Even most Lakers fans admitted last night that they got the benefit of the calls. I think Ray's problems stemmed from the knee he took to the thigh early in the game. Tony took a kick to the neck from Kobe and ended up with 8 stitches in his lip. The refs sure called it tight... on one end. It was interesting to see that Laker fans turned on Kobe pretty quickly. I'm not giving up on my Celtics. They were in this same position after game 3 in the Cavs series and I have faith that they will bounce back and take the series again. The only difference is that the officiating in games 4,5 and 6 in that series was pretty good. I don't have confidence that it will be called fairly in this series. The evidence so far in the Finals indicate the opposite. The last poster has a good point, except for the fact that the Celtics have gotten screwed in all 3 games, not just the first and third. They just played well enough to overcome the obvious bias of the refs in game 2.
Eliminate the crowd early! Unlike our pathetic rich celebrity crowd, the Boston crowd will have a huge impact on the way the game is called and played early and often, we need to jump on them right away.
Do not let the splendid play of Rajon Rondo fool you men! We may be outnumbered, outhustled and outscored, but our fighting spirits are stronger! Only a champion forces a force greater then theirs to struggle to match our power! Raising their level to heights not yet seen in these Playoffs, they surprised us in our last battle, and yet we battled them to a standstill, before a critical error gave them the victory.
It took a career game from Ray Allen and a triple double from Rondo to beat us, the way I see it, we're still in the drivers seat
About the only encouraging thing is that Boston is not a good home team and they have little time off.
Someone please tell Odom its the finals and it would be nice if could show up now! He has more fouls (10) then points (8) in the 2 1st games unfreakinbelievable.
I never feel comfortable at Staples, our stupid crowd is more concerned about tacos than wins. The taco chant in the playoffs makes me ill. I truly want to give all those people a 6 pack of tacos (say here's your fn' tacos) take their tickets and tell them to gtfo.
"Ain't coming back to LA" What the Hell is Paula talking about? The last time he predicted a sweep, the Magic pushed the series to six games. Come on boys lets take care of business.
Do you really have to guess how someone could get stabbed numerous times when you hear the piece of crap speak?
Free Artest I wish he could just beat the crap out of him and send him to the hospital
I wonder how the west would have been if the Suns did not trade Rondo to the Celts a few years ago. Suns might be in the Finals. You just never know. He was drafted with the 21st pick in the first round. What a steal...Makes me want the Lakers to buy a #1 pick from someone to start to rebuilt the bench.
The Lakers are a team that has trouble maintaining their focus, especially after a big win like they had in game 1. But through this year and last year's playoff they haven't lost a must win game yet. I completely expect them to win game 3, lose game 4 and then win games 5 and 6. The Celtics are still living off of their 2008 memories but the Lakers are clearly the better team now and that will show as the series goes on. There are just too many matchups in the Lakers favor.
Celtics are floppers
After what Paulina said Game 3,4 and 5 is going to Kobe Bryant if there is one thing you don't do it's wake up the Mamba have fun getting **** on Celdicks
He wasn't lieng though were winning all 3 and we won't see them back in LA
Lets face it, in the last game, despite the calls, the lakers almost won!
Series is tied.
Let's see if the refs allow Kobe to play in this game without calling ridiculous fouls on him...
Honestly we could have won that game if it weren't for foul troubles. What the heck is up with the refs giving Kobe 5 fouls? 2 of them weren't even his fault.
Please have Ron run the triangle and not run around in a circle.
We need to expect pierce and kg to have better games tonight. I think they combined for what, 16 pts in game 2? I'm sure they will have something like 16 pts a piece tonight. They key is limiting rondo and ray
If LA gets only one in Boston, the 2010 champions will be the Boston Celtics.
The 2008 Celtics didn't choke away homecourt when they had it. Major props to the 2010 old Celtics to beat a better Lakers team on their court... Advantage Celtics, something the Lakers never had in 2008 and had only for one game in 2010 thus far...
The last team to lose the middle three road games had Derek Fisher & Kobe Bryant in the backcourt... Hopefully history doesn't repeat itself.
How many Boston fans did you know of before 2008. None
I don't see Lakers wining another game but I hope we compete in don't get blown out by 20 30 points
We will win 3 in a row
Love your optimism, but highly question your intelligence and judgment.
Collectively the Celtics minus doc are basketballs biggest crybaby queers ever
Danny Crawford and Bennett Salvatore? Now were ****Ed
Danny Crawford, the black dude with the Hitler-like moustache, hates the Lakers.
Ouch ... Both Crawford AND Salvatore together ... On the road ... That bodes no good for the Lakers
I predict 122 fouls with 8 ejections ... Of which 98 calls are against Los Angeles and all those kicked out are Laker personnel and/or coaches
Oh god not Bennett salvatore
I think we're going to just have to concider the refs as a c's 6th man and factor it into the plan. We just need to out play the c's.
Hey what's that sound in the background drowning out the announcers? Oh, never mind, those are REAL fans.
Odom sounded hella nervous
Which makes ME nervous..he has to go out there and be dominate. This is HIS moment to shine, tonight we see if all that hassle we went through over the summer to keep him was worth it
Wow. Magic just predicted Boston will win tonight. When asked how hard it was to say that, he laughed, "well, it would hurt if I was out there on the basketball court". Meaning he doesn't give a (bleep) because he's not playing??!!
Boston fans are hype unlike the fans at LA
KG owning Pau.
Sometimes Pau has the lowest IQ on the court! What was he doing passing it to Ron when he's 6 feet from the lid???
2 quick fouls on Artest Wow CRAWFORD AND SALVATORE DOIN WORK!
Get Ray a wheelchair...
Artest with 2 fouls, best news all series.
Salvatore has his name all over this game already. Didn't take long.
Salvatore (the guy convicted of check fraud) obviously has money on the Celtics tonight.
Bynum as active on defense as a tree trunk.
Gasol is completely non-existent. Game over if he keeps playing like this.
Boston is a lot tougher than us, nothing has changed
Rondo picking up right where he left off. If he plays like this we cannot win. Have to stop him.
I thought Boston was supposed to be old and slower?
Where the heck is Kobe, ROndo just all over the damn place...Gotta respect him, he is not the 2008 Rondo!!!
Wow we getting whistles Amazing
IF we can get to the free throw line (and make the damn free throws) we have a chance.
Kobe gets a call??!?!? No way!
I hate to say this, but I like Rondo's hustle.
Celtics didn't conserve their energy, I expect them to be very tired. (Minus Rondo who is a freak).
Front court a no show on both ends, I wonder how we are leading.
Refs with the agenda, that says Lakers win today, Boston wins game 4, then a crucial game 5-6-7
Lamar and FAT BABY is such a good mismatch....... Lamar should take him off the dribble everytime
Very fortunate to be up 9 after the first Q...Celts had plenty of shots they shoulda made.
Hopefully Rondo gets his third foul. This guy is just a freaking pest that needs to be swatted.
The fact that Pierce hasnt detroyed Walton for 15 yet is a sign the gods are on our side
Nice 2 on Pierce and 2 on Rondo
I like how we're getting to the line.
I get more nervous when we build good size leads, the potential of a crash hurts bad. The key will be to play the win all the way through, don't get caught up into wasting clock.
Farmar and Shannon need to play smarter the IQ of both of them combined is squirrel level
Lakers clueless against this tightened Celtics defense.
I feel it... Here come the refs to the rescue!!!
More like turnovers to the rescue.
Need to EXECUTE some plays, stop looking for the refs to bail us.
What did you expect, if they call it fair we would blow out every effing team in the league
Kobe 2-8 so far. Brutal. After 14 yrs, is it safe to say Kobe gets stage fright at the biggest stage of the NBA? Why is he such a bad finals shooter?
Pierce is everything that's wrong with the NBA
Gasol getting owned by KG
Our defense on Ray Allen has been outstanding this game. That mother (bleep) hasn't gotten one clean look yet.
I expect the typical laziness we have when we get a big lead...I hope I'm wrong though
Nice going Kobe. 2 bricks to start.
If Kobe wants to be the best Laker ever, he's going to have to stop missing every damn shot he takes against the Celtics
Does Phil Jackson have ANY control over Kobe??? This is getting out of hand.
Kobe must be the dumbest legendary player in basketball.
Artest is the Celtics' best player tonight.
Kobe stopped the bleeding, but he just caused it with 3 bad shots.
Wow, we got a gift there
So now Kobe makes one shot and he is gonna shoot 10 more..let's hope they all go in cause you know its coming
Refs want to keep this close..for the suspense
Kobe is force-ably gunning himself into the finals mvp discussions with no regard to the impact that it has on his team.
How can Rivers not be T'd up?
Pierce with 5 fouls
That was a ticky tacky foul call on Pierce.
Pau is the biggest CHOKER in Laker history
Pierce with 5 fouls? Going to be hard to blame the officials on any Laker loss, they better win this game or the mental lapse could last the rest of the series...
This is ridiculous.. We're getting owned by big baby Davis
This Lakers team is PATHETIC
This team is choking. They don't look like they deserve a championship.
Somebody get Tony Allen a wheelchair
When the Lakers make a game this close, its no shock the refs will be ready..the refs were prepared for this..Typical Lakers, so damn predictable
Flops everywhere and not a whistle blown. Lol Nice
How the F is that black teletubby Glen Davis grabbing rebounds over Bynum and Odom?!
LOL @ The refs not calling Artest, LOL!!!! I bet Celtic fans are crying
3 whistles in favor of the lakers... it's a miracle... I wonder when they will take them back
Bad call on Pierce... As much as I hate him, that was not a foul!
What's up with Kobe's body language off the ball on the offensive end? With all those bricks he's chucking, he has the audacity to act like he's pissed with his teammates?
Hopefully all the ref whiners will finally shut up. We've undoubtedly had the benefit of the calls tonight.
I love watching the slow MO replays before commercials and seeing at least 3 Celtics flopping on the same play!
Running the triangle against the Celtics is like torture. Even when we make a shot, it's probably one of the harder shots a player can make.
The Celtics defense is just too damn good. When they decide to turn it up, there's just nothing you can do. We're playing right into their hands, and it's just going to get worse.
Davis. How do we let a 600 lb., out-of-shape fat guy outhustle us? It boggles my mind.
Lakers have no answer for Davis.
I'd trade Lamar and Brown for DAVIS!
All you guys crying about our offense need to realize this is the Celtics defense disrupting it.
it's a freakin suffocating defense
Man this team is so dumb right now. So many Celtics are in foul trouble. Your answer to that is to chuck more jumpers?
These refs are so bad it can't be explained in words.
I thought this game was actually reffed much better than the last 2.
Good play, Artest. Even though he's worthless.
I can't believe how selfish Kobe is.. 9-27 from the field. Pathetic.
Kobe is not going to win Finals MVP.
What? The award will go to one of his teammates who disappeared for most of the half?
Kobe wearing the Celtic green tonight.
Kobe is tired from chucking BS shot after BS shot
Of course he's tired, he's been busy building a house all night long.
Rondo with 11 points and old man fisher with 16.
The refs should be very proud. Very very proud.
I AM SO PROUD OF THESE REFS TONIGHT!!!!!!
Lakers are taking all 3 games in Boston
Hey Pierce - you must've meant the lakers were going to sweep you in Boston, huh?
Lakers made the statement they needed to tonight. Series is ours to lose.
Pierce is a good motivator for the Lakers.
Why is the nbatv crew mainly barkley complaining about the refs and the flow of the game....
Pierce's dilemma if we go up 3-1: do they give up in Game 5 to make his prophecy come true or win and make himself look like another idiot who opened his mouth too soon (that's twice now in the playoffs).
Doc's crying about fouls. Says maybe he should ask for calls like Phil did.
The refs didn't let Pierce play? Well, Pierce shouldn't have kept fouling people when he stunk it up tonight. Kobe's foul troubles in game 2 were a joke. Pierce's fouls were legit.
Doc & KG using their press time to bitch about the officiating.
Wow, KG basically blaming the loss on the refs in post game. What a sore loser he is.
The Kobe-Fisher pick and roll killed Boston.
I think we see that next game, because Rondo is gonna have to make a decision and you know he doesn't want Kobe, but he's also to weak to fight through a screen.
I don't think the pick and roll with Fisher will work again. It's not everyday that Fisher is contributing on a lot of layups and floaters. Glad he came through tonight, well deserved on his part, but realistically, I can't see it working effectively again.
I see a pattern here:
Refs screw Boston in Game 1.
Refs screw us in Game 2.
Refs screw Boston in today.
Refs screw Lakers in Game 4
Refs screw Celtics in Game 5
Refs screw Lakers in Game 6
Refs screw Celtics in game 7
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