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Lakers' 102-89 Game 1 victory over Boston Celtics serves as a statement game

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He stood patiently answering question after question about the Lakers' 102-89 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, ranging from the team's execution, to the individual contributions and eventually the opponent, all with the backdrop on how this compared to the Lakers' 2008 NBA Finals loss.

After a seemingly never-ending question comparing and contrasting the current Lakers and Celtics team from the ones that met in the 2008 Finals, Lakers guard Derek Fisher finally let loose, with his frustration visibly showing as he cocked his head back and rolled his eyes.

"I hope we don't have to answer these questions the whole series," Fisher said after scoring nine points on three-of-eight shooting. "It's two years guys. It's like asking me what's different from my 3 year old two years later when they're 5. They're 5. That's the difference. I don't know what to point to other than different personnel."

Fisher, being a savvy veteran with the media, knows he won't get his wish, given the large contingent and its tendency to magnify a legitimate issue 100 times greater than it actually means. I had long mentioned that talking points such as the team's toughness, physicality and inconsistent inside game in the 2008 Finals had more to do with the team's inability to match the Celtics' intensity and execution than it had to do with lacking the three aforementioned qualities.

It's also been two years since that Finals series, and there's been plenty of changes that's happened well before the Lakers met Boston in the 2010 Finals. The Lakers rebounded with a 2009 championship, Andrew Bynum is now making a Finals appearance and Ron Artest joined the team this off-season to shut down the opponents' top scorers. So even if the Lakers' Game 1 win didn't exactly rectify their 2008 Finals loss, it at least demonstrated how much different they are even if they've done so many times already.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 30 points off 10-of-22 shooting, marking the 11th time in 12 games he's scored at least 30 points. Lakers forward Pau Gasol and Bynum largely contributed to the Lakers' 48 points in the paint, 16 unanswered second-chance points and a 42-31 rebounding edge. Though Celtics forward Paul Pierce scored most of his 24 points on six-of-13 shooting against Artest, he had to work for his points, while no one else shot above 50%. 

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson might have said "it wasn't the prettiest basketball game" because of Boston's ability to slash a 20-point lead to as low as 11. Fisher may have described the contest as a "weird type of game" because the officials' whistle-happy tendencies resulted in a combined 67 free throws, leading to what Fisher believed was a problem -- the "game never really found a flow." And the Lakers may find nothing significant from Jackson's 47-0 all-time record in playoff series when his teams win Game 1.

Said Bryant: "It's not necessarily about having a great start as much as it is trying to win the series."

Below the jump, I detail how the Lakers demonstrated a team effort like this likely will spur them to a Finals victory.

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Pau Gasol makes a statement

There's a pretty good reason why Jackson felt most intrigued with Gasol's matchup with Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. Gasol entered the 2010 Finals answering questions all week about his alleged lack of toughness in the 2008 Finals loss, and how he has grown from that experience. Though there's no doubt Kendrick Perkins and Garnett muscled him inside, most of it had to do with him not playing aggressive enough and lacking the strength to compete with Boston's physicality. He has since devoted more time to the weight room and played more aggressively, two skill sets that only complemented his mastery of the triangle offense, quick footwork, solid mid-range game and accurate touch around the basket.

In Game 1, Gasol showed he was a much different player than in 2008. He finished with 23 points off eight-of-14 shooting, grabbed 14 rebounds, eight offensive boards and three blocked shots, a stark contrast to his second-half Game 1 effort in 2008 where he had only one rebound.

"It was important just to play hard, be aggressive and help as much as possible out there," Gasol said. "There was no statements to be made. Our goal is to win the championship, and not just make a statement right now."

Gasol displayed the ingredients on what he needs to provide to ensure a Lakers championship, even after a rough start that included two turnovers by midway through the first quarter. Gasol displayed his nifty footwork in the first quarter when he shifted directions against Garnett in the post. On the next play, he snuck inside the paint for a put-back basket off Bryant's miss, giving the Lakers a 16-10 lead with 5:30 remaining in the quarter.

He took a charge in the paint that would have earned $50 had the league not told Jackson that practice was unacceptable. Said NBA Commissioner David Stern in a pregame news conference: "Actually it's against our rules, and so rather than do anything about it now on the eve of the Finals, we said, 'How about if you cut it out and we'll discuss it later?' "

In the second quarter, Gasol pressured Garnett into missing a contested fade-away jumper, blocked Garnet's turnaround shot and displayed more nifty footwork against Rasheed Wallace. Though Wallace responded to Gasol's spin move with a stuff, Gasol didn't back down and still grabbed the loose ball, leading to Shannon Brown converting on a bank shot that put the Lakers up, 30-26. And with 5:17 left in the third quarter, Gasol easily found Lamar Odom open inside for a 12-foot jumper, giving the Lakers the 93-78 advantage.

"What I see from him," Jackson said, "is just the little actions that represent not backing down type of things, getting hits, taking the blow, absorbing it, not reacting to it one way or the other with the mentality to look at the referee or wonder about the blow and the legitimacy of it. Those are the things he's learned in the last year and a half or two."

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Bynum fights through the pain

There's a reason why Gasol credited his success partly to Bynum. Despite playing with torn cartilage in his right knee and wondering what kind of effort he could provide, Bynum scored an efficient 10 points on four-of-six shooting along with six rebounds in 28 minutes, a performance Bynum even acknowledged surpassed his expectations.

"I just tried to be as effective as I can in the minutes I'm given," said Bynum, who missed the 2008 NBA Finals because of a sore left kneecap. "I'm just going out there and playing hard."

But it didn't come easy. He admitted he managed to play through pain partly on adrenaline. He plans to have extra treatment during Friday's practice because the swelling makes the tendon in his knee hurt. And the recent draining of his right knee did little to ease the pain, though Bynum said he's felt the same since initially injuring the knee during Game 6 of the Lakers' first-round series against Oklahoma City.

Bynum's effort clearly complemented Gasol. A screen and roll that Bryant and Bynum ran in the first quarter enabled Gasol to get an open shot at the free-throw line, which gave the Lakers a 10-4 lead. Bynum's improved quickness on defensive rotations helped Gasol hold down the Celtics front line, including forcing Perkins to commit his third foul with 11:47 left in the third quarter and limiting Garnett and Perkins to a combined seven rebounds.

"When he's had the ability to have this game, he's done it," Fisher said of Bynum. "It doesn't surprise us for him to do well. He's really been a trooper in giving everything that he has. We're appreciative of it."

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Artest wishes he could enjoy Finals more

Two fans were surely appreciative of a generous gesture by Artest, which entailed him spending $18,000 for them to sit in courtside seats for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

"It's championship time and I feel the fans deserved to sit courtside," Artest said. "There's 98% of people from L.A. who don't see a Lakers game." Odom added: "Ron is a people person."

Yet, Artest hasn't savored his first Finals experience as much as he would like. He hasn't noticed the electric atmosphere. He hasn't glanced at the championship banners. And he's still coming to grips that he's actually playing for a championship.

"I'm not sure how I should feel, whether I should be excited or emotional," Artest said. "Unfortunately, I wish I could enjoy it more."

When asked if he's changed during the season, he pointed to the instance he appeared on the Jimmy Kimmell Show in only briefs and his numerous dye jobs to his hair. "I'm not going to do that anymore," Artest said. "I try to enjoy it sometimes. But sometimes enjoying it, people have the wrong idea of what I'm trying to do."

Instead, he's letting his on-court actions speak for themselves, and three sequences defined the type of toughness that typifies Artest's game.

Moments after the opening tip, Pierce locked arms with Artest, which resulted in both falling to the ground and technical fouls being assessed to each player only 27 seconds into the game. In the third quarter, he swiped the ball from Pierce, which led to a Bryant fast-break dunk. In the fourth quarter, Artest blocked a shot on Boston forward Glen Davis and saved the ball from going out of bounds, leading Jordan Farmar to grab the loose ball and shoot a cross-court pass to Gasol for a transition dunk, giving the Lakers a 91-76 lead with 6:20 remaining.

"You have to sacrifice the body a little bit. The ball was just loose so I grabbed it," Artest said. "Everybody hustled on that possession. We had a fast break; Gasol finished on the fast break. Hopefully we can do that for a remainder of this championship run."

Bryant surely hopes so, which is why he jumped off the bench and gave Artest an emotional hug. "It was a big play for us," Bryant said. "I was happy with the play that he made and I was excited for him. I think he does a great job of us setting the tone defensively with his intensity and with his energy. I was just letting him know it was well appreciated." The Celtics have also noticed as point guard Rajon Rondo observed of Artest: "He's more physical than [Trevor] Ariza."

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Bryant continues dominance

The Lakers surely appreciate Bryant's contributions in Game 1, which entailed scoring at least 30 points in 11 of the last 12 games and nearly recording a triple-double for the fourth time in five contests. After remaining relatively quiet in the first half, including two turnovers, Bryant exploded in the third quarter with a 14-point effort on five-of-seven shooting. He opened the third quarter by scoring the first four points -- a 23-footer and a floater. He snuck behind Boston reserve Tony Allen and blocked his shot, leading to Fisher connecting with Bryant on transition off an alley-oop lob for a 75-62 lead with 2:11 remaining. And the balanced offense showed Bryant's strong ability in taking over a game, while quickly shifting gears if there's a better offensive option. The involvement extends to the sideline where he appeared very engaged and vocal with teammates.

"I've been that way," Bryant said. "Just making sure we're all on the same page and executing properly."

Bryant's been noticeably moody during his interactions with reporters this week, speaking in clipped and mumbled sentences, much like his demeanor during the Lakers' 2009 title run. Clearly, Bryant prefers to let his play do the talking.

Said Bryant: "I just responded to the challenge."

An approach the Lakers clearly didn't master in the 2008 Finals. These type of questions may not end for Fisher's liking, but the Lakers' Game 1 performance at least resulted in the picture illustrating a progression.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers big men Pau Gasol (right) and Lamar Odom force Boston forward Paul Pierce into a difficult shot in the fourth quarter of Game 1 on Thursday night. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Photo: Celtics point guard Nate Robinson prevents Lakers center Andrew Bynum from scoring by fouling him in Game 1 on Thursday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest, who finished with 15 points, celebrates after blocking a shot by Celtics power forward Glen Davis in the fourth quarter of Game 1 on Thursday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who led all scorers with 30 points, finishes off a dunk in the third quarter of Game 1 on Thursday night. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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Mark Medina,

Isn't it good to be among us Lakeraholics?

To experience this joy with us?

It truly is a good thing.

And we're glad you're here with us too.

For today is a GOOD, GOOD DAY!!!!

And there will be many more ahead of us.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

The media does ask some pretty stupid questions.

Seriously.

I can honestly say that I would ask better questions. Some of the stuff is just so repetitive.

People call Kobe cold and Derek too diplomatic. I hold both in respect. I, personally, would probably start screaming at certain "experts" for simply not getting it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Laker Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

The refs did seem to want to make the game more about them than the game itself.

Darth Stern should be pissed.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

It's so amazing to see our team played like this, sending a strong message to the Celtics that we are not intimidated, we will not back down, we will not be shaken...Welcome to Lakers basketball.....let us savor this and move on to Sunday's match...Go Lakers...

"Two fans were surely appreciative of a generous gesture by Artest, which entailed him spending $18,000 for them to sit in courtside seats for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
"It's championship time and I feel the fans deserved to sit courtside," Artest said. "There's 98% of people from L.A. who don't see a Lakers game." Odom added: "Ron is a people person.""

That is fricken awesome!

Not a little awesome. REALLY FRICKEN AWESOME!!!!

What a great guy.

Thanks, Ron.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Seriously, I watch Kobe speak during these interviews and he has given up on being a likable celebrity.

He just wants to win and doesn't need any distractions and he views the media at this time as a monster geared to feed off of distractions.

He's all businesss, and I mean that in the absolute best way possible.

Things will not end up well for the Celtics.

After this scourging, they will go into hibernation.

We won't.

It's so good to be a Lakers fan.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

appolo c. vermont,

"Welcome to Lakers basketball....."

It wasn't Showtime schnazzle, but it was utterly disciplined basketball.

The defense was emaculate.

Awesome awesomeness.

I'm beginning to think that winning the Championship in Boston is a more beautiful thing than winning at home.

They need to see.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

I can hardly wait until Sunday.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Where is hidden Ouchhhhhhhh?

Gastrong humiliated to Kevin Garsoft and to Ouchhhhhhhsofty. By where those mice will have put?

"He just wants to win and doesn't need any distractions and he views the media at this time as a monster geared to feed off of distractions.

He's all businesss, and I mean that in the absolute best way possible."

Agreed, Jon. This is actually one of the things I admire the most about Kobe because he is just so focused and so determined and just so driven. He wants to win and he will let nothing stand in his way, and as a Lakers fan, I both appreciate and respect that level of commitment the game. And besides, this moody and surly Kobe is needed in order to reach my favorite Kobe: smiling wide, drenched in champagne, holding the Larry O'Brien trophy.

Also wanted to commend Pau on not taking any of KG's crap tonight. He definitely sent a message, and I have no doubt he will continue to play as aggressively as he did tonight.

Seriously guys, this game got me so hyped. It's 2am and I still can't sleep. How will I ever make it to Sunday?

"Man, there goes that Mamba!"


Yes, it is a thrill savoring the Laker's win over Boston. However, I am still very much concerned by their carelessness during the 4th quarter when the Celtics was able to trim down the 20 poiints deficit to single digit. I strongly suggest that Coach Phil J. should push the team to play consistently until the end. DON'T ALLOW THE OPPONENTS TO GAIN ANY KIND OF CONFIDENCE AT ANY TIME OF THE GAME.

Sometimes, the team loses because of too much complacency and over confidence.

CHEERS LAKERS!!! GO FOR THE JUGULAR ALWAYS!!!

ROY

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No wonder there were so many foul calls in this game and so many long commercials. David Stern was in attendance holding hands w/ Mickey Mouse. I think they showed up in the Kiss Cam, but they had to be blurred cause they used too much tongue.

It's true this is not the Magic Show time era but even then we are always known to play good defense and that's what I am talking about. It's also an answer to Garnet's interview a couple of days ago that the West teams do not play physical basketball..now they know the Laker does....

KG..."Guys this man is the strongest soft man i played against in all my life"

Gasoft haters are in silence and in evidence.

Not too bad today the spaniard. Only two minutes sited at the bench, working with efficiency, stats at all star level.

¡¡Trade him!!

Lol What did Garnett say? That the West teams don't play physical defense?

Is that why he was so happy to leave the West and not contend with Tim Duncan? The one player he could not beat, him and Dirk and Chris Webber? All players listed as a foward here in there through out the season? Lets include Amare from the Suns; heck lets also include Camby.

Thats right you went on to win your Ring on the East where there is no one who likes to play dirty and elbow his way to that Finals.

I would love to see KG elbow and slap his way through Bynum. Does anyone think he would get away w/ it?

Doc Rivers said about Gasoft:

"I thought he was the best player on the floor at times. I thought he made terrific plays, terrific passes, shot when he should shoot. Yeah, he's better [than in 2008]. He's more aggressive"

IQ, work and efficiency at Lakers service.

¡¡Trade him!!

So happy.
So calm and focused.
So Zen.
So determined in keep thinking THIS is just a Step one (an *excellent* step one), and we just have to keep on running.

I feel so.

Quietly satisfied of THIS game just past, and totally already devoted in the next, which is gonna be totally different.

I am happy I read Kobe's mind there (unsurprisingly: I'm shaped onto him and his superior brain, drive... EVERYTHING).

As I was really happy with the way we played, I'm even more the way we are analyzing this game from interviews.

We are SUPERIOR to the Celtics.

We own them talent-wise.

But the moment when we would believe we don't have to fight every spill of blood we have to shed, and the moment when we would be self-sufficient and complacent, they would KICK OUR a**.

They are not a joke team, and we owe them respect because only respecting them we can destroy them.

I don't wanna "destroy" them in the sense I feel this can happen.
I wanna destroy that bad memory they left us all with. And live proudly again after the amend of that shame.

We are superior.

But we have to keep on proving it and it's not gonna be easy at all.

But now hopefully, you all see why I was so confident this year.

From the start.

Today it has been so gracious to be a Laker fan: we got it all in dsplay:a TEAM.
With a perfect, perfect, PERFECT leader and utmostly perfect basketball Player.

Kobe... I am at loss of words.

I was happy cos my two fav speakers directly commented the game in Italian.
And they are Kobe worshippers like me.

Through their eyes my love grown evenbigger (if that's possoble).
THIS MAN PLAYS INJURED.

I can't believe... but actually being a Kobe fan the first thing you learn is that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE with him.

Hat off.

And the best part is that he's far from playing best yet.

Today he dosed himself like an awesome strategist. Which he is.

Today he let Gasol show what he's made of.

I was sure Pau was off with Suns ONLY because he was feeling THIS rematch too much.

He wants to erase that concept of softness, because is FALSE.
He's not a thug. His force is class and determination. Stop question that. Today he did EVERYTHING.
He was awesome, and if it weren't that in this team we have an alien and a God, he would be reckoned the way he deserves.

But ehi... no one can surpass Kobe.
In a way it's almost unfair.
But actually is not.

I loved the way Kobe picked up Lamar from his first three quarters misery: from the bench, he whispered some at him smiling delicately and from then Lamar ignited.

This is teh leader.

The leader of a monstrously talented bunch.
Never forget how talented we are.

Some of the ball dialogue between Pau, Lamar and Kobe are astonishingly perfect.

I am sure some cannot even understand the perfection of what we are blessed to see at times.

It's Harvard bball.

Dominance in silky gloves, and some rightly given punch too.

Let me compliment DREW.

He was GREAT tonight- and I hope he getshis credit due. We have so much to be happy for. Stop bashing now: just believe. These are Lakers playing. THESE: just admire us and stop parting hair in two.

My admire at Derek: always there in security when it matters.
Always.
His bashers again just demonstrated how little they understand of the playoffs dynamics and of the key players.

To have Ron Ron,. finally... oh, boy.

Did you see the way Kobe jumped from bench to greet his awesome D in the last quarter??? Did you?

I was smiling so wide I hurt my face.

Kobe LOVES Ron and his dedication to the cause.

And when Kobe loves you, it means you're a great thing for the Lakers.

And Ron is.

Sure, he gotta be calm... but how can you not love Ron Ron?

I heard he bought seats for his fans tonight... man... this is so sweet. So absurd, yet awesome.

That's Ron.

But please, in all teh excitement... let's not forget the Celts.

They have room to change and surface back.

They're far from dead and now they have realized we are so NOT 2008.

They won't let this go easily.

We better rest and get ready cos it's a LONG way to Figueroa yet.

But still...
I feel this confidence, that I have always felt from start of the season.

Dunno why.

No, wait.. do know why.

It's called skill&talent&will.

Nobody has quite as we have.

Let's just be ourselves.

Fearless.

Intensively.

Constantly.

We are the Los Angeles Lakers.

Best team on planet Earth.

Let's go remind everybody about it.

Till Coliseum.

Till Glory.

Till Eternity in Purpel and Gold.

Go guys: we do believe and trust in you all.
And we know for the extra work, we have the God of Basketball in the 24 sweater...

I couldn't feel any happier.

;)

Later Fam ;)

Dear Boston Celtics,

Thank you for attending Phase 1 of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball clinic on
"How To Play Like Champions".

Remember to show up Sunday for Phase 2.

We expected more attention and effort on your part and if this is the way you continue to act in this all important training session we may have to reduce the numbers of Phases of our clinic from 7 to 4.

Regards,

Public Relations

"The offense may go away, but the Lakers defense is here to stay"
- Fatty

Lakers defense is going to keep us in every game and put us in a position to win every time out.

"Oh Greenies, Greenie trolls...... where are you?"

"This just showed that if we had Bynum in 2008, it would have been a much more competitive series, perhaps a Lakers series win"

- Andrew Bynum's thoughts

The guy played his heart out when the refs sent LO to the bench.

To my friends Phred and MarkG......asol

OK., guys is not over yet

Pau did well but is not over yet. KG is a great player. I think he is the Pau´s nemesis (speed, size, shooting, rebounding, defending, IQ). We can wait and see.
Pau has work a lot and this could be tough in 7 games.

Pau did well in this game, yess, but I love Bynum work, too.

Remember, is not over, yet.

This game was such an emotional release. We thought it would play out this way, but there is nothing like the real thing.

Kobe was an assassin.....can't wait till Sunday.

"Hello Celtics bastards. My name is Indigo Montoya Kobe. You killed my team in 2008....Prepare to die"

I know I am not alone amongst my Laker fan 'brethren' in saying that we cannot become too confident that this series will be over quickly. I would not be surprised if the Celtics match the Game 1 intensity in Game 2...even Perkins alluded to that in a statement --"This could get real dangerous quick" --although this guy is one tech away from sitting out a game in Beantown. I don't expect the other four starters to play as poorly as they did in Game 1. These guys are veterans with huge egos and you know KG, Pierce, Allen and Rondo will be fired up on Sunday.


Nevertheless, very proud of the men in purple and gold! Game 2 will be tough, but am hoping for that 2-0 lead after the game on Sunday.

LAKESHOW!!!

My MVP last night was Phil. The team looked well prepared and his strategy was obviously to attack the Cs on offense and defense. See Kobe/UPS and Farmar. Well he actualy followed the Priest strategy to attack the paint. Plus he acted like a conventional coach by caling timeouts and having his best unit on the floor at crunch time. If I was Dr. Buss I would write $12 on that check and add two zeros for every other Lakers win for Phil Jackson.

Hi there Guys!

Not able to watch the game live, but I´ll enjoy a game replay tonight so don´t worry.

Kobe! OH KOBE!!! What a warmachine!

Hope you enjoyed my country fellow POW GAS-ALL

Ron "ArizaWho?" Artest!

See you!! Take car!

We knew that Phil had Mbenga banging on Gastrong for a week now to simulate KG. Kobe you took my advice to attack the paint and rebound the basketball. In Mark Jackson's words and voice, "OUTSTANDING"!! Don't let your team become complacent before Sunday's game. Show them the tape of the Boston day massacre in 1984 when LA beat Boston by 30 points and Boston came back and won the series. Implore LO to show up for game 2 we need a double double for him. Like Rudy once said, "NEVER DOUBT THE HEART OF A CHAMPION"!!

GOOD MORNING LAKER NATION... THANK GOD I'M A LAKERHOLIC!!
SO HOW ABOUT THAT VAUNTED LAKER DEFENSE "JUSTA"? lol.
SO WHO ARE WE?: ALL TOGETHER
*
10 of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’ve had 3 Lakers Dynasties and now are starting on 4
That’s 2 better than any NBA team ever had before
The best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve had four
We got the Finals MVP, By the name of Name Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored more
But Rings not number of points is what he plays for.
We got The Logo Jerry West & First Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all great centers like Shaq, Wilt & of course Kareem
Super guards Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just leased
A 10 time Title Winning Coach who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams fear us.
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freaking Champion Lakers, Who the Hell are You
AMEN!! As Jon K. says: "LAKERS TODAY LAKERS TOMORROW LAKERS FOREVER"
I LOVE YA LAKER NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As a Laker fan and Black Mamba advisor I saw an interesting dynamic last night. Kobe embraced his Pit Bull. Ron Ron is quickly becomming Kobe's favorite teammate and Ron Ron only wants to please his Master I mean Kobe. Kobe admires his tenacity and relentlessness and sees it on par with his own. Trevor Ariza had the work ethic but not that assasin like mentality like ROn RON.

What's worse -- the three stooges announcing team or Joey Crawford?

I am so glad the Lakers won! Three more baby!

Wes,

Saw the link you posted on the cat saving the lady from dog attack, neat.
I have seen that behavior in one of my cats too, they will definitely come to your defense. Well, some of them will. Like dogs, some just don't have that mentality.

it's not over. Lakers need to keep this up.

6/3/10

All I see is fireworks..... Kobe "Big Bean" Bryant, with the heart of Goliath, yea the big epic Giant.... L.A. 2010 chip/ all I see is fireworks/
Coach 'Zen' riding in…. on the Harley even stef curry couldn't get the bid on his Davidson/ When Phil puts the Zen on ya... you better be ready boy/ feel the fire... gotta go higher!
Bron Bron at home, thinkin’ bout what coulda, what shoulda, come to New York you’ll see whats goodah, new city, new home, new throne, the big apple got your back big homie....
Artest like "Mad Max" in the post… Queens Bridge kid turned purple and gold makes his impact in the West Coast/ DE-Fense on point, 24 sec. lock down/ takin’ the charge - you know he’s holdin his ground/
Fish wit the 30 footer/ picture perfect form, tru clutch-shooter/ the Spurs left at home and TP’s wife in the stands, she’s about to air on E's new season: Hollywood Cougars/
The ring is the thing: many ascertain but only a chosen few to the game/ few teams can stake claim/
Big Gasol aka 'long-stride' Paul, you can find him in transition... give it to the big _once he's in position/ Once the Purple and Gold catch fire the Celts can”t take the heat... get em’ out the kitchen!!
Young man Bynum playin like a well-seasoned vet, the baby Hook, yeaaa son comes correct!/Shannon Brown, the kid from Magic’s Almamater, he jumps through the gym you can get served on a platter/ Vladdy Romonovich, his uncle taught him about championships – Rudy Tomdonvich, now welcome to USA go win you a championship!
LA’s team of Assassins/ too much passion/ Jack Nicholson in Doc’s face… uhh just clappin’/
and Mamba Mamba uhhh the snake got the launcherrr, one thing in mind, yes, attack – conquer/ he can penetrate and dish it/ or step behind the arch and fire the ratchet/ he’s a high percentage player, a draft-day Laker –
whens the balls in his hands somethin good gone come/ defense left slumpt/ 24’s on his back meaning son “aint’ no chump”/
Fireworks


-TH


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6/3/10

All I see is fireworks..... Kobe "Big Bean" Bryant, with the heart of Goliath, yea the big epic Giant.... L.A. 2010 chip/ all I see is fireworks/
Coach 'Zen' riding in…. on the Harley even stef curry couldn't get the bid on his Davidson/ When Phil puts the Zen on ya... you better be ready boy/ feel the fire... gotta go higher!
Bron Bron at home, thinkin’ bout what coulda, what shoulda, come to New York you’ll see whats goodah, new city, new home, new throne, the big apple got your back big homie....
Artest like "Mad Max" in the post… Queens Bridge kid turned purple and gold makes his impact in the West Coast/ DE-Fense on point, 24 sec. lock down/ takin’ the charge - you know he’s holdin his ground/
Fish wit the 30 footer/ picture perfect form, tru clutch-shooter/ the Spurs left at home and TP’s wife in the stands, she’s about to air on E's new season: Hollywood Cougars/
The ring is the thing: many ascertain but only a chosen few to the game/ few teams can stake claim/
Big Gasol aka 'long-stride' Paul, you can find him in transition... give it to the big _once he's in position/ Once the Purple and Gold catch fire the Celts can”t take the heat... get em’ out the kitchen!!
Young man Bynum playin like a well-seasoned vet, the baby Hook, yeaaa son comes correct!/Shannon Brown, the kid from Magic’s Almamater, he jumps through the gym you can get served on a platter/ Vladdy Romonovich, his uncle taught him about championships – Rudy Tomdonvich, now welcome to USA go win you a championship!
LA’s team of Assassins/ too much passion/ Jack Nicholson in Doc’s face… uhh just clappin’/
and Mamba Mamba uhhh the snake got the launcherrr, one thing in mind, yes, attack – conquer/ he can penetrate and dish it/ or step behind the arch and fire the ratchet/ he’s a high percentage player, a draft-day Laker –
whens the balls in his hands somethin good gone come/ defense left slumpt/ 24’s on his back meaning son “aint’ no chump”/
Fireworks


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The sun is shining, the world is right, one down, three mo' to go. The usually meaningless chatter on nba.com is truly finer this morning with the interview and presence of Jerry West. The man has a clear command of basketball knowledge unclouded by fanaticism and is able to articulate his understanding clearly in the sound bite format of tv entertainment. Check it out. My own intro to Lakers basketball was with the Chamberlain/West/Goodrich/Hairston/Mcmillan team that beat the Bulls, Bucks and Knicks to get their ring. To speak of continuity and history there is no finer man than Mr. West. Also, a funny moment when Jerry says that he has no idea why Memphis gave up Gasol to the Lakers. Really?

All Right.

Boston has been physically challenged. Expect a physical game on Sunday.

Great job by Bynum. Great job by everybody.

I wish Mike T was here. I'd like to know his thoughts on Pau after last night. :)

I'm still thinking Lakers in 6. WW *tough loss* WLW.

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

***.................WE GOT THIS
The swagger is back and so is the Style, this dynasty just might last for a little while
After last night a repeat The Lakers can’t miss, As Justa says, WE GOT THIS!!!
No more talk about where is Ariza, Be damn glad that we have The “Thrillah”
Never again question the Heart of Gasol, Last night he gave an answered “yall”
Pau has finese, sure you right, But he damn sure don’t back down from any fight
So if any Lakerholics are still nervous, Tell them what we got Justa : “ WE GOT THIS”
Did any of you watch the Celtic players eyes, They sure looked Shell shocked & surprise
They were not ready for what they saw, The Lakers greeted their @zz with Shock & AWE
With a lineup of Kobe, Pau, Thrillah and Dfish, Even a fool knows that WE GOT THIS
You better enjoy these games I say to you, Just a few more and basketball season is thru
Then what does anybody want to bet, First question will be if we trade X, what can we get.
This is the most together team the Lakers ever had, If you don’t like it To Damn Bad
Maybe being a Lakerholic is not for you, for each blogger that leaves we gain two
Best Blog, Best Owner, Best Player, Best Team, Justa pinch me, this must be a dream
A player who pays for 2 court row seats for a fan, This only happens here in Laker Land
Tell me it’s not a dream, The Lakers feel me with Bliss, OK let me hear it: WE GOT THIS
So savor each remaining game like it’s gold, years from now tales of this series will be told
Appreciate what you got in Kobe Bryant, A once in a lifetime true Basketball Giant
Also appreciate the LakersBlog Family, I don’t know about you but it means a lot to me
This is one season I really will miss, but I have a smile on my face cause WE GOT THIS

Congrats to the bench -- some interesting line-ups thanks to Joey Crawford, but the boys attacked weakness (paging Michael Finley) and showed they can contribute.

I really think the bench can be part of the difference this series.

MM, your NBA 2K10 "simulation" predicted Celtics in 5, and Lakers to lose Game-1 99-98, isn't it??

You're invited to eat crow now!!

GOOD MORNING, LAKERSBLOG CRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GAME 1 is in the books! 47-0 when Phil's team wins Game 1 in a series... just sayin'.

Hey Cap'n Quack, was it just me or did I see Kobe "sacrifice" his body with all those lane penetrations?!?

And, uh, hmmm who looked better? Paula or RON RON? Gee looked to me like Paula was on LOCK DOWN most of the game. Did he forget his wheelchair?

Oh Ricky, your National Hero IS playing like the NBA/LAKER Hero that he IS NOW... KG certainly got a dose of his own medicine last night.

Bynum... THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' BOUT BABY!!!!!!!!!!!

And Rondo sure did make some BONE-HEADED plays there, like getting to within two feet of the rim and kicking out to... BIG BABY to shoot from near the short corner three point line?!?!?!?! CLANK!!!! HAHAHA!!!

ANYWAY, LAKERS WILL SWEEP THIS SERIES!!!!

On a much lighter note please check out this video of my AWESOME 5yr old daughter watching the game with Daddy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnP1MBbBOOs

Good Morning Laker Family,

To quote another great Laker coach of the past, "no rebounds, no rings". It's all about winning the boards and playing defense, period. Lakers must raise their intensity level even more because the Celtics will.

Again, I say, welcome to the Kobe and Lakers revenge tour. Nuff said.

The refs fixed the game....

Good morning my Lakerholics,

What a beautiful Friday morning it is. Boston seems eerily quiet today which is perfectly fine with me. It's a wonderful day to be a Laker fan. Our team handled their business last night. No letting up now.

Prop to Ron Ron, Bynum, Pau and Kobe who were all-stars last night.

I have a feeling the trolls have been quieted for a while so it should be a great day on the blog.

@HalosAnt...that is absolutely adorable. I have a 3 year old niece who I taught to chant Kobe Kobe Kobe but she does it at the sight of any b-ball game she sees so we've got a little more work to do :-)

@ EastCoastJessie - thanks.. ya know, we gotta teach 'em early... the funny thing is after I ask her who my fav player is and and she repeats Kobe, I shut the video off and right then she turns and say "The Black Mamba", doh!, I wish I would have waited just a few more seconds. LOL!!!!

Being There

Laker fans are deemed passive because they experience nights like last night. With that as a benchmark, a mid regular season game doesn't inspire concern.

There was nothing passive about the atmosphere yesterday. That's as much fun as a human can have. I'm exhausted, hoarse and never felt better.

That was a perfect ending to a very perfect day! My son graduated from high school and on to San Diego State and the Lakers beating down the Celtics!!! Could not ask for anything more!

Good morning HalosAnt, EastCoastJessie. Are we happy this morning? lol! See folks all that worrying for nothing. Have the Freaking LA Lakers ever let you down? Me neither.
Mamba24

John Wooden

The man should be the 5th face on Mt Rushmore. Get well, sir, you've got a 100th birthday to celebrate!


Ron Artest

Enough said.


Andrew Bynum?

Laker Tom should be proud. Even injured, Perkins hasn't got a prayer against him. Yeah, the same Perkins that single guarded D Howard to a standstill.


Who were those guys off the bench?

ACCORDING TO KOBE............. Ron is a multi dimensional player, a player who can post, shoot 3s, post and play defense. Is there still a comparison Ron and Ariza or is this debate finally put to bed?

WOW Ron was the man.....

My my, what a great morning. I am smiling and grateful that my Lakers showed up and played like the Champions they are. It's so pleasant coming here and reading the blog without the Trolls. Our own Trolls as well as the Celtic trolls.

I haven't sen one "FISHER STINKS!" or any "BOSTON HAS TOO MANY BIGS" or any "GASOL IS SOFT" posts all day. This game is the start of removing any supposed asterisk from our 2009 championship and adds to the legitimacy of our claim that 2008 would have been MUCH different with a healthy Bynum and Ariza.

It's nice to be here, troll free for the moment. So satisfying. Just can't wipe this silly smile off my face. Thinking about KG getting blocked, Farmar swiping the ball out of Rondo's hands, and Pierce trying to bully our Pit Bull.

Nice to be a Lakers Fan today.

Escarpia:

YOU WROTE{ Gastrong humiliated to Kevin Garsoft and to Ouchhhhhhhsofty. By where those mice will have put?

Response: hahahahaha Ouchhhhhhhsofty aka Drabble (comic)

"Ouch!" That's the one word text message received after the game from my friend Kenny, a Celtics fan obviously scarred for life by having been born in Boston.

"Ouch!" No smack talk. No "Well see you Sunday." No "You Got Lucky." No excuses. No comeback. Only, "Ouch!"

That's kind of what we saw post-game in the media room from Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce. No answers. Barely a hope that they could find any answers by Game 2. In short, "Ouch!"

What an onslaught to start the series by our Lakers! What beautifully thought-out aggression on the first play from Ron Artest to start Game 1. Except for a momentary lapse at the start of the 4th quarter, the Lakers played by the rule, "No let-up, no mercy." Even more beautiful was Kobe post-game in the media room. Surly. His message, we haven't won anything yet, was as much to his team mates as to the public.

Game 2 will be harder. The Celtics have been smacked around plenty on the post-season journey that delivered them to Staples Center. Doc Rivers has raised his team from the dead more than once. The Celtics will do everything in their power to make this a series. But their takeaway from Game 1 can only be that their power to make this a series has limits. That takeaway can be summed up in one word. "Ouch!"

Jon K - It's fun to cover the playoffs. But I'm not a Lakerholic lol sorry

MM

Ruud van Nistelrooy -- Lol, I'm not the one who made the prediction. The simulation did.

MM

Laker fan-

Its not over yet. 1 impressive win doesnt mean the series is over. You need 3 more.

What I'm going to look out for in game 2:

Less foul calls.....opinion on the game is that too many fouls were called.

and the Celtics will take advantage of that.

It will be a much more intense game. If the Celtics win that, it sets them up for 3 games at home.

The Lakers must remain vigilant. The Celtic defense will be more intense, and more like what we've seen in the east.

LAKERS LINE UP:

Kobe still the Best player
Pau is the Best Big skilled man
Ron is the Secretary of Defense
Lamar is the Swiss Army Knife
Bynum on one leg is still the Beast
DFish is old reliable aka Ol' yeller

BENCH ....... good

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THE KOBE AND LAKERS REVENGE TOUR EXPRESS - BANDWAGON
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(01) NEMAIA FALETOGO - OWNER - Again, I say, welcome to the Kobe and Lakers revenge tour. Nuff said.
(02) ISLAND PRIEST – DRIVER - "NEVER DOUBT THE HEART OF A CHAMPION"!!
(03) FATTY – RIDING SHOTGUN - This game was such an emotional release. We thought it would play out this way, but there is nothing like the real thing. "Hello Celtics bastards. My name is Indigo Montoya Kobe. You killed my team in 2008....Prepare to die"
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(05) ART-FL LAKER FAN – SECURITY1 - Dear Boston Celtics, Thank you for attending Phase 1 of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball clinic on "How To Play Like Champions".
(06) ZAIRA AMATERASU – BLOG GODDESS/POETESS - We are the Los Angeles Lakers. Best team on planet Earth. Let's go remind everybody about it. Till Coliseum. Till Glory. Till Eternity in Purpel and Gold. Go guys: we do believe and trust in you All. And we know for the extra work, we have the God of Basketball in the 24 sweater... I couldn't feel any happier.
(07) JON K – UNDERCOVER AGENT/NEW CALIFORNIA RESIDENT - I'm beginning to think that winning the Championship in Boston is a more beautiful thing than winning at home. Two fans were surely appreciative of a generous gesture by Artest, which entailed him spending $18,000 for them to sit in courtside seats for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
"It's championship time and I feel the fans deserved to sit courtside," Artest said. "There's 98% of people from L.A. who don't see a Lakers game." Odom added: "Ron is a people person."" That is fricken awesome!
(08) APPOLO C VERMONT - Welcome to Lakers basketball.....let us savor this and move on to Sunday's match...Go Lakers...
(09) PHRED - Ok, it's not that the Celtics looked like crap tonight. It's that we MADE them look like crap tonight. If they want to change this around, they don't need to improve, they need to find the other guys that were playing in Celtic unis for the rest of the playoffs.
(10) ROCKY - We showed what we're about tonight. It's 3 more victories to another championship. This team has what it takes to defy history and beat the Celtics! This is almost happy time!
(11) TERRY DINIZ - We are the champions, and this is ours. Go Lakers!
(12) EJK - think Boston just realized they're not playing Vince Carter anymore. Wow. Kobe's playing the best basketball of his career right now, and that's saying something. I just don't see how the Lakers lose this series. When both teams are at full strength, the Lakers are simply a better team. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this ended up being a sweep.
(13) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - I'm confident. Not overly so - just that feeling I get when I know what the outcome of something is. I LOVE that feeling. We got this. I know it.
(14) MAMBA24 – Yes We Got this…And we want more
(15) DCMAMBA - That was FAN-tastic! Go Lakers! Beatdown on the C's = Priceless.
(16) LAKERGURL – THE ONE AND ONLY - THREE MORE WINS. ALL THE WAY NOW!!!
(17) FAITH – LAKERS DEFENSIVE COACH - This is how you do it. Lakers I'm so proud.
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Hello bloggers
Laker fan here. This is about a few comments that keep popping up here and on several other blogs from "die-hard" Lakers fans and I am posting this since I consider myself one.I just don't understand why fans have to label everyone with a negative comment on Kobe as a "hater".Are things really that black an white ? I love me some Bean and I admire the heck out his passion and commitment to the game, his amazing skills and the killer instinct.There are few athletes who can boast of being of the same caliber as Kobe. He is an athlete who needs to be enjoyed for the incredible display of skill he puts on every time he is on the court and appreciated for what he bring to the table for the Lakers as a team and for us fans.But that is about it. Nothing more needs to be made of who he is and he doesn't have to measure upto any standards expected of him as a veritable "God" that some fans here make him out to be.
Why be so sensitive to negative things said about Kobe ? Every little thing sparks reactions that sometimes are just comical.Over-enthusiastic fans aren't called "Kobe worshipers " by many..are they ? It would be stupid..like calling Lakers fans "Bandwagon fans" because there are quite a few people in the Lakers fan base who are extremely knowledgeable about the game and love the team for real reasons.
Some of the gushing I see from posters like ZairaAmaterasu are just comical."Kobe can do no wrong..he is this..he is that.." one meaningless hyperbole after another...and grandiloquent commentary which borders on delusion.Some really think they have a window into the guy's brain...and think that everything they say is the ultimate truth about Kobe...some being "protective" of Kobe to the point that is becomes ridiculous. Appreciate him for what he is. Don't make him into a demigod.I am not about to discuss his flaws but suffice it to say he has a few and they are immaterial to who he is as a basketball player.


I can admire the passion people have and and admit that I perhaps don't "get it
like some of you guys do but come on people - JVG a Kobe hater ?? What is he doing when lavishes praise on him ? Ingratiating himself with Kobe for some reason ?? How about the story of Kobe going to JVG to ask him how they guarded Jordan in '93 ? Kobe was stupid enough to not know JVG is a hater and still went to him for advise ??
And Chris Rock is suddenly a hater because he is a goofy guy who tried heckling Kobe at a game ? If he has seen any games and things like the incident with Matt Barnes, he had to have known it won't work.The guy is no hater.Don't segregate people in two clear cut groups.And please understand that criticizing players you love when warranted is healthy.

To wrap this up, I read about people here saying that Steve Nash disrespected Kobe when Raja Bell clothslined him and Nash said that the league was making a big deal out of it simply because he was Kobe Bryant. That is disrespect ??? Please !! He can't speak his mind about Kobe and is supposed to hold his tongue because is is Kobe Bryant we are talking about ??
Nash is one of the more likable guys in the league both for his talent and for being affable/down to earth.He has faced a few really dirty plays himself.He never made a big deal out of it and didn't comment on the person who did it to him either. So he basically said people/the league shouldn't be making a bid deal out of it.That is just how he saw it. "disrespect" ??? I don't think so.

Jon K- dude, you got a Job and the Lakers beat the Celts, can a week get much better? (you're not having a kid this week are you?)

MM, can we let Mike T back in just for Gloating purposes?

Mike T., how are you buddy? Are you reading this? Just wondering if you remember when I told you KB and Sheed could NOT check Gasol. I think I also told you that Pau would eat KG's lunch and take his milk money. Now I NEVER tell people I told you so, but just cuz it's you, I TOLD YOU SO.

I think GASOFT should be a word that is filtered out by the website, just like they do for profanity.

Ouchhhhh, you have to purchase a Gasol jersey and wear it all times during live chats.

Justa- yes, it's true, you are funny (im funnier though).

Question, is the Lakers' front line too physical for the Celtics*?

Finally, I seemed to have misplaced 3 or 4 Celtic* Trolls, has anybody seen them? It's weird, they always seem to disappear when the Celts don't do well. (and no justa, I never called you a troll, EVER)

Its not over yet. 1 impressive win doesnt mean the series is over. You need 3 more. Posted by: 131-92 | June 04, 2010 at 07:40 AM
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I won't rub it in 131 I know your boys can do better, but I predicted this yesterday so I know you arent surprised here are my predictions
GAME 1 LAKERS BY AT LEAST 16
GAME 2 LAKERS BY AT LEAST 8
GAME 3 LAKERS BY 2
GAME 4 LAKERS BY AT LEAST 40 - YES THAT'S RIGHT 40.
I Know the Celtics can do better so I expect hell in the next 2 games but then...THE RING IS OURS!!!
See you at Finals Game 2, 131.
Mamba24


Ummm, Mamba, hello.... I think you forgot someone...

Mamba-

Thanks for not "rubbing it in." We need to clean up the boards. Stop turning the ball over and figure out a way to keep Ray out of foul trouble. Oh and make some layups.

What a beautiful morning in LA! And of course, we love it!

All I can say is, wow. WOW! I expected it to be much closer in terms of scoring. I expected to see an amped up KG and Rondo. I expected to see a grind-it-out defense from the C's. I saw none of that. Every time they looked like they started to get going, the Lakers managed to squelch it.

That said, I don't expect them to play so crappy next time. They're a really good team, or they wouldn't be here. We won't see that sort of lame effort again. And I don't say this because I'm loving the green. I couldn't loathe them more. It's just a fact.

Man. Kobe is just - Kobe. He's an assassin, a killer on the court. Pau was freakin' AWESOME! Everyone stepped up. And my favorite play? Artest stripping Glen Davis and then the long pass up the court to Pau for the dunk. OH YES!!! The only thing that would have made it perfect would have been if Chick were calling the game. Miss him.

Defense was the name of the Lakers game, and everyone saw it and knew it. This isn't 2008. WELCOME TO 2010!!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

NBA OFFICE SHUOLD EITHER BAN THE STUPID EURO REPORTERS OR COACH THEM ETIQUETTE ON BEING RELEVANT:

Yesterday, a Spanish reporter asked Ron about sex in the city and continued to do and never asked anything relevant to BB. Last night during the post game interview another reporter from Spain asked Pau if he was going to watch his country man Nadal play tennis, to which Pau suggested that if he is up early then he will try to watch it. Kobe immediately cut Pau off and told him that he better get his rest and sleep. I find this to be annoying and showing lack of disrespect to NBA viewers. NBA office should coach the Euro journalist that we are in the NBA finals and that their queries to players should be in the context of BB and not tennis or for that matter soccer.

Finally, I seemed to have misplaced 3 or 4 Celtic* Trolls, has anybody seen them? It's weird, they always seem to disappear when the Celts don't do well. (and no justa, I never called you a troll, EVER)

Posted by: Mark G | June 04, 2010 at 07:51 AM

Are you refering to me? Cuz Im right here!

[I Know the Celtics can do better so I expect hell in the next 2 games but then...THE RING IS OURS!!!
See you at Finals Game 2, 131.
Mamba24]

Bold sweep prediction dawg and I'm feeling it ... Zaira had an earlier post about respecting the celtics in order to defeat them but i disagree, i say we show them zip zero respect ... as for needing respect to play hard 24/7, i say late hate for the disgusting green weenies drive that .... not the type of hate that consumes ... nah i'm talking cold calculated mamba style hate, u know like God father strictly bizness type hate for ya enemies... vengeance is a dish best served cold

Celtic fans let this drum into your skull ... we are here to take everything from you and give nothing back in return ... this series, sweep or not shall be extremely painful for y'all ...

Thanks for not "rubbing it in." We need to clean up the boards. Stop turning the ball over and figure out a way to keep Ray out of foul trouble. Oh and make some layups.
Posted by: 131-92 | June 04, 2010 at 07:57 AM
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Looks like your boys have a lot of work ahead of them. Luckily they have three days to try to fix it. Only thing I think your team is starting to show it's age and one thing you can't fix in practice is Age. But you get another shot Sunday, of course Mamba will be even more healthy as will Bynum so I don't know 131. I think Doc will be spending a lot of sleepless nights.
Mamba24

MM

A quick review of the DVR shows that you got some local ABC camera time last night. It was a good angle, good question. How's celebrity feel?

Are you refering to me? Cuz Im right here!

Posted by: 131-92 | June 04, 2010 at 07:59 AM

Actually TBH, you were one of them. While I was still writing my comment, yours' had not been posted yet. I have to give you Kudos for showing up, even though it's only one game. I will no longer consider you a total front runner.

Seriously though, your guys body language was not good yesterday. They didn't look feisty to me at all. I'd be worried if I were you. We'll see in game 2.

#4

We realize that the series isn't over and we know Boston will do heir best to get a win on the Lakers floor but the fact of the matter is that our team played an great game and got the W. We celebrate every W!!!!

I will agree that way too many fouls were called in the game. Fortunately, neither team can say the refs were biased towards the other because they were pretty evenly called against both teams. I think this entire series will be choppy because it will be called tight. There's too much bad blood/history between these two teams and the refs aren't going to risk it getting out of control. I do expect the next game will be looser for both teams from that standpoint.

This series isn't over until 1 team reaches 4 wins. We know it's going to be a battle and we know Boston isn't going to lay down. For now, we will continue to celebrate our team's great victory last night and look forward to the next game on Sunday.

Sorry HalosAnt, It;s just this Lakerholic high is not wearing off and I find myself floating in the air all the time. I'll get right on it.
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@SegeBoy/Sheriff, You got to believe Sheriff. Say it with me
SWEEPS! See how easy that was. I vowed not to sleep till we win the Title and I'm sticking to it. So if the next few days I sound kind of spacey blame it on Lakerholism and lack of sleep. Lol! Remember your Blog family when you hit it big sheriff!
Mamba24

Seriously though, your guys body language was not good yesterday. They didn't look feisty to me at all. I'd be worried if I were you. We'll see in game 2.

Posted by: Mark G | June 04, 2010 at 08:06 AM

It never does when get dominated. We just got to play better.

Mark G,

Nah gasoft shouldn't be banned ... I've always welcomed the soft moniker ... as far as i'm concerned they're right ... we're more skills than brawn ... kobe's footwork, Gasols post game, Artests hands on defense ... Like PJ said ... we don't smack people around

like 4 real if being skilled makes us soft then so be it ... we'll just keep killing them softly ... and ain't that what assassin do? kill u without leaving a bruise ... and who's a deadlier assassin than kobe?

Yeah me likes GaSoft's game

Pau deserve the MVP finals. For me, he has been the most consistent player all year. I think he becomes the 1 option in this LAKER TEAM. Not forgot, since Pau is in L.A., 3 NBA finals in a row and 1 championship, for now. We can see Pau is in the same level than Shaq better in terms of team chemistry (make the others betters) We can see than Kobe won his MVP b/c Pau as sidekick. This year, the MVP finals to Pau is deserved, of course, if Lakers won the ring.

Good Morning Cru !!!!!

I have nothing of substance to add this AM, I just stopped by to gloat and chill out before making a few phone calls to see when these LAME O's are gonna PAY ME !! Buwahahahahahahaha dont ya just love gullible co workers that have transplanted here and still believe that Celtic mythical mumbo jumbo works on this coast? Buwahahahahahaha

I couldnt help myself, I went to ESPNBoston last night just to get an idea where all the missing Trolls were? They seemed to leave very quickly last night and I wanted to tell them G'nite :) Anyhoot, the majority of them were crying about Joey Crawford handing out fouls like bubble gum and how it affected Ray Allen.. I thought the Refs did suck last nite.. I thought it hurt BOTH teams.. this is the Championship for crying out loud.. LET THEM PLAY !!! but I personally believe that was the Ref's way of sending a message to both teams, that this series will not become a street brawl... whats confusing Celtic fans is.. based on the Lakers body language.. it doesnt seem to matter ??? Looks like we're ready to play them as gentlemen or thugs.. their call... we just wanna BEATDOWN !!! RELEASE THE KRAKEN !!!!!!!!

Vman - How does it feel to be a celebrity? Hah I didn't hav any feeling because I didn't even know I had gotten on the air. When was it?

MM

Millard,

lol spare us the guilt trip ... I'll jump right to the end of ya post ... regarding Nash, the dude is fugazy ... ain't nothing likable about the well documented "nash/d'antoni we think the lakers suck and we find that really funny" back in the day ... and oh let's not even mention how john stockton deserves like 20 mvp trophies using the standards nash got his with ...

bout the only real thing that dude has ever said concerning us is when he saw kobe punk his boy hill and he couldn't hold back his "omg, those are best player in the world type shots".... 35ppg average with smush as pg, 81pts, yeah u d*mn right those are best player type shots ... ... now hand us back our mvp trophies please, we'll give u millard in return, he can scream from ya trophy case all day "steve is a nice guy"

Fisher is shooting 45% on threes all-time in the Final for his career.

Wow! Where is D-Fish to say that Fisher is all washed up?

*tap*...*tap*...*tap*...Paging D-Fish....Paging D-Fish...

45% on threes is the same as 67.5% on two-point buckets.

Amazing.

In order for Boston to have a chance, they have to answer one question:

Who is going to guard Kobe?

What surprises me is that in the two years hence, Boston has never addressed that? They knew they would be back here.

--FEARless

segeboy

I hear you, you want to flip it around in a positive way. But you know what I was getting at, the idea that Gasol is soft as in weak, was always BS. I never thought he was soft, I just thought in 2008 he was unprepared for the intensity of the Finals. Clearly he's grown since then but he hasn't had to change his style of play. You don't have to throw people to the ground to be tough.

Ricky:

I mma agree wit you homey that Pau is the MVP. Yo! gangsta boy tell that to Phred, Kblitz, Ouuchy, Hobbit.

MM,

Can you please do me a solid? Can you look up two things for me? How accurate are those NBA 2K10 "simulations" anyway? Also, how accurate have they been when prognosticating Lakers games in particular?

That simulator predicted Boston in 5? That is nearly impossible, now. Why that computer program would ever pick Boston winning game 1 is beyond me. That was the most improbable thing about the who debacle.

I'm just wondering how it gained enough of your respect that you would have posted it in the first place.

Thanks!

--FEARless

I fully expect a stronger effort in game 2 by the Celtics. Great coach, great team, great players and great pride. The Lakers also have all those ingredients as well now and need to raise their defensive intensity more. Keep attacking and stay aggressive. Kudos to our bigs for also setting good screens without getting offensive fouls called on them.

Coming into this game, the "experts" were pointing out just how good on the road the Craptics have been in these playoffs, having won 5 road games.

They somehow forgot to mention that the Lakers have won 4. Oh, and the Lakers haven't lost at home, yet.

If the Ceptics do not win game 2, the series is over for them, even if they do somehow stretch it to 7 games after that. That is because the Lakers WILL take at least one game in Boston. Boston has not defended their home court very well.

--FEARless

2008 and 2010 are not worth comparing. Personnels have changed and they have aged. For the better? That's the question. There are still games to be played, and history to be made. Two great teams in the history of the NBA are on display. Kobe Bryant is displaying the best basketball is just fun to watch.

If the reffing continues to be tight like last night I think it favors the Lakers. If the Celts are forced to play straight up, pure BB without the thuggery they don't have a chance. The less physical the game the more the Celtics are hurt. They like to intimidate, wonder how they like being intimidated.
I think when the series gets to Boston the game may get more physical but no matter, looks like the Lakers can take and dish it out.

Is it my imagination, or did the Celtics have a look of being shell shocked near the end and after the game. I expect they will come out fighting in game 2 and play it as if it is a game 7. Lakers gotta take game 2 to show them we can take their best shot.

Tupac,

Hobbit, MarkG and phred agree with me.

Art-FL I think that's probably true. Though, Id like to see the refs not call so many ticky-tacs. I mean, it seemed like everyone and their mother had 2 fouls in the first quarter last night.

Art FL- Forgot something,

Yeah I absolutely agree about the Celts' body language last night. I mean they looked whipped to me. I mentioned this to 131, I'd be very worried by that if I was a Celt fan.

Nemaia Faletogo:

yo, homey i mma agre wit yur analysis.


Peace
W

Mark Medina,

"But I'm not a Lakerholic lol sorry"

Oh, you will be. You will be.

Come on in. The water's fine.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Gilbert Battung:

yo, homey i mma agre wit yur analysis.


Peace
W

Mark G,

Yes, definitely on those ticky tacks, but I think the early fouls made them a little more cautious about being too physical, yet it was still a physical game. Without those early fouls I wonder if it might have gotten out of hand.

Interesting comment from the game announcers during one point, one of them said the Lakers have the most physical perimeter defenders in the league.
Kinda funny to hear that about the supposedly soft, west coast, laid back, finesse, Lakers. And here the Celtics thought the eastern conference was the physical one. No wonder they were shell shocked, they ain't used to this tough western conference play, or they forgot just who they were playing. Lakers are the champions till it's taken away, and any team that wins it all has toughness.
That being said I think the Celtics got a wake up call, which is why I think the Lakers gotta win game 2, will really put some doubt in their heads.

mike smith:

yo, gangsta boy, you been hangin wit Biggy.

Over on the Celtic Blog its:

1) what happened to KG?-- is he over the hill? ("He playing like he's soft")!
2) need more Sheed on Gasol (amazing concept!)
3) need to play zone (ask Phoenix how that ultimately worked out)
4) gotta find a way to keep LA out of the paint (good luck on that)

That's not a very encouraging list if you bleed green (it'll lead to them bleeding red quite quickly)

 
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