If we win the first 2, we can bet the fate of the universe that it'll go 2-2 in large part to 2 well-timed extender crews. Then the bubble will move back to the level mark by Gm 6 as it did in Phx.
Get those brooms ready cause we'll be taking out the trash in 4.
This. I think it goes 6 minimum. If we can hold serve in the first two games at home, I'm confident we can steal one of three in Boston. Do not want to see us go to Boston with a split.
Man I wish we could win on our home court but it's impossible since were going to sweep these Celtic morons
Will Pierce do another Wheel chair routine?
All you gota do it brush against him and he'll fall down and roll around on the floor like he just got shot.
Refs will heavily influence the series. A fair series with an even FT margin favors L.A. Heavily.
This series is going to be difficult to watch, because it's such a perfect matchup. I'm nervous and anxious, as well as confident, and scared to death
Celtics fans aren't as bad as Suns fans surprisingly. They're close but not on the same level of cockiness as Suns fans were.
Kind of exciting to be go in knowing that we're bigger and arguably more skilled, we're built to beat them, and they will definitely take the low road at some point. I expect Ron will have his version of a cool headed poker face on, but I also expect they may try to play into his emotions and this series might get ugly early.
OKC didn't have a great offense. The were more defensive oriented. Similar to the Celtics. OKC prepared us the most for the Celtics D. The better defense will prevail in this series.
I see the Celtics as possibly the 2nd easiest matchup the Lakers have faced yet.
The Celtics are our best match-up of anyone these play-offs. The difference is that they know how to execute. That is what makes them dangerous. Then again, its also what makes us so dangerous. That and Artest ready to throw broken table legs through people's hearts.
A lot more nba analysts are picking the Celtics to win this time. All I am hearing from Celtic fans is how "soft" Gasol is and he will lose the series for the Lakers. I really hope Pau has a great series to shut them up.
Yeah I think one of the major differences between the lakers and Magic, is individual defenders, I think the lakers have two shut down guys, that is one or two more than the rest of the NBA has, and the lakers are very good defensively as a team, they are great when they want to be.
I'm not sure any of them are capable of stepping up after watching what the Celtics did to Rashard Lewis and Anthony Parker.
T should be PJ to tell his players to play physical basketball instead of finesse.....
Just heard that Celtics plane had problems, they had to make a late stop to Phoenix and that their practice and schedule was delayed by an entire day. I remember this weird omen stuff happened a few times to a few of our opponents and it affected their gameplay. Like the Nuggets bus catching on fire, and being stuck in traffic.
Good news. I hope they get some tainted food and some of there players get food poisoning too.
Rumor is KG cussed out the plane until it broke.
Doc Rivers reportedly kept telling the pilot, "just do what you do. Just keep doing what you do" before Tom Thibodeau landed the plane in Phoenix.
This again? They had plane problems in '08! Pilots must be Lakers fans.
Somebody should introduce them to the deep fried avocado. It's a delicacy.
Pierce demanded that wheelchairs be placed all around Staples Center in case he breaks a nail during one of his flops.
I don't know who posted the topic about the Celtics plane getting delayed or something like that. But its not true. The Celtics are in LA right now practicing in the gym at UCLA. Just thought I would clear that up.
It's not enough to beat the Celtics this time, we must also humiliate them at least once, preferably in the final game. And oh yeah, I HATE GREEN.
The Celtics players and coaches seem awfuly confident. There are more nba analysts this year picking the Celtics. It's starting to feel like we are underdogs.
Won't be a factor because the officials will definitely NOT call a technical on Perkins this entire series....except maybe in game 7, as a jokeAnyone think Perkins will get his last T?
You know if he does your gonna hear a bunch of Celtic fans crying conspiracy. I have a feeling he wont get it, I don't know why, I know a lot of people are counting on that.
I'm soooooooooooooo sick of hearing how rondo is the key to this series and that he is a future hall of famer and whatnot. I hope he fails miserably
Don't worry, after the Failtics get booted out by the Lakers we won't see Rondo in the finals ever again.
I expect Artest to pull down Pierce's shorts again
I also say Lakers in 6.....but I wouldn't be shocked if we swept the Boston Celtics. I expect Kobe Bryant to play the best basketball of his entire career in this playoff series alone.
I'm a raps fan, but we suck so I have to cheer for someone. Boston stinks
That was def a carry by Artest on that fast break. I can't believe that didn't get called.
ALLEN out of the game with 2 fouls
LAL is going to be in the bonus early here. If they can hit their FT's they should be able to maintain a sizeable lead at the end of this qtr.
Only in the NBA can a referee challenge a player to a fight, get kicked out of the league, and then be reffing a Finals game a couple of years later.
Celtics d is non-existant
Artest's offense is just embarrassing.
Kobe is destroying our defense. He just keeps leaving him wide open in the lane. Unreal level of stupidity.
Garnett is pushing Pau around
GASOL'S DEFENSE OWNS KG RIGHT NOW!
Paul Pierce flopped AFTER the whistle. Get him back to the studio to practice.
Tony Allen is playin pretty good on Kobe
Paul Pierce getting the Kevin Durant treatment.
Lakers still scared of Boston.
\I'd like to smash ray allens smirk off his face somoene lend me a bat ?
All about Boston in this quarter, am not liking this at all.. Lakers still playing "SOFT"...
Derrek Stafford hates Kobe.
Looks like Big Game Farmar showed up to play.........for the Celtics.
Lakers don't look really prepared for the Celts defense.
Why am I getting the feeling the ft disparity is gonna work against us again. Even at home! We can't get a break! Seems that has been our burden for years!
This is exactly how the Celts beat the Cavs and Magic; get into the passing lanes, get steals and force TO's. Lakers look a little befuddled by this D.
The bench comes in and momentum goes back to the Celtics. Don't benches usually play better at home?
Pierce once again owning everyone on our team. You'd think we'd know his game by now. He flops, and draws fouls. But, we just play right into his hands. That's three guys in foul trouble now.
Celtics are just trying to get fouls...Rondo even pulling stunts
The one thing we learned from the first quarter is that the Celtics don't play defense nearly as well as they did in the 2008.
I don't even know why we bother checking out who the refs are for each game..there is no such thing as a Pro Laker ref..they ALL hate us
I don't wish injury upon anyone.. But, I hope Pierce's career ends on a flop. It would be well-deserving.
Looks like Boston's strategy is to flop their way to a win.
I hate pierce he's a disgrace to this sport. He should not be a HOF.
It actually helps to have Rasheed on the Celtics. You can hate them even more.
This might be the only playoff game where the refs foul out both teams.
Why is Doc always crying? Refs are calling it the same both ways for the most part
Annoying to see the refs call the game to be close. Grrrr. They don't want the Celtics losing confidence early in the series.
This crowd freaking sucks. We need to get the celebs outta here and move the people from the 300 section down low.
Let Garnett, Perkins and Rondo shoot all day. Garnett has completely lost his touch and Gasol is owning him right now.
Wait so Lebron is doing Larry King AND Nightline. During the NBA finals. What a prick.
Lebron is on his way to being one of the most hated players in the league.....and its his ego's fault.
KG looks done. Sad.
The Celtics bench isn't nearly as good as it was in 2008. Not even close.
Good job refs, way to open up the half.
Put Sasha On Perkins and get a T out of it
I can see Perkins' "urge to kill meter" just rising.
Pau gets superstar calls while Kobe doesn't
We're doing an EXCELLENT job of getting these guys into foul trouble.
There is no Eddie House to bail them out. All this pressure is on Pierce and if he's guarded KG and no way KG's gonna bust us up he'd explode. Ray is gonna get his but they don't have other scorers if we play tough D they are done.
That 4th foul on Ray Allen is going to really hurt Boston's chances of getting back in this one. Having a deep 3 pt threat like Allen is crucial in making a double digit comeback on the road.
Lakers beating Celtics at their own game. DEFENSE AND REBOUNDING WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dear KG...retire. Thanks.
There have been a lot of touch fouls, but it has at least consistent.
CELTICS ARE TERRIBLE IN THE 4TH QTR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LeBron sitting at home wearing his ridiculous "We are all witness" shirt thinking "Damn that Kobe is pretty good"
Kobe got a call there...can't lie. 5 on Ray Allen.
Poor Ray Ray..5 fouls..go home crying to your mama, she waiting for ya
Why do the Celtics feel the need to harass the referees after every call? EVERY call.
Because it's Boston and without the refs they are kinda like Phoenix..all hype
Pierce looks like he realized they are gonna lose this series
Sheed with that 'I'm stupid look'. Yes you really are.
LA is just shredding their D apart
Ray Allen's fouls are huge blow to them
They lost their single shooter to space the floor
My biggest fear is that the officiating will be different for game 2 and we wont be ready.. Especially if they let them play more
Kobe got grabbed right there...but they can't call everything
Wallace is a cancer.
Celtics can't play defense without fouling
Wallace is a dirty dirty player
Pau made KG look 'soft' tonight!
Game 1 means little in this Rivalry.
Phil has his team prepared and that is the difference in the teams tonight. It is because of their preparedness that they are able to get to the boards. C's will adjust in Game 2. Lakers will have to be ready. A great coach is the reason they were ready tonight.
I''m pretty sure Boston have the ability to steal a road game but I'm confident that if we win game 2, this is going to be a short series.
It was awesome seeing Phil on top of EVERYTHING tonight, he was out of his chair much of the night. Yelling at Doris Burke to take her camera crew elsewhere during gameplay, making sure the refs weren't missing anything, he was making adjustments like a chess master with a speed clock. Doc's agreat coach, but PJax gave him a lesson tonight.
KG is a good player, and now he is just done,because of injuries and he is old now.
Ltics look old and done.
Phil has to control Pau's min! Playing 47 mins is too damn much... The man is gonan drop dead!!!
I don't think the next one is gonna be that easy.
Rondo was awful all the way around tonight. The only one of their starters that WASN'T awful was Ray Allen - and he still wasn't very good.
Does KG have any cartlidge left on that knee? His reaction to the basket underneath reminded me of my grandmother and she can't go to her left.
Decent officiating tonight.
Fair distribution, but I don't think it was good, they took over the game...
We will have a harder time in game 2 I don't think the refs will keep Allen out of the game again. Even I think its ridiculous how many fouls they are calling him for
Phil is 48-0 when he wins the first game of a series. We got this one!
Don't be so sure. History means nothing when you play a team like the Celtics.