celtics AND the refs.

Lakers in six. This is the team of destiny. It'll make these first two games doubly sweet when we hoist the trophy in Boston.

Go Lake Show!

You really have to take your hat off to Paul Pierce. He is the best player in the Finals and is showing why he should get FInals MVP..

kobee wouldn't even take a shot on the last possession that meant anything - sasha took it. That is wimping out at the worst time.

But back to Paul Pierce. The man is a killer. He wrung the last bit of life from the lakers tonite by sinking two FTs in crunch time (what guts!) and then, made the defensive block on the aforementioned sasha 3.

Paul Pierce has won two games nearly single handedly vs. the lakers.

You really have to take your hat off to Paul Pierce, the closest man we have to Michael Jordan.

How bout that comedy bit to open Jimmy Kimmel's show?! FUNNY! Making fun of the pretentious kobe is almost too easy..

Absolute Truth

ahem CRYBABY.

Wah wah, where's mommy?

sead94

Crybaby!

I'm going to Costco and buying a box of pacifiers for all of the baby's crying about the refs.

Did the refs force the "best player on the planet" to take fadaway shot after fadaway shot?

NOT!

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DON'T LOSE HOPE

THIS IS NOT THE END

IN FACT, IT IS JUST THE BEGINNING

OF CELTIC CARNAGE ON TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND SUNDAY

LET'S FIGHT TO THE LAST HURRAH, DON'T LET LEPRECHAUNS DICTATE THE BALL GAME OR INTIMIDATE THIS BLOG.

Captain Obvious

YOU'RE A FOOL for blasting the only reasonalbe Laker fan.

Shame on you!

Did I mention that we can back a gazillion boxes of whine with all of the sour grapes being produced by this blog?

hahahahaahha!

shakira

you da bomb!

Go Celtics!

Celtic Fan signing out. I WILL be back after Game 3.

My prediction: Lakers win.

Why does people suddenly change their perspective on this series after Lakers getting down 0-2??? Is in it the C's suppose to hold their home court and Lakers suppose to steal atleast one? Ok, the latter did not happen, so what? This is how I predicted the series is going- Lakers will lose 2 on the road, and win the next 3 at home... then close out on six. Just keep believing people!!! keep believing!!!
Lakers did not sweep Denver by accident, Lakers did not close-out on a very tough Jazz team in Utah by accident, Lakers did not finished the ex-champion Spurs by accident! This team have come along and grown together through adversity all this time... and they're not about to give that up just because of 2 tough loses on the road! NEVER!!! BELIEVE PEOPLE!! BELIEVE!!!

phils sick obsession with luke is indeed totally exposing him and is gonna cost us the series.. ariza checked in with what seemed like a brilliant move and was great defensively in his short stint and then SUDDENLY AND FOR NO EXPLAINED REASON LUKE CHECKS IN?!?!? why because ariza missed a jumper?? well its no suprise but celts gain momentum like at the drop of a dime after that and start building onto their lead.... by the time kobe checks in they're down huge and its almost game over.

third quarter we're almost back in it and then LUKE CHECK IN AGAIN TO GUARD POWE!?!?! WOW PHIL! i've seen you make some boneheaded move but this was BY FAR ONE OF YOUR WORST STRATEGIC MOVES OF YOUR CAREER!!

I'M NOT DONE YET. U WANNA HEAR THE FUNNY PART?? Well with LUKE PLAYING ALMOST HALF THE 3RD QTR AND THE BEGINNING OF THE 4TH QTR CELTS JUST TOTALLY DOMINATE US AND PUT THE GAME AWAY OUT OF REACH OVER A 26 PT LEAD.. BUT HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS, HERES THE FUNNY PART: AS SOON AS LUKE CHECKS OUT LAKERS JUST GO ON THAT LAST BIG RUN TO CUT IT TO 2 AND OUTSCORE THE CELTS LIKE 30-10.. well we know what happened next...

I NEVER UNDERSTOOD PHILS LOVE FOR LUKE. YES HE UNDERSTANDS THE TRIANGLE AND AT TIMES HE CAN BE AN ASSET WITH HIS SO CALLED GREAT PASSING (ALBEIT 2 HUGE PASSING TOs TONITE) BUT MOST OF THE TIME YOU MATCH HIM UP AGAINST A PHYSICAL OR MORE ATHLETIC TEAM AND THERE TRULY IS NO BIGGER LIABILITY ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH.. OPPOSING TEAMS LITERALLY SALIVATE AT HIS PRESENCE ON THE FLOOR AND DOC RIVERS ALMOST AT A MOMENTS NOTICE WASTES NO TIME IN NOT HIDING HIS GUSTO BY GOING STRAIGHT AT HIM PLAY AFTER PLAY... PHIL THEN COUNTERS BY MAKNG ABSOLUTELY NO ADJUSTMENTS. PHIL YOU CAN BE ONE PATHETIC STUBBORN MOTHER FXXXXX. IT DOESNT TAKE A BBALL MASTERMIND TO FIGURE IF SOMEONE IS A MUCH BIGGER LIABILITY THAN AN ASSET. I JUST DONT KNOW WHY PHIL DOESNT GET IT.

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY HORRIFYING TO WATCH. WATCHING LUKE IS LIKE WATCHING A HORROR MOVIE WITH A REALLY BAD ULCER. I WANT THIS TITLE AS BAD AS ANY LAKER FAN BUT I REALLY DONT KNOW IF I CAN ENDURE ANOTHER DAY WITH LUKE.


You have to love this line from the main article about the lakers loss:

"Lamar Odom looked "confused," according to Lakers Coach Phil Jackson...:"

In other words, odumb is the last man you laker fans should be pinning title hopes on. He's a liabitlity and crumples under mental stress. And is dumber than a bag of hammers.

The lakers need to take inspiration from SHACK - his Miami team is the only NBA team in the last 30 years to win a title after going down 0-2 in a FInals.

Of course, Boston plays a little tougher than Dallas did.

Bottom line, SHACK is a leader who is responsible for lakers and miami titles.

kobee is best as a 2nd banana who might compliment a great player, just like scottie pippen used to do for Jordan.

Whoever is saying Lakers lacked anything is giving overly tough love. The refs took the lakers out of the offensive & defensive rhythm.... "Take this into account, we actually outscored them 40-34 in the paint (we had 41fgs in the paint compared to their 23), yet still only got 10 freethrows compared to their 38. We were the aggressor. "

This game was definitely the most lopsided game in terms of officiating... and the officials were calling EVERYTHING! This is a NBA Finals game, not a regular season game, they should know that the game is gonna be way more physical. I was relieved to see Kobe get a T cuz i was getting frustrated watching and i'm glad Kobe took a stand to the official...but with that said, the Lakers just didn't play well... They let Leon Powe go coast to coast with no one defending him... that's really disappointing... I hope that with the Lakers coming back home they will finally play in their usual fashion and win games 3-5 and then win game 6 in boston

GO LAKERS!

I thought it was funny how Phil Jackson couldn't even pronounce Powe's name, i mean seriously, i had no clue who he was till tonight!

Rajon Rondo made Steve GNASH proud tonight - 16 assists!

kobee should attend GNASH'S summer basketball camp. He could learn some useful tips on how to improve his game.

its generally known that stars and home teams get more special treatment in the nba than in any other american sport. but this game was one of the worst officiated games i have ever seen. i take that back, i think it was the worst playoff officiating (the only one that competes is the kings/lakers game a few years back with the lakers on the other side of the calls) that i ever watched. and i watched a lot of questionable finals when chicago was making its run. it honestly seemed to me as if the league had decided in advance who was going to win this game and perhaps the series. what a cindarella story for boston, first finals in 20 years! i have often felt the officials lean towards the bigger team with the most stars, but never have i seen one where i felt that the game was changed to such an extent as this one. and if i take into account the normal nba behavior, i have never seen an mvp so dissed by the refs before in the finals.

I dunno about these so called refs, but I know that the ending spread was either -1 or -2 in favor of the Lakers. Not to mentioned that it open at +1.5. Just want to let all you gamblers out there to know--YOU will not beat the HOUSE!!!

its generally known that stars and home teams get more special treatment in the nba than in any other american sport. but this game was one of the worst officiated games i have ever seen. i take that back, i think it was the worst playoff officiating (the only one that competes is the kings/lakers game a few years back with the lakers on the other side of the calls) that i ever watched. and i watched a lot of questionable finals when chicago was making its run. it honestly seemed to me as if the league had decided in advance who was going to win this game and perhaps the series. what a cindarella story for boston, first finals in 20 years! i have often felt the officials lean towards the bigger team with the most stars, but never have i seen one where i felt that the game was changed to such an extent as this one. and if i take into account the normal nba behavior, i have never seen an mvp so dissed by the refs before in the finals.

the Lakers were jobbed, but i'm over it. if they would have played better they would have won anyway.

thank God everyone's healthy and there's another game on tuesday...

so when they talk about the big 3 for the celtics..do they mean KG, pierce and allen or the referees??? i think the latter.

For someone who calls himself "The Truth", he sure was lying about his supposed knee injury.

someone at some point was going to bring up the utah series in comparison. . i figured it might as well be me

thoughts?

When do the Lakers get to actually play the Celtics? We have played two games against the refs. Can we play a game against Boson now.

Tiki

If the SUNS were playing in these Finals, we'd have some competition going, but as it is, the lakers are making a mockery of representing the WC.


Posted by: BUTLER | June 08, 2008 at 11:59 PM

If the SUNS were in the finals, we'd all drop dead of heart failure. Choke artists.

Rajon Rondo made Steve GNASH proud tonight - 16 assists!

kobee should attend GNASH'S summer basketball camp. He could learn some useful tips on how to improve his game.

Posted by: BUTLER | June 09, 2008 at 12:38 AM

It's really funny. A douchebag like you comes here to taunt us about losing games in the Finals, when your beloved SUNS haven't been to a Finals since Christ was lecturing in Omaha. And there's more! You're not close to reaching a Finals now, you're actually going the other way. How's it feel? You should hit your knees every night hoping for a season like we have had this year.

I'm going to watch the series with a nothing to lose mentality. The way I see it, Boston was supposed to dominate the season and the playoffs. With three hall of famers and franchise players, Boston has played a good season.

The Lakers on the other hand have overachieved. They weren't supposed to have Kobe on the team. They weren't supposed to make the playoffs. They weren't supposed to have the Western Conference number one seed. They weren't supposed to have Kobe as the league MVP. They weren't supposed to sweep Denver with Iverson and Anthony on that team. They weren't supposed to close out the Jazz ,who had the best home record, at Utah. They weren't supposed to beat the defending champs in 5 games. Now, they're not supposed to win this series. The Lakers were never meant to be here. NEVER

how can you play defense when you tighten up, they call a foul on you.

but if theres one thing i love about pat riley, its that he wont let powe continuously dunk the ball on you.... lakers need to TAKE ANYONE DOWN who does this...

THIS IS NOT THE REGULAR SEASON... THIS IS THE FINALS...

the refs should stop calling hand check fouls... its just ridiculous... let the players PLAY...

C fans....

if the lakers lose this way in LA id be man enough to say you really are the best team...

but until then... game 2 is lopsided, and pierce is a freakin FAKER.

I think we get 3 at home and split at Boston 7 game series
What could be better, Kobe will have to find a way to wear this defense down and Phil is going to have to go to Ronny T or Ariza if VRad and Luke cant handle the defensive assignments. Lamar, the real Lamar Odom will you please come out of that funk. Kobe in the Post is fine but he should be jerking and jiving straight to the rim, not falling away. If he gets the ball inside his buddy LO has to camp out at the 3 point stripe and Pau as well...open up the lane guys- we allowed them to crowd us. No hustle points bad bounces all game and a bench that made ours look silly-wow! That better be the end for Leon Powe, Ronny take him out! Straight up hard fouls, it is time to show some fierceness, and intimidation.
Luke please make a difference - have a Detroit flashback, the one game he played well in when it really counted needs to be Him every game. Damn VRad what the hell does screen out mean to you. Sasha you think you take the last big shot of a huge game??? Phil u let that happen. Run the friggin picket fence you schlep...Kobe gets that look and no one else, are you kidding me someone has been that valuable to this team. Sasha you got balls but the machine has to work on the road and be proven before you take a shot away from Kobe.
Nice left hand runner by Kobe late in the game ...funny how much contact there was...it seemed like more than what Paul Pierce endured.... yeah I know whining about refs- basically is a joke. Even blaming stuff on the coach is lame. He seems like he has a plan but never pulls off a miracle play. We needed to foul Rhondo, simple. Hack him and let him freeze up on the line. Instead we let MrHugeClutch player Posey nail a 3....whaatttttttt! Ummm I think Vlade missed a switch.
Ariza be ready - we need a Powe game outta you!

We might need to pay some serious attention to the way we get going in game 3- fast and furious blow out. Demoralizing and hard. The possibilities of LO and Pau playing better are impervious to the whole scheme of this team. They are doing all right, but still seriously lost in terms of what they should be doing to everyone in the league regardless of who it is. My gut senses that we can get the next 3 and we have to win the 3rd game convincingly to take game 6.

The Lakers are only considered soft because the second they start to play like the ruffians, the aggresssors, then they get called for fouls....they need to set the tone from the start of next year, and do like Riley used to do with his Heat teams, play so agressively, commit so many fouls that the refs get tired of calling fouls, and you can get away with "it" down the road....Odom and Gasol are tentative because they are baffled at the inconsistent calls, Kobe...well just thank David Stern...Officiating is detracting from the game, I'm going to wait till next year. Because the championship will go to the three 'doritos", the big ticket, the truth, and the guy I would want on my team to back up Sasha....

Pierce is a faker? He is from CA! I'm sure you will welcome him as he is a life-long Lakers fan and former Celtic 'thug' hater..
Hand checking fouls are from people not moving their feet so defenders grab to stop the penetration which cause needless fouls. Powe was the one who made it to the free throw line the most in 1st half. Just the fact that he dribbled 3/4s of the court untouched to jam for score should tell you something about LA's defense.
Did Odom jump over the back of PJ Brown when he threw the ball at him out of bounds? Yes but foul was not called as were other fouls not in Celtics favor.
Lakers made some adjustments but were not hitting their shots when open and are unable to penetrate Celtics defense. I expect that to change in LA.
As will the officiating.
Well written article. I expected crying from the journalists but it appears it's coming from a smaller portion of the LA fans.

If you look at Celtic vs Cleveland, Atlanta and Detroit they can say the same thing. But even though the other teams had the officials on their side the Celtic still prevailed. Just look at the stats and you'll see.
Example in 2 Cleveland game Clevelands shot 66 vs 36 FT.

Hey Lakers fans,

QUIT YOUR COMPLAINING! In the beginning it was Lakers all the way 4-0 sweep, now its 'oh the refs are screwing us'. How bout you just buck up and realize that the Celts are a better team than you thought. Your main man Kobe has played well but there has been some tough D on him and YES he was the beneficiary of some bad calls but he also gets away with his fair share as well so why don't you guys wake up and realize that we are just as good as any team in the West and it's not a fluke that you are down 2-0 right now. I'm not going to yell sweep or anything like that but come on now, quit your freaken bitch*n and get ready to be upset when #17 is raised in Beantown this year. Maybe then you guys will finally shut up or maybe you will just keep on bitch*n that the series was fixed and you guys were the real winners by taking the west. HA. Suckers.

Forget Ariza, he is either not ready to play from the injury, or he just sucks, talk about being lost. Keeping on the bench.
Forget Odom, again gets confused, and sits out the entire fourth quarter. Then denies it, does he have four games left in him?
Forget Luke, he is totally worthless, Has he ever had a good game? Maybe one. Biggest waste of money for the Lakers.
Mbenga and Mihm biggest waste of size. Couldn't they come in and try muscle up underneath the basket, well forget Mihm.
Farmar, Vlade and Sasha, other than an occasional burst of 3's, are running around like headless chickens on defense.
Forget the defense. Compounded to a weak defensive mind set, the type of defense the Lakers play is doomed against team like the Celtics. Have you ever seen the Lakers play zone?
Forget the triangle. Against tough zone defense, if the Lakers aren't shooting the outside jumpers, they'll just pass around the perimeter taking ill advised shots against the shot clock. Few drives to the basket very little foul calls.
Forget the drama queen. The Lakers are not going to change in one day. True they made a valiant effort to cut the lead down to 2, but when it came to close it down, they again couldn't make the stop, and then Pierce is playing clutch at Jordanesque level. Maybe he is the next M.J. and we hadn't even known it.
Forget Powe, The Lakers could have taken him, but this is exactly the type of player they lack. He single-handledly ate up the entire Laker front line. It doesn't matter who the Celtics play at center, there is no one on the Lakers that can match up.
Forget the refs. They giveth and taketh away, remember the Spurs.
Forget the series. True the Lakers will play at home, but it will be hard to beat a team four times in a row, when you haven't been close to beat them once in the whole season. The Celtics are not six games better than the Lakers, they just have players who are tougher and stronger, and the Lakers can't match up.
I say maybe the Lakers win game 3 out of desperation, a big maybe.
Like Kobe said, it is not the end of the world, he already knew after game 1 that he didn't have a team to beat the Celtics, at least not this year. Next season will be a different story, if we can hope for something, let's hope that next year everybody stays healthy.

The Lakers season has been like a Movie Script, only Hollywood or the NBA could have written or fixed such a story.

Should we expect any less for the Playoffs?

We've already seen some incredible drama with Pierce auditioning for The Paul Pierce Story.

An insiders view of the rest of the script goes something like this.

On Tuesday, Lakers will make some more shots, Celts will miss a few. Lakers will make some more FT's, Celts will shoot less, blah, blah, blah....

After three Celtics losses, the media will be saying the C's are done. Then a miracle, they win game 6 forcing a game seven, making for a memorable finish.

The script has two alternate endings. You will have to watch the ending to see who wins.

The End.

LA Fakers! This team is so soft! Nothing but a bunch of marshmellows on the court. Granted officiating was suspect BUT, it has been like that for years and that doesn't result in the team going down by 21 early in the fourth. Celts are the tougher, more defensively minded, better rotating team. Too many Euro players on the Fakers.

Sorry to Say but We are ZERO and DONE. This is same like 2004 repeat.

I'm wondering how miserable person should feel to stay on opposing team blog? I bet we never find any true Lakers fan on Celtics blog, but here it's like green salad made from crushed leprechauns evenly spread over this blog. Plus this idiot BUTLER, can not get over his old down to earth SUNS. What are you doing here? Go fishing, follow the trail of your team for many years to come…

OH, NO!

NOW THEY'RE SAYING THE POOR, POOR LAKERS ARE CHOKES!

SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING!

Bottom line, Celtics won and Lakers lost. 2-0 Celtics. a few calls wouldnt have made a difference imo. We'll see what happens on the next game.

My prediction 95-91 Celtics takes game three. 3-0 Celtics. Then lakers fans would cry and face reality.

LA had no energy, even when they were ahead. Gasol is not assertive. Kobe freaks out under pressure, because his pals are all scared of the Boston Garden... Lamar Odom was a zilch factor. Come on, did you see anybody in LA with the energy of Leon Powe and PJ Brown... And they are just the reserves! Garnett always fades away in the fourth, like Gasol&Odom, but Paul Pierce has been killing LA because Radmanovich, Vujacic and all the other players can't stop him... Ray Allen, its a 3 and a smirk. Wasn't Vujacic supposed to do that?
The thing here is that finally LA is playing a team that is not 30% broken (like SA), without home court advantage. Still its only 2-0, and they can make this thing 3-2. But watch out if they loose any 1 game in LA... I don't think they have the guts to win in the Garden....
There is no interior presence in this soft team... What is worse, where is Rick Fox, Robert Horry, and their gutsy bench? And Kobe has been disappointing... He can get 45 points, but his intensity, his drive, hurting the defenders, driving to the basket like Lebron or Pierce, has been nullified by Ray Allen! He is the Bruce Bowen of htis playoffs...

Oh by the way, everyone complaining about refs in LA, should remind themselves of the San Antonio and Utah series... Was there an officiating disparity... You betcha!

Kobe hit Ray Allen with an elbow to his chest, and then ran through Paul Pierce. Those are ticky tack fouls??

Gee....didn't KG get saddled with similar fouls in Game 1??

Suck it up and play. It sucks when your star has to carry the team. Just ask Lebron.

Wow...all the talk of the game is fixed. Did everyone happen to watch the game last nite. Why don't you fix on the fact that your team is:--------

A jump shooting softer team (you want fouls...go to the hole)------

Weaker in the bench. Celtics bench has experience and played two game 7's in contested series. And a tough series against Detroit (winning two on the road btw). Your bench consists of young wide eyed college kids who have not experienced any pressure.-----

Overrated. How could a Lakers team that won 10 less games than the Celtics be so overwhelmingly favored against a team that they haven't beaten this season. Last I checked 66 wins means something.--------

Play in an overrated West Conference. There has been a shift in balance to the East. West was strong but that was 2 plus years ago. San Antonio barely made the playoffs. Denver??? Dallas?? Comeon. Atlanta would have given any of those teams a run. Never mind Cleveland or Detroit. East has been stronger this year.------

Soft: No strong rebounder to get the Off rebound and second shots that demoralize a team after a strong defensive series. Celtics have feasted and are stronger.-----

A weak defensive team. Enough said. Celtics have a dominant defense. Admit it....every time they clamped down the Lakers struggled. When they put the hammer down Kobe forces and everyone else panics.------

Playing against a team that smells blood. Celtics feared noone and took it personally that most of the media are Laker lovers and gave the Celtics no respect.------

Not playing with heart and intensity. Last play of the game last nite on the 3 point miss by the Lakers. Who got that rebound. Posey as if his life depended on it and Ray Allen charging hard. ---

Playing agains Paul Pierce who saves his best for the Lakers. Who can stop him. If Bryant tries to his offense suffers. --------

Face it that you are all afraid of this Big Strong Mean Celtics Team. Reminds me of the 82 series when the Lakers looked like they were going to run the Celtics off the floor. Then things got physical and the Lakers wilted in the end. No disrespect but this team doesn't compare to those 80's lakers. ------- Also...I enjoy Magic's commentary. He knows what's going on and he knows the Lakers are in big trouble.

GO CELTICS!!! Would love to see a sweep.

Yes..and laker fans were blogging on Celtics and Boston media blogs before teh series started. Lots of talk of sweeps and 5 games etc. Although that has seemed to die down a bit for some strange reason. HMMMMM

Hey Laker fans don't despair. But I think your bench is in need of repair.
We showed you Powe, but he aint all, you'll see when Big Baby gets the call.
I think you'll win a game or two by the time this whole thing is through.
So enjoy it now and don't blame the refs, the Celtics are just simply the best.

Lakers are soft. Celtics win Games 4 and 6. P.P is Finals MVP.

Lakers don't get serious about defense on off-season and again blow through the West, a conference in increasing decline (albeit from lofty heights) and one that puts an anemic emphasis on defense (S.A. exception proves the rule).

Repeat. Difference-maker next year is race to season's best record for NBA Finals home-court, and the hopeful addition of Bynum to pre-injury form. Celtics will try to retain Posey, PJ and Powe. Big Baby and Sam I AM are out. Lakers core remains.

Preidction: Celtics in 7 (Lakers still softies).

What a bunch of whinners. Hang your hat on the refs and the fourth quarter comeback when the Celtics got complacent and stopped working. It won't matter in the upcoming games, but if that's what you need to hang your hat on so be it.
The bottom line is if the Celtics win just one in LA the series is over, and if they win game 3 the Lakers will not be coming back to Boston.
Boston didn't have the best record in the NBA (by far) for nothing.

The Boston Celtics are clearly the superior team.
Phil Jackson tries to again ride the coat-tails of a great shooter (since he can't assemble a defensive strategy).

Lakers are a mediocre team with an MVP.

Celts in 6.
Maybe 5.
4 wouldn't surprise me a bit.

Beat LA is now trounce LA

I am dead and even I know the Celtics suck.

Was it the refs who allowed the unknown Powe to go coast to coast and dunk over Gasol ?

Was it the refs who caused Kobe to miss more wide open bunnies ?

Was it the refs who caused Posey to get that final rebound ?

Here is one Laker fan who doesn't think the refs are even a factor. This isn't the same team I watched all year.

I want to tell my fellow Laker fans that no team gets anointed to win the title. It has to be earned.

Boston has outplayed the Lakers in 6 or 7 of the 8 quarters we have seen. The big fake Laker comeback was only because Boston took it easy on defense.

It came down to the last two possesions and we didn't get the ball to Kobe and we didn't hit the final shot or get the final rebound. That isn't the refs fault.

I hate crybabies and excuse makers.

The 2-3-2 home/away structure of the series really favors the Lakers here. In a week, Lakers could have momentum going back to Boston. If the 2-2-1-1-1 structure of the playoffs held true for the finals, then, I'd think the Lakers would have too great a climb. But given the Celtics poor showing away from home lately, the Lakers could be a game up on the Celtics in a week. Musings...

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LEON POWE JUST DUNKEN ON THE LAKERS! AGAIN!!!

The refereeing was awful, and I'm a celts fan. I have a feeling it will go your way in games 3 and 4. Game 5 is a toss up.

Still, Lakers D has looked poor both games.

I predict Celts in 6.


we can take boston ,if lamar odom gets in foul trouble early and sits on the bench,we always make a comeback with him out of the game.


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