Here are comments found around the Lakers' boards during their game 1 with the Celtics. It is amazing that as I read the Lakers boards, they thought the game was one sided against the Lakers but as I read the Celtics boards, there are plenty of posts picking out the bad calls against them. It would seem that there were bad calls on both sides, but I didn't see an outright bias on one side or the other. It is also amazing that the Lakers fans mostly believed that Pierce faked the injury but when Kobe went out with back spasms and then valiantly came back to play, he was a warrior. Really funny to see how very biased most fans (including the Celtics' fans, myself included) can be. Great game, going to be an epic series. I just hope Perk and Pierce are good to go in game 2. Losing either of them would be a huge blow. Contrary to what many Lakers' fans believed, Pierce was really hurt and I don't think the injury will really hit him till after the game.
To some degree I think it's better that the team is on the road.......mainly because I'm sure all the hype in Boston is wearing on the Little 3.
This is the moment Kobe has been waiting for all his life.......he looks very calm and relaxed......although I still think he won't have a great game.
I'm hoping it gets a little violent, just to restore some of that old rivalry flavor.
I would love that too But with todays game everyone gets thrown out
Against the Celtics, Radman will get killed by any Boston starter not named Rondo. They are ALL very aggressive.
Celtic fans think he's going to fly all over the court and cause a lot of problems But wasn't Tony parker supposed to do the same thing, I think fisher should be able to do a good job on rondo
Celtics fans also think that the Lakers have no one to stop Perkins. Hell if you ask them, every position is a mismatch in their favour, except Kobe being slightly better than Allen (stress - slightly).
The only thing that impresses me about Rondo is his hard nosed D and that's it. He is like a chicken without a head in crunch time and completely forgets how to pass the ball and from what I've seen from can't hit the J with consistency. I'd go out on a limb and say that Fisher is happy that he finally won't have to worry about guarding a good PG (after being paired against Iverson, Williams and Parker who are all inifinitely better players than a second year nobody).
IF Perkins guards odom, odom should take him out on the wing and drive to the basket every time.
I think the Celtics are going to be in a kind of "wow we're in the finals mode" early, and the lakers are going to take advantage of that(Kobe and fish probably)
I just have to say LOL for Boston fans thinking they are the underdog.
They have no one to blame but themselves for being the so called "underdog". Celtics have lost their composure several times in the playoffs. Where as the Lakers have been playing good ball even in loses.
Oh yeah I think we are one of the most well equipped teams to ever come into a game 1on the road in the finals. I say we take game one.
Nothing a bunch of whining from Bostonians with inferiority complexes.
Boston's strategy to defending Kobe is to have Ray Allen shoot a lot. The Celts are being a little secretive aren't they? I recall one writer stating that the Celts may put the 6'1" Rondo on Kobe.
Pierce will have a good series regardless...he'll find away to get 10-12 ft a game..get 6-8 buckets and get his 22-25 pts..its gonna be a tough series...and a long one
All these articles about Kobe and the Lakers are setting us up for a big disappointment. There is way to much confidence and Kobe love before anything has been done. Not enough respect for the Celtics. They are the best defensive team in the league, just like Detroit was when they beat the Lakers in 2004.
That defense hasn't faced an offense like these Lakers all season. The playoff teams they faced aren't close to the Bryant and the triangle. Detroit beat an old slow team thatwasn't playing together. Gasol/Odom inside is better than anything Boston has faced and Rad will keep the floor spaced. Gasol/Odom won't be showing KG the same love Rasheed Wallace did. They'll also better his 4 points in game 6. If anything I think it's the Lakers defense that's not getting enough respect.
It's difficult to fear the Playoff-Celtics defense when it's been clearly worked over by the Hawks, Cavs, and Pistons.
Their defense was NOT worked over. They had a hard time scoring. Now, Ray Allen was worked over multiple times by Atlanta but their team defense was very good. Good enough for #1 in the playoffs.
I kind of miss the old Garden where the ball bounces sideways and there's no air conditioner. The new Garden looks so ... New.
Anyway, we've got nothing to lose and everything to gain in these first two games, while the pressure is all on Boston to deliver. I hope they come out with fire and punch them straight in the face.
I hope ray Allen crumbles under pressure
I can't stand the idea of Allen winning a ring, I think he is my least favorite player after Bowen, damn big mouthed chump. Kobe better annihilate him.
Don’t get me wrong guys, as I am a huge Lakers fan, but I just don’t see this Lakers team beating the Celtics...yet.
Our team is still jellying, young and learning. The Celts have a team full of experienced vets. Three of whom have at one time or the other carried NBA teams on their backs...albeit not too successfully..the point is they are hardened vets at the peak of their game (maybe not Allen). Maybe am not having enough faith in my Lakers or maybe of scared of being disappointed but I think this could really be a one-sided affairs. At best I see the Lakers taking one or two games.
I just finished watching the two regular season games (recorded on dvd) and the Celts just killed us. Basketball is about matchups and we just don’t match up with the Celts well. I think Pierce and Perkins are going to kill us. I don’t think we can keep Perkins and KG off the offensive boards and we have no one that can match up with Pierce.
KG has done exactly squat in his career in Minny, outside of that one WCF appearance and neither have Allen nor Pierce. Posey is the only one with NBA Finals experience if you don't count Cassell who really is more of a warm body that can give you 6 fouls than anything else at this point of his career
If you look at the C's frontline, particulerly PJ & Perkins they love to bang and get on the offensive boards. We can not afford to give them second chance points - I think this will be the deciding factor.
KG on Odom worries me for the simple reason that Odom is easily intimidated and KG's yelling and screaming will probably affect him.
Kobe looks a little rusty to start here.
This ain't Bowen on him anymore, he should just blow by Allen
Ray Allen won't make high degree of difficulty 3s like that often....
Ray seems to be heating up........but he'll choke when it counts.
Wow what a flop by pierce ...
Posey trying to disclocate kobes shoulder
KG woulda finished if he hadn't decided to get all flashy and hang on the rim
Early Lamar.. Uhhh.. Blows a gimme layup. Perkins must intimidate him then fumbles the ball outta bounds.. Trying to get an Offensive rebound and fumbles another ball away..
Damn, Boston fans are ugly. Officials screw up the backcourt call
I'll be expecting the NBA League Office to issue an apology tomorrow for this travesty!!!
That fat **** posey needs be careful
I think that should have been a flagrant on Posey, the play was over, yet he still fouled Kobe.
World B. Bryant...........is on he lose. Thank God for his teammates.
The 3rd quarter will be interesting.......because both teams normally play their best then......and Boston's defense normally picks up.........although the Lakers have been a better second half defensive team in the playoffs.
Officiating has sucked thus far.
Fouls are even 10-10, including pierce sitting on the bench with 3. Refs aren't really an issue
I cannot believe Cassell, who has blown all playoffs, suddenly comes alive cmon guys please don't let the alien go off
OMFG Bawstans old decrepit bench is out there and we go down by 5. Ridiculous.
We haven't won a game in the playoffs that Rush officiated.....
Celtics getting away with murder out there
I am surprised they have not tried to go to Perkins in the post when guarded by lamar
Lakers double hard on Perkins and make him pass out of it which he doesn't appear to do very well.
This Celtics team is better than I thought. They play really good defense and they're smart too. They came to play. Their defense is a cross between Utah's and San Antonio's. They can rebound like no team we've faced. This will be a tough series ladies and gents.
Finished strong, now comes the dreaded 3rd. Watch out for Boston in the 3rd quarter.....
Boston messed up by going away from kg
Bet some Boston fans are thinking: The Lakers aren't this good and can't keep shooting like this. They will cool off.
Bet some Lakers fans are thinking: Meh...we played an OK first half.
Pierce really not a factor with the three fouls He will be rested and baring and early 4th foul should play almost the entire second half and be well rested
The Keltics defense looks exposed. We're getting dunks, layups, and open shots. The only thing that can prevent a Lakers game 1 victory is execution. The Keltics have no answer for the stuff we run, as long as we run it properly.
The difference in Pierce having a bad half and Kobe is that the lakers are making a effort to double Pierce everytime he gets the ball. Kobe is just missing shots. I expect the same level of play from the Lakers on Pierce and I expect Kobe to start knocking down shots.
We must keep our composure. This is game ours for the taking.
KG's really bringing it tonight....there's no stopping that jumper.
Uhoh Pierce is down. Anyone see what happened? They sure are muting the audio a lot
Dammit. Hope he's ok. Excuses would completely suck.
Pierce is so injury prone its not even funny.
Perkins is a lot of weight for anybody's knee to take.
I think Pierce will return.....so the Lakers better get a good lead now.
Wow, the Celtics really look shook up with this injury. Oh sh*t, now Perkins just got hurt!
I totally expect Boston to rebound from this with force.
Boston is the softest team we've played in the playoffs, outside of their big two they suck.
Here comes Pierce....can someone say inspiration? Heh...
Sprained Knee but back in the game....interesting
Pierce is a drama queen.
Injury was exaggerated. The Lakers are better than the Celtics. Pierce knows it and is trying to inspire his team.
Oh wow how inspiring.... Perkins is back. Sorry buddy, nobody cares.
Lets see if Boston can defend the superstars scorers down the stretch.
I think dick bavetta is secretly a Boston fan.. he's calling everythign against lakers.. Thank god for the young ref who is the only one making the right calls (Scott?)... Damn seniority crap allowing bavetta to overrule a lot of the calls..
Looks like Kobe won the who wants to have a worse 4th quarter competition against kg.
Rondo 10 free throws. Kobe 4. Need I say more?
Kobe has been out of control since opening tip. His Jordan impersonation is hurting the Lakers. When will Kobe ever learn that team ball wins.
Pierce is selling it every time somebody touches him. What a pathetic display.
This is the only game the Lakers will lose this series. Not worried at all.
Defense wins tonight.
Can someone please just explain to me how Rajon Rondo gets more respect than Kobe from the refs?
I hate Boston! I hope someone tells everyone but fish that this is the finals.
The Celtics beat them to loose balls, tips on rebounds and they didn't quit on plays. I can't believe they let Pierce pull a Willis Reed moment on them. They had a chance to run them and slash their throats and let up because they thought he was finished.
How do you not walk and then 5 minutes later play all star quality basketball??????? And then pierce got scratched but acted like he got stabbed in the chest
Wow you guys don't sound too worried at all... Are we really this confident about this Lakers team?? I mean.. We just LOST THE GAME. Are you guys THAT confident or just in denial that Boston is the better team? Just wondering..
We'll win Game 2. That officiating was a flat out joke.
I knew we were gonna lose when KG saved that ball in the backcourt that just said the Celtics are playihng alittle harder than us.
I thought Phil performance tonight was subpar at best. Doc Rivers outcoached him greatly. It was almost embarrassing.
The Celtics are a great team, has been all year, and I think 80% of the media/pundits/fans sold them drastically short coming into this series. I thought they were the better team coming in, and I didn't see anything tonight that would make me rethink my opinion. It's going to be a monumental task to beat them.
Wow, this was one of the worst officiated games ever. The referees stole this game away from us. Come on lets win game 2 guys.
The refs had nothing to do with this loss that's a cop out. This is the Finals if you want to win it all you gotta play tough. To say the refs took it Is not the answer. If they did what is your argument ? Was Kobe or Pau in foul trouble ? No they weren't, last I look the refs don't grab rebounds or miss shots. The Lakers lost because they got out hustled, out rebounded and out played in the second half. Don't blame the ref unless you can point directly to how they impacted the game.
The team that wins the rebounding battle will win this series. Hear that, Gasol? It's called rebounding. No rebounds, no rings. Heard of boxing out when a shot goes up instead of standing still ball-watching while KG goes up uncontestedly to rebound and dunk the win home in your face? It's the NBA Finals. You're in it.
Boston looks hungrier for the c'ship than we do. Come on Lakers you're better than that! I want more efficiency from Kobe. I want Phil to play Walton less and Ariza more. Athleticism is what we need more of. As far as I'm concerned game 2 is the one to win otherwise I see us in the deepest of holes. A hole that I'm not certain we can get out of.
No excuses just play ball. When Paul went out for those couple of minutes, we had the chance to kick them while they were down, but we didn't. And Kobe just didn't play up to expectations in the fourth quarter.
Kobe was cringe-worthy today.
Our rims were rigged. Seriously, how many ****ing shots clanked out?
Our jump shots went ice cold in the 4th Celtics fan will say its their defense I think it was us missing.
Coming to a theater near you... THE KENDRICK AND PAUL SHOW Drama and acting at its best
Why does KG scream at every play he needs to calm the **** down
They only thing that annoyed me tonight was the dramatic exit and reappearance of Paul. Almost as good as wrestling. Good acting.
If Kobe takes 25 or more shots every game this series we'll be in trouble. The Celtics defense unlike the Spurs is about swarming and collapsing at the rim. Kobe shooting a lot is counter productive to the methods to beating the Celtics which is ball movement and making the open jumper.
I hate to go to the old "eight on five" routine. BUT. It got to the point where PJ Brown could set moving picks, throw elbows, grab people, etc and the refs refused to call it.
Credit to Boston though, they made their shots when it counted. They made their free throws. And when they saw that the Refs weren't going to let them lose, they took advantage.
Paul leaving on a ****ing wheelchair, then miraculously heal two minutes later made me absolutely sick. That was the biggest crock of **** I have ever seen. **** the Celtics, **** the officiating from last night(horrible), and **** pretty much anything to do with game 1. I'm sorry, but we are a better team. ****ing bring it.
That's another thing I hate about the Celtics. KG's so called intensity. Always screaming and acting like he's some kind of transcendental figure. The truth is, he plays the exact same game every night. He won't come out an dominate a game, especially when his team needs him. When he started going off early on in game 1, I turned to my friends and guaranteed he would go ice cold. He has a mental block that says, "slow down, you are elevating your performance KG!" Even superfan Bill Simmons said, he plays the same at all times. That's why he sucks in the clutch, because he doesn't play any different. And when he actually does do something, he runs around like a maniac pounding his chest and screaming obscenities. Just shut the **** up, you're not impressing the fan who thinks(which excludes quite a few I do admit). Again, Paul Pierce is a ****ing retard. That is the weakest attempt at being a hero I have ever seen. A cortizone shot doesn't even kick in near that fast.
I think that when Paul Pierce is intruduced and is at the foul lines that the Laker fans at the game need to chant Drama Queen. Make it clear that we know what type of person that Paul Pierce is. So if you have any friends that are going to the Laker game when Celtics come to town be sure to tell them to chant Drama Queen.