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Lakers' 103-94 Game 2 loss to the Boston Celtics points to inconsistent execution

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The Lakers walked into the locker room Sunday night following their 103-94 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the NBA Finals with very little to say. That's because what happened on the court said it all, and in this case, it didn't play out the way the Lakers wanted.

They knew their Game 1 victory only served as the beginning of the series and paid no attention to the 47-0 mark that Coach Phil Jackson has when his teams win the first game. But they thought they could do what Jackson's other playoff teams have done in maintaining control of the series. They knew the Celtics would make adjustments after suffering in effort and execution in their Game 1 loss, but the Lakers thought they could anticipate the changes. They knew their 12th NBA Finals matchup with Boston would be competitive, but that doesn't erase the sting of the Celtics stealing home-court advantage.

"Everybody was pissed off, quiet," Lakers center Andrew Bynum said of the postgame atmosphere, which accurately reflected the vibe once the media entered the locker room.

That wasn't the case, however, when Jackson and his coaching staff approached the team, with the Zen Master relaying a simple message.

"This might be the last time you'll play here," Jackson said, pointing to the fact that the Celtics would secure the 2010 championship with three consecutive home victories at TD Garden, beginning Tuesday. "That woke everybody up," Bynum admitted.

Surely, Jackson's message served its motivational purposes. And he confirmed that when he acknowledged to reporters, "We anticipated this might happen, and we're just going to have to go pick it up." Those conflicting messages actually strike the measured approach the Lakers took after their Game 1 victory, insisting their dominant win meant very little beyond needing only three more to secure a championship. Likewise, the Lakers' Game 2 loss means very little beyond except that they have to get at least one road win. As Lakers guard Derek Fisher said, "The reason why we remember the great Lakers-Celtics games in the 80s is because there wasn't anybody getting swept."

"It's a series," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant accurately stated. "You're trying to stay even keel. You don't get too high, don't get too low after a win or loss. You just go into the next one and take care of business."

And unfortunately for the Lakers, many of the poor lapses overshadowed any areas they excelled.

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Fourth quarter lapse

Despite playing inconsistently for most of the game, the Lakers managed to lead 90-87 with 5:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. That marked the last time the Lakers would hold the advantage.

"We fought pretty hard to get back in the game," said Bryant, who scored 21 points on eight-of-20 shooting along with six assists and five rebounds. "And then we let the game slip away."

Celtics guard Rajon Rondo immediately drove the lane for a layup, Bryant missed a 13-foot turnaround, Artest collected two consecutive fouls and Rondo recovered a deflection and scored after Gasol's blocked shot on Celtics center Kendrick Perkins. His layup gave the Celtics a 91-90 edge with 3:20 left, and Boston would never relinquish the lead from there.

Artest made a bad pass, Garnett made a turnaround jumper, Fisher missed a key three-pointer and the Celtics collected three consecutive offensive rebounds before Rondo hit a 20-footer to give Boston a 95-90 lead. That sequence served as a microcosm for the Lakers, who finished with 15 turnovers, allowed Boston to get 13 offensive rebounds and shot only 40.8% from the field in the game and 22.7% from three-point range.

"That was tough, deflating," Gasol said.

And unfortunately for the Lakers, the woes continued, marking a 4 minute and 9 second stretch where the Lakers went scoreless. They scored only four points in the final 5:21 and shot one of nine from the field.

"We didn't do our job," Jackson said. "They did."

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Ray Allen's hot shooting

Boston guard Ray Allen acknowledged that "I don't think I ever got in the flow" because of his five fouls in the Lakers' 102-89 Game 1 victory. Which led to a listless 12-point performance in only 27 minutes. He proved in Game 2 how that rhythm can make a difference. He scored a team-high 32 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including eight of 11 from three-point range. It's a mark that set an NBA Finals record for three-pointers made in a game, a feat Allen previously tied in the 2008 Finals along with former Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen (1997) and Houston Rockets guard Kenny Smith (1995).

"I didn't think it was easy," Allen said. "There's so much going on out there from great screens being set to misdirection plays. . . . I thought they did everything they could to keep me from shooting threes and they worked tirelessly."

But a combination of defenders ranging from Fisher, Shannon Brown and Bryant did very little to stop Allen from scoring 27 first-half points with a seven-of-eight effort from three-point range. Even if Jackson and Bynum suggested Boston benefited from moving screens, the reasons for Allen's hot shooting appeared as varied as the shots he made.

"It's tough, especially when he's making them," Brown said. "You have to be really alert to him."

Allen's timely, efficient and quick off-ball movement remained a beauty to watch, with sharp cutting and graceful penetrating making it look so easy. The Lakers had trouble chasing Allen as well as adjusting to Boston's off-ball screens, making the various defensive assignments of Fisher, Brown and Bryant all but ineffective. And the Lakers' poor shot selection in the first half largely only exacerbated that effort.

Allen made his first seven attempts from downtown, and then broke the record with 4:40 left in the third quarter after Boston forward Glen Davis kicked the ball out to him after an offensive rebound. Limiting Allen's 27 first-half points on nine-of-14 shooting would have made the game much different considering no other Celtics player scored more than five first-half points. Still, Allen scored only five points in the second half, meaning the Lakers had other problems that contributed to their loss.

"It makes it tough because you're in a 4-on-4 situation, but if there are screens involved, it becomes a 4 on 3," Fisher said. "That makes it difficult. As great as he shot the ball, that's something we can withstand."

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Rondo turns it around

As soon as Rondo returned to his hotel room following the Celtics' Game 1 loss, he replayed the performance with the volume down. He didn't want to hear the commentators assessment, but he wanted to know how the Lakers limited him in Game 1.

"Getting the loose balls, I think that was key for me personally," Rondo said, "trying to track down all the long rebounds."

That's exactly what he did in Game 2, finishing with 19 points on eight-of-18 shooting along with 12 rebounds and 10 assists, good enough for a triple-double, a feat he downplayed because he expressed more concern about the team winning. It makes sense considering that much of Rondo's limitation in Game 1 had to do with the fact that the Celtics weren't getting run-outs and transition opportunities.

But with the Lakers struggling with their shot selection, getting outrebounded 44-39 and struggling to adjust on defensive rotations, Rondo's performance peaked. It essentially became the Celtics' backcourt running the show, with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combining for a four-of-16 clip from the field.

Bynum ranked Rondo in the top three among point guards in the NBA. Jackson called Rondo "the difference-maker in the second half." And the performance, Gasol argued, exacerbated the Lakers' struggles in playing transition defense.

Foul trouble affects rhythm

This issue left many of the Lakers dancing around the question. "It's going to be that way from game to game," Jackson said. "You've got to play," Bryant offered. "They were in foul trouble too," Lakers forward Ron Artest argued.

Artest is correct, with both teams collecting 29 fouls. But all of the Lakers acknowledged those calls affected the team's rhythm, confidence and matchups. Lakers forward Lamar Odom scored only three points on one-of-three shooting in 14 minutes and 38 seconds after picking up three fouls in the first quarter, marking the second consecutive game he's been limited because of foul trouble. The situation caused Gasol to switch to the post instead of the wing, the Lakers without a versatile option and Odom to laugh to himself when a reporter suggested the officials made plenty of "phantom calls."

Odom said: "It's important our key players are able to play."

Bryant collected his fourth foul with 6:19 left in the third quarter and sat out the rest of the period. He was given his fifth foul at the 11:15 mark of the fourth period, leading Bryant to acknowledge Boston tried to bait him into getting fouls. Artest's two consecutive fouls late in the game rattled him enough to turn the ball over on the next play. And Bynum picked up three of his five fouls in the final period.

"You've just got to be careful," Bryant said. "I don't expect to be picking up five fouls in the next game. You've got to play. You've got to play your game and let the whistles sort themselves out."

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Bynum continuing to impress

In the week leading up to the 2010 NBA Finals, Bynum pondered the question on whether the Lakers would've won two years ago had his injured left kneecap not kept him on the sideline. He wasn't sure if the outcome would've changed, but he couldn't help but wonder what would have happened had he been healthy enough to play.

That's a question that will never be answered. But the Celtics are finding out the hard way what his presence has meant for the Lakers' success in the 2010 Finals. He tied his playoff career-high with 21 points on six-of-10 shooting and six rebounds in 35 minutes. His effort, combined with Gasol (25 points on seven-of-10 shooting and 13 rebounds), served as the team's lone bright spot and a sign the Lakers didn't get the ball inside enough. Still, Gasol argued there's "not really much of a point talking about my individual performance because it's a disappointing loss for our ballclub."

But in Bynum's case, it is a comforting sign given the torn cartilage in his right knee made the Lakers and their fans uncertain how effective he'd be against Boston.

"I was just pleased that he could play 35 minutes plus," Jackson said of Bynum. "That was a big part of that effort that he gave us tonight."

And it was another stepping stone after contributing a modest but effective 10 points on four-of-six shooting in Game 1. His performance in Game 2 largely pointed to the confidence that Bynum has to have to remain effective as well as the confidence his teammates need to have in working with him on the floor.

When Gasol launched an alley-oop pass in the first quarter to Bryant, he performed a touch pass over Perkins into the hands of Bynum for the easy score. When Bryant passed the ball to Gasol at the free-throw line in the third quarter, Gasol lobbed the ball to Bynum, whose long wingspan enabled him to grab the ball easily over Perkins for the two-handed slam. And Bynum's seven blocked shots contributed to the Lakers' 14 blocked shots, a playoff record.

Though it appeared Bynum would be in for a challenge this series against a talented front line, he actually feels he can excel the most against the Celtics because the Lakers have the ability to control the tempo and play a half-court game.

"It's definitely a better matchup," Bynum said, comparing the transition teams the Lakers met in the Western Conference playoffs, including Oklahoma City and Phoenix. "I'm doing as much as I can with the knee and making sure it doesn't get any worse."

Still, Bryant wasn't about to shed light on Bynum's performance, considering how everything else mostly went wrong.

"It has nothing to do with scoring," Bryant said. "Nothing. It's all defensively. We gave them too many easy baskets and blew too many defensive assignments. That's it."

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to get around Celtics guard Tony Allen on a drive by ducking under his arm in the fourth quarter of Game 2 on Sunday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest tries to split the defense of Boston forward Paul Pierce (34) and point guard Rajon Rondo in the second half of Game 2 on Sunday. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant makes it difficult for Boston guard Ray Allen to get a good look at the basket on a drive in Game 2 on Sunday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

Photo: Point guard Rajon Rondo scores over Lakers power forward Pau Gasol during the Celtics' 11-0 run late in the fourth quarter that helped seal the Game 2 victory for Boston on Sunday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum draws a foul from Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett in the second half of Game 2 on Sunday. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.

 
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Statline: 41 FT's for the Lakers; 26 FT's for the Celtics, 2 quick ticky tack fouls in the first 3 minutes called against Garnett.
Fact: Jackson's crying about the refs after the game, again. Every time he gets outcoached and his team gets outplayed, he blames the refs, and clamors for favorable calls. Once in awhile you have to earn your victories, Phillip, and take the blame and responsibility for your defeats. But you never have never done that in your coaching career, have you?

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Sad Day in LA

Ken Mauer was the star of this game. Where can I get his jersey?

"Statline: 41 FT's for the Lakers; 26 FT's for the Celtics, "

Both teams has 29 personal fouls, Lakers just did their fouling earlier in the clock.

The game was HORRIBLY officiated. Ken Mauer was absolutely criminal, his bias was beyond reprehensible, he should be fired immediately. There is no way that Boston wins this game if Mauer doesn't take Kobe out of the game with a multitude of BS calls, it was a personal vendetta on Mauer's behalf.

With regard to those bogus Kobe foul calls, Adande writes: "Lakers coach Phil Jackson said, 'I wasn't happy with those foul calls. Those were unusual calls. It really changed the [complexion] of this ballgame.' And it led to this rarity: Bryant had the least amount of playing time of any Lakers starter, with 34 minutes and 18 seconds."


The NBA can be such a joke!

David Stern is a fraud, and sadly, so is his product, I'm very sorry to say. Those calls on Kobe were blatant frauds, and by definition, a blatant fraud happens intentionally.


FRAUD = INTENT to deceive.


Kobe sitting on the pine changed the complexion of the game, regardless of Ray Allen's hot-hand. The Lakers rather nicely weathered Allen's hot shooting and even took the lead, disappointing the FRAUDS (refs), so the FRAUDS (refs) had to step in and blatantly change the outcome by handing Kobe his 5th foul on another COMPLETELY BOGUS call when Rondo's own momentum caused him to fall out of bounds (knowing FULL WELL that any time you give a player 5 fouls, it's tantamount to putting a freaking straight jacket on him).


This is precisely what the FRAUDS (the refs) did to the greatest closer in the game at the most critical part of the game. There were at least THREE phantom calls on Kobe. And it's not too difficult to realize that: No Kobe. No Lakers victory -- not with Rondo running around roughshot.

Fans didn't come to the referees run up and down the court. They came to see the players run up and down the court. Somebody need to publicly criticize the nba refs, they have taken all of the enjoyment out of the game. This is really sad week ever for the nba finals!!!!

It was very late in the 4th, but with the 8 seconds almost being used up by the Celtics in the backcourt, how is that Doc (with Scalabrine not far behind) runs onto the court to get a timeout called and not get whistled for a tech? I believe it's in the rulebook, something the refs need to take a refresher course on every year....geessh! Too many late, bad calls. Ragged play and the Celts gritted it out and got the W, but despite all the media flip-flopping since Game 1, Lakers should be able to get at least one in Beantown and bring the series back to Staples.

Sad to say that the refs need to go back to training school however, the Lakers will be fine. Not only will they win the series repeat as Champions, they'll wish the Celtics ever humiliated them in the finals like this and before. Lakers now and all the way.

And don't give me this canard about how both teams were assessed the same amount of fouls, with the Lakers going to the line more than the Celtics. That's exactly what a fraudulent scheme would manufacture in order to deflect attention and criticism -- in other words, they greatly sabotage the Lakers's chances by sending Kobe to the bench and then to cover their tracks by handing the Lakers a few extra trips to the charity stripe.


The FRAUD couldn't be pulled off if the Lakers lose Kobe for much of the game AND get shafted at the charity stripe. That be over-kill and would lead to far greater suspicion.


Taking Kobe effectively out of the game is all the refs needed to in order dramatically increase the Celtics chances for victory. Mission accomplished.


The NBA SUCKS!


Thank you, David Stern! Your product is a FRAUD! The Refs even rigged the replay where even my dead grandmother could see that the ball went off Garnett's hand, when the game was still within reach at 93-90.


The NBA is a JOKE!

Never saw the Lakers guards outplayed before. Ohwell, move on.

Oh man my warning to the Celtics for game 3, get the heck out of the way of Kobe Bryant.

He still holds the record for the most 3 pointers in a game, that and most consecutively. He didn't play for a quarter in Game 2, do you think he will need rest for game 3?

Like I told my friends and family; this series will go- Lakers win Game 1, Celtics 2, Lakers 3, Celtics 4, ETC. . .

That way everyone can stay tuned, get excited and Vegas can win their money. The only good thing about this scenerio is that all the NBA experts can be exposed as bias, wannabe,and a Laker hater. Common tell me how many of the Espn analyst have lost to the Lakers, or wished they played for them. That and that they were born and raised on the East Coast. They will pick any team that play againts the Lakers

So far that the Lakers have played in Staples Center, they have not lost 2 games againts the same team in the series. And if so they have not lost 2 games in the Finals.

With that said, they have only won one Championship on their home crowd. We all have that feeling that Lakers are going to hoist that trophy here in LA. No better way than to do it over the Celtics.

Why does Chris Bosh keep showing up for these games? Is someone continuing to invite him? For what purpose? Oh thats maybe cause he is going to be here next year. LO better play his heart out or he will be the sign and trade instead of Bynum. Did you guys watch his game tonight?

JC writes, "Why does Chris Bosh keep showing up for these games? Is someone continuing to invite him? For what purpose? Oh thats maybe cause he is going to be here next year. LO better play his heart out or he will be the sign and trade instead of Bynum. Did you guys watch his game tonight?"


A very good point, thinking the same myself.

Greetings Lakeshow Fans,

Wow! Where's the faith in a 1-1 series THUS FAR...Too much of an "obituary" feeling from fellow fans. Not necessary....

Like I've said all along, there will be NO cakewalk in winning the title from both parties. Believe me, Boston knows this and so do we, after last night's loss. It's ON!

OK, here's a wakeup shot...If the possibility of losing to the Boston Celtics is the ONE thing driving fear into our hearts and breaking our confidence in our team as TRUE fans, here's the LARGER picture.

Tell me a team, injuries, ADVERSITY and all, that has made it to the Finals 3 CONSECUTIVE years since the three-peat Lakers of 2000-2002... Also, tell me a team that was humbled the previous year to these very Celtics in 2008 and BOUNCED back and win it all the FOLLOWING year in 2009 vs the Celtics ouster called the Magic...Folks, if you ask me, our Lakers have given us a heck of a ride thus far in 2010, and not over YET by any stretch of the imagination. For petes sake, it's 1-1.

If you are worried about KB24's legacy, last year's championship pretty much got the "monkey" off his back per se...Believe me, I was happy for him both professionally and personally and the rest of the Lakers faithful. He's got 4 RINGS...

Let's STIR the pot comparing the current Celtics stars for good MEASURE in terms of bosy of work...Thus far, PP, R. Allen, and KG ONLY have ONE. It took them (except PP) to go to Boston after 10+ years just to WIN ONE, of course at the expense of the Lakers. It is what it is...ONE! Hypothetically, if KB24 and company win another one, it will be 5 RINGS for KB24 personally. That will be 4 MORE than the three amigos.

On the other hand, if the three amigos win, it will be 2 RINGS, still two short of KB24's 4 TOTAL RINGS. Folks, you see, KB24 did it with ONE team, while the other guys (except PP) had to go to another team to FINALLY win one...KB24's loyalty to the Lakers, despite all the ups and downs, is the TRUE indicator of his legacy in terms of the OVERALL body of work in the NBA. Boston, who missed out on defending their title of 2008, proved that ONE HIT wonders do EXIST...

I'm not trying to sugarcoat anything at this point in terms of our mood as fans after a loss in game #2 (still MORE games to PLAY)...I'm just APPRECIATING what this current Lakers team has done the past three years in getting to the promise land, the championship round. Tell me, do you think that Boston can make it to the Finals the next two years after this one? Maybe...maybe NOT...Until they DO so, I believe that there is no other team out there that has shown their mettle to rise back to the top than our Lakers through it ALL...In the face of uncertainty, lies the will to WIN...That's why the Finals is a series, NOT a one game decider...

With this in mind, I'm proud to be a Lakers fan no matter what, and have been for a LONG TIME...LONG TIME (Remember when Magic Johnson came in his rookie year and won it all? The loss to Mr. Erving and Philly, Bird and Boston, Isaiah Thomas and Detroit in the 80's? The loss to MJ's Bulls in 91, the Elden Campbell, Eddie Jones, Nick Van Exel experimental days, Shaq and KB8's arrival in LA in the 90's?). We all know what happened since 2000...4 titles in 6 tries thus far (losing to Detroit and Boston)...NOT BAD at ALL.

Like I always say, Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY!

As for the current state of affairs, I expect the Lakers to give Boston a run for their money the next three games, with a return trip back to LA for a chance to win it ALL. Gotta BELIEVE folks.

Lakers will win Game 3 for sure!

Unlike the trolls and the Laker haters i will be back on this blog despite a win or loss. All my arguments will make sense.

Dang it why do i always post so late that no one is up to read my comments? Oh cause i work at Staples Center and i am there for every Laker game. That and i know all the business side to it.

Lakers in 6 by 2. No overtime, new chief of police can't handle a LA crowd.

If I were the Celtics i would rather have the Lakers repeat at their home court.

When the Lakers lost to the Celts in '08, the fans rocked their Bus. If the Celtics lose here in LA, the fans will rock their Bus, then flip it over, and set it on fire.

Thats our reputation according to the news.

Break Serve.

Sonnybelfast

Did you guys watch the same game? The Lakers got away with so many fouls it was ridiculous. How about Davis' clean block on Bynum called a foul but every Laker "block" on him was clean? Artest should have fouled out in the first half. Every time Odom goes for a rebound, which is not that often, he fouls someone. Usually a cheap push in the back or a hand to the face with no call.
The Celtics (Pierce, Garnett) will awaken on Tuesday and then you will see what domination is.

Oh well.
This reminds of the Lakers - Pistons, 1988 when they split the first 2 in LA, then LA took game 3 in Detroit then came back to LA down 3-2 and won two nail biter games. Pistons were a tough, physical team.

Rebounds.
All too often when a shot went up by the Lakers there were 3 Celtics under the basket and one Laker. Second chance points weren't there like in game one.

Defense.
Took the Lakers too long to get Allen under control, letting a hot shooter go too long has been a problem for them.
Rondo. Whoever guards him has to stay with him. When the Celtics put up a shot whoever is guarding Rondo leaves him and allows him to set up for rebounds. Rondo is good at that. They need to keep playing him until a shot is made or rebound secured. Rondo leads all players with 12 rebounds, blame it on poor defense by Lakers.
Kobe cannot play rover defense against the Celtics, he must stay with Rondo or whoever all the time.

Offense.
Hard to win when the team shoots 40%. Artest 1-10.

In spite of the refs and a big first half by Allen, this was a winnable game. The Lakers just didn't do some things they should have and didn't hit the shots.

Lakers really need game 3.

Celtic Ken, yeah we will see a domination in Game 3.

That will be Kobe going for maybe 60. He won't pass MJ, thats cause they are facing an old tired team. My bad Game 3 seems to be a repeat of some type of dominance.

This time it will be in the NBA FINALS. Like i said, Celtics, be aware. Stay out of the highlights when ESPN decides to sway itself to the goodside. Or the winning side. Thats how they make their money; never committing to any side except the east! GO DUKE, GO PATRIOTS, GO YANKEES, GO CONN HUSKIES. OH and as long as the Rays are winning, GO RAYS. GO PHILLIES, forgot that team, that and many more.

If Gasol played like Kobe last night the forum will be a inquisitorial fire against the spaniard...

Ray Allen by himself won the game with the little help of Kobe, Odom, Artest... and Phil Jackson.

Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol while on the floor make their job with efficiency, five players like them both and Lakers won without doubt.

Now we need to kill them in Boston... and this will happen.

hmmm... lot of complaining about the officiating. I guess that's the reason that the Lakers lost. Awwww....

"The Celtics (Pierce, Garnett) will awaken on Tuesday and then you will see what domination is."


Where have they been so far? And are they 'sleeping' at the NBA Finals, of all places? Have they not gotten their 'wake-up' call yet by Red-man himself? Don't they know it's the freaking NBA Finals already? Hate to break it to you, pal, but KG of yesteryear is dead, buried and gone. If he had anything left, he would've served it up last night cajun stlye, with extra hot sauce, front and center, to effectively muzzle Mr. Gasol after the Spaniard's brutally honest comments the other day.


And as far as not having a pulse, you can include your boy Paul Pierce, specially when Artest guards him. Remember, pal, this ain't 2008 when you had Walton and Radmanovich guarding Pierce.


Got it?


Good.

You can't hide Derek Fisher om defense. He's too slow to hang with Rondo and Ray Allen just runs him ragged. The Ron Artest you saw last night is the Ron Artest you're more likely to see the rest of the series. Sometimes his brain just checks out and he does things that make Dennis Rodman look like Ted Koppel. The Celtics leave with the 1-1 split and still haven't played a very good game yet.
I like the Celtics chances.

TWO MAIN QUESTIONS

-Why wasn't Sasha in on the 1st quarter?
-Why was Bynum in the last 5 Mins of the 4th Quarter?


Another question, which is super important. Why wasn't Joe Crawford, Bennett Salvatore,Joe Forte, Dick Bavetta or Bob Delayne not officiating in these Finals.

Oh thats cause they will be in Game 6, or 7. Old school Officials who will like to see old school ball. Expect more than 2 altercations.

Am I missing something?

Who won the game?

Who broke serve?

Sonnybelfast

41FT to 26FT is criminal. The game wouldn't have been close in the final minutes if the refs called the game right.

All those Free Throws that the Lakers shot on 29 fouls called againts the Celtics. Oh and that was the same number of fouls that were called againts the Lakers.

Talk to me when its a disperity of 10 foul calls.

gasol didn't touch the ball in the 4rd quarter. this is madness

the lakers backcourt was horrible last night, incluiding kobe

there are no excuses. these are the finals. WAKE UP!!!

The score is tied 85-85 with 6:15 left in the fourth. Andrew Bynum has 21 points, Kobe has 13, and Pau Gasol has 24 points. How many touches did Bynum and Gasol get for the next ~5 minutes in crunch time? If you answered two, you guessed correctly.

With the score tied at 85, Kobe makes two plays by himself on the Lakers next two possessions to give the Lakers a 90-87 lead. The Celtics would score the next 11 points while the Lakers would commit turnovers and watch Kobe miss three shots.

Instead of working through Bynum and Gasol, which had worked for seven quarters, Kobe was impatient and tried to take the game over all by himself. It didn't work this time, what will the Lakers do next time?

After two games it is apparent that:

1. Kobe and Fisher are both too old and slow to hang with Rondo, and neither of them can contain Ray Allen (foul trouble stopped Ray Ray in game one, not the Lakers); the guard matchup is a mis-match in favor of the Celtics. Allen & Rondo 51 points, 12 assists, 15 rebounds; 9-12 on 3pointers; Bryant & Fisher 27 10 12; 2-9 on 3pointers.

2. KG is in a funk, the knee injury has an affect but there is something wrong between his ears that he better straigten out.

3. Artest on Pierce is exacatly why the Lakers got him, he is making it way difficult for Pierce to get going. Will it continue in Boston?

4. Artest on offense is why the Celtics may win the series, Vlad Rad was way more dangerous at that end than Ron Ron.

5. Celtics will still have to win another in Staples to be champions; they are capable but if they don't do it in game six chances are slim they would do it in game seven.

6. There is nothing more irritating than a Happy Laker Fan....

As Vic the Brick would say; cogent points.

In two of the last three finals games that Ray Allen has played in he has set a record for the most three pointers made in a game. Lakers may want to get a hand up on him.

Another cogent point.

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NO KOBE, NO WIN, REFS DID IT AGAIN , DARTH STERN DID IT AGAIN SIMPLE AS THAT – BANDWAGON
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(01) MAYOR OF KOBE TOWN – OWNER - Ken Mauer was the star of this game. Where can I get his jersey? The game was HORRIBLY officiated. Ken Mauer was absolutely criminal, his bias was beyond reprehensible, he should be fired immediately. There is no way that Boston wins this game if Mauer doesn't take Kobe out of the game with a multitude of BS calls, it was a personal vendetta on Mauer's behalf.
(02) LUDWIG – DRIVER - With regard to those bogus Kobe foul calls, Adande writes: "Lakers coach Phil Jackson said, 'I wasn't happy with those foul calls. Those were unusual calls. It really changed the [complexion] of this ballgame.' And it led to this rarity: Bryant had the least amount of playing time of any Lakers starter, with 34 minutes and 18 seconds." The NBA can be such a joke! Kobe sitting on the pine changed the complexion of the game, regardless of Ray Allen's hot-hand. The Lakers rather nicely weathered Allen's hot shooting and even took the lead, disappointing the FRAUDS (refs), so the FRAUDS (refs) had to step in and blatantly change the outcome by handing Kobe his 5th foul on another COMPLETELY BOGUS call when Rondo's own momentum caused him to fall out of bounds (knowing FULL WELL that any time you give a player 5 fouls, it's tantamount to putting a freaking straight jacket on him).
(03) CHRIS – RIDING SHOTGUN - Fans didn't come to the referees run up and down the court. They came to see the players run up and down the court. Somebody need to publicly criticize the nba refs, they have taken all of the enjoyment out of the game. This is really sad week ever for the nba finals!!!!
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(05) LAKERLADY – It was very late in the 4th, but with the 8 seconds almost being used up by the Celtics in the backcourt, how is that Doc (with Scalabrine not far behind) runs onto the court to get a timeout called and not get whistled for a tech? I believe it's in the rulebook, something the refs need to take a refresher course on every year....geessh! Too many late, bad calls.
(06) FISTER - Sad to say that the refs need to go back to training school however, the Lakers will be fine. Not only will they win the series repeat as Champions, they'll wish the Celtics ever humiliated them in the finals like this and before. Lakers now and all the way.
(07) JOE CORRAD – Oh man my warning to the Celtics for game 3, get the heck out of the way of Kobe Bryant. Like I told my friends and family; this series will go- Lakers win Game 1, Celtics 2, Lakers 3, Celtics 4, ETC. . . That way everyone can stay tuned, get excited and Vegas can win their money. The only good thing about this scenerio is that all the NBA experts can be exposed as bias, wannabe,and a Laker hater. Common tell me how many of the Espn analyst have lost to the Lakers, or wished they played for them. That and that they were born and raised on the East Coast. They will pick any team that play againts the Lakers
(08) LETS GO L’S’ - Like I've said all along, there will be NO cakewalk in winning the title from both parties. Believe me, Boston knows this and so do we, after last night's loss. It's ON! OK, here's a wakeup shot...If the possibility of losing to the Boston Celtics is the ONE thing driving fear into our hearts and breaking our confidence in our team as TRUE fans, here's the LARGER picture. Tell me a team, injuries, ADVERSITY and all, that has made it to the Finals 3 CONSECUTIVE years since the three-peat Lakers of 2000-2002... Also, tell me a team that was humbled the previous year to these very Celtics in 2008 and BOUNCED back and win it all the FOLLOWING year in 2009 vs the Celtics ouster called the Magic...Folks, if you ask me, our Lakers have given us a heck of a ride thus far in 2010, and not over YET by any stretch of the imagination. For petes sake, it's 1-1 As for the current state of affairs, I expect the Lakers to give Boston a run for their money the next three games, with a return trip back to LA for a chance to win it ALL. Gotta BELIEVE folks.
(09) KARMANIAC - Now we need to kill them in Boston... and this will happen.
(10) CHRIS - What happened to the integrity of the game?

Lakers had every opportunity to win this one in spite of the refs. Bad calls against both teams, Lakers just didn't perform well enough or come through with the timely scores.
Need more from LO, Ron and Fish or this will get ugly quick.
Lakers lost the boxing out battle in game 2.
Blaming the refs sounds so, I don't know, excuse making.
Need to give that bandwagon a flat tire and haul it off to the shop.
Were just gunna have to take it to 'em in game 3 and grab back that HCA.

DOC IS A GENIUS. Instead of waiting till Thursday or Friday to bring the Celtics to LA he brought them Monday. So instead of listening to Celtic Sport Talk Radio what did they Listien to? All day for 6 full days all they heard was LA sports talk Radio with fans bragging about how the Lakera would destroy the Old celtics and how KG was through. After 6 days of this they were ready to kill a bear. And even in spite of this they still would have loss if they didn’t get that little extra assists from the Refs. So I blame myself also for the loss because I was one of the ones downgrading the celtics and calling them over the Hill. Some posters warned not to be overconfident. Oh it’s allright to be overconfident just don’t broadcast it so the enemy can hear. It. That’s why what Pau said didn’t mean anything to KG. He had heard so much other negative stuff that he was ready to Roll. So blame me for the Loss. Let’s consider it lesson learned,

Mamba, good point about the Celtics being here for a week, might have helped them get adjusted. Now both teams have to adjust quickly with only one day off.
Not your fault they lost big guy, Celtics are a good team.
Lakers just need one win on beantown to bring it back to LA, they can do that.

Good morning,

First, for G-d's sakes, stop the whining. We're Lakers fans and it's not becoming. Our team started fighting its way back at the end of the first half, and finally took control at the halfway point of the 4th quarter. And then just before the five minute mark, it started to unravel. This was a winnable game.

This was a winnable game despite a new 3-point record set by Ray Allen. This was a winnable game despite a triple double by Rajon Rondo. This was a winnable game despite Lamar Odom's banishment into the witness protection program. I could go on and on.

You want to complain about the officiating? We haven't seen Bennett Salvatore yet. Remember? Kenny Mauer's crew called this game tighter than the seal on a jar of mayonnaise, but it got the Lakers to the free throw line for 41 attempts on a night when their offense was otherwise challenged. Oh, yes, and the number of fouls was divided evenly between the two teams.

My complaint is the waste of a solid game by Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. Our bigs answered the call; the Celtics' big men didn't (once again).

Look. Every Lakers fan on this blog including myself wants to avenge the humiliation of 2008. But getting even isn't an entitlement. A regulation game is 48 minutes. If a team stumbles and loses its way in the last five or six minutes, bad things will happen.

That's why my takeaway from Game 2 is different than the one held by many of you. I'm greatly disappointed but I'm also optimistic. Ray Allen is streaky, and as good as he is, the odds are he won't get away with another lights out performance. The Lakers got the best of Rajon Rondo in Game 1 and can do it again. KG has yet to disprove what Gasol said about him. As bad as Artest's offense was Sunday night, he still shut down Paul Pierce.

There's no reason why the Lakers can't take two of the three games in Boston. I checked with the authorities and Lamar's enrollment in the witness protection program isn't permanent, for one thing. Just like the Lakers didn't automatically win both of the first two home games, the Celtics don't automatically win all of their home games, either. This is a SERIES. It's time for everyone to admit that the Celtics are worthy opponents. It's time to stop whining. The Lakers have to execute and play smarter.

Lakers in 6.

Tough loss. Foul trouble on Kobe was huge but I would not blame it on the refs. Great teams win inspite of the refs. Don't make it a close game that you put the onus on the refs to make calls that may not be in your favor. Lakers fails to execute their offense. The bigs of the Celts were in foul trouble and they are no match but the Lakers did not pound it inside, settling for 3's and jumpers. Too many opportunities for the Lakers down the stretch, the Celts are not making their shots, clank after clank but Lakers could not capitalize. I blame that on the Lakers mental toughness because they let the refs in their heads. They should just have played through it and not let it distract them. This is very tough to do, I know, but that's the only way to win this battle. Play before you complain. With that said I still believe Lakers will win this one in 6.

A sweep was not realistic, we are playing against the Celtics. They are a good team, a very good team. They may not have what it takes to win right now but they know how to win. If Lakers relax, we may see a repeat of 2008, not very good.

Let's go Lakers!!!

RANDOM THOUGHTS AS I WAKE UP FROM A SLEEPLESS NIGHT

* Lamar Odom shows up every 3rd game, so he should do well Tuesday

* I'm taking a different perspective on the reffing. I LIKE the reffing. Why? Because the refs are taking the physical play away from BOTH teams, which favors the Lakers, because the Celtics are a physical/thug team. Take away their aggressive fouls and you take away their advantage

* I should have mentioned this before, and I didn't. But I, as many others, foresaw Ray Allen going crazy. He's done that before, and he'll do it again. But it won't happen again for a few games.

* Kobe Bryant needs to be more efficient

* we can withstand a poor shooting game from 2 laker key players, but not 3. Artest, Lamar, and Fish cost us this game

* Anything offensive from Artest needs to only be a bonus, not a a priority. Much like Bruce Bowen, the occasional shot from Artest needs to be OCCASIONAL .

* Please don't ask what's wrong with Lamar Odom. Odom is doing what Odom has done all his career, disappear and underperform. We just have to work around it.

* I may be in the minority, but I thought yesterday's game was one of the best defensive efforts (save for Allen) the Lakers put together all year.

* I take my hat off to Pau Gasol, who has more than redeemed himself from his 2008 fiasco.

* I like the defense Artest is putting on Pierce, but look for Pierce to have big game in Boston

* The Lakers had the Celtics in foul trouble in the 1st half, and for whatever reason, went away from the inside game. I blame the "veteran" backcourt of Fish and Kobe for that, squarely.

* One thing I noticed yesterday, the Lakers failed to get key rebounds and loose balls. Just seemed like everything bounced away from the Lakers

* I'm one of the more pessimistic fans on this blog, but despite that, I still say the Lakers will win the series. Why...

* because they have a superior front line and a more consistent offense. If we stay with our inside/outside game, and if our outside shots start falling, we win this series easily.

* That said, IF is a four letter word...

@ART-FL LAKER FAN, Hey Art. Yeah i'll take my lil bit of responsibility each little bit of overconfidence created an atmosphere that made the Celtics summon energy they didn't know their old bones had. I'm not blaming it all on the refs. either like others have said we need to adjust to how the refs are calling it just like we need to adjust to how the other team is playing. Still in all I have no fear that we won't win the title. The lakers forgot their game faces for Game 2. this will be just like Orlando. now for the rest of the Finals you will see the real Lakers. just like some said they couldn't turn on the switch when necessary but they did, they also have one more higher gear which will now be shown. So now celtics go home happy and overconfident and Lakers win game three. home court right back to Lakers. Then what Celtics going to do? They would then need to win 3 out of the next 4 games. Think thats possible? I dont!
Mamba24

There's no reason why the Lakers can't take two of the three games in Boston. I checked with the authorities and Lamar's enrollment in the witness protection program isn't permanent, for one thing. Just like the Lakers didn't automatically win both of the first two home games, the Celtics don't automatically win all of their home games, either. This is a SERIES. It's time for everyone to admit that the Celtics are worthy opponents. It's time to stop whining. The Lakers have to execute and play smarter. Lakers in 6. Posted by: Rick Friedman | June 07, 2010 at 06:30 AM
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LMAOF!!! Witness Protection huh? OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

Regarding comments on how the Lakers could lose with KG and Pierce having horrible games, I don't think that's an aberration. Put simply, Artest-Gasol-Bynum is better than Pierce-KG-Perkins. Whatever fear Pau had of KG in 08 is completely gone now.

If the Cs are going to win, it's going to be like in Game 2, with Allen's outside shooting and Rondo's speedy transition offense. They are the keys to the game, not KG and Pierce.

So I'd worry less about KG or Pierce suddenly looking dominant and more on how to better guard Allen and stop Rondo (not just on the offense but also with his snagging rebounds which killed the Lakers in the second half). Rondo is the best player for the Cs and, as we all know, guard defense is the Lakers Achilles heel.

I refer to previous home court defeats this season by guard 3-pt barrages as evidence:
-Billups in Nuggets win (he set a personal best I believe that day)
-Williams/Moon in the "Xmas Day Massacre" (LeBron had a fairly quiet game by his standards)
-Ray Allen YET AGAIN (and after he had been in a shooting slump to boot)
-whoever the random guy was who hit shots for the Blazers

So the way the Lakers lost Game 2 isn't totally surprising.

The Priest is not a fair weather fan but must offer some constructive criticism for the Lakers to win. Kobe is my boy but he is the major reason LA lost last night. Forget about his poor shooting it happens, but it wss his defense or lack thereof on Rondo in the 4th that caused us the game. Kobe why in the name of all that is good and pure would you leave Rondo all alone to double Garnett who was having an off night? Kobe did it about 4 times consecutively. Rondo made about 2 wide open layups and couple of jumpers. Kobe you need to guard Rondo like he is derron williams, jameer nelson, steve nash or westbrook. Hello, Rondo in these Finals is the absolute best finisher between both teams at the rim including you Kobe. When Rondo wasn't hitting shots he was left unguarded by Kobe to steal rebounds. Kobe your mannerism and approach to the game has a lot to be desired. Newsflash you cannot beat boston by yourself so you must get your teammates believing and also the crowd. All of this internalising you are doing is affecting not only your play but the team's play as well. Pregame introduction you walk out like a zombie. Look at Pierce he fires up his team with the fake dice throwing and shouting. Come on Kobe shout,scream or bob your head like it's on tonight just do something inspirational for Christ sake. Then in the post game those 3 word answers have to stop. Remember you have millions of Lakers fans who need assurance that the Captain can fix what went wrong.

Bad lose guys. Ugly lose.

I think the best team will win this series, and Celtics are the best team. Better guards, and more Bigs (4, Lakers only 2) Celtics have more players ready to play and produce. Lakers only 3 players (Kobe?, Pau and Drew), the rest, I think is pure garbage (Odom, Mbenga, Powell, vujacic, Walton, Farmar, Artest???) I´am sorry, but I think Celtics is better team, more depth, and in this moment, Pau Gasol is our best option. Pau has been the best laker player all the season, the most consistent. Right now, Pau still playing vs. 4 legitimates bigs, and whith success, for now (Drew, too) The rest is out (not Kobe, not Odom, not Artest......) Lakers have only a Key player (Pau) Celtics have 4 (Pierce, Allen, Rondo and, maybe in some moment, Garnett)

We have only a matchup, Pau-Garnett, or Pau vs everybody, but the rest is Celtic.

If Lakers whould win this series, he can play around Pau as is 1 option. I´m not sure, but maybe Kobe is not healthy???? Pau is our best Player all season and I think Phil can change the pecking order:

1.- Pau (The Laker MVP right now)

2.- Drew
3.- Kobe
4.- D-Fish
5.- The Bench

Art-FL

I agree, someone has to not only guard Rondo, but put a body on him on Defense. He had 12 boards, 4 were offensive (well actually all were offensive in a way), nobody else on either team had more than 8.

The Lakers need more ball movement on offense esp in the 4th quarter. The Celtics are walling off the lane like they did in 2008. You can't beat them 1 on 1. You have to move the ball to beat them in a 7 game series.

Well, I´m wrong. Pau is the 1 option right now. Only we can see the playing time.

It won't be easy. But I didn't expect it to be.

I don't care if they win 3 of 3, 3 of 4, or 3 of 5. As long as the Lakers win their last game this season, I'll be happy.

Go Lake Show!

Seems like that Sunday curse was alive yesterday. Most of the Laker losses through the season has been on Sundays.Anyone know what the record is...........

@priest...
Kobe didn't have a great game,but as for his defense remember he had 5 fouls already at the start of the fourth.He was taken out for a while to avoid the sixth,maybe he should have just been left in(we lost anyhow)..Even though Gas and By had good games,Odom and Artest were horrible. Lots a times momentum and leads are given up when Kobe exists whether he's scoring or not..As great a coach as phil is supposed to be at times he has a hard time managing this (pulling players when hot,adjustments or lack of, obsession with luke)This is the finals every game should be played likes its no tomorrow, we got guys on the bench you aren't contributing or arent given a chance to contribute, at least they can give a few hard fouls here or there...........

Forget the refs...

Forget the bad calls...

HOW CAN YOU LEAVE RAY ALLEN OPEN FOR SO MANY TRES???????

He gets an NBA record for threes on our home court?????????? WTF!!!!

By the end of the first quarter I knew it was over.

No hustle... no effort... no win!!!!

I absolutely hate losing to the Celtics under any circumstances, but did anybody really think that this was going to be a cakewalk? This ain't College Football where the trophy is awarded, an NBA Title has to be EARNED, it requires WORK and it is not for the faint of heart.

Sometimes, the bad guy wins. How and why are besides the point. The point now is: are our boys tough enough to do the job on the road? This team has won consistiently on the road in the playoffs the last two seasons, and I have faith that they will come through. Overcoming obstacles will make the eventual victory that much sweeter.

So what if it is harder than expected? As I have said before...

"...of course it is hard! If it was easy, anyone could do it! It is SUPPOSED to be hard! The HARD...that's what makes it GREAT!!"

Lakers in SIX.

GO LAKERS!!

Good morning fellow Laker fans

I know we're all upset right now and probably haven't slept much but we've got to really look on the bright side here. It took Boston a record-breaking night from Ray Allen, a triple-double from Rondo and some questionable calls at the end that cost us bigtime. I'm not going to complain about the refs all day but two calls stand out that changed the flow in my eyes: the out of bounds call that clearly went off Garnett's hands and was incorrectly called even after review and the last foul on Kobe.

Even after the ridiculous play by Allen and Rondo, they won by a mere 9 points. Kobe himself could've pulled out the win for us had he not been in foul trouble.

Nevertheless, let's remember that the Celtics have been a better road team this year. We also have the advantage of just 1 day between the next two games. The Celtics have shown that they play better when they have at least 2 games between games. We're younger so we'll need to take advantage of that.

I believe in our team!!! Lakers in 6.

Rondo having 2 uncontested lay-ups down the stretch, UNACCEPTABLE!!!

The Celts are in the Lakers' head right now, I hope they play inspired basketball in Boston. It is not gonna get easier onward. And please can someone guard Rondo??? He's the best Celts right now, you contain him, you beat the Celts, case in point Game 1.

Kobe, I love you, you're great and amazing but please do not cheat on defense. This championship will cement your legacy as a Laker and will make you in the conversation as GOAT.

Chasing defense on Ray Allen is not going to work. He's the best player out there moving without the ball to create a space for his shots. Respect his 3-point shooting or you'll pay for it.

Let's go Lakers!!!

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NO KOBE, NO WIN, REFS DID IT AGAIN , DARTH STERN DID IT AGAIN SIMPLE AS THAT – BANDWAGON
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(01) EJK – OWNER - Is it Ray Allen Appreciation Night for the refs today? You can't touch this guy without getting a foul called on you. Ridiculous. What good is video replay if the refs are gonna be willfuly blind
(02) MAYOR OF KOBE TOWN – DRIVER - Ken Mauer was the star of this game. Where can I get his jersey? The game was HORRIBLY officiated. Ken Mauer was absolutely criminal, his bias was beyond reprehensible, he should be fired immediately. There is no way that Boston wins this game if Mauer doesn't take Kobe out of the game with a multitude of BS calls, it was a personal vendetta on Mauer's behalf.
(03) LUDWIG – RIDING SHOTGUN - With regard to those bogus Kobe foul calls, Adande writes: "Lakers coach Phil Jackson said, 'I wasn't happy with those foul calls. Those were unusual calls. It really changed the [complexion] of this ballgame.' And it led to this rarity: Bryant had the least amount of playing time of any Lakers starter, with 34 minutes and 18 seconds." The NBA can be such a joke! Kobe sitting on the pine changed the complexion of the game, regardless of Ray Allen's hot-hand. The Lakers rather nicely weathered Allen's hot shooting and even took the lead, disappointing the FRAUDS (refs), so the FRAUDS (refs) had to step in and blatantly change the outcome by handing Kobe his 5th foul on another COMPLETELY BOGUS call when Rondo's own momentum caused him to fall out of bounds (knowing FULL WELL that any time you give a player 5 fouls, it's tantamount to putting a freaking straight jacket on him). As for as the 3 BLIND MICE, i.e., the Refs, T.J. Simmers says it best in his column, "Goes to show you Celtics fans aren't all that swift either, forgetting the NBA motto "where amazing happens," as if there was any way the NBA wasn't going to fix things and stretch this dream matchup out as long as possible."
(04) #4 - No worries...it took a Ray Allen on fire and foul trouble on all of starting perimeter defenders to get a win for them. The Uglies at the Fleet TD North whatever aren't going to know what hit them, lol.
(05) CHRIS – SECURITY - Fans didn't come to the referees run up and down the court. They came to see the players run up and down the court. Somebody need to publicly criticize the nba refs, they have taken all of the enjoyment out of the game. This is really sad week ever for the nba finals!!!!

(06) LAKERLADY – It was very late in the 4th, but with the 8 seconds almost being used up by the Celtics in the backcourt, how is that Doc (with Scalabrine not far behind) runs onto the court to get a timeout called and not get whistled for a tech? I believe it's in the rulebook, something the refs need to take a refresher course on every year....geessh! Too many late, bad calls.
(07) FISTER - Sad to say that the refs need to go back to training school however, the Lakers will be fine. Not only will they win the series repeat as Champions, they'll wish the Celtics ever humiliated them in the finals like this and before. Lakers now and all the way.
(08) JOE CORRAD – Oh man my warning to the Celtics for game 3, get the heck out of the way of Kobe Bryant. Like I told my friends and family; this series will go- Lakers win Game 1, Celtics 2, Lakers 3, Celtics 4, ETC. . . That way everyone can stay tuned, get excited and Vegas can win their money. The only good thing about this scenerio is that all the NBA experts can be exposed as bias, wannabe,and a Laker hater. Common tell me how many of the Espn analyst have lost to the Lakers, or wished they played for them. That and that they were born and raised on the East Coast. They will pick any team that play againts the Lakers
(09) LETS GO L’S’ - Like I've said all along, there will be NO cakewalk in winning the title from both parties. Believe me, Boston knows this and so do we, after last night's loss. It's ON! OK, here's a wakeup shot...If the possibility of losing to the Boston Celtics is the ONE thing driving fear into our hearts and breaking our confidence in our team as TRUE fans, here's the LARGER picture. Tell me a team, injuries, ADVERSITY and all, that has made it to the Finals 3 CONSECUTIVE years since the three-peat Lakers of 2000-2002... Also, tell me a team that was humbled the previous year to these very Celtics in 2008 and BOUNCED back and win it all the FOLLOWING year in 2009 vs the Celtics ouster called the Magic...Folks, if you ask me, our Lakers have given us a heck of a ride thus far in 2010, and not over YET by any stretch of the imagination. For petes sake, it's 1-1 As for the current state of affairs, I expect the Lakers to give Boston a run for their money the next three games, with a return trip back to LA for a chance to win it ALL. Gotta BELIEVE folks.
(10) KARMANIAC - Now we need to kill them in Boston... and this will happen.
(11) CHRIS - What happened to the integrity of the game? Perkins Situation? I can not believe the he didn't get the technical he should have got in the second quarter but thanks to the ref we had to understand his 'situation.
(12) L.M. - I'm wordless.
(13) ARBEN - SHAME ON THE REFEERIES, SHAME ON THE NBA.
(14) SPIKE TOPIAN - 2 bogus fouls on Kobe... 2 Laker balls out of bounds at the end that the refs gave to the Celtics... and the Refs win the game. I hate it when the refs decide the game. Just watch the game again and you'll see bad refereeing gave the edge to Boston. I'd really rather watch the players play. Lakers 1, Refs 1, Celtics 0
(15) KARL - f what the hell happened? lakers up by 3 - i leave for one minute come back and its like 98-93. wtf!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(16) AISEN - i am utterly speechless how the refs called the game, - that 50/50 rebound -first off, Garnett went over the back of Pay - secondly, THE BALL WENT OFF OF GARNETT"S HAND -celtics get the ball?
(17) DWNTWNATTY - Get back in your holes trolls. I like the math here for the Lakers. Kobe bottled up with "fouls" the whole game. Ray Allen goes historic for a quarter (but quiets down after we FINALLY adjust - -side note, that time he flopped and Kobe got called for a foul, there was a head collision and Ray's mouth was bleeding. He should have been pulled out by rule). It's going to take a lot from you guys to beat us 3 more times. Not impossible, but, objectively (and subjectively) I like our chances.
(18) APOLLO C. VERMONT - Somebody is trying to make the free throw an issue 41 to 26, but you did not mention both teams had 29 fouls. Why the difference?? The celtics fouled the lakers more during the penalty and on shooting foul...that's the difference...there are bad calls tonight but I do not want to linger on that...but I like what I saw, it is not the beginning for the Celtics run but it's the start of their demise...it's like Oscar De Lahoya...no more gas...it's empty....They will try to tell us the momentum is on Boston's side coz games 3-5 will be on Boston. Anyway from the first 2 games I just saw what I need to see and I know the Lakers will be the champion again
(19) MAGIC PHIL - Predictable. That's the word. It was VERY clear that this was about to happen. Lots of fouls on Kobe to compensate for the extra fouls on Allen on game 1. We should have know...
The ability to adjust not only means adjust to the other team, means adjust to the refs too, adjust to how the game is being called. The refs have the situation under control. This home loss will spice up the series, just like Stern wants. And I'm gonna tell you: the refs will "give" 1 road game to the Lakers. When I say "give" means they will call tick-tak fouls on the Celts and "let" us win 1 game on the road. It will be only 1 game in the road, we better understand when this will happen and make sure we win this game. It's clear that this will go to 7 games, c'mon...what a great chance for Stern to have this "remarkable" series being decided at a buzzer-beater on game 7!!!! That's all they want. So let's be smart and work to be THE team that will hit the game 7 buzzer-beater. We must cut out the word "naive" from our dictionary. Cheers.
(20) YELLOW FEVER - WAY TO GO STERN... U GOT WHAT YOU WANTED... A COMPETITIVE SERIES... if lakers go up 2-0 this series is over by all intents and purposes... now we got ourselves a series.. its anybodys game which should be a tremendous boost to your ratings... kobe in early foul trouble throughout game.. that is the only way to stop him.. just rip our hearts out. stern just ensured himself a 6 or 7 game series.. he got what he wanted... like donaghy said its all about EXTENDING the series.
(21) EDWIN GUECO - 131 re-appears after victory. He counts the FT's on the line as his defense to good officiating. There were three vital calls that send the momentum to the Celtics. That's OK, we lose Game 2 so the score is 1-1 it is now 3 out 5, Lakers just let their guard relaxed on this game, I say Lakers could get 2 from your home court.
(22) PETER - impact of 1 bad call from ref: 1. -2 points for kobe 2. kills momentum for lakers 3. less defensive pressure from kobe 4. benched kobe for most of the game Game Over.
(23) BRONXLAKERFAN - I did learn something tonight, though. I didn't know it was possible for a coach to run out to the middle of the court to call a timeout. I would have thought that would result in a technical. Silly me.
(24) CONTROLLMAN - Don't know how to take Phil's post game interview. He was rather jovial. Is he clueless or does he know something we don't. If he does know something we don't, is that a good sign or bad? And the deal with Doc Rivers coming out on the court to call a timeout, how do 3 refs not call a technical foul. Has anyone ever seen that before? No wonder NBA referees are always coming under scrutiny for being crooked. @conTrollman: see (5) NBA rules: d. A technical foul shall be assessed for unsportsmanlike tactics such as: (1) Disrespectfully addressing an official (2) Physically contacting an official (3) Overt actions indicating resentment to a call (4) Use of profanity (5) A coach entering onto the court without permission of an official The refs don't know the rules...surprise!! I WANT ANSWERS. Refs decided this game the entire way. Only thing that worries me is if they get this kinda treatment here, what are they gonna get in Boston?
(25) JAC - It's one game people! You really think Boston is winning 3 in a row? No team has won those 3 games ever in a row. Boston, the worst home team, is NOT winning 3 in a row, I'll be surprised if they win one. LA closes it in 6 at home.
(26) THE OUTLAW - It won't be easy. But I didn't expect it to be. I don't care if they win 3 of 3, 3 of 4, or 3 of 5. As long as the Lakers win their last game this season, I'll be happy.
(27) MUD - The out of bounds call was inexcusable. there was no possible honest reason for it, and it decided the game. that's not really arguable.
(28) BENJAMIN - Every one of you that says this series is now over makes me sick. How dare you! You're not fans and I wish you weren't here. Pathetic. I hate having to talk about the refs but man come on is this amateur hour?!!!!!!!!!!
(29) JOHNNY - Another team that irritated me was the REFEREES. HERE WE GO AGAIN. THOSE GUYS JUST HAVE TO BE FAIR. OR HAVE THEM GET FIRED. THEY SHOULD HAVE A POINT SYSTEM TO WHOEVER GETS THE LOWEST POINTS EVERY YEAR IN A SCALE GETS NO INCENTIVES AND NO BONUS. ANOTHER ONE FOR THE FINALS. WHOEVER GETS HIGHER POINTS GETS TO REFEREE THE PLAYOFFS AND THE TOP 3 GET TO REFEREE THE FINALS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

Right from the start of the game you could see that the Celtics came in with a renewed intensity, focus, and adjustments. From the beginning, Rondo was pushing the ball like a maniac getting easy buckets for the Celtics. That, in turn, opened up so many open looks for Ray Allen. That was the difference in the game in my opinion because we held Garnett and Peirce down completely. The Celtics deserve credit for making that adjustment and Ray Allen deserves credit for the greatest shooting performance I've ever seen.

Kobe was held down by foul trouble, ticky-tack foul trouble. Ron Artest was in foul trouble, ticky-tack foul trouble. The officiating made me wonder whether we were playing in Boston or Utah. It was terrible. It seemed to be biased. That said, the Lakers need to just keep playing.

Bynum played well and that was pleasing to see. The Celtics made a few adjustments on Gasol, they started to get hands up on Gasol's little free throw line jumper that's usually open for him, they doubled him a little bit and mixed it up pretty good on him. Nothing Gasol can't adjust to in the coming games.

Lamar Odom's game is concerning to me against the Celtics. You would think Lamar would be able to take Big Baby anytime he wants, but that isn't the case.Big Baby is too strong and has just enough quickness for Lamar. Baby pushes Lamar right out of the lane for rebounds. It's a bad matchup for Lamar. Maybe Phil can make a few adjustments and get Lamar into some positions to make an impact. That would be huge for us because Lamar is a main cog for the team. For us to win, Lamar has to play a role at some point.

Overall, I was very dissappointed at the loss last night. But the reality is, in this 2-3-2 format, all we have to do is win 1 game in Boston to take this series back home where we should have an advantage. The key and most difficult part will be winning that one game. It is definitely doable. We will have to pick it up in every aspect of our game from the coaching to the playing. This will take a total team effort, with total focus on the part of each player. We need to play every single possession on offense and defense with the highest intensity humanly possible. We can do this.

Let's do this!
Go Lakers!

SWEEPS ARE RARE ~ PANIC IS NOT . . .

In the 63 years of NBA Finals, there have only been 8 sweeps. It doesn't happen very often. No need to panic. (That's why Game 3 is almost always consider a critical game BEFORE the series ever starts. Unbelievable how many times the series is 2-1 following Game 3, and a big advantage at that point.)

To all my fellow Laker lovers who are frustrated (as am I) by the officiating. Let me draw a couple of things to your attention.

1. There were a handful of calls made and another handful NOT made that will have the crew shaking their heads when they watch video replay. Bad calls for sure. But, those calls went against both teams. By my analysis, all but two of the 14 bad calls/noncalls were due to ANTICIPATION of what was about to happen.

2. Pierce did not foul Artest on that steal/breakaway. Kobe did not foul Rondo on the fall out of bounds. Davis did not foul Bynum on the blocked dunk attempt. Odom did not foul Rondo from behind on Fisher steal. Blah,,, blah,,, blah... Notice that BOTH TEAMS got hit by the ANTICIPATION calls.

3. Final thought, which is difficult to admit and all to painfully obvious. Five minutes to go and a 3 point lead. Hard to find any significant calls by the refs during the final five minutes. That final push by the Celtics was not catapulted into orbit by bad calls/noncalls. It was the same bad habits that the Lakers have displayed all season. It has cost them games at times. It cost them last night.

If this team has shown us anything over the year (and last year, too) is that it can recover from bad stretches of play. Expect nothing less to happen as the series moves to Boston.

By the way, do NOT let it be lost amongst the record flame-throwing, 3-point shooting of Allen or the scrappy triple-double of Rondo. Boston Bigs struggled and will continue to struggle against the Lakers. The mismatch is obvious. And, we all know where the series-long advantage goes when an INSIDE Team plays and OUTSIDE Team.

Mike

Stop talking about the refs and start talking about the last 5 min of the game when the Lakers offense went totally stagnant. That's ultimately why the Lakers lost. 

I hope Phil points out that the Lakers aren't going to beat the Celtics D without good ball movement EVERY SINGLE TIME.          

When you lose you look in the mirror, not at the Refs. Bad calls are a part of the game and yeah the Lakers got some esp in the 4th. !@#% happens.

If you really think the games are rigged why watch at all?

I believe in our team!!! Lakers in 6.Posted by: EastCoastJessie | June 07, 2010 at 07:23 AM
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Hey EastCoastJessie, I like your spirit Princess, I'm with you. I was so caught up in the Sweeps thing that one loss made it look worse than it is. I'm with you Lkaers in 6.
Mamba24

I'll say that this is the Celtics team I expected. Too bad for them that it took them a game to figure it out.

Kobe AND Ron won't be in foul trouble next game. I can live with Rondo getting those numbers, that we expected. Ray won't be historically hot, again. I'm feeling more confident about our chances now that we saw they're best.

KG was in foul trouble too, but we all know he's not the same. Pau will still dominate him and Perkins.

The Celtics aren't secure at home. And we've closed out in louder arenas. This is getting fun, folks.

If you really think the games are rigged why watch at all?
Posted by: Mark G | June 07, 2010 at 07:46 AM
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Good point Mark.
The games are not rigged.
If I truly believed the games were rigged I wouldn't ever watch another game.
The refs make mistakes.
Either team could have won this one in the last several minutes.
Lakers lost their composure near then end, but they have done that before.
The most important thing is that they understand what went wrong and fix it.

Good morning fellow Laker fans

I know we're all upset right now and probably haven't slept much but we've got to really look on the bright side here. It took Boston a record-breaking night from Ray Allen, a triple-double from Rondo and some questionable calls at the end that cost us bigtime. I'm not going to complain about the refs all day but two calls stand out that changed the flow in my eyes: the out of bounds call that clearly went off Garnett's hands and was incorrectly called even after review and the last foul on Kobe.

Even after the ridiculous play by Allen and Rondo, they won by a mere 9 points. Kobe himself could've pulled out the win for us had he not been in foul trouble.

Nevertheless, let's remember that the Celtics have been a better road team this year. We also have the advantage of just 1 day between the next two games. The Celtics have shown that they play better when they have at least 2 games between games. We're younger so we'll need to take advantage of that.

I believe in our team!!! Lakers in 6.

Posted by: EastCoastJessie | June 07, 2010 at 07:23 AM


The voice of reason. Whew! I feel the same way. We were in it 'til the end. And we all know the C's aren't thinking of us the same way as the 2008 team. They just aren't.

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Time to be the Road Warriors we are!
I'm not afraid of our team playing in Boston.
The Celtics are very beatable at home.
If Kobe plays his normal game we will win two of three there.
I agree, Lakers in 6!

The Boston Celtics love playing these soft, mentally-weak Lakers teams en route to an NBA Championship.

Soft mentally weak, sounds like most Celtic trolls that only show up when Celts win. lol. Please grow a set.

GOOD MORNING MY LAKERHOLICS!!!

For that lingering HANGOVER that you're feeling, just take 2 Advil and a hardy "EFF YOU REFS!!" and you should feel like a Brand New fan come Game 3.

Alright, realistically, we all knew this wasn't gonna be the cakewalk we would have hoped for and that the Celts were gonna bring it in one way or the other.

Ray Allen shot LIGHTS OUT, heck even his misses were too close for comfort, well, except for that one air-ball. But it's a FACT that he is a streak shooter and like Odom coming to play, you can't count on that for every game.

We knew Rondo was gonna give us fits, WE KNEW THIS. They just gotta do a better job at getting in front of him (Looking at you Fish!) and cutting off both his ability to get to the rim cleanly and his passing angles... You disrupt both as they did in Game 1 and he doesn't play very smart.

Pau and Bynum played EXCELLENT with more emphasis on Bynum's play... WOW!! VERY IMPRESSIVE.

Hello ODOM... are you there Lamar? You do realize that this is the FINALS?!? if you ever wanna eat chips and guacamole out of the Larry O'Brien trophy again you have to WIN it and to WIN it you have to PLAAYYY!!!!!!!

And finally you have to give it up to the STELLAR defense of the REFS on KOBE... The ONLY way you can take Kobe outta the game, well, is to literally take him outta the game.

LAKERS WILL BOUNCE BACK AND BRING IT IN GAME 3!!!!!!!!!!

LAKERS IN 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK, OK, OK.

We all seem to be focusing on exactly the wrong things after this loss (which we all tend to do around here--we're fans, we can't help ourselves). :)

Things that are irrelevant or are fools gold:

1) Ray Allen
2) The refs
3) Home court advantage
4) Kevin Garnett (so far)
5) Lamar Odom

Things inexplicably misplaced:

1) Lamar Odom
2) Kevin Garnett

Things that need to be focused on:

1) How do you defend Gasol/Bynum?
2) Rajon Rondo
3) Rajon Rondo
4) Rajon Rondo
5) Who's gonna guard Kobe?

Notice how none of the things that need to be focused on are wearing stripped shirts? The calls have been bad two games in a row. The Lakers have already won one of them. What I thought was sad about Kobe getting his 5th foul wasn't that it was called (I was livid about that, not sad), but the way Kobe reacted. He became tentative. Rajon got that critical offensive rebound and put-back when Kobe got switched on him under the rim. Kobe put his hands in his pockets. That started their 16-4 run.

Kobe didn't even react when he got his 5th foul called, did anyone notice? That is unlike Kobe -- we all know that . But, I think he thought like I did that his silly foul earlier in the game bit him in the butt.

Now, in every game, every player assumes they have one foul, maybe two, that they can throw away on a gamble play here and there. Kobe didn't think that it would come back to haunt him like it did. But, I don't think any player in that game assumed the refs were going to call it that tight in the 4th quarter. Players generally assume the games gets called looser as it progresses. That certainly did not happen last night. In fact, in back-to-back possessions, Kobe and Ray get called for fouls on the perimeter in which there was no contact at all.

So, Kobe's early game "free safety" fouls did him in. 80% of the time, as we all know, his strategy works out well for us. Just not last night. Kobe has to feel like he didn't properly gauge the tendencies of the officials. That is my take as to why we didn't see Kobe overly complain about the calls last night. He just played through them.

I think, however, his mistake was to become tentative. He allowed the refs to take the Black Mamba out of the game. Next time, get fouled out. Go down swinging, or at least force the ref to make that call. Kobe has to be Kobe when he's on the floor. Let PJ manage his fouls by managing his minutes.

You see, Kobe was trying to save himself in case their was a close possession at the end of the game where the Black Mamba would be needed. His tentative play, didn't ensure that outcome, instead it prevented that outcome from ever being possible.

Kobe be Kobe.

Those who think Doc Rivers outcoached PJ didn't watch the game. Doc gave the Lakers confidence. Doc just had a dude put on the best shooting clinic in NBA Finals history and they got out of that half up six points? Doc couldn't figure out a way to parlay that into a 20-point lead?

BTW, who on this Earth didn't know that Kobe would take Ray in the second half? Why didn't Doc come up with a counter move? Doc needed to show the Lakers that they couldn't shut Ray down. Kobe erased him, just like he erased Rondo in the first half. As it stands now, no one thinks Ray can ever do that again in these playoffs, and they are probably right.

What would the half-time score have been if Kobe had just scored 30 points and hit 7 for 7 from three? The Lakers would have been up by 25 points. Easily. The Lakers teams feeds off Kobe's success. The rest of the Celtics obviously do not feed off Ray's success. His type of success does not make his team mates better. Kobe would have also had some rebounds, some steals, a block or two, and a bunch of dimes. The Lakers would be running around, jovial, Bynum dunking on people, Pau tossing is jump-hooks. Fish draining threes all on people heads.

It wouldn't matter much, because we all know how the Lakers have treated big first-half leads. But, the point is that Ray's career night only gave the Celtics a slight lead. If Rondo doesn't show up, the Celtics lose anyway.

Also, we all know that Kobe can do what Ray did four times in this seven game series. We also know that was Ray's last silver bullet. Ray may have other rounds in his magazine, but none like that one.

Gasol and Bynum have been doing everything they want to do or try to do. The only things holding those two back are their personalities and health. It's like the Celtics aren't even on the court for those two. Pau just posterized two burly Celtics in one shot with his Dr. J-esque reverse dunk. Those two are puttin' on a clinic. That isn't gonna stop. It might ebb and flow as Bynum's knee ebbs and flows (plus we know Pau puts up a stinker about once every 4th or 5th game), but it isn't gonna stop any time soon.

The two biggest questions, as in the two unknowns for the remainder of the series are; 1) can Rondo do this three more times? If he can, the Celtics will probably win, and 2) Where is Odom?

There is a caveat to question 1: Unlike the rest of the playoffs, Rondo going off does not guarantee a Celtic win against the Lakers. Rondo still needed Ray to have the greatest shooting night in NBA history to help pull off this win. Does Boston/Rondo really think they can keep going back to that well?

I think Doc Rivers missed a golden opportunity. He needed to establish that PJ adjustments wouldn't mean anything. Instead, he had to bail out his own point guard by calling that time-out himself because his veteran players almost blew the game. The game felt too much like a perfect storm to really give Beantown any real confidence.

Especially considering that Boston is not very good at home.

Panic by our Lakers faithful is extremely premature.

Bynum may not be very good in this next game because that flight is going to make his knee really swell up. But, then again, dude just put together back-to-back good/great games. Maybe he really has learned a little tough-ness, or just maybe he's getting used to the pain level, or whatever. But, I expect that by Game 4 he's at least back to his Game 1 form: effective and occasionally dominant. That bodes ill for the Craptics.

Lastly, if you are Boston, who's gonna guard Kobe?

--FEARless

@LakerMIKE,

What you preach, Bro, I'm buyin!

--FEARless

@FEARLESS & LAKERMIKE & HalosAnt
I'm buying what all of you Preach! Bottle that stuff you'll make a million. I feel like a brand new person thanks to my LakersBlog family. THANK YOU and...OUT FREAKIN STANDING TO ALL 3 OF YOU
mAMBA24

Oh, I almost forgot (I know, how could I have forgotten anything with such a long post): The Lakers played 3 pt defense like they always do. It is usually pretty affective because most three point shooters loose concentration when a dude bigger than them is running right at them. Except on those nights when they can't miss.

Do we remember just how many thousands of times we would berate the Lakers for their lack of 3 pt defense this season? Only to find out that we are the best at 3 pt defense in the whole league? Or strategy of help-and-recover usually works because Rambis taught us how to close-out on shooters while distracting and not fouling. We as fans tend to fixate on those nights this season where some anonymous dude would catch fire and hit everything even when we were throwing the kitchen sink at him. But, those games only happened about 1 in five times. Last night was Ray's such game.

Trust me, we are going to defend the three the same way tomorrow. Because it works. Just ask Paula. We here might bemoan that decision by PJ. Yet, all the other strategies have been utilized by all the other teams in the league. They have all been proven less successful.

We run what we brung. Just as simple as that.

--FEARless

Mamba-

Good morning. Ill return the favor and Ill be nice. Its not your fault. Its all about Celtic Pride. What we did last nite is what Celtics do.

Kobe is a weak shooter in the Finals and always has been. He is a ball hog and it cost us last night -- he wanted to be the "hero."

Magic>Kobe and it isn't even close.

"Kobe Best Laker of All Time" my a$$.

Nevertheless, let's remember that the Celtics have been a better road team this year. We also have the advantage of just 1 day between the next two games. The Celtics have shown that they play better when they have at least 2 games between games. We're younger so we'll need to take advantage of that.

I believe in our team!!! Lakers in 6.

Posted by: EastCoastJessie | June 07, 2010 at 07:23 AM

Sage comments from a true fan! Way to go!

--FEARless

Much greater possiblity for a 7 game series now and who, outside of Boston and LA doesn't love a 7 game series? HOme office must be thrilled.

No excuses, no complaints. Ray had his day. We still have an advantage at most of the positions, just gotta keep players on the floor.

Probably gonna be a classic. Buckle up blog bros.

If I wasn't a Laker fan I would have changed channels so fast. It is really not fun watching the Ref's play their game of whistle tag. The players are grown men, if they can't play physical why play the game? These ticky tacky fouls make you want to barf and this time they took out our best player........Old Stern is going to lose viewers if this is what it has come down to. Yes, Septic TROLLS we got more free throws but there is a lot more going on than that!!!! It's no fun watching player march to the line. TROLL"S see you after game 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Old Stern is going to lose viewers if this is what it has come down to. Yes, Septic TROLLS we got more free throws but there is a lot more going on than that!!!! It's no fun watching player march to the line. TROLL"S see you after game 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: NewMexicoLakerLifer | June 07, 2010 at 09:01 AM

Excellent post!!!

UH,Kevin, I seem to remember Rivers in his way about 20 times saying, Ray was sitting on the bench with fouls. You don't think that was some whining.Grow up and get off our Blog

Phil Jackson should review reasons for poor three-point shooting by team. Forwards shot 1-7 from three point range. Guards shot 2-7 from three-point range. Missed free throws by Artest and Bynum total 9 equal to difference in final score. Turn overs were 15 by team. You have no help from bench to forwards from Walton, Morrison, Powell or Mbenga, why? Spending 13 million dollars on players that can't help in play offs? Laker's reserves need to help with rest over seven game series with defense, rebounding, offesive boards, and blocked shots or steals. Why do they want to shoot the ball each time they enter game, if missed then 12 missed shots by team per game would cause loss of game.Boston out shot Laker's 36-84 compared to 29-71 shots. They made 6 more three point shot with 11-16 campared to 5-22 by Laker's. Is it coaching or players not understanding the game based upon possessions and shooting selection? Send Suns to play rest of series for Western Conference. If, officiating doesn't use instant replays to check call like foul on Kobe, then, send Suns to play rest of series.

In any battle you need to see where your opponents strongest point. This is a best of 7 games, the last 2 served as a mirror for both teams and for us Laker fans I really like what I saw. Gasol and Bynum will continue to dominate the paint, compared to Howard and Shaq, both Gasol and Bynum can shoot from the outside especially Gasol and both can shoot FT. Perkins has limited skills he is not Olajowon and Garnet really lost some steps, definitely can score but cannot dominate the paint anymore. Ray Allen is an excellent shooter but did you see the adjustment made by Phil and players in the second half? That adjustment can continue, he can still score but not like yesterday.Pierce will continue to struggle against Artest, how many FG did he make for the last 2 games? Half of his points came from FT and he is a very good actress...Rondo can outrun everybody...but, is basketball just running around? The Lakers managed to eliminate 3 outstanding playoff opponents this year with 3 great and outstanding shooting guards, so I am not worried about Rondo, if Kobe was not in foul trouble last night that would not happen...no team can beat a team that can dominate the paint in a series...the Lakers managed Boston to a shooting team, Ray Allen and Pierce will not last in this series if that is the only arsenal they have, and for Rondo he cannot do that every game against the Lakers....to the trolls the Lakers is not the same as the Heat, Cavs or Magic...stick to your brains....

the Lakers managed Boston to a shooting team, Ray Allen and Pierce will not last in this series if that is the only arsenal they have, and for Rondo he cannot do that every game against the Lakers....to the trolls the Lakers is not the same as the Heat, Cavs or Magic...stick to your brains....

Posted by: appolo c. vermont | June 07, 2010 at 09:10 AM

Lakers managed Boston to a shooting team

Stick to your brains ...

Excellent Post!!!

Abe Frohman,

Cogent points, all but number one:

Kobe had Rondo contained in the first half and had Ray shut down in the second. The problem is that the Lakers needed another Kobe on defense last night. But, Ray isn't due to dominate again until Game 6-ish. Well, maybe game 5, because he only dominated half of game two.

AND, one of Rondo's two critical buckets late in the 4th quarter was against Kobe after Kobe got is 5th foul and was well into his matador defensive strategy. Do you think the Ceptics can really count on having that happen in their favor again in this series?

--FEARless

Good morning everyone,
Where are your brooms??

You really should win when Pierce and Garnett combine for 16 points.

Mamba24 - I said I would never post here again if you swept - that deal is now off the table!!

Blaming the refs when you miss 10 FT's and take more than the other team is really, really low class - but that's Phil.

Deep personal regret at the loss of my favorite all-time Coach John Wooden. May he rest in Peace.

Should be a great series, let's now tarnish it now with BS!!!
The better team will win, the better team always does!

Abe, good comments. I am one of those Celtics trolls but I posted before the second game that I thought the Celts would win game 2 and whomever won that game would win it all. I knew the Celts would come out determined and aggressive and play their best. If I was wrong about anything it was that I thought KG would be a monster. I am starting to think he is worn out and won't be a factor in this series. But the green is deeper than their opponent. You guys MUST have a great game from Pau and Kobe to win. The Celts can win w/o a great game from: KG, Pierce and Allen. They have had big contributions from: Wallace, Davis, Richardson, Tony Allen and obviously Rondo and Perkins. We beat the one star teams: LBJ, Wade and Howard. We can beat the two star teams too!! I predict the Lakers will win one in Boston. But I think in game 3 the Lakers will get hammered.

Boy, that Ron Artest, he is something, isn't he?

HA HA HA HA HA!

The NBA Western teams are all jokes. The FAKERS are the biggest Jokers of all (that's why Jack Nicholson is your mascot) No Defense. It will only get worse for the FAKERS in Boston.

Note to your crybaby coach - the refs did call this game poorly. The Celts win would have been by 20+ if the game was called more evenly. Expect that to level out in Boston (probably with a few "let em play" games) which means you guys will really be crying with the physical play Boston excells at. Get your tissues ready FAKER fans!

We knew before the playoffs that the Lakers would not have an answer for Rondo and they don't. In these playoffs against Wade, Lebron and Howard most of the time Rondo was the best player on the floor. He did that again against Kobe last night. And he can do it again and there's nothing the Lakers can do about it.

Someone wrote above, "Final thought, which is difficult to admit and all to painfully obvious. Five minutes to go and a 3 point lead. Hard to find any significant calls by the refs during the final five minutes. That final push by the Celtics was not catapulted into orbit by bad calls/noncalls."


What you don't realize is that when you take a player like Kobe out of the game, you throw off his timing. He's used to playing over 40 minutes a game. Timing and rhythm is everything for a shooter. Moreover, when you give Kobe a FRAUDULENT 5th foul, you take away his aggressiveness, which is HUGE! A non-aggressive Kobe in a referee-imposed straight jacket is worthless. Not to mention that so much of the Lakers offense runs through Kobe. He is the epicenter of Lakers engine. You remove him and the whole engine breaks down and looks confused, slow, and pedestrian.


After the game 1 thrashing that the Celtics got, the fraudulent NBA probably realized that the Celtics will need **help** in order for this series to be competitive, and that's where the fraudulent referees step in.

"A non-aggressive Kobe in a referee-imposed straight jacket is worthless. Not to mention that so much of the Lakers offense runs through Kobe. He is the epicenter of Lakers engine. You remove him and the whole engine breaks down and looks confused, slow, and pedestrian."

This is a team sport you know. I know you folks are obsessed with "stars" in LA, but if you can't win with someone other than Kobe carrying the team, you aren't championship material.

Next time, give the ball to the spanish muppet. But then your greatest INDIVIDUAL player might pout...nevermind.



The Celts lost Ray Allen and Garnett early in game one to foul trouble. It happens. Kobe still played 34 minutes last night and launched 20 shots. His problem wasn't that he was in foul trouble. His problem is that the Celts are forcing him to his left and what he usually ends up doing is pulling up and taking awkward jumpers. On defense he can't handle Rondo but neither can Fisher so the Lakers are screwed.

I wonder how the Bulls would have fared all those years without Jordan putting up big numbers in the finals.


As much as I agree with Kobe pinning the loss on defensive lapses, it has to have had a little to do with LA being scoreless for long stretches towards the end.Lakers had a legit chance to win even with all the mistakes they have made when they were up 90-87 in the fourth.Blew it from there on out.

Kobe was bad on offense in the last quarter and a non-factor on D because of his 5 fouls. Kobe in foul trouble => Rondo running amok.He will bounce back and I hope LA takes game 3 !

GOO LAKERSSSS !!!!


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