Here comes game one, and if it didn’t appear that the whole city of Los Angeles couldn’t really care any less. Maybe it has something to do with Ron Artest being unwatchable. His late game heroics against the Suns was like when that really bad guy in the 40+ community rec center league drills his first shot too early in the game. It’s a setup for disaster.
Just a couple of weeks ago the Lakers came into the playoffs having a lot to prove to all those negativos from here to the Silver Dome and beyond.
But here’s something for you. While Boston has kept a low profile, the team has enjoyed their collective game crescendo in the playoffs. Beating on some big name brands does wonders for your team and this year, particularly, wiggling past Lebron is a feat that can’t be overstated. Orlando and their dunk-master wasn’t as impressive, though it’s mere opinion, but overall a sweet accomplishment despite having done it in a bit of an eccentric style. Stellar coaching helps paint that picture, and with little to lose, under-dogged as they have progressed, downplaying that star power is no easy feat.
Then we have the Lakers, who came in to the playoff picture scrambling. Kobe deserves much credit for handling the mad dash to rebuild a reputation that took a beating during their sloppy March and April. In actuality, it’s probably the best case of why the NBA should shave 10 games off the schedule (for beginners). In any event, the end of the season wasn’t as ugly as it appeared, much in the same respect that Derick Fischer is nothing the grandpa sportswriters make him out to be more often than not. In any event, they proceeded to tear through the west to come face to face with Boston.
Bynum is unreliable, especially so now that his knee is creeky and leaky.
Though Kobe is the most proficient player in this match-up by far, the Celtics as a unit can pour on the tidy and in this series, the Celtics might have the luxury of Gasol at the 5 spot for a good portion of the series. The Celtics have the advantage here, with an X-factor pin attached securely on Odom’s jersey because if he shows like he can, and not like he sometimes does, this door could swing the other way.
Golden State has been unfortunate all season. More here.
The LeBron James Examiner is on the same page
Schedule (games on ABC-TV)
June 3: at Los Angeles, 6 p.m.
June 6: at Los Angeles, 5 p.m.
June 8: at Boston, 6 p.m.
June 10: at Boston, 6 p.m.
June 13: at Boston, 5 p.m.
June 15: at Los Angeles, 6 p.m.
June 17: at Los Angeles, 6 p.m.
For more info:
NBA Finals: Western Conference Examiners predict
NBA Finals: Eastern Conference Examiners predict