Finals: True to Form
June 4, 2010 4:45am CST
After tonight’s Finals game one showing, I doubt anyone is typically shocked at the Lakers’ success in defending their home court at Staples and winning the game with an enthusiastic statement that only defending champs on their home floor could make. But there was still a sense of confusion in the air about how decidedly Kobe and company kept control over a habitual underdog-turned-vanquisher Celtics squad. While tonight’s game may have held true to our accepted and expected form, and undoubtedly gave us all a lesson in just how important home court advantage is, it also marks the first occasion in these 2010 playoffs that the Boston Celtics were seemingly outplayed in the first game of a series. We’ve all, even Boston fans, underestimated what their core five guys, team defense, bench players and pure grit brought to the table. By game three of the Orlando series, the entire basketball world had realized that the Celtics were for real. Anyone not convinced was on another planet. With the Celtics’ losing effort tonight, I think we would all be remiss, however, to make too much of the game. I’ve already been hearing this morning about Boston being done, the Lakers being too good, and that game one is an indicator of the entire series. And while this may very well be true—only time will tell—it’s also still based on the Lakers winning a game they should have won. That’s what home court is for. Defending champions in the Finals with home court advantage have always been expected to win. The fact they have is not a mark that Boston is any less of the team we’ve seen in other series throughout these playoffs. Sloppy defensive efforts, poor transition play, horrific ball control, sad rebounding/box-out efforts, brick-a-thon three-point shooting on the visitor end, and an inspired Lakers offensive effort at home, completely made the game one sided. Even still, the Celtics lost by only 13 in what should have been a repeat of game three of the Celtics-Cavaliers series – crushed by 30-plus. Boston never seemed to be in this game at all as far as the competitive nature and king-of-the-jungle swagger they’re famous for bringing. But it seemed more due to the fact that Boston was shooting itself in the collective big toe and not that the Lakers were just that much more dominant. Contrary to a lot of popular belief tonight, I believe this game one is a sure sign that this series is going to be ridiculously exciting. Boston has been known to have games like these, albeit not in game one. Granted. I’m certainly looking forward to game two on Sunday night. How about y’all?
5 Jun 10
The Lakers are just too much for the Boston Celtics. The Celtics were outhustled from start to finish. I dont think that losing game 1, the Celtics will have a chance. The chance is to win game 1 so that the Lakers will feel the pressure. With the looks of it, the Lakers is capable of winning the series 4-0.
5 Jun 10
hi,guys! i watch the playoff game one through the tv. i do not think it is a fair game. ray allen was fouled out. if allen was on the game,the result could be opposide. so the referee control the game. i think the league will change next game. in the end,i think the boston will win the series,the result is 4:2!
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5 Jun 10
That's a very astute observation and one that I expected to hear from more basketball fans. The interfering referees were something I thought were a problem in the Boston-Orlando series, and they've continued to be whistle happy in game one of the Boston-LA series. There were so many needless foul calls happening that I almost lost interest in the game before half time. Boston was probably the recipient of more bad calls, but there were also many bad calls against the Lakers. The refs are trying too hard to control the game. And that's something that they should not be doing in the NBA Finals. They have to let both teams play and compete with that competitive fire. They can't keep calling bogus fouls. Ray Allen is one of those guys that can go an entire series without picking up 6 fouls. His multiple fouls in game one shows that the referees are giving far too much preference to the Laker players, and that should be corrected. There's no sense in it. Thanks for the response.
• United States
4 Jun 10
Hey matersfish! I am a Lakers fan and although they, of course played like they always play, to WIN I wouldn't count the Celtics out yet! They are playing like they want to win too! They are not anywhere near as an accompished team as the Lakers, but then again, who is? But, they had the Lakers running the Court just the same! They aren't going to hand the Championship to the Lakers on a silver plater by no means! They are going to play hard and make them work for it! You do remember that the Celtics actually did win a Championship (although quite a shocking win)! I will still be waiting for that Final Game and expecting the Lakers to bring it on home! And yes, I can't wait for Sundays game either! I used to watch Phil Jackson way back when he played for the New York Knicks! So, I love that man and know that he can do it all!
• United States
4 Jun 10
i too am looking forward to game two...this series could possibly be rigged up to let the lakers win the rematch from 2008. if you break down the teams line-ups, celtucs have the overall better team. kobe is the only player from the laker team to be better than his guarded matchup. everyone else one the celtic team can dominate any laker player at any given time.... bottom line. case closed