Wow, what a game. The only thing that was wrong, was the Lakers won instead of the Celtics. The Lakers played just well enough to win this game. Kobe ended up with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals. Pau Gasol ended up with 19 points and Lamar had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Derek Fisher had 15 points and Jordan Farmar had 11 points. I was not too impressed with this win. I like the fact that five different players were in double figures but it just felt that the Lakers got lucky to get this win. The Lakers need to step it up on defense and get excited, show some enthusiasm. This victory may give them some momentum for the next game but they need to play better defense.
Boston played well but just could not pull of the win. Paul Pierce had a phenomenal night with 38 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Kevin Garnett had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Ray Allen had 16 points. Outside of the big three the only player to come close to double figures was Sam Cassel with 9 points. The Celtics were just a bit off and I know when they get back home each player will find their sweet spots on the floor. The tables will turn for Boston in game six.
To be honest, the Lakers don’t look like champions. They built a 17 point lead in the first quarter and allowed Boston to come back to within 3 points by half time. Both teams looked tired in the second half and with two minutes to go in the fourth, the Lakers were able to pull away. I am getting sick of seeing the Lakers players complain every time the referee calls a foul against them. I think Kobe and Gasol are the worst complainers.
My fear for the Celtics is injuries. Perkins did not play tonight but hopefully he will be back for game six on Tuesday. Pierce and Rondo have had their share of injuries this series but they seem alright. The Celtics need to finish the Lakers off on Tuesday. If they don’t, then game seven is anyones game. Forget history, it will come down to plays harder.
If the Celtics play the say way on Tuesday as they did tonight, then I think they will win the series on Tuesday night. Being on their home court, they will get a few more calls to go their way and they will like having the fans cheering them on. What better place to win the championship but at home. If the Celtics win, Paul Pierce should be the MVP of the series.