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Friday, June 04, 2010

 

It’s only one game.  That’s what the Celtics have to be telling themselves this morning.  However, they have to be concerned with how it was played.

Boston was out-Celticed by the Lakers in game 1 of the NBA Finals. 

They now trail the best-of-seven series 1-0.  

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Kobe and Rondo

All of the talk coming into the series was the Celtics superb ability to defend and that they were the tougher of the two teams.  You wouldn’t have known it Thursday night.

Los Angeles was intent on showing that they, too, can defend.  Their perimeter defenders led by Ron Artest made life difficult for the Celtics to get into any type of offensive rhythm and their low post defenders contested virtually every shot with Pau Gasol  picking up 3 blocks in the first half alone.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers apparently agrees with that assessment.  ABC cut to a conversation Rivers had with his team during a timeout in the third quarter and he told his players that the Lakers were getting to all of the loose balls and playing tougher than they were.

Offensively, the Lakers got some easy buckets in transition including a thunderous dunk by Kobe Bryant.  They also moved the ball well against the Boston defense.  Conversely, the Celtics could not get their fast break going and they seemed to labor in the half court set.

It didn’t help Boston that their best perimeter threat Ray Allen spent too many minutes on the bench in foul trouble.  Their second best 3-point shooter Paul Pierce also struggled from beyond the arc.

It’s only one game but if the Celtics are going to win their 18th NBA Championship, they are going to have to make history. 

Phil Jackson has never lost a playoff series when his team has won game 1.  He is 47-0 in such situations.

For Boston, it’s all about getting back to playing Celtics basketball and they’ll have to do that starting Sunday night in game 2.  Otherwise this could be a shorter series than some expected.

 

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Comments:

Max Guarino

Well, I guess on the bright side, we won't have to worry about having two of our teams blow a 3-0 series lead in the same season...

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Scott Cordischi

They avoided that by winning game 6 of the Eastern Conf. Finals against Orlando.
I didn't like what I saw last night. It reminded me of their play at times during the regular season....uninspired! I hope it was justa one game thing because the Lakers are too good for Boston to not bring their best every night.

Max Guarino

They didn't really avoid it til they lost one to the Lakers... it was meant as a joke.

Not much you can do. They've had worse losses than that, and have bounced back. I definitely wasn't happy about their performance last night, but the important thing is how they respond... Everyone is once again talking about how the Celtics are no match for their opponents... they usually have a response for that type of talk. Hopefully they do this time as well.

But your right. The Lakers are the toughest competition they've seen yet. They need to be careful not to fall asleep at the wheel too much in this series.




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