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Poll questions surrounding Lakers-Celtics series

June 7, 2010 |  7:42 pm


Leading up to the Lakers-Celtics Finals series, I mentioned in various interviews that I predicted the Lakers would win in seven games. I ultimately thought the Lakers would take the series because they have home-court advantage, are eager to redeem their 2008 Finals loss to the Celtics and have played at their best for most of the postseason. Even though I expected the Lakers to be on the winning end, I reiterated that it wouldn't be at all surprising if Boston won simply because the Celtics also reached this point after also overcoming various injuries, benefiting from their experience and demonstrating a similar set of skills.

That's why I'm not entirely concerned that the series is tied 1-1 entering Game 3 on Tuesday at TD Garden and believe this is just the beginning of a competitive series. But with the Lakers folding down the stretch on Sunday, deviating from what enabled them to win Game 1 and showing a lapse in focus, I'm sure there are some Lakers fans who feel otherwise. But rather than assume Laker fans either think the sky is falling, are blindly optimistic or incredibly even-handed, I thought this served as a great time to get everyone's thoughts so far with a set of poll questions below the jump. I'll follow up before Game 3 tomorrow with an analysis piece based on the results.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Celtics guard Ray Allen, who finished with a game-high 32 points, is congratulated by a teammate in front of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the closing seconds of Game 2 on Sunday. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.