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Lakers vs Boston: Lakers lose to Celtics

Lakers1_300 Celtics 109, Lakers 96 (final)

The old and tired Boston Celtics beat the even-older and more-tired looking Lakers on Sunday at Staples Center.

For the Lakers, Kobe Bryant was the only player who put up a good showing. He had 41 points on 16-for-29 shooting.

But Bryant couldn't do it alone.

The Lakers' defense wasn't very good, allowing the Celtics to make 60.3% of their shots.

Paul Pierce ripped apart Ron Artest, scoring 32 points on 11-for-18 shooting.

Ray Allen had 21 points and Kevin Garnett added 18 for Boston.

That meant Boston's Big Three did the job on the Lakers.

The Lakers are now 3-4 in their last seven games.

Maybe the Lakers beat the Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals last June, but Boston looks intent on getting some revenge, starting with Sunday's game.

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Celtics 77, Lakers 72 (end of third quarter)

 

Foul trouble wasn't the only problem for Lakers center Andrew Bynum.

He also has a sore left knee. When he sat down after committing his fourth foul with 9:33 left in the third quarter, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti checked on Bynum.

Bynum returned later in the third quarter with white tape across his knee.

Another problem for the Lakers was Ron Artest trying to defend Celtics forward Paul Pierce.

Artest did such a bad job that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson yanked him from the game with 9:33 left in the third and put in Luke Walton.

Jackson also re-inserted Artest into the game later in the fourth quarter as well.

Through three quarters, Pierce had 30 points on 10-for-16 shooting, three for five on three-pointers.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 30 points on 11-for-18 shooting.

Boston center Shaquille O'Neal had five fouls through three quarters.

Lakers 54, Celtics 50 (end of first half)

 

After allowing the Celtics to make half of their shots in the first quarter, the Lakers picked up their intensity on defense in the second quarter.

The Lakers blocked three shots in the second quarter.

And then there was the play of All-Star guard Kobe Bryant.

Bryant played only 5 minutes and 14 seconds in the first quarter because of foul trouble.

But he went to work in the second, when he scored 17 of his 22 first-half points, including two free throws with 1.4 seconds left.

The Lakers, however, didn't end the first half on a good note.

 

 

 

Lakers forward Lamar Odom fouled Boston forward Glen Davis while he shot about a 60-foot jumper just before the halftime buzzer sounded.

Davis made two of three free throws. 

Earlier in the quarter, after Pau Gasol missed a shot, his elbow came down on Kevin Garnett's head, drawing blood.

Garnett went to Boston's locker room and came back with a patch on the left side of his head.

Garnett's biggest problem was getting three fouls in the first half.

Celtics 22, Lakers 21 (end of first quarter)

It ended up being a close first quarter between the Lakers and Celtics.

The Lakers kept it close behind the play of center Andrew Bynum, who had seven points on two-for-three shooting.

The Celtics got the lead behind the play of forward Paul Pierce, who had 10 points on four-for-nine shooting. Boston shot 50% from the field.

The game took on an interesting tone when two of the stars picked up early fouls.

Boston guard Ray Allen was called for his second foul while trying to defend Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. Allen was forced to take a seat on the bench with 7:56 left in the first.

Bryant picked up his second foul on a reach-in with 6:46 left in the first. He too took a seat on the bench.

Pregame

The Lakers have had a history of starting slow when they play afternoon games.

Well, Sunday, the Lakers were playing the Boston Celtics at Staples Center at 12:30 p.m.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said it wasn't discussed beforehand.

"Well, I may be concerned, but we didn't talk about it with them," Jackson said. "This is about the same time they practice."

The Lakers defeated the Celtics in seven games last June to win the franchise's 16th NBA championship.

Jackson talked about how the Celtics are different this season, other than the obvious of having former Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal starting for Boston.

"I think their execution is great," Jackson said. "Their execution obviously in the playoffs was good. They have a couple  of wrinkles for Shaq. (But) most of it is the same."

With this being Jackson's last season, Boston Coach Doc Rivers was asked what he thought about the accomplishments of L.A.'s coach.

"Too much, as far as I'm concerned, especially last year," joked Rivers, referring to Jackson's Lakers beating the Celtics for the NBA title. "Other than that, I think what he has done is wonderful. He's the greatest coach to coach the game in the NBA. You've got to give that to him. All he's done is won and what I like about him the most is that he's done it his way. He doesn't care if people like it or don't."

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has his pull-up jumper challenged by Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal in the first half Sunday afternoon. Credit: Jeff Gross / Getty Images

 
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Refs taking up where they left off last year, keeping the Lakers close.

Win or lose, one thing is still certain...Joey Crawford is an idiot!

ABC + ESPN = volume always off when Lakers play.

Posted by Celtic Ken:
Refs taking up where they left off last year, keeping the Lakers close.

they gave you fools a 13 pt. lead...what happened? LOL!

They blew it, that's what. lol.

They need to put Bynum back in.

I don't know why mofos come on our blog to talk madd smack! Take your dumb green ass back to your own blog!

It was good to finally good to have both teams healthy to determine who is better. The Celtics look to be stronger inside, and are physically stronger. I thought we had the benefit of the ref calls until the 4th quarter, when the refs let them play. Once that happened the Boston Celtics just dominated on both ends of the court in a pretty easy and convincing win to close it out.

You ARE talking to Celtics Ken and not me right, lakersrydirdie? Cause I've bled purple and gold for 30 of my 35 years of existence and would sooner die than take a blood transfusion from a Celtic.

Hey Huffinpuf,

I hate to break it to you but both teams are NOT at full strength. J. O'Neil is out (and looks much better than S. O'Neil when he does play by the way) and Delonte West is out who is a much better defender and point than Robinson. Plus Perkins is only in his 3rd game back and getting back his timing. A big diff this time is Garnett is now much more healthy. Bryant had a good game and the Lakers still lost convincingly. If I were you I would be worried if these teams meet in the finals. I would not expect a repeat of the zero rebounding in game 7 and I doubt it would even get there.

S.

lakers got lucky last year when perkins was injured, and even there they barely won game 7.
celtics are clearly the better team

Glen Davis ( now healthy ), Kendrick Perkins ( now healthy ), and the addition of Shaq ( gets rebounds, clogs the middle, and fouls ) has really helped the Boston Celtics defense inside. Even Garnett seems healthier now and can jump better and rebound better now that his knee has rehabbed in the off seasson.

The Game really wasn't all that close on our court, as we got most of the calls through the first 3 quarters.

We really need to step up our defensive intensity, as it was non existent once the Celtics decided to run the floor in an uptempo style in the 4th quarter. Rondo really pushed the ball up the court in the 4th, and we looked gassed and never got back on D.

Hey lakers fan, cherish last year's championship. It was giftwrapped by the NBA. You are not as good as the Celtics. No way!

a +18 FT discrepancy is the ONLY way the Lakers can beat the Celtics.

another sub-par performance from a team claiming they want a 3-peat. then Boston trolls out in force. time for dinner!!

another sub-par performance from a team claiming they want a 3-peat. then Boston trolls out in force. time for dinner!!

Posted by: Tony | January 30, 2011 at 03:37 PM

How you having your crow?

very disgusted that hard working people pay hundreds of dollars to support the team and these overly paid millionares can not deliver in front of their home crowd...this is the second and last time i ever spend money on me and my family to take them to a laker game to witness a bunch of athletes not play to their full potential...disgusted

Lakers = LOSERS.

How could this information possibly be worthy of an email "breaking news" alert?

Look, they have the final score reversed at the top of this page -- wishful thinking on LA's part!

lakers played without bynum almost the whole 2008 series and 2010 series.and the celtics are crying because perkins missed one game in the 2010 finals.thats a joke or not?

another sub-par performance from a team claiming they want a 3-peat. then Boston trolls out in force. time for dinner!!

Posted by: Tony | January 30, 2011 at 03:37 PM

How you having your crow?

Posted by: 131-92 | January 30, 2011 at 03:39 PM

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ask your Mom...

How you having your crow? Posted by: 131-92 | January 30, 2011 at 03:39 PM
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Preach 131, Preach!!! It's your day in the sun my brother. I like my crow Fried. What can I say? Your team...for a night was good and Lakers were not. No it was not a practice game. Yes it stung like hell. All that being said...I still believe The Lakers meet the Celts in the Finals. Now 131 go out and celebrate and for tonight at least congrats!

ask your Mom...

Posted by: Tony | January 30, 2011 at 03:47 PM

LOL .. Enjoy!!

Cause I've bled purple and gold for 30 of my 35 years of existence and would sooner die than take a blood transfusion from a Celtic. Posted by: alekesam | January 30, 2011 at 03:19 PM
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DAMN~!!!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!

The problem is the Lakers frontcourt has clearly regressed this year. Celtics fans are ALWAYS in denial but the truth is that even with an injured Bynum during last Finals (funny how people forget this), the Lakers had a better frontcourt plain and simple. Every game last Finals was won by the team who won the rebounding, and in Game 7 their domination in the paint (which caused the FT discrepancy that Cs fans always whine about) was the key.

Today the Cs outrebounded the Lakers, none of the Lakers frontcourt could score effectively, and the result was that Kobe ended being the sole scorer while the Cs had triple the assists the Lakers had.

But forget the Cs, it's been like this all season. Timmy and Blair, Dirk and either of their centers, Griffin and Jordan, Cousins and Delambert... Good teams or bad, any team with a decent frontcourt seems to be more than the Lakers frontcourt can handle this season. I mean, Bosh dominated them by himself during the XMas game.

At this point why even talk about the Lakers versus the Cs in the Finals because until the frontcourt "mans up", they won't even make it there.

Now 131 go out and celebrate and for tonight at least congrats!
Posted by: mamba24 | January 30, 2011 at 03:50 PM

Im there!

Now 131 go out and celebrate and for tonight at least congrats!
Posted by: mamba24 | January 30, 2011 at 03:50 PM

Im there! Posted by: 131-92 | January 30, 2011 at 03:55 PM

And don't drink and drive!!! Lol!

And don't drink and drive!!! Lol!

Posted by: mamba24 | January 30, 2011 at 03:56 PM

I dont! I stop drinking before I get in the car!

Maybe Ill have Tony drive me around tonite!

Now 131 go out and celebrate and for tonight at least congrats!
Posted by: mamba24 | January 30, 2011 at 03:50 PM

Im there!

Posted by: 131-92 | January 30, 2011 at 03:55 PM

I'd give you a high-five, but I think you'd prefer a KG "love tap" instead!

I dont! I stop drinking before I get in the car! Maybe Ill have Tony drive me around tonite! Posted by: 131-92 | January 30, 2011 at 03:58 PM
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The Swagger, The Swagger!!!! LMAO!!! God I hope we meet in the Finals 131-92.

If the Times' box score is correct, Rondo had 50% more assists than the Lakers' entire team (starters and reserves) -- 15 to 10.

I don't really have any other words. That stat doesn't lie. The Cs won as a team. The Lakers lost as individuals.

I'd give you a high-five, but I think you'd prefer a KG "love tap" instead!
Posted by: EJK | January 30, 2011 at 04:00 PM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'd give you a high-five, but I think you'd prefer a KG "love tap" instead!

Posted by: EJK | January 30, 2011 at 04:00 PM

Thanks ... It hurts so good!!!

We MUST get RID of ga-SOFT. That's the only chance we have of winning. He has not progressed, but digressed.

pau and Artest for:

Deng and Noah
David West and Ariza
Bogut and Maggette
Danny Granger and Tyler Hansbrough
Nene and Carmelo
Randolph and Rudy Gay

We MUST get RID of ga-SOFT. That's the only chance we have of winning. He has not progressed, but digressed.

pau and Artest for:

Deng and Noah
David West and Ariza
Bogut and Maggette
Danny Granger and Tyler Hansbrough
Nene and Carmelo
Randolph and Rudy Gay

I hope Artest sincerely apologizes to his teammates (Luke Walton), particular Luke, like a lamb being led to the slaughterhouse. I haven't seen that Ron disinterested in the game of Basketball. This type of a game is where you miss Matt Barnes, now given, Pierce could/probably torch Barnes, just like Artest, Barnes would still contest those threes, Walton has terrible reactionary skills on D, has never improved.

Gold star for the Celtics! Well done! Your stars played big and made LA shrink in the end. It was like 2008 all over again for one day. One can't help but admire the C's grit, knack for making big stands when called on, and genuine chemistry.

But you can't change history with whining and excuses. Make all the excuses you want, Bostonians, but your mighty C's were beaten, straight up, for the 2010 title, and LA earned the trophy.

It's amazing to me you're still complaining about losing Kendrick Perkins as if the guy was killing it in the first 6 games of the 2010 Finals. He averaged as maybe twice as many points as he did fouls. He was a role player. Your Big Four were all healthy in the final 2 games and THEY. GOT. BEAT.

You didn't hear Lakers fans do as much griping in 2008 when Bynum and Ariza were out. Mostly, they'll say, "okay, you got us."

But since then, LA's won titles. All the C's have done is choke off 3-2 leads in the playoffs in 2009 and 2010, C's fans. Your mighty C's were run off your floor in Game 7 by the Orlando Magic in 2009 and BLINKED in Game 7 in 2010. So in 3 years, 1 title, 2 Finals appearances, two blown leads in playoff series. Not bad, but to hear you guys tell it, your current squad is the 80's C's reincarnate, when they more closely resemble the 00's Detroit Pistons, a team with a short window that mistook occasional greatness for a dynasty in the making.

At the end of the day, it's a regular-season game. So you have a great, focused, mentally tough team who wanted to try to exorcise some ghosts. They won't go away, take it from Lakers fans.

Another chapter may yet be written. The C's are a better team right now than LA, for all of 24 hours. But LA holds the crown and a Boston pelt right now.
You can't change that, no matter how many excuses you make. You can try to take it away in June, but keep deluding yourselves about those missed opportunities in 2009 and 2010 if it gets you through a cold winter.

Good win today, though.

"If the Times' box score is correct, Rondo had 50% more assists than the Lakers' entire team (starters and reserves) -- 15 to 10.

I don't really have any other words. That stat doesn't lie. The Cs won as a team. The Lakers lost as individuals.

Posted by: Chris | January 30, 2011 at 04:05 PM "

Summed up perfectly.

when pj inserted luke in the game i knew then it was all over
and he should have benched fish before the game started and
why not replace ron,ron after he look terible early in the
the first period.all i can say is the lakers was out coach
or bad coaching.the bright spot is that kobe come to play
every game.get rid o9f softy pau he just cant compete with
other bigs lets face it lakers fan pau is just a girly man
worse than a softy.

We MUST get RID of ga-SOFT. That's the only chance we have of winning. He has not progressed, but digressed.

pau and Artest for:

Deng and Noah
David West and Ariza
Bogut and Maggette
Danny Granger and Tyler Hansbrough
Nene and Carmelo
Randolph and Rudy Gay

Another chapter may yet be written. The C's are a better team right now than LA, for all of 24 hours. But LA holds the crown and a Boston pelt right now.
You can't change that, no matter how many excuses you make. You can try to take it away in June, but keep deluding yourselves about those missed opportunities in 2009 and 2010 if it gets you through a cold winter. Good win today, though. Posted by: Peace | January 30, 2011 at 04:12 PM
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Yes, Yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pau "GIRLsol" def needs to leave the female hormone meds alone -- he is crucifying us just by being on the court -- he is BEYOND a liability..He and Bynum suck on the court together, there is no cohesiveness..I saw one play today where they were both bunched up together on the right elbow, far away from the basket, GirlSol had the ball, Bynum was somewhat gesturing for the ball, they were both being harrassed by 3 boston players, hesitation from both LA bigs on that play, and I believe if I am not mistaken, it resulted into a turnover!!

Maybe their smoking crack! Hell somethings up!

Maybe their smoking crack! Hell somethings up!

Posted by: lakersrydeordie | January 30, 2011 at 04:24 PM

Something's rotten in the state of Denmark, for sure. Clearly, Gasol isn't himself for some inexplicable reason. I've never seem him play this poorly, languid, disinterested.

MM, can you ask Gasol yourself, what's the problem? Fatigue, lassitude, general lack of focus. Or possibly Gary Vitti, what's wrong with this guy? This is a concerning trend, especially when as fans, we're left in the dark like this!

btw, that Kobe fella -- he's a special MothaPhukka if you ain't know! real talk!
Posted by: lakersrydeordie | January 30, 2011 at 04:28 PM
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OOOOOOOOOH WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! SHO YOU RIGHT!!!!! Preach LakersrydeOrDie, Preach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This week goes from bad to worse for Artest; Tuesday- Kevin Martin Hou,
Thursday- Manu Ginobli/Richard Jefferson SAS, Sunday- Rudy Gay MEM

What's up Ron?

Maybe their smoking crack! Hell somethings up! Posted by: lakersrydeordie | January 30, 2011 at 04:24 PM
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Stop it! Stop it Now!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Im with Cecil, gotta trade Floyd the Barber while we can still get something for him. SO sick of watching a seven footer with his skills turn into Richard Simmons.
He acts like hes stoned, stunned, confused and afraid all at the same time.
Time to let the albatross go.

We still have not defeated anyone that has a chance to win the title. Our offense and big men play like 6'4 player. Very weak with all the let's play as a team move the ball and play defense is just lip service. Gasoft must think that he is our best player if it was not Kobe the guy's would still be a second level player in the NBA. Just maybe a trade for Anthony for Gasoft is not a bad idea we are slow and predictable. Kobe is the only baller we have and he is at the end of the road in a year or two. Drew still look's slower than ever, Perkins been out since June and he moves better than Drew or Gasotf. Our back court of Fisher, Blake and what's his name is the bottom of the barrel. Artest well he must think it's still time to auction his ring oh that happen a month ago. Man we are tried and just not that good at this moment maybe we will get it togather later maybe next year when we get some faster player. Oh were oh were is our speed.

Twitter @Daniel Artest- Sometimes I wish Ron still played for Kings...

correction: Twitter @Daniel Artest- I wish Ron still played for Kings...sometimes.

BTW, the best part of today was seeing that some Cs fans still haven't gotten over the Lakers winning the Championship last year...

We are a lot better than the Celtics when we get 20 more free throws than them like we did in Game 7 last June and also when KG has to play on one leg.

Pau is definitely better when KG plays on one leg.

Hey Peace, No mention of the FT discrepancy? It tells me that you are disingenuous! The Celtics won last year's 7th game if not for biased officiating.

I really expected us (Lakers) to win big today. After a lackluster performance against Sacramento, I thought the Lakers would rise and really hustle. What I saw was a bunch of big guys for the Lakers standing around like they were on a Sunday picnic. Kobe was the only one hustling and he cannot beat the Celtics alone. Why did Phil wait until he was down 13 points with a couple of minutes left to call a timeout? Big baby, Perkins and Garnet totally outplayed and made Bynum and Pau spectators. I think the Lakers just do not have it in them this year, not saying they can't improve but they have to hustle for loose balls and rebounds. Fans deserve better, Phil needs to tweak the lineup or trade away for players that want to play hard.

In the fourth quarter we looked liked the Los Angeles Kobe's instead of the Los Angeles Lakers; 41 points but 12 straight shots in the 4th and zero assists for the game; it is not going to work that way.

Am I irritated? Yes! Go back and look at the games the Lakers have been losing lately. Three 7 footers and they are not boxing out and getting boards. Kobe plays phenomenal and the bigs are failing. Completely unacceptable. Step up bigs! Lakers are unbeatable when you go to work!

I think the Lakers just do not have it in them this year, not saying they can't improve but they have to hustle for loose balls and rebounds. Fans deserve better, Phil needs to tweak the lineup or trade away for players that want to play hard.

Posted by: JimMcNewman1 | January 30, 2011 at 04:51 PM


They've played a lot of Basketball over the last 3 years. They don't have the focus, Jim, you're right, they've lacked focus all year long. There is a disconnect between perception and reality. It's a disturbing trend, something to keep in mind, these guys sound like all their problems are correctable, does it show in, in game adjustments, I don't see it, it's hard to see.

For those who say the Spurs aren't a team to be worried about, wake up and smell the coffee! The Spurs have a team that can completely decimate the Lakers if they can't get this thing right. Tony Parker, will annihilate Fish, destroy him. Ginobli can rip Artest apart, if Ron doesn't have anything left.


Guys, they go out on that long Grammy road trip. Hate to be the pessimist, as I usually try to remain realistic to somewhat optomistic. I have a really bad feeling about that road trip, things do not look good.

I think phil needs to stop playing puke walton and give devin ebanks the rookie a chance he cant play any worse than puke so please they should just look to develop him for the future and bring some youth to the team trade shannon n puke n some filler for some young studs that will depend and enjoy playing basketball.............

As it stands right now, the Boston Celtics are just a better team than the Lakers in every department. The Celtics play more unselfishly, they play team ball on both offense and defense, they pass the ball to the open man, they move better without the ball, they play better overall defense, the own the boards, they are much more physical, they have several "go-to" guys on offense and they shoot the ball better. Doc Rivers is also outcoaching Phil Jackson.

The sad truth is that the Lakers didn't look better than the Celtics at anything.

Guys relaxs if ur a lakers fan watch n enjoy this is not a playoff nor a final we will sad if wer done.Gasol need to have more power n strength and so odom, bynum lack speed and artest must to what artest is, evrything has a purpose they must do starting now and play smart n physical. God bless the lakers pray for ur team

I'm not asking for Kareem, Shaq, Wilt or anyone else. I'm just asking that Pau plays as, and liken a MAN. All I want for that 19 million is DEDICATION, HEART, and PASSION. That's all the entire LAKER NATION ask of you. Un tuck your sack.

It won't happen so please MITCH KUPCHAK, trade him. Or next we shall ask for you to be traded for JERRY WEST.


Copied from the Boston Globe

Tell me where are all the leaches?
Tell me where are all the Trolls?
Tell me where are all the maggots?
Have you nothing to extol?

The Celts have found their game again
Tell your Uncle, Aunt and Cousin
They took it to Los Angeles.
Beat ‘em by a baker’s dozen.

Half one played somewhat funny
We had the lead most of the way
Then Kobe got real hot again
Put his A game on display

Half two we played them neck and neck
Our Captain took control
He dropped in shots from everywhere
Kobe’s spotlight, Pierce done stole.

Our bench performed quite awesome
With Baby. Nate and Perk
I still think Robinson’s useless.
But today it seemed to work.

It was fun though watching LA’s fans
Leaving early, beat the tolls.
Going home to see their leaches
Going home to see their trolls

It’s all about 18!

Lots of excuses, refs, players not showing up and so on. For all the lucky fans who saw the game today great, as last time you will be seeing Celtics out here. You will all be home watching the finals in June on the tube as the Celtics are playing San Antonio, Dallas even the team in Tulsa as the Fakers will not be there. Enjoy the rest of the season or a round or 2 in the playoff's.
Even Mr. Logo still the best ever called it last week, the tank is empty.

BTalamon:

I don't think the Celtics are better than us in every category as you put it, least of all in the talent area. When we were focused, there wasn't a lot the Celtics could do, which is why we were up at halftime. But then, that lack of focus bug stung em and they took themselves out of the ballgame. That's not being better than us, that's us not focusing.

Still, this is one game (a painful one but still one) in a long season. It's been proven time and again. They very well may end up stinking it up for the rest of the season. However, it's different when you'r eplaying a different team every and other night ready to take your head off than playing the same team in a seven game series because you're adjusting to the same team and focusing on them (and only them). Despite some truly tepid play, I still think my boys can hang with the best of em in a 7 game series.

BTalamon:

I don't think the Celtics are better than us in every category as you put it, least of all in the talent area. When we were focused, there wasn't a lot the Celtics could do, which is why we were up at halftime. But then, that lack of focus bug stung em and they took themselves out of the ballgame. That's not being better than us, that's us not focusing.

Still, this is one game (a painful one but still one) in a long season. It's been proven time and again. They very well may end up stinking it up for the rest of the season. However, it's different when you'r eplaying a different team every and other night ready to take your head off than playing the same team in a seven game series because you're adjusting to the same team and focusing on them (and only them). Despite some truly tepid play, I still think my boys can hang with the best of em in a 7 game series.

Despite some truly tepid play, I still think my boys can hang with the best of em in a 7 game series. Posted by: alekesam | January 30, 2011 at 05:53 PM
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GOD%%$$@#@%%^!!!!! Yes, Yes, Yes!!!! I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

Spurs vs Celtics should be a great series! Will the great Timmy Duncan get one for his thumb?

Kobe shot the ball 29 times and had zero assist. Boston as a team had 34 assist to the Lakers 10. That's the ballgame right there. You can almost predict when the Lakers are going to have a tough game. They have tough games when Kobe dominate the ball and come out shooting rather than get his teammates involved. For the majority of the fourth quarter, the offense consisted of isolating Kobe which results in him forcing up bad shots. Boston's style of play beat the Lakers today. They spread the court and put the ball in Rajon's hands knowing that he is going to penetrate and kick the ball out to the open shooters. The lakers on the other hand put the ball in Kobe's hands and he doesn't look for open teammates. He look to score because that's his mentality.

Amazed at all the excuses you Laker fans use...Geesh! You wouldn't even have a team if you didn't have Kobe. It's always the "Kobe Show" or the refs helping you out! Gimme a break. You let the worst team in the NBA (yes, I'll admit my Kings suck this year, but there's always next year...) and you blame it on the media?!? What a joke! I truly enjoyed watching the Celtics win as a team, and not just one person carrying them.

Kobe had a good performance? Pass that crack over here, Broderick! ZERO assists. His teammates can't "help" him if he plays 1-on-5. Sounds like someone forgot basketball is a team game, which the Celtics play better than anyone.

Proving once again that Kobe Bryant is the most selfish player in the game today. Those other 4 guys in the same-coloured uniforms aren't just there to give you the ball...

Hey...look at all the still angry Celtic fans spewing their crap on our board! Sorry...but we still won game 7 last year after being down by 13...how sweet it still is! Still loving it!

Pierce and Allen still up to their lame ass tricks...run into the opposing player...fall down to force the foul call...get up smirking. What a sorry ass way to play basketball!

Garnett still the angry, trash talking punk...and now he has become a dirty player too...did you see him punch Fry in the groin on Friday? Pathetic. And how about when he told Charlie Villanueva he looked like a cancer patient earlier this year? Are you Boston fans proud of that? Disgusting. If not for basketball, KG would be in jail or on a street corner looking for someone to mug!

Personally, I would be embarrassed to be a Celtic fan these days!

Finally, the Celtics will lose in the eastern conference to either Orlando or Maimi. They will run out of gas. They are shooting their wad too early with Doc making home court advantage his first priority. It will be fun to watch cry baby Pierce walk off the court JUST LIKE LAST YEAR....after losing to Lebron and company! Can't wait.

Until then...enjoy your win over the Lakers. I will trade this loss any day for that Championship trophy that we got last year! Hahahahahaha!

It´s truly amazing to see so many "Coward Celtic Fans Come Out The Woodwork",where were you all summer ???? Oh ! I just remembered you all were pouting about the "Ref´s" and Perkins not playing the last game as if Bynum did not have a torn knee and played very little in the whole series and was not even playing when Boston beat Lakers to win the NBA Title.Yet we Laker Fans make (NO EXCUSES).Congrads on this regular season win,but i hope that you Celtic Fans know that this game was not for any "TITLE",so enjoy this premature victory........Go Lakers

Artest's Injury

Didn't anyone see Artest limping (clearly injuring his leg, foot or ankle) early in the 3rd quarter? The announcers finally noticed it after Pierce started lighting up Artest...

That's when Pierce went "off". Phil had to put Luke in -- Luke doesn't match up defensively with Pierce.

To me, that was what threw the Laker's off balance. In the 4th, Phil had to play Kobe at the 3-spot - so we weren't able to match up.

The Flakers sow up again then Kobe does his deperation one on one clear out to make it close, Ho hum. Kobe's ego is the FLakers sixth man.

Hey Cecil,
Maybe the Lakes should trade GaSoft for the Bobcats Hands of Stone Brown. I am sure the Bobcats would be more than willing. All you Laker fans better hope to hell again that the team you face in the playoffs have a under size front court or hurt star player. Its the only way the Lakers would have a chance to repeat!

Ahh...yes....order has been restored.
Now if LA could just tone down the Urine Yellow Unis a shade!

Assists by Kobe = zero. When the Lakers play "Kobe-ball" and let him shoot at will, they lose. Coaching ever going to get that? Jackson better grow a couple and take control of his team strategy. Otherwise, the Lakers will continue to lose big games while Kobe pads his career scoring numbers.

@ Bakari
Hard to make excuses when you lose in six games and the last one by 39

GK - Don't want to get personal, but..you started it. I know it can't be easy living out there on the left coast in that place resembling some freaky walking wax museum where the hot sun melts even the best plastic surgeons' work. Instead of investing $$ in a new Speedo, invest time and thought in your responses. Please!

quit making excuses for the team not playing good ball right
now.letys face it pj is not doing his job getting the team
ready to play.he sits there on his pouch like a stiff not
even know when to call time out.he made it clear at the end
of last season he reallpy then want to be here this year and
the way he is coaching and playing the right players tell
it all,what coach in his right mind would start fish the way
he is playing this year.the way that luke plays he cant make
a college division 2 team.pj need to rssign 8 games ago.when
a team is this out of sinc you have to blame the coach.i hope
when pj retire the whole coaching staff should be fired.

would be nice to have a point guard who can penetrate and create easy baskets.

"Hey...look at all the still angry Celtic fans spewing their crap on our board!"

Angry Celtic fans? Please read your post. You sound kinda angry to me.

"as if Bynum did not have a torn knee"

A torn knee? You are killing me!

Celtics suck any ways. they won a game that isnt important when play offs come in. thats when the lakers play. Celtits suck all day everyday. LAKERS are gonna 3peat.

CELTITS look like a team that came out of the ZOO. LOL they suck. i still celebrate the victory from last year. i enjoyed watching celtric fans cry.

And you wonder why Kobe gets a bunker mentality and tries to win games by himself?

Question: why is Luke Walton (aside from having his HOF Daddy's last name) even on an NBA roster?

gooo clippers

Celtics Ken: You fight harder for rebounds, you play more aggressively, you get more FTs. Face it, your team ran out of gas, and up and QUIT, against the LA Lakers in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, something no C's team has ever done.

The 80's C's never made excuses.

The 60's C's presumably never made excuses.

Your C's always make excuses. And fans like you all too ready to indulge them. Injuries. Refs. Et cetera. Even if we were to accept those as legitimate reasons, they're what the pro sports world calls, "reality." Welcome to it. Sometimes it's hard.

You've got a great team that's better than last year's edition. 2010 is in the books and the title was won fair and square in LA. No amount of whining by you guys (who don't represent the tough, no-excuses character of your city very well when you make these kinds of remarks) will change that.

Lakers need to make changes quick, they have a group of guys that don't even touch the ball. (Joe Smith, Ratlif, Character, Walton, Ebanks and even the Lakers first round pick for Carmelo Anthony)

puke walton please do us a big favor, pretend you are injured so you can't "play" for the rest of the season.PJ, no more days off ,GO TO WORK!!

PAU is the PROBLEM!!! He's passive, weak, lacks passion and heart, and plays like a small-forward. Last year we were able to cover-up his passive play with a strong and determined Kobe and inspiring play by Bynum, and tough play by Artest. Those guys have taken a step back for reasons we can understand (Kobe and Bynums surgeries, Artest fragile mental state) and Pau is scared to step up. He has taken two steps back this year and needs to be traded.

Pau and Artest for:

Deng and Noah
David West and Ariza
Carmello and Nene
Dwight Howard
Favvors, Vujacic, Lopez
Bogut, Maggette

Lakers stink! I want Celtics to win the finals this year!

I am hoping that Lakers and Celtics will proceed to the playoffs again. And also the Miami Heat. :D

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