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Lakers and Celtics believe execution and effort will determine Game 2

As soon as Celtics forward Paul Pierce enters the locker room at halftime, he immediately grabs the box score and looks at three categories. Those include deflections, turnovers and the opposing team's field-goal percentage, factors Pierce believes reflect Boston's effort.

Down by nine points at halftime of what became a 102-89 Game 1 NBA Finals loss to the Lakers, Pierce didn't exactly feel pleased when he scanned the stat sheet and noticed the Celtics finished with seven first-half turnovers and allowed the Lakers to shoot 52.6% from the field. At least, Boston grabbed four steals, but that effort went to waste since the Celtics  stole only one possession in the second half.

Both the Lakers and Celtics enter Game 2 aware that ultimately they will determine the outcome of both the game and series with sharp execution and effort, areas that are of particular importance for  teams that are evenly matched in talent and experience.

"Effort plays, hustle points, loose balls, that stuff, wins championships, because it changes momentum of games," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. "Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper within yourself and try to pull out the energy to try to make that play. Those are big plays, no doubt."

And if one team doesn't make those big plays? Well, Pierce can only imagine the worst-case scenario. "If guys aren't willing to give it their all or sacrifice whatever they need to do at this point in the season," he said. "then shame on them truthfully."

Sure, there are some other areas that could determine the outcome. Boston guard Rajon Rondo acknowledged that muscle spasms in his back still linger from when he suffered the injury Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, but he insisted, "I'm fine." Lakers center Andrew Bynum missed Saturday's practice, received more treatment for the torn cartilage in his right knee and described it as "OK."

But there are plenty of other variables that will decide Game 2, such as rebounding, second-chance points, fouls and, of course, the three variables Pierce continually looks at in the box score during every halftime. The Lakers dominated those categories in Game 1, outrebounding the Celtics, 42-31, outscoring them 16-0 in second-chance points and responding better to the officials' whistle-happy tendencies. While Boston guard Ray Allen acknowledged that "I don't think I ever got in the flow" because of his five fouls, the Lakers managed their foul trouble with the bench still securing the lead.

While the Lakers limited Rondo to 13 points on six-for-14 shooting and the team to one for 10 from three-point range, Boston Coach Doc Rivers  argued that the problem was rooted in the team's inability to make defensive stops -- another area that has much to do with effort.

"Rondo is not going to get going if we don't get stops," Rivers said. "Our offense is directly connected to our defense. Every team's is, for the most part, if you want to run. If we're going to take the ball out of bounds, if they're going to shoot free throws, they're going to get second shots, Rondo is not going to be in the open court. If we can get multiple stops, we can get multiple runs. So we've got to get stops."

So why is effort such a huge factor in the NBA Finals? Lakers Coach Phil Jackson provides a reason.

"The talent that lies on both teams, I think you're going to see good basketball being played," Jackson said. "But it's going to be those little things that make the difference."

That's why the Lakers have maintained a stoic attitude since their Game 1 win and the Celtics have maintained a calm approach. Jackson's teams may be 47-0 in playoff series after they win the first game, but that statistic actually points to how a team responds after Game 1, a critical component considering Lakers forward Pau Gasol predicts Boston will "be more aggressive in Game 2." The Celtics may have put in a poor effort in Game 1, but they've managed to respond well to their regular-season travails and to their two losses to Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals.

But for those Boston fans who think the Celtics have no shot to come back, and for those Lakers fans who believe the Lakers will coast to another title, Lakers guard Derek Fisher gives a good reason why neither team should overreact.

"We also have to remember the fact we are playing against another team that's really really good, also," Fisher said. "Sometimes it's not just you didn't do what you needed to do. Sometimes the other team was better that day."

With the Lakers hoping to take command of the series Sunday, they have to simply find a way to match their Game 1 effort even against Boston's adjustments. With the Celtics feeling the pressure to tie the series, they believe they just have to master the three categories Pierce dissects at halftime.

"I know the defensive scheme is going to be there," Pierce said. "But it's just about how hard and how willing you are to sacrifice your body to go out and do it for 48 minutes."

--Mark Medina

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pHred- was just checking if you're paying attention. Love reading your posts.

Our boys have been to three Finals in a row. THREE. They've got the experience, the talent, and the poise. Time to get it done.

Go Lake Show!

I'm worried that the C's will now cover the 6 points I got on the game not that the L's will lose. Come on Pau, be kind to my wallet.

P.S. What up lifers? Phred, Wes, Rick, Tom. Long time.

My first book I read as a kid

They Call Me Coach

Lakers and Celtics believe execution and effort will determine Game 2.

MM, execution you mean, HITTING YOUR SHOTS? Well, that's for sure. Last game was way too easy because we were the 1st team to understand the game, as it was being called. By the time Ray Allen finally understood that the refs were calling every single touch, he already had 4 fouls, too late...sorry. It was clear that the Lakers got the message and played a less physical game. Actually, I don't understand why the media keep saying the game was physical. It was not. Good for us, we're way more finesse type of team than the Celts.
But next game might be different. Key is to "read" the game, the refs, early into the game and play accordingly. The Celts cannot adjust as quick as we can.
GO LAKERS!!!
Cheers.


The Celtics really don't have a matchup advantage at any position. They'll have to execute flawlessly to get a game.

no disrespect but for those of u defending pau's comments ur missin the point...

its not a matter of whether his comments are true or not.. everyone knows KG lost a step.. its obvious.. hes comin off a major knee surgery.. even KG knows it and he couldnt even look in the camera when told about the comments..

this story has now made national headlines though.. even BSPN is blowin the story up... if you're in KGs shoes how would you feel now? slighted? insulted? if you have any pride in yourself the answer would be YES i hope... that is how KG feels now and thanks to pau KG will now have something to prove and may be playing with a chip on his shoulder... whether he elevates his game is a big question.. most likely not so its probably much ado about nothing... but my point is WHY EVEN GO THERE??.. that is unless you know you without a shred of doubt you can OWN THAT GUY every time

does pau feel that way? i dont know.. i hope so.... cause one things for sure... pau just made this battle more personal and KG gonna be gunnin for him so pau better respond in kind STEP UP and BACK IT UP!

GO LAKERS!!


You're right yellow man. Pau and Drew are two of the most honest players i think we've ever had. Lamar is right behind them, but at least he has a little more media savvy than they do.

If Pau can come out an duplicate his game 1 effort, that might be the greatest call out I've ever seen. If not? He'll be blasted. I hope he dominates today!

execution and effort....hmm ain't that basketball?

Wow.

Watch the video. Andrew even has a bit of Kobe's gameface.

Kobe's will to VICTORY is actually infecting this team, and I mean that in the most positive way possible.

This is something beautiful to watch.

You compare that to an attention-strumpet like LeBron who is more concerned with mugging for cameras than stoically girding himself like a Spartan and going into battle TO WIN, and it just deepens my appreciation for Kobe, Derek and Phil.

In life, I feel we should all approach our relationships from a win-win philosophy, but when win-win is not an option, one should simply commit to WIN with everything they've got.

Kobe understands that spiritual truth.

He's committed.

That's enough.

I'm so glad I'm a Lakeraholic. It's a good thing. I mean that without jest or levity. Seriously, we are gaining valuable life lessons here.

Excellence does not happen without passion, commitment, and ultimate effort. It doesn't.

Accepting that is the first step on the path to excellence.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

bangdangvn,

"execution and effort....hmm ain't that basketball?"

Of course it is. We're not going to get anything truly meaningful out of our Lakers right now because they are committed to winning and view the media as nothing but a distraction on the way to their goal... which it is.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

When I was a young man in seminary school...


My first real job out of college was at Homebase in Fullerton CA, 1992. I was young, dumb and full of... fun...

Some of you might remember, we were one of the Home Depot challengers. It was one of the best jobs I ever had.
Programmer Analyst, Systems Analyst, long before I bacame a geek for hire.

I had one of the most foreward thinking, progressive managers I ever had. Looking back I realize that he wasn't that far out of college himself, but you could tell he had ideas, and he wanted to share them.

Being a SoCal native, obviously I had heard of coach Wooden. Usually it was from the narritive of a former player, Cap was one of his biggest supporters. Big Red was a disciple. When you talk about coaching trees his has the most roots.

But his coaching went way beyond basketball. Way beyond sports. That first manager I had in 1992 gave me an assignment. He gave me a box of cassette tapes. He told me it might take a few days but I needed to listen to these tapes.

It was Coach Wooden's book, "They Call Me Coach". That was the best thing anyone has ever done for me. Not only was it his book, which is an inspiration for all, but it was narrated by Coach himself.

I like to think that it set the tone for my professional life. The things he had to say are always relevent, and it doesn't matter what business you're in, or what stage of life you might be in. Cradle to grave, if you get the chance, please read the book. If you can find the narrative, even better.

1-2-3 LAKERS WIN!

I have not released the Bio-Chrono Weapon.

It will be released.

Tomorrow.

Yeah.

Kevin Garnett is the number one victim; he and Paula Pierce.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Jon K.,

Good point.

If you're a Fish fan check out Plaschke's article today.

If you aren't a Fish fan, then you really need to check out Plaschke's article today.

Why Fish should remain a Laker, 'let me count the ways'. I mean why's.

Oddly, at thi point I think Pau's comments will put more pressure and motivation on Pau than on KG. Which could be a good thing.


After his horrible game one KG was going to come out fired up anyway. Now Pau has to play hard to defend his comments.

Good morning,

Nice to wake up to a new thread, and so many reasoned, informed comments. Boosterism, blogsync, and blind hatred for the Celtics only create a false sense of reality. Going into Game 2 with eyes wide open is a must for us fans as well as our team.

When most of LA breathed a collective sigh of relief after Game 1, I couldn't allow myself to go there. The "Jackson Rule" (Win Game 1, Win the Series) is "nice to have on your side," as Phil said. But the Lakers still have to actually win three more Finals games. A NBA2K10 simulation or Las Vegas odds doesn't enter a team in the history books.

Ironic that our esteemed blog god notes without context, Pau Gasol saying Boston will be more aggressive. No doubt that was true even before Pau's widely replayed soundbite that KG has lost a step, but I firmly believe he made the match-up far more personal. The onus is on Pau to prove that his stellar performance on Thursday is the new rule, not the exception.

As much as we'd all like Game 1 to be a predictor of Game 2, it's a new day, the Universe has new energy, there's a new officiating crew, and the Celtics will be playing with a chip on their shoulder, feeling they have something to prove. The Lakers must back up the cautious words quoted above with aggressive, focused actions for all 48 minutes tonight.

My own anxiety level is HIGH and no doubt the cause for waking up at 4 a.m. I've chosen to mellow myself out by adding some coffee liqueur to my morning pot of Peet's Italian blend. I'm counting on Mamba24's game day Roll Call and another inspiring game day prayer from our chaplain, UTZWORLD-BannerHolder to rally my spirits. I'll definitely need some serious handholding on the live chat from BFF Justanothermambafan and the rest of our wonderful community of Lakerholics.

The painfully slow countdown to game time is on. Go Lakers!

Hmmm...


There's 11.5 hours until game time.


I wonder if I should have a slice of that cold pizza I left on the counter. Hmmm. It was a Papa John's Tuscan 6 cheese...


And those crazy German philosophers, always thinking about stuff.


11 hours, 22 minutes until game time.


Anyone have any opinion on what the best song of the 70s was, seeing that we have half a day to burn before game time? How about this baby:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxCsIX6iU5o&feature=related


Hmmm...


Go Lakers!


Wes

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GAME DAYYYY BABYYYYYY!!!

MY PREDICTIONS OF JUNE 1 2010
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GAME 1 LAKERS BY AT LEAST 16
GAME 2 LAKERS BY AT LEAST 8
GAME 3 LAKERS BY 2
GAME 4 LAKERS BY AT LEAST 40 - YES THAT'S RIGHT 40.
I Know the Celtics can do better so I expect hell in the next 2 games but then...THE RING IS OURS!!!
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SING IT WITH ME BLOGGERS!!
***.................WE GOT THIS
The swagger is back and so is the Style, this dynasty just might last for a little while
After Game1 a repeat The Lakers can’t miss, As Justa says, WE GOT THIS!!!
No more talk about where is Ariza, Be damn glad that we have The “Thrillah”
Never again question the Heart of Gasol, In Game 1 he answered “yall”
Pau has finese, sure you right, But he damn sure don’t back down from any fight
So if any Lakerholics are still nervous, Tell them what we got Justa : “ WE GOT THIS”
Did any of you watch the Celtic players eyes, They sure looked Shell shocked & surprise
They were not ready for what they saw, The Lakers greeted their @zz with Shock & AWE
With a lineup of Kobe, Pau, Thrillah and Dfish, Even a fool knows that WE GOT THIS
You better enjoy these games I say to you, Just a few more and basketball season is thru
Then what does anybody want to bet, First question will be if we trade X, what can we get.
This is the most together team the Lakers ever had, If you don’t like it To Damn Bad
Maybe being a Lakerholic is not for you, for each blogger that leaves we gain two
Best Blog, Best Owner, Best Player, Best Team, Justa pinch me, this must be a dream
A player who pays for 2 court row seats for a fan, This only happens here in Laker Land
This Lakers team simply feels me with Bliss, OK let me hear it: WE GOT THIS
Savor each remaining game like it’s gold, years from now tales of this series will be told
Appreciate what you got in Kobe Bryant, A once in a lifetime true Basketball Giant
Also appreciate your LakersBlog Family, Don’t know about you but it means a lot to me
This is one season I really will miss, but I have a smile on my face cause WE GOT THIS

I'll argue that the best song from the 70's might not be a song at all. This was the sountrack to my bedtime for many years:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoprWUp2h3U&feature=related


Go Lakers!


Wes

I'll argue that the best song from the 70's might not be a song at all. This was the sountrack to my bedtime for many years: ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoprWUp2h3U&feature=relatedPosted by: wesjoenixon | June 06, 2010 at 05:47 AM
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Aw WesJoe that's cute but who do you think you kidding. I know you went to bed listening to Zepplin don't give me any of that PC kind cudly Wes nonsense? lol! Just playing with you Brother Wes.
Mamba24

Now, here's one from the early 70's, from the birth of my very own consciousnes. Sing along if you have to:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3U9BuOMkmM


Go Lakers!


Wes

Forget the Finals and tune into the real breaking news. Here it is hot off the press:

Lebron James has organized a world summit to achieve the following results:

. The Nets will sign him to a six year contract and, upon retirement, guarantee him a salary as general manager for 40 years at $25 M a year (= 1 billion).
. The Nets will move to Queens instead of Brooklyn and change their name to the Royals.
. They will make trades ensuring that Tayshaun Prince and Jarrett Jack are part of Lebron's harem.

That will give us the King in Queens followed by Jack and a crown Prince, the makings of a Royal Flush that will turn Lebron into the royal billionnaire he's always dreamed of being.

As Fukuyama predicted (really?), it's the end of basketball history. The new sports millennium.

Perhaps another King - Larry - should inform him that the Royal Seal is can be found on the King's ring... and that a king without a ring is an imposter, a prince of rags and patches.

And however grandiose Lebron's court, he will never reach the stature of the Kobe King, not even that of the Fisher King, the keeper of the Grail.

The previous post was brought to you by the LBJ marketing team, making sure that everyone's attention is focused on what really matters.

I don't know, all my favorite 70s songs are from TV. How about this rockin masterpiece? Isn't that the bass from Zeppelin's "Trampled Under Foot?"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqB36FsglEE&feature=related


Go Lakers!


Wes

Good morning Lakers Nation!

If the Celtics need a tweak from the media to be motivated, they are in trouble.

But they do not. Just watching the tape is all they need.

The Celtics wanted to make a game one statement, but couldn't. The Lakers made the statement, they had improved, were ready, and the Celtics were obviously discouraged after. The Celtics came into this series playing at a very high level and were forced to realize, they need to play better, if they want to win the series.

Can they? Sure they can, but so can the Lakers. If you listened to the Lakers chatter, they all mentioned sincerely, they as a team need to raise the level in very specific areas. These guys are ready to play for a Title. no?

They are focused. They are working. They will improve. And....they will always be a step ahead of the Celtics.

As a side note. Did you see how many times the Lakers were pleading with the refs, that Pierce was flopping AND.......getting away with it? That was disturbing, because to us and the Lakers, it was obvious. But to the refs that are trained to catch that stuff, it wasn't. I'm afraid we are going to have to learn to live with that stuff.

Knowing about that frustration ahead of time, please be kind to your TV, family, and pets. Its just part of this amazing NBA and makes it that more rewarding when we win this thing.

Fatty - Reporting from about to board The Good Ship Lollypop in Fort Lauderdale

What worries me today is that this is a Sunday game and that means Bennette "I will always call at least one tech on Kobe" Salvatore will likely be reffing the game.

Mark my words, if Salvatore refs today's game, we're in serious trouble...

The Celts unwittingly prepared the Lakers for a more overall experience in the Finals 2 years ago when they doled out the blowout loss to the Lakers; and on top of that bragged about doing it again next year when Ray Allen accepted an award in L.A. with Fish sitting in the audience, no less. They are not gracious winners, their tradition has been Auerbach obnoxious smoke-blowing-in-the-opponents-face tradition for many years. Since PJ won his tenth, I am sure Auerbach could not have possibly rest in peace. This series still has a long way to go, the Lakers must continue their agressive, smart basketball with an all-out effort defense to give the Celts their own medicine.

I have always thought PJ and Coach Wooden had a lot similarities as coaches. Not neccesarily as people, but basketball-wise.


Both teach the system and teamwork. Both are really practice coaches who see their job as teaching and preparation. Neither paces the sideline. They both are sparse users of timeouts, preferring their players figure it out.


They both win a lot of titles too. They both coached a lot of great players. They won with a low post game (Shaq, Alcindor, Walton) and without (Jordan, Kobe, Wickes, Marques Johnson, Goodrich, Hazzard).


In the end, Wooden is the best coach ever, in any sport. In the NBA Phil is up there with Auerbach (yes, the hated Red was a great coach). Who had a very different approach.

Perhaps another King - Larry - should inform him that the Royal Seal is can be found on the King's ring... and that a king without a ring is an imposter, a prince of rags and patches. And however grandiose Lebron's court, he will never reach the stature of the Kobe King, not even that of the Fisher King, the keeper of the Grail. Posted by: Tsphere | June 06, 2010 at 05:56 AM
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Hell of a line Tsphere, Hell of a Line!!
Mamba24

It's almost unbelievable what the Cavs owner is doing to accommodate James.
What James needs is a coach like Pat Riley and an owner who will sit down with James the first day of training camp and tell him, ok, here's how its going to be.
I own you for the next __ years, ___ is your coach and your boss and whatever he says goes. Don't bring any complaints to me. We're here to win and we won't coddle anyone including you. The nonsense stops now.
Basically, like an out of control spoiled kid, James needs some tough love, and then he may achieve actually something.

ALRIGHT YOU SLACKERS OUT OF BED!!!
We got bigger Fish to fry than your beauty sleep. Inspiration, Domination,
Appreciation LakerNation. Fight, Fight, Fight, Never give up, never give out!
Go down using all the Bullets in your gun. Get off to a big lead and strangle the suckers, don't give them a hope of a chance. IS THAT ENOUGH CLICHES FOR YOU? Well here's one More! NO ONE CAN DEFEAT THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS EXCEPT THE FREAKING LA LAKERS. WE DON'T ADJUST TO THE OPPONENTS, THE OPPONENTS ADJUST TO US! VICTORY IS ASSURED BECAUSE WE HAVE THE BADDEST BBALLER ON THE PLANET = THE BLACK MAMBA KOBE BEAN BYANT....YES I'M A FREAKING LAKERHOLIC AND DAMN PROUD OFF IT...OK you can go back to sleep now. Sorrrrry I just get so excited on GAMMMMME DAYYY BABBBBY!!!!
MAMBA24

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We're here to win and we won't coddle anyone including you. The nonsense stops now. Basically, like an out of control spoiled kid, James needs some tough love, and then he may achieve actually something. Posted by: Art - FL Lakers Fan | June 06, 2010 at 07:18 AM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!

I have been a tutor for about 20 years, and one of the motivational tools that I've been using to great success is Wooden's Pyramid of Success. Stole it, actually. He was a truly great man.

As far as the Ceptics, they should really look carefully at PJ's record after winning game one of a series. PJ has done this in all three series formats, the 5-game series, which don't exist anymore, and both 7-game formats; 2-3-2 and 2-2-1-1-1.

That is scary, and inhuman.

That's how I know that PJ is a Cylon.

--FEARless

In the end, Wooden is the best coach ever, in any sport. In the NBA Phil is up there with Auerbach (yes, the hated Red was a great coach). Who had a very different approach. Posted by: Tom Daniels | June 06, 2010 at 06:53 AM
AMEN RIP JOHN WOODEN
The greatest coach this world has ever or will ever see. God bless your Soul Coach!
Mamba24

Perhaps another King - Larry - should inform him that the Royal Seal is can be found on the King's ring... and that a king without a ring is an imposter, a prince of rags and patches. And however grandiose Lebron's court, he will never reach the stature of the Kobe King, not even that of the Fisher King, the keeper of the Grail. Posted by: Tsphere | June 06, 2010 at 05:56 AM

Excellent post! Brilliant!

--FEARless

The Celtics better pray to St. Patrick, who drove the snakes out of Ireland. Because Ray Allen cannot stop the Black Mamba!

By far, the Lakers are winning the mental game via each player and with the team and coach as a whole.

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MM,

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

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

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

Thanks!

--FEARless

The Celtics better pray to St. Patrick, who drove the snakes out of Ireland. Because Ray Allen cannot stop the Black Mamba! Posted by: Tom Daniels | June 06, 2010 at 07:37 AM
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MY GOD TWO HELL OF A LINES IN 1 DAY!! THIS BLOG IS ON FIRE ALREADY~!
GREAT LINE TOM DANIELS!!
MAMBA24

@FEARLESS, GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE! LOL!

Tom, but weren't the snakes non Christians? So isn't St Patty's day about reliious intoleance? That's the rumor I've heard in disgruntled leprechaun circles. And...speaking of Leprechauns, 2 of my favorite all time youtube clips:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nda_OSWeyn8&feature=related


And for music connoisseurs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0NYzfokrXE&feature=related


Go Lakers!


Wes

@JustAnotherMambaFan, My BFF if my attempts at humour ever get on your nerves get my E-mail address from MM and you can curse me out in private. Sorrrrrry!
Mamba24

Again, the idea that Pau's statement about Garnett are going to have an impact on the outcome of this game are laughable. If KG comes out and has a great game it won't be because of what Pau said, it will be because KG knows he stunk it up in Game 1. When you're in the Finals and you only have 4 rebounds as a starting PF, you better bring it the next game.

More relevant for the Lakers is whether or not Ray Allen can stay on the floor and stay out of foul trouble. If he can obviously the Celtics will be able to space the floor more effectively and should make it a closer game. Still, Lakers should take this and go to Boston up 2-0.

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MM

Can u confirm the officiating crew? Is it really bennette salvatorre? Pls say it aint so!! If yes then the FIX IS ON..

I'm guessing after game 1 most of the money is on lakers.. If so with salvatorre conventional wisdom says lakers should have a hard time covering the 6 pts today..

And why does stern always have to announce the officiating crew last minute or after most of the bets are in?? What's up with that? Always wondered why...

3 mo'

KG did not have a horrible game one. Look at his numbers during the Orlando series, he played almost the same way all series. Nobody talked about it because the Celtics won.

He did not make more than 5 shots all series long.
He got 5 rebounds twice
11 rebounds twice
9 rebounds once
and 6 rebounds once
And this against a short team, with Lewis staying on outside.

Good morning family!!!

Can't believe I'm on here on a Sunday morning but I can't contain my excitement and nerves for tonight's game. I'm praying the Lakers come out with the same intensity, if not more, than game 1. We must win this game at home or Boston will be salivating at the chance to close out with 3 games at home. It's obvious they play better at home just like we do but our bench has had a tumultous history during road games.

My thoughts are that we win today and steal at least 1 in Boston. As much as I'd love for the Lakers to celebrate on the Celtics floor (picture Kobe dropping a lit up cigar in the center of the court and crushing it with his feet), I think Laker fans would love to celebrate on their home floor in L.A.

Let's do this Lakers...3 more wins!!!! R.E.P.E.A.T.
16 TIME NBA WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!

@EastCoastJessie, Hey princess! We can celebrate at Staples, We can celebrate at Boston, but..WE WILL CELEBRATE BEING R.E.P.E.A.T. 16 TIME NBA WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!
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(04) # 4
(05) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - Game face on...Check, Pau talking trash...Check WE GOT THIS
(06) EASTCOASTJESSIE - BLOG LAWYER - Let's do this Lakers...3 more wins!!!! R.E.P.E.A.T. 16 TIME NBA WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!
(07) LAKERS – LASS – WE GOT THIS!
(08) JAMIE SWEET – SECURITY – Amen! We got this!
(09) SEGEBOY – THE SHERIFF – Yeah We Got This!
(10) WINTON DUPREE – SECURITY2 - If they bring it we got this.
(11) MAGIC PHIL – REFEREE – WE GOT THIS!!
(12) COMPLEX_BROTHA – DIRECTOR OF SECURITY

Hey Mambaaaaa....so unbelievably excited today and so glad we don't have to wait long for game 3. I ended up paying to get the truck shipped to us so I'm sitting comfortably at home waiting for the game today :-) The things I do as a Lakers fan.

I ended up paying to get the truck shipped to us so I'm sitting comfortably at home waiting for the game today :-) The things I do as a Lakers fan. Posted by: EastCoastJessie | June 06, 2010 at 09:09 AM
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Thank God! I really couldn't see you making that long drive, I been on pins and needles seeing how it was going to turn out. Glad everything is good. today i feel is going to be a nail biter from start to finish with us pulling away in the last few minutes. if we win today...WE GOT THIS!!
mAMBA24

Thank God! I really couldn't see you making that long drive, I been on pins and needles seeing how it was going to turn out. Glad everything is good. today i feel is going to be a nail biter from start to finish with us pulling away in the last few minutes. if we win today...WE GOT THIS!!
mAMBA24


Thank you sweetie! I appreciate the love and concern. Trust me, I didn't want to have to do it either. The difference in what would've been our costs to what they charged was about $800 which is not bad at all considering I'm home and ready to watch the game tonight.
I agree with you on tonight's game. I think it'll be a back and forth, lead-changing game with a close win, hopefully in our favor. If we win tonight, it'll take a whole lot of pressure off our backs going into this 3-game home stint for the Celtics. I expect the Celtics to come out ready and willing to bring back all of their cheating ways to get a W in L.A. Watch for the pump fakes by Paula, the constant moving screens by KG, and the hacking of our players under the basket by Perk and Baby. Let's hope we have a good officiating crew that isn't going to ignore all that crap from the Celtics.

ECJ,

Allow me to echo Mamba24's relief that you decided to have the truck shipped. Enjoying the series at home (unless of course one has tickets) is the way to go. Go Lakers!

In typical front running Laker fan fashion you people are all over the Lakers because they win one game at home. When the Celtics gain the split tonight, half of you will launch into panic mode. The other half will follow after the Celtics take game three. No wonder you don't have an NFL franchise.

Thanks Rick. I am very relieved that I didn't have to go. Wish I had tickets to any of the games but I will definitely enjoy watching comfortably at home.

Both Lakers and Ceptics have a streak of winning Game 2's during these playoffs.

Sorry, Boston. Your streak ends tonight.

Watch for the pump fakes by Paula, Posted by: EastCoastJessie | June 06, 2010 at 09:25 AM
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I'm sure you didn't mean this as a pun "pump fakes" but it cracked me up!
Mamba24
*@Rick Friedman, hey Rick how's it going?

TMizer...you obviously haven't followed this blog long enough to know any better. I think we know that this series is far from over. Most of us expect Boston to come back and fight for a split in L.A. anyway. The majority of real fans know this series may go 6 or 7 games but we WILL celebrate every W we get simply because it's one W closer to repeating as champions.

I would direct you to your own blog and news articles on Boston.com where your fans are talking about rebuilding already. You call us front-running fans? Pot meet kettle!!!

Sorry, Boston. Your streak ends tonight. Posted by: The Snake | June 06, 2010 at 09:31 AM
PREACH SNAKE, PREACH!!!
MAMBA24

Hey Mamba,
Put me on the We Got This bandwagon and call me "valet to the King of Cups" (Tarot). We can all drink to that, including the King of Kupchak.

"The King of Cups sits calmly in the midst of a turbulent sea and wears a necklace with a fish amulet. The fish is the symbol of spirit and creativity and represents, in this card, the balance of the unconscious with the conscious. The King of Cups does not repress his emotions and unconscious impulses but has learned to accept and deal with them in a mature and balanced manner."

The turbulent sea is the Finals. The Fish needs no explanation. The balance of unconscious and concious: our sacred Triangle. And Kobe is the resounding principle of maturity and balance, and especially balance between offense and defense.

@TSPHERE, You got it Big Brother!!
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WE GOT THIS!!! - BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - I said WE GOT THIS - and we did. I'm still confident - WE WILL REPEAT. It's just a matter of time
(02) HALOS-ANT – DRIVER - What better way to get closure than with the GREATEST "CLOSER" in the Game today?? To echo the BEST LAKER FANS ON THE PLANET:WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(03) VMAN – RIDING SHOTGUN - The Celtics don't have an advantage at any position. We got this!
(04) # 4
(05) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - Game face on...Check, Pau talking trash...Check WE GOT THIS
(06) EASTCOASTJESSIE - BLOG LAWYER - Let's do this Lakers...3 more wins!!!! R.E.P.E.A.T. 16 TIME NBA WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!
(07) LAKERS – LASS – WE GOT THIS!
(08) JAMIE SWEET – SECURITY – Amen! We got this!
(09) SEGEBOY – THE SHERIFF – Yeah We Got This!
(10) WINTON DUPREE – SECURITY2 - If they bring it we got this.
(11) MAGIC PHIL – REFEREE – WE GOT THIS!!
(12) COMPLEX_BROTHA – DIRECTOR OF SECURITY
(13) TSPHERE - VALET TO THE KING OF CUPS - "The King of Cups sits calmly in the midst of a turbulent sea and wears a necklace with a fish amulet. The fish is the symbol of spirit and creativity and represents, in this card, the balance of the unconscious with the conscious. The King of Cups does not repress his emotions and unconscious impulses but has learned to accept and deal with them in a mature and balanced manner."
The turbulent sea is the Finals. The Fish needs no explanation. The balance of unconscious and concious: our sacred Triangle. And Kobe is the resounding principle of maturity and balance, and especially balance between offense and defense.

basketball...it's only a game...but this time...it's more, much more.

basketball...it's only a game...but this time...it's more, much more. Posted by: apujac | June 06, 2010 at 09:39 AM
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Thank god somebody put's this thing in proper adjustment. IT'S MY LIFE MAN!!!! lol!!

Will be watching tonight, kinda on pins and needles, want LA to repeat!

Only out there in Tutti Frutti Land would someone launch into some nonsense about the King Of Cups and then dissect it. No wonder you're a laughingstock to the rest of the country. As bad as last game was it was still a game midway through the fourth quarter despite the Celtics playing like crap for much of the game. We take game two and then the series comes back to America.

TMizer

Nope. Most posters here this mornin' have been here for years and will remain here no matter the outcome.

Understand it hurts but don't worry, just 3 more and it'll all be over.

Will be watching tonight, kinda on pins and needles, want LA to repeat! Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | June 06, 2010 at 09:44 AM
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DJ, I'm surprised at you! If anybody would be positive of a win it would be you. Come on Bro, don't weaken now, we're almost home.
Mamba24

MM

Can u confirm the officiating crew? Is it really bennette salvatorre? Pls say it aint so!! If yes then the FIX IS ON..

Posted by: yellofever | June 06, 2010 at 08:30 AM
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http://www.basketball-refs.com/

Monty McCutchen is head ref tonight. Could be trouble. He was also did Game 3 at PHX where the FT difference was +22 in favor of PHX. Drew might get into early foul trouble tonight if McCutchen calls it similar to the PHX game.

Monty McCutchen is head ref tonight. Could be trouble. He was also did Game 3 at PHX where the FT difference was +22 in favor of PHX. Drew might get into early foul trouble tonight if McCutchen calls it similar to the PHX game.

Posted by: The Snake | June 06, 2010 at 09:49 AM


See TMizer...you have a chance to win tonight. If McCutchen calls the game like he did in PHX the the C's will be at the line about 35 more times than L.A...just make sure you're team can make those babies and you're all set.

ALRIGHT YOU SLACKERS {GET RID OF YOUR MORNINGWOOD} THEN GET OUT OF BED!!!

Mamba24@7:21AM

ALRIGHT YOU SLACKERS {GET RID OF YOUR MORNINGWOOD} THEN GET OUT OF BED!!!Mamba24@7:21AM Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | June 06, 2010 at 10:01 AM

LOL, HEY Red, I trust the old guys are rested and ready for a war.
We know you're going to be bringing it, I think this is the pivotal game.
Mamba24

TMizer,
That's the kind of talk I am accustomed to hearing from East Coasters. I have been in business for many years and just about every time I deal with someone from the East Coast, I have to keep my temper in check. To me, they lack imagination, use bully tactics, act stupid (oblivious)in the face of what seems clear. Literally, I can't stand them.

No offense to our bloggers on the East Coast, but I am speaking honestly here. It takes alot of patience and a cool head to deal with East Coasters. Literally, they attempt to suck the energy right out of you.

Now in your case TMizer, I can sense that lousy energy coming from you. Can't wait to see your boys embarrassed on National TV. We can finally rectify that aberration of 2008 when two of our talented guys were mostly spectators (Bynum and Ariza). We should be celebrating our 3-peat this year.

Must be TERRIFYING to be you about now. You KNOW the Lakers have your boys' number this year and that you are going down. I invite you to return to our blog tomorrow to apologize for being you.

Jon K,
Excellence does not happen without passion, commitment, and ultimate effort. It doesn't.
Accepting that is the first step on the path to excellence.

Great post.

Mamba24,

It`s sad that Gasol followed up his spectacular Game 1 performance by trashing KG.

Anything short of a full "Mea Culpa" by LA`s pet ostrich is unacceptable!

IT'S TIME FOR WAR LAKER NATION!!!
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*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGzAlo2C2mw&feature=related


It`s sad that Gasol followed up his spectacular Game 1 performance by trashing KG. Anything short of a full "Mea Culpa" by LA`s pet ostrich is unacceptable! Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | June 06, 2010 at 10:10 AM
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Now, Now, now Red. If KG can't stand the trash talking then he should stay out of the play-offs. This is aplace for men not Giant Green bald headed lunatic boys. We shall see iF Mr. Garnett is up to the challenge. My prediction...PAU WILL TEAR HIM APART!!
MAMBA24

Mamba 24, Nice to wake-up and see you're going 99 mph on the freeway, ladies and gents start your engines. Game day, time for another beat down on the HATED C's. Let's take this check to the BANK, and cash in on Boston OLD @ZZ.

We shall see iF Mr. Garnett is up to the challenge. My prediction...PAU WILL TEAR HIM APART!!
MAMBA24

WOW! I think it's safe to say, MAMBA24 is now awake Red! LOL.

I have always liked Red. Stand up guy and his obnoxiousness is just the right mix of fun. But I have to say MAMBA24, DAMN! I love it!

Red, if they think that's trash talking then the Celts are a very sensitive bunch.

TIME TO GET DIRTY LAKERS NATION
** WARNING NOT PG RRATED **
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqBQeRmuZQI

"Sludge. Refuse. Detritus. Flotsam. Jetsam."

-Trash Talker

trash talk? Awww, did poor KG Waygee get his feelings hurt?

If KG was waiting for Pau to make some bland ass comment to get fired up, he has lost more than a step.

tmzizer-- shows how much you know. Half the blog here panics in the third quarter if we have less than a 20 point lead, but it hasn't stopped us yet.

Larry- I've been saying 'we got this' since October. You should be able to find a snippet of it somewhere.

*@PHRED, MY bad Bro, Sorrrrry!
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WE GOT THIS!!! - BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER - I said WE GOT THIS - and we did. I'm still confident - WE WILL REPEAT. It's just a matter of time
(02)PHRED - CO/OWNER - I've been saying 'WE GOT THIS' since October
(03) HALOS-ANT – DRIVER - What better way to get closure than with the GREATEST "CLOSER" in the Game today?? To echo the BEST LAKER FANS ON THE PLANET:WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(04) #4
(05) VMAN – RIDING SHOTGUN - The Celtics don't have an advantage at any position. We got this!
(06) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - Game face on...Check, Pau talking trash...Check WE GOT THIS
(07) EASTCOASTJESSIE - BLOG LAWYER - Let's do this Lakers...3 more wins!!!! R.E.P.E.A.T. 16 TIME NBA WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!
(08) LAKERS – LASS – WE GOT THIS!
(09) JAMIE SWEET – SECURITY – Amen! We got this!
(10) SEGEBOY – THE SHERIFF – Yeah We Got This!
(11) WINTON DUPREE – SECURITY2 - If they bring it we got this.
(12) MAGIC PHIL – REFEREE – WE GOT THIS!!
(13) COMPLEX_BROTHA – DIRECTOR OF SECURITY
(14) TSPHERE - VALET TO THE KING OF CUPS - "The King of Cups sits calmly in the midst of a turbulent sea and wears a necklace with a fish amulet. The fish is the symbol of spirit and creativity and represents, in this card, the balance of the unconscious with the conscious. The King of Cups does not repress his emotions and unconscious impulses but has learned to accept and deal with them in a mature and balanced manner."
The turbulent sea is the Finals. The Fish needs no explanation. The balance of unconscious and concious: our sacred Triangle. And Kobe is the resounding principle of maturity and balance, and especially balance between offense and defense.

@Johnny V, 2Phatt, Mark G, Phred, RED...Welcome to MMA Finals Game 2!!
Mamba24

WUTTUP FELLOW LAKERHOLICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The blog is a rockin' and a rollin' already - YEEEE HAWWW!!! LOL!!!


Good to see everyone wide eyed & bushy tailed and just salivating at the thought of another beat down of the weeners.

Rick - hand holding will be available during the chat provided you bring the vodka & defibrillator lol!

Mamba24 - baby - I've got nerves of steel so BRING IT ON!! Your humor always has me in stitches. You couldn't hurt my feelings if you tried.


I'm a bit nervous, but still know we got this. Oh yes we do.


I hate the press & pundits - no offense MM. This whole Pau comment thing is ridiculous and was taken so far out of context it needs it's own zip code. (Yeah - lame attempt at humor there, but still....). Pau was comparing the KG of today with the KG of NINE FREAKING YEARS AGO. Everyone loses a step 9 years later - unless you were a baby. And even then you're not as cute as you were. Sheesh - let it go. If KG needs this to motivate him for a Finals game, he's a bigger pud than I thought he was.

Celtic azz. Handed to 'em. 6.5 hours from now. BRING IT.

GO LAKERS!!

Nothing but another title will suffice - Kobe Bryant

MAMBA24,

You are correct, what was I thinking! Well, I've taken my medication and I'm all better now, ha, ha. Lakers win game 2 tonight!

@D(EREK) J(ETER), Thank God, Now all is right with the world and Laker Nation is ready to go to War!
Mamba24

Enjoy yourselves now Laker fans. This series is not over. It is not surprising the Lakers came out roaring. They have been hearing for weeks about 2008 and how "soft" they are. I agree they have the edge from a motivation standpoint and that is big. I still say the Celtics starting five is better than the Lakers 5. I also think whoever wins tonight's game will win it all. But I have seen this Celtics group show a lot of mental toughness and I think they will have a lot more intensity and determination in this game. I still say Celtics in 6.
GO Celtics!

ROFLMAO @ KG Waygee

Wes,

The "Taxi" theme was particularly sweet.

So much of those theme songs and jingles from the 70's are so much better than the crap they make now.

Reality television is nothing short of a curse. It is evil. And I mean that literally. It breeds nothing but exhibitionism and narcissism in our society. It sickens me.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

I'd say this is a must win game for the Celtics (and D Stern). If the refs call an even game and the Lakers play to their potential we win going away and its a short and less profitable series for the association. Even J Buss probably wants games 6 & 7 back in LA to pay for the huge luxury tax bill he owes. We win either way. The Lakers are just better. I'll say it again Pau secretly hates KGeezer for all his Euro bashing trash talk and dirty elbows he has thrown Pau's way in the past. He is out to beat his a** with his own cane and humiliate him, sending him into retirement on a losing note (matches most of his career) with his tail between his legs. This is Boston's last hurrah so expect them to bring it today with everything they got. After they lose the title it will be time to break up the big 3 and build around Rondo but with Big Baby and Perkins as the core big men and it will be a long time before they contend for a title. They should retire KGeezer and go after Bosh then they can contend one more year. No matter what they do they will not be able to match Pau, Bynum, and Kobe...THE REAL BIG 3.

For the record and because I know you're all on pins and needles about my opinion, I saw nothing wrong with Gasol's comments. It doesn't change the fact that Gasol is a racist but anyone would be hard pressed to dispute his KG comments including KG. If Garnett makes that layup midway through the fourth quarter of game 1, it might have been a contest. But his legs turned to spaghetti and the Lakers were all over us like the sauce.

But I have seen this Celtics group show a lot of mental toughness and I think they will have a lot more intensity and determination in this game. I still say Celtics in 6.Posted by: kevin tully | June 06, 2010 at 10:59 AM
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That's the spirit Kevin! Never give up on your team. i admire your Fortitude sir. You have nothing to be ashamed of. your team is one of the greatest teams in the history of the NBA. But..It has had it's day. It is now The Lakers time and so you have all those wonderful memories of your team to take with you as we destroy them in this series.
Mamba24

As a former Angelino now living in Paternoland, it's nice to find a Laker home-away-from home. Kudos to the Laker Nation!!!

We'll be watching the game tonight at our favorite sports bar, cheering the Lakers to another victory over our hated foe. For a Laker fan, these are the Best of Time -- it doesn't get much better than playing the Celtics for all the marbles, and being 1 game up!!!

Hoping for some more Kobe Magic and the complete drubbing of the Celtics!

It doesn't change the fact that Gasol is a racist but anyone would be hard pressed to dispute his KG comments including KG.
Posted by: TMizer | June 06, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Now you really lost all credibility TMizer. Gasol a racist??? Are you serious???

ECJ,

I'm guessing he's talking about the picture with the Spanish National team when they slanted their eyes.

Keven Tully really? You really think the Celtics starting 5 is better than the Lakers starting 5? The best 2 players on the floor are Kobe and Gasol. Bynum on one knee is better than Perkins.

I can't wait till game time so the Lakers can shut these Celtics homers up.

Good Day Laker Nation!
C's will play tougher and better tonight, but we will still prevail.

Let's put the Gasol statement to rest. He already explained himself, the media stirred things up.
Regardless, it's the finals, not a political race. Sorry KG got his feelings hurt.
Shoot, he's talked so much crap to others. Suck it.

Anyway, I hope KG comes out harder, I don't want any excuses.

Gasol will be pumped up by Nadal's win Fr Open title win today and will again prove why he's the best big man.


Go Lakers!

 
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