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Gasol says Garnett not as explosive, aggressive

In Thursday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Lakers' Pau Gasol got the better of Celtics forward Kevin Garnett -- by a lot, more so than most suspected, or could have even predicted. 

Gasol's 23-point, 14-rebound production came mostly in Garnett's face, and the Spaniard was quicker while Garnett looked older and slower, putting up just 16 points and four rebounds.

The two have history from when Gasol entered the league with Memphis while Garnett was with Minnesota. Gasol said in those years, he was trying to establish himself against a "great, great player," which motivated him.   

But Friday, Gasol said Garnett isn't the player he used to be. 

"He's also lost some explosiveness," Gasol said. "He's more of a jump-shooter now, you could say, comes off the lane. Before, he had a really, really quick first step and he was getting to the lane and he was more aggressive then."

Gasol added that even though time has passed, Garnett is still a "terrific player, a terrific competitor. 

Garnett didn't seem to take offense, but said he had "no comments for his comments."

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, for his part, said, "I just can't wait -- I didn't know he said that, but I'll be excited to see how it goes in Game 2." 

Speaking generally, Garnett said he is looking forward to Game 2, but he has to "be in control."

"I've got to quit thinking and just react," he said. "I've just got to be aggressive."

And of his matchup with Gasol, Garnett said, "It's not a one-on-one situation between me and Pau. It's Lakers versus Celtics."

-- Baxter Holmes
 
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@Mark Medina


Hey Mark, hope you enjoyed the game. Just wanted to say that the new Chat ap is waaaay better than the old, thanks for keeping us up-to-date on how loud Staples was, it doesn't come across on TV whereas when we play in Boston it's like they've miced the crowd. Hmmm, maybe they do?


Also, if you did start an '8 on 5' chant or any other chants I threw out there last night, thanks again. But you've probably got enough to do.


Anyone going to Sunday's game? Start your voal warm-ups, get the 5 resonators in tune and practice your tongue twisters like any good actor woul, we need Staples LOUD on Sunday. let's show these greenie weenies who's taking home the Larry O this year.

Besides, it's CONCEIVABLE that it could be the last Staples game this year.

Or is it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D58LpHBnvsI

WAS IT A WISE COMMENT BY PAU TO INFURIATE GARNETT?

Or is there a truth to Pau's comment that KG has lost a step? There was none better than Magic at always praising his opponents with a smile and come game time ready to go after the jugular.


Dang, Pau. Let your play do the talking. Save the trash talking to folks who are pretending to be pastors & Christians.

Well that sounds like bulletin board material, but if it's true, I'm not sure KG can do much about it. Getting mad won't make him any quicker.

I was expecting Gasol to play Garnett pretty even, to cancel him out on the offensive end. What was I thinking? Pau is, without question, the most skilled big man in the league today. The day he came to the Lakers is still one of the best days in my life.

Did you see Rondo drive down the lane? Me neither. They did a great job of giving him the open jump shot, and he knocked some of them down. But I'll take that all day.

Kobe, on the other hand, put on a frickin' clinic. He got to the rim easily and often with a dazzlingly beautiful array of moves. Best player in the league today? BEST PLAYER EVER.

Sunday will be way more physical. It'll be a grind-it-out game, and I expect it to be close throughout. Let's focus on that one. One at a time. You walk the path to glory one step at a time.

Go Lake Show!

I was expecting Gasol to play Garnett pretty even, to cancel him out on the offensive end. What was I thinking? Pau is, without question, the most skilled big man in the league today. The day he came to the Lakers is still one of the best days in my life.

Did you see Rondo drive down the lane? Me neither. They did a great job of giving him the open jump shot, and he knocked some of them down. But I'll take that all day.

Kobe, on the other hand, put on a frickin' clinic. He got to the rim easily and often with a dazzlingly beautiful array of moves. Best player in the league today? BEST PLAYER EVER.

Sunday will be way more physical. It'll be a grind-it-out game, and I expect it to be close throughout. Let's focus on that one. One at a time. You walk the path to glory one step at a time.

Go Lake Show!

Well, not sure how I feel about Pau giving gold teeth some locker room material.

I mean, it's the finals, extra motivation shouldn't really apply. But then again, it's extra motivation. And while I'm at it, motivation to do what? Drive the hoop? Go outside his comfort zone?

Like I said, not sure how I feel here.

And regarding the prior thread about the $2600 in cash - who thinks that when they lose on Sunday that Doc will have the guts to go double or nothing to "get it back to Staples"??

Yeah. Me neither.

Sorry for the double post.

Go Lake Show!

Well, not sure how I feel about Pau giving gold teeth some locker room material.

I mean, it's the finals, extra motivation shouldn't really apply. But then again, it's extra motivation. And while I'm at it, motivation to do what? Drive the hoop? Go outside his comfort zone?

Like I said, not sure how I feel here.

And regarding the prior thread about the $2600 in cash - who thinks that when they lose on Sunday that Doc will have the guts to go double or nothing to "get it back to Staples"??

Yeah. Me neither.

Well, not sure how I feel about Pau giving gold teeth some locker room material.

I mean, it's the finals, extra motivation shouldn't really apply. But then again, it's extra motivation. And while I'm at it, motivation to do what? Drive the hoop? Go outside his comfort zone?

Like I said, not sure how I feel here.

And regarding the prior thread about the $2600 in cash - who thinks that when they lose on Sunday that Doc will have the guts to go double or nothing to "get it back to Staples"??

Yeah. Me neither.

I don't get why Gasol says things like this. He's said similar things in the past too. I don't think he means to trash talk, so I don't know whether being so blunt is a result of not knowing the culture or the language or if it's just not caring. I just don't think it's wise.

MR. T (aka MR. POSER disrespecting the Great Name of Tex Winter):

More Puffery from MR. POSER!

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I did not say I know everything about the triangle, but I did read Tex Winter's book ("The triple-post offense (sideline triangle)") and Phil Jackson's book ("More Than a Game" with chapters about the triangle).

If you'd even heard of Tex Winter's book, you'd have been able to answer more than one question.

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YOU POSITED THE THEORY THAT KELTIC FANS ARE MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE THAN LAKERS FANS ABOUT BASKETBALL.

SO WHY DIDN'T YOU ANSWER THIS SIMPLE QUIZ?

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I Gave You a SIMPLE QUIZ!!! SINCE WE ALL KNOW THAT BEAN TOWN NEEDS A K.I.S.S. (FYI, that means K.eep I.t S.imple S.tupid)!

Instead of answering the questions to prove your hypothesis, you turn it around with puffery and hyperbole that I have claimed to know everything about the triangle.

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Since you couldn't answer the quiz questions, here they are:

1. What is the "Pinch Post"?

ANSWER: Weak side guard passes to weak side forward post. There are two options from this position. Either the weak side guard is handed the ball on a rub-off screen for an open mid-range shot or a pick-and roll is initiated where the weak side forward rolls off after the hand off to the weak side guard. It's a triangle element MR. POSER.

2. What's the difference between a 1-3-1 zone versus a 2-3 zone and how do you break them offensively?

ANSWERS:

1-3-1 Zone: 1 defender at top of key, 2 defenders on the wings mid-range, 1 defender on the mid-range post and 1 defender down low. Ball movement and exploiting the weak side baseline breaks this zone.

2-3 Zone: 2 defenders up top and 3 defenders baseline. Closest defender reacts to ball movement with another defender filling the void for the defender that moves onto the ball. Defeated by swinging the ball, penetration and getting the ball to the high or low post.

NOTE: USC Coach Sam Barry created the triple-post offense and Tex Winter, Bill Sharman (Lakers 1972 Championship Coach actually ran some triangle with that team) & Alex Hannum (76ers 1967 Championship Coach who also ran some triangle) all played for Sam Barry.

I'm a UCLA alumni and so it's no easy task my boasting about USC alumni. The Triple-Post Offense (aka Triangle) was actually designed by Sam Barry to break zone defenses.

What variation of zone do your beloved Keltics use as their defense?

Simplistic Answer: Man-to-Man with a 2-3 Zone Style Rotation on Double Teams.

3. How many triangles and posts are there in the triangle offense?

ANSWER: Triple-Post means Three Posts. Two Triangles--Strong & Weak Side. Ball moves in reaction to defense's movement. Strong and weak side triangles rotate at posts based upon ball movement. It's a reactive offense. Similar to audibles in football.

4. How many steps are allowed before traveling is called?

ANSWER: It's now 2 steps, used to be 1-1/2.

5. What's an illegal screen? BONUS QUESTION: What's a KG Screen?

ANSWER: Movement by either screener or ball handler prior to screen being set.

BONUS ANSWER: KG Screen is an ILLEGAL SCREEN!!!

6. How many hands in the lower back can be used to defend a post player?

ANSWER: 1 Hand in Back with Other Forearm is Legal; Two Hands in Back Isn't Legal.

7. What's the difference between Pick-and-Pop and Pick-and-Roll?

ANSWER: Pick-and-Pop is where the screener pops out for a mid-range jump shot; Pick-and-Roll is where the screener rolls to the basket for a dunk or layup after receiving the pass.

8. What player did the league implement the 3-to-make-2 rule for?

ANSWER: In the early 70s, the league initiated this free throw rule. Although the league never confirmed this, it is believed that Wilt Chamberlain was the reason for this rule.

When was it rescinded?

ANSWER: MID-70's, After Wilt Retired.

9. Since 1980, which team (Lakers or Keltics) has won more championships?

ANSWER: LAKERS. In last 30 years, Lakers won 9, Keltics won 4.

Since 2000, which team (Lakers or Keltics) has won more championships?

ANSWER: LAKERS. In Last 10 years, Lakers won 4, Keltics won 1.

10. Was Trevor Ariza a starter in 2008?

ANSWER: I ALREADY GAVE YOU THIS ANSWER--NO.

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SO, MR. POSER (aka MR. T), PROOF POSITIVE AT LEAST ONE BEAN TOWN FAN DOESN'T KNOW MORE ABOUT BB OR YOU WOULD'VE JUST ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS!!!!

KELTIC PRIDE?

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NEXT THING YOU'LL SAY IS: "...BUT I DID STAY AT A HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS..."

ROTFLMAO!!!!

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"WE ARE BASKETBALL, WE ARE LAKER FANS!!!!"

GO LAKERS!!! ONE, TWO, THREE, DOMINATE!!!

Marc B:

A thing of pure, unbridled beauty. My hat's off to you, sir.

Go Lake Show!

It could be Pau was just answering a question and the media is blowing this out of proportion. And yes, we will have to expect the C's to come out firing on all cylinders.

ONE LAST COMMENT FOR MR. POSER (aka MR. T).

STICK TO "MOHAWK HANDGRENADES" in WORLD OF WARCRAFT!!!

IN OTHER WORDS, DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB!!!

YOU KNOW SQUAT ABOUT BB...

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"WE ARE BASKETBALL, WE ARE LAKER FANS!!!!"

GO LAKERS!!! ONE, TWO, THREE, DOMINATE!!!

Marc B:

Not fair that you copied from a book, nevertheless MR T. appreciates education on Triangle.

You Fool !!

So you know Mr. T is Hollywood Icon and a fan of tinsel town Lakers and not the Celtics. So there I taught you something that you did not know. So we are even now.


ESL

The magic of the quotable responses. Pau's being the gentleman that he is, responding truthfully, and reporters need to turn it into trash talk. The street wise brothers learn early how to use it. That's about the only thing missing from Pau's education.

No worries, we still got this

Rut Roh... here goes the first official Laker 2010 Championship song.. beforewarned.. It totally Sh#ts on Boston !!!!! lmaooooooooo RELEASE THE KRAKEN !!!!!!


http://www.thisis50.com/video/lakers-anthem-2010-ice-cube

MR. POSER (aka MR. T), SO YOU'RE JUST A TROLL, NOT A BEAN TOWN TROLL... OR YOU'RE JUST TRYING TO SAVE SOME FACE...

ONLY THINGS WORSE THAN A BEAN TOWN TROLL, IS A POSER TROLL!!!

Didn't copy it from the books, but I did read them...

MOHAWK HANDGRENADE Just Creates More POSERS!!!

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"WE ARE BASKETBALL, WE ARE LAKER FANS!!!!"

GO LAKERS!!! ONE, TWO, THREE, DOMINATE!!!

Complex
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I'll see your Ice Cube Lakers anthem & raise you Jay Rock's Laker themed interpretation of "The Big Payback" available on You Tube. You Tube is firewalled here at work so I can't post the link. Do a search of Jay Rock "The Big Payback" and BING!

Pau, should just STFU and play ball. He said the same thing about STAT and we all saw how he was abused in game 3. Just STFU and play ball.

Im on it now Utz, thanks for the heads up and WELCOME BACK HOME Bro !!!! You've been MISSED !!!!

MM, there is a great photo from last night in the print edition of the Times of Artest and Shannon Brown checking Big Baby, but I can't find it on the Times' website. It's by Wally Saklij. Are all photos in the print edition suppose to be available online? If you happen to know.

Is it game day yet?


Last night's victory was so great to see, especially Pau stepping up and dominating Garnett like he did. This great John Stewart song is for Pau. "Oldest Living Son" (you'll have to push play):http://new.music.yahoo.com/john-stewart/tracks/oldest-living-son--217448838


Wes

@ Utz

LMAO Ok, I actually LoL'D when he dissed Shaq :) clever.. but Cubes.."Cleveland or Boston ?, Cleveland or Boston ? I'm glad we're playing Boston put their ass in a coffin" just did it for me.. Cubes anthem has way more hatred and venom towards Boston and that made it go up the charts with a bullet in my eyes lmao the only thing that would've made it better if someone would've yelled RELEASE THE KRAKEN ! during the track !!! But yeah.. hearing Cube diss Paula for the wheelchair stunt even tho shes from Inglewood... NICE lol

@ Utz

LMAO Ok, I actually LoL'D when he dissed Shaq :) clever.. but Cubes.."Cleveland or Boston ?, Cleveland or Boston ? I'm glad we're playing Boston put their ass in a coffin" just did it for me.. Cubes anthem has way more hatred and venom towards Boston and that made it go up the charts with a bullet in my eyes lmao the only thing that would've made it better if someone would've yelled RELEASE THE KRAKEN ! during the track !!! But yeah.. hearing Cube diss Paula for the wheelchair stunt even tho shes from Inglewood... NICE lol

re: what Pau said.

It was foolish. If he has a good game on Sunday then he Celtics are done.

It was foolish. *sigh* damn spaniards!

Pau is a smart, smart guy. He said what he did because he believes in himself. Oh well. Let the chips fall where they may.


Wes

OH MY GOD!

Pau told the truth, and if you think that the Celtics were in need of bulletin board material to play with more intensity than you don't really follow basketball.

The C's are (and were, prior to Pau's truth telling) going to come out and play A LOT harder in game 2. They are a very proud and arrogant team that just got handed a beatdown. You were going to see a more fired up KG no matter what. The real issue is whether a more fired up KG will matter. The guy IS old and less athletic (did anyone see his feeble attempt at a dunk and a putback resulting in a turnover?)

They'll push, they'll shove, they'll fall down and draw fouls, and they'll talk a lot of smack. And in the end, because they are the inferior team, they'll lose again.

MM,

The multiple copies of posts seem to occur when a Preview is done before Post'ing.

Your IT might want to take a look at it.

Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaa Mark what gives??? a Multiple Post ? I guess you really want those Jay Rock lyrics huh? lol

The writer of this blog took the quote entirely out of context.

Good job, "journalist".

You left out a lot of what Pau said:

"Well, it's been nine years past, so everybody has grown. For me I understand better the nature of the game here. I grew as far as my body and how do I play the game," Gasol said. "So I could say that I'm a more mature player and more effective now than I was before I was athletic, lanky. I had more explosiveness than I have now, but I was weaker, also, and I wasn't accustomed to the physicality of the league and the amount of games that are played. But little by little I've gotten better, and I've grown to be the player that I am today."

Nice hype train though. :P

Countdown to Perk's 7th T....anyone guessing when that will be and in what game??

We can't get to stuck up about winning one game. We have to stay focused and win 3 more.

Pau are you stupid? Kevin is the reason why the Celtics are in the Finals. It's only one game. He'll kick you rear in this next one. By the way, i'm a laker fan.

Pau was only speaking the truth. KG has lost a step since his injury. he's NOT the same player. why did Rondo act offended by his comment? because the media took Pau's comment and says to Rondo, "hey did you hear what Pau said about KG's game?" Instigating. He got hung on rim! I guess Rondo didnt see that. Wont matter anyway. Lakers are the better team. Cant wait to hear what they say when they go down 0-2.

R. Rondo could explode on Sunday, so far he has not shown any flashiness to be considered as a great PG. It is just one game so too premature to make any kind of comparison yet.

Pau was just being honest in giving his own evaluation on KG. Well, it would not work well to the media, it can be interpreted in so many ways that can be used as a motivation to KG. Reserve comments at the end of the series especially if he is a participant in the game.

Lamar disappears again on an important series. His defense is spotty and those forcing through lay ups are not advisable. Somebody in the coaching staff should remedy by tweaking a side step or stepping on the breaks for a floater than a lay up if he see's a Celt in front of him. Though he compensates it with his rebounds and ball handling.


I heard one of our local(DC) sports radio host say that Pau had better be careful with his comments about KG. Just goes to show how some haters respond to anything and everything that a Lakers player says to try to use as motivation for the Cs...sorry guys it won't work this time 'cause the P&G ain't takin' no prisoners...they gonna bring it HARD every game of this series...you can bet on that.

Trust me...we ain't even seen the best from this team yet.

Let's go Lakers...all the way to a repeat!!!

I believe Pau's comment speaks more about himself than KG.

By far he is not the same player he was 2 years ago. Because he has grown in strength and confidence, KG 's once glaring dominance over him has paled. Hence, KG's game has little significance compared to the 2010 PAU. Of course the pundits are going to blow it up, and drag it out. I'm sure KG will up his game, and Pau will keep rolling with the punches. Lakers in 6.

In 2008 the Lakers brought a poodle named Radmanovich to the fight and Pierce mauled him. Now 2010 in game 1 Kobe brought his personal Pit Bull. As Pierce looked at Ron Ron he whispered in fear, "Easy boy, easy, calm down, what I ever do to you man, no need to be angry, Kobe control your boy you remember we practised in the summer 2 years ago, I'm really from LA man..." Ron Ron replied angrily, "What you say about my momma"? Pierce cried, "No man I ain say anything about your momma I mean I love your momma, Kobe you right here man did I have anything to say about Ron Ron's mom"?

GaStrong just have to come out and put out the fire in game 2. The game plan must be the same. Attack the rim on offense and limit Rondo's penetration and transition offense. LO must show up to give LA a double double at least 15 points and 11 rebounds. Ron Ron must continue to play solid defense on Pierce. Game 1 was Outstanding for Ron but you can do better. Bynum keep Perkins occupied so he can't bother our guards path to the rim. Bryant mix it up with drives and some midrange jumpshots. Keep them off guard. Go into the post in the fourth quarter. Fisher just do your best to fight over those screens chasing Allen because he is the most difficult Cs player to contain. A fraction of second and half an inch too late and that can be a dagger 3. UPS we need about 8 points and a jaw dropping dunk to inspire the team and the crowd. Phil set up a lob play for UPS. Farmar a good game. Sasha umm hit a shot man. Walton you need to be aggressive because they playing you for the pass.

In 2008 the Lakers brought a poodle named Radmanovich to the fight and Pierce mauled him. Now 2010 in game 1 Kobe brought his personal Pit Bull. As Pierce looked at Ron Ron he whispered in fear, "Easy boy, easy, calm down, what I ever do to you man, no need to be angry, Kobe control your boy you remember we practised in the summer 2 years ago, I'm really from LA man..." Ron Ron replied angrily, "What you say about my momma"? Pierce cried, "No man I ain say anything about your momma I mean I love your momma, Kobe you right here man did I have anything to say about Ron Ron's mom"?


Posted by: island priest | June 04, 2010 at 08:38 PM

Great imagination but you forgot ... The plane boss the plane!!!

MarkM,

Do reporters usually feed quotes from a player to another without the full context just to get a sound bite ??? Pau was just stating a fact and he did say Garnet was a terrific players who commands attention...or something like that. I know you try to objective and as much most others but I want to know if you have seen many do that on purpose. No big deal.It just isn't cool.Thank you

Sara

Thanks Pau for the added fuel to the fire. Watch out for flying elbows tonight Ga-soft. Enjoy your Game One "domination." C's in six.

If the writer had included Pau's whole quote, he/she would have realized that the answer was in response to a question about how Pau's and KG's matchup has changed Pau came into the league. Of course KG has lost a step in the last 9 years. Pau even acknowledged that Pau, himself, has lost some athleticism and explosiveness.

Here's the entire quote:

“So I could say that I’m a more mature player and more effective now than I was before I was athletic, lanky. I had more explosiveness than I have now, but I was weaker, also, and I wasn’t accustomed to the physicality of the league and the amount of games that are played. But little by little I’ve gotten better, and I’ve grown to be the player that I am today.

And also on Kevin’s part he’s also lost some explosiveness. He’s more of a jump shooter now you could say, comes off the lane. Before he had a really, really quick first step and was getting to the lane and he was more aggressive then. Time passes and we all suffer it one way or another, but he’s still a terrific player, a terrific competitor, and he’s going to bring everything he’s got. You can count on that.”

This quote was taken terribly out of context to create a story.

I saw the press conference with Pau. Pau was very articulate, thoughtful and intelligent. He gave an honest and respectful assessment of how he and kevin have grown as basketball players throughout the years. This particular reporter turned it into a malicious quote during Rondo's press conference. I guess some reporters need to sensationalize incidents at the expense of athletes. By the way, Pau has no problem with the English language. He's one of the more eloquent athletes in the NBA.

In the storyline of "Star Trek", in their time they don't use money, and there was an uprising where lawyers were done away with. Sometimes I feel this way about the media. Not just in sports but in war. In war, I say, get the frickin' media out of there and do whatever you have to do to end it quickly with the least collateral damage. In war there is no right or wrong, because it's determined in the end by the victor.
Pau's quote, the entire quote was an honest opinion, but did anybody run to KG and say "Hey did you hear what Pau said about himsel? He said 'I had more explosiveness than I have now', and he called you a 'terrific player, a terrific competitor' "." Now KG what do you think about that, it almost sounds like he worships you???" "Give us a response, Kev!!!!!!!!"
Moreoftenthannotdamnmedia!!!!!!!

Leave it to a Lakers fan to bust out a Star Trek analogy. It was a stupid comment that has seriously pissed off the Celtics and Boston fans. Not what the Lakers should be looking for this time of year. You'd never hear a Celtic make such a verbal faux pas during the Finals.
Now the pressure is all on Pau to walk the walk. Might be tough though with Sheed, Baby, Perk and KG hacking him all night. Ask "Superman" Dwight Howard how that worked out.

driftski...

The key word in your comment is "hacking". That's always been your team's MO. Yeah, the Lakers expect the C's to play more physical next game. Every game increases in intensity as the series progresses. But the Lakers aren't Orlando or Cleveland. The Lakers are the defending champions. And Pau has Kobe Bryant, not a schlep like Vince Carter, backing him up.

driftski,

You bash Star Trek. You probably could not follow the storylines. Oh yeah, they had done away with alcoholic drinks. No wonder, you would no be able to maintain your mushroom top, blubbering beer, what, 47 inches around your tum tum????...I'll use the word again...BLUBBER!!! Lakers in 4. Where have you been all this time, why are you here now? Why? WHy? WHY?...predict the next "why" in the series? You don't understand.

i saw rondo goin down the line tonight. what happened tonight lakers fans...u got two seven footers..a 6'10 forward ... the best player in the league and the refs...hoe many clean blocks were called fouls tonight and then when they show the replay before commercial in slow motion...it shows that there was no contact. and what matters about gasol and garnet...garnet will be in the hall of fame so what does him slowin down got to do wit anythng..in 10 years some 22 year old will come in and say gasol lost a step. either wasy celts won game 2! first lost in LA in all the playoffs

i saw rondo goin down the line tonight. what happened tonight lakers fans...u got two seven footers..a 6'10 forward ... the best player in the league and the refs...hoe many clean blocks were called fouls tonight and then when they show the replay before commercial in slow motion...it shows that there was no contact. and what matters about gasol and garnet...garnet will be in the hall of fame so what does him slowin down got to do wit anythng..in 10 years some 22 year old will come in and say gasol lost a step. either wasy celts won game 2! first lost in LA in all the playoffs

Lakers fans are already turning their eyes to football . . . oh yeah, wait a minute. There is no NFL team in the nation's second biggest city. Good sports town . . .


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