Pretty big game today… there’s no denying it.
If the Boston Celtics can take this one, then they are halfway to winning their first NBA title for a good while. If LA win it, then there’s real pressure on Boston when they don the green in Los Angeles for 3 straight games.
As I’ve stated before, the game 1 result doesn’t overly bother me. LA played like… well, like crap. I don’t see LA missing that bad again. I don’t see them hitting only 3-14 from 3 point land again. I don’t see Kobe being as ineffective as he was in game 1 again.
I. Just. Don’t.
It’s interesting to see that post the ‘Paul-Pierce-as-Willis-Reed’ histrionics, Phil Jackson is more like Phil Jackson. The gloves have come off, and now he’s shooting out those barbs that Lakers fans oh-so-love, and makes other fans… ummm… not love him.
Paul Pierce… sheesh.
Talk about being a polarizing figure at the moment.
The Celtics-fans have put the wagons in a circle, and the rest of us look on skeptically.
IF the injury was as bad as it looked, as bad as being taken off in a wheelchair warranted, then he’ll be showing it this game. No matter how much ‘adrenaline’ there is. I suspect Pierce won’t even have a limp, tho’ I’d place money on him wearing a neoprene sleeve on his knee. Excuse my cynicism.
Regardless of the histrionics surrounding Pierce’s re-taking the floor in game 1… he did re-take the floor in the grandest sense: he took over. He played a phenomenal game, and nothing around the circumstances will detract from that.
LA have big steps to take from the game 1 performance before they can match it with Boston.
I expect the Lakers to respond. I think they take this one. I still haven’t seen anything that would cause me to change my prediction of Lakers-in-5 (or 6). But if that’s just wishful thinking or The Truth… I guess we wait and see.