Quick Thoughts 6/7 NBA Finals Edition

  • Lakers are still taking the series.
  • Lakers take Game 3, Celtics Game 4, and Lakers finish off with wins in Games 5 and 6.
  • Lamar Odom, Ron Artest, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett all played their worst game of the series in Game 2.
  • Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen both played their best game of the series in Game 2.
  • Paul Pierce won’t go off in any of the games in the series.  Artest shut down Durant to the point that he was actually to blame for the Thunder losing in the 1st round. Pierce, likewise, will be contained.
  • The likelihood of Bynum replicating his Game 2 performance is low, but Boston cannot match up with the Lakers’s length at all.  If Odom shows up this series at all, that is only going to get worse for Boston.
  • Due to that, Boston has exploited their advantage (Allen and Rondo) to the max.  The Lakers still haven’t exploited theirs (length) to the max.  In other words, the Lakers have further to go to reach their ceiling.  Thats not good for Boston.
  • I really only have a problem with one foul in Game 2 and that was Kobe’s 5th. First, it wasn’t a charge. Secondly, it totally changes the complexion of the game. Huge missed call.
  • The 2-3-2 format is still incredibly stupid. That’s all.
  • Dear Staples Center Fans, “Be LA” is a lame response to “Beat LA”.  A nice, straight to the point, “Fuck Boston” will do just fine. Yours truly, an embarrassed Lakers fan.

3 Responses to Quick Thoughts 6/7 NBA Finals Edition

  1. Troy Miles says:

    The Laker might win the series ..but it won’t be that easy. Of all the players that played, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are the most vital to their team. Garnett contributions on both ends of the court when he’s in his normal self is central to the Celtics cause primaly.

    Ron Artest is a disruptive defender for sure, but Boston’s offensive sets can find looks for Pierce– especially if “Shuttlesworth”s is doing his thing. Plus theres no reason to believe that Rondo won’t continue to play quarterback- at least.

    Lamar Odom is a dangerous component of the Lakers attack, but only when he’s in a certain mode. His physical prowess and technical skills give him game-changer capability. He needs to raise his grit (G-Factor). Kobe’s grit is uncomparable, but I think the over all grit of Boston as a whole–including Doc Rivers, is too much for LA. Derek Fisher is a high grit guy as well and has a penchant(duh)for making critical shots… but so does Ray Ray.From Big Baby, Tony Allen to Nate Rob, the C’s bench is scrappy too.

    LA’s length is certainly an advantage, and Pau Gasol–ridiculous. He and Bynum did their things, but they still lost–at home. I do agree the call on Kobe was way out of line. I wish the officials were better able to call the game at face value, they missed several calls down the stretch both ways.

  2. Troy Miles says:

    I meant to say of all the players that played poorly>

  3. kantwistaye says:

    Pierce and KG are better players than Artest and Odom, but Artest and Odom have the ability to make the Lakers unbeatable (which you alluded to).

    I certainly expect Pierce to play better. Quite frankly, he has to. But, Boston is at their best when Pierce is consistently able to go off. Pierce’s abuse of Vince Carter is why Boston is even here. That won’t be happening this series and that, ultimately, is going to be the deciding factor.

    No easy games, but the Lakers just are slightly better than Boston.

    Thanks for the comment.

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