VINTAGE (2008) LAKERS
Here we go again.. Just a few days after the Los Angeles Lakers blasted the Celtics in game 1, the Lakers go ahead and get stomped by Ray Allen and his cronies. I’m not gonna sit here and blame it on the ref, the calls went bad both ways. you can’t let the refs dictate the game. Where do I start? Let’s see, Ron Artest 1 for 10 from the field and 3 for 8 from the charity stripe? Garbage. Lamar Odom, why even show up if you’re gonna stink it up? Odom had more fouls (5) than points (3). Kobe Bryant, bad shot after bad shot. He never got in the game. Very disappointed. The only thing working for the Lakers was the bigs, Bynum and Gasol combining for 46 points on 13 for 20 shooting. I don’t even want to get into the Lakers’ bench, I can’t stand Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown. So much inconsistent play from these guys. Finally, Lakers’ defense. DON’T LEAVE RAY ALLEN OPEN. He can shoot 3s, he can make them. As for the Celtics, forget about Ray Allen’s 8 3-pointers, Rajon Rondo and his triple double killed Lakers. This kid got offensive rebound after offensive rebound. He had more rebounds (12) than ANYONE on the Lakers. All the Lakers had to do was hold court. Now, Boston split here, heading back home with all the momentum. I’m not saying they’re gonna win all three but it’s going to be REAL hard for the Lakers to steal 1, let alone 2. For some reason, it seems that Boston has a lot more offensive weapons than the Lakers. Even that thug Nate Robinson comes in and hits a 3. Who on the Lakers can do that? Let me throw out some key stats: Lakers shoot 5-22 from 3 point range, Celtics, 11 for 16. Lakers outrebounded 44-38 (even though Lakers have two 7-footers). Paul Pierce shoots 2-11, but Cs still end up with a win. I’m done with stats. I feel sick to my stomach. It feels like 2008 all over again.
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