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NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Boston wants its paint back

Jun 4, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

Garnett_Odom.jpgKevin Garnett said he couldn’t repeat what Doc Rivers said to the team during a Friday film session.

It’s probably exactly what every Celtics fan was saying last night as they watched the Lakers punch their team in the mouth, what they said when Pau Gasol grabbed another offensive rebound, what they said as the Lakers held a layup parade.

“Doc reminded us of a lot of things in film,” Kendrick Perkins said, trying to clean up Rivers’ language. “He said we came out too casual. He said that we had to win games and this wasn’t a vacation… He also said we played soft last night.”

So what can we expect the “soft” Celtics to do in Game 2? Besides not treat the game like a trip to Disneyland?

First and foremost — take back the paint. On defense that means better rotations and challenging shooters. The Celtics need to get some easy transition baskets against the Lakers, and that starts with defense, Rajon Rondo said they were reminded.

“It’s not hard to keep me out of transition if we’re taking the ball out of the basket everytime,” Rondo said.

But most of the talk was about the Celtics big men going back to being the aggressors. On both ends of the floor. The Celtics needs some offense from down low.

They need the old Kevin Garnett back. Gasol said today he thought Garnett may have lost some explosiveness since two years ago, but the Celtics were not buying that.

“In this series, (Garnett) needs to get back to demanding the ball on the block, Perkins said. “I think we got to get back to where KG is taking 20 shots a game like he did in the Cleveland series in order for us to win. We’ve got to get back to attack mode.

“Getting off of KG, I think we settled a little but too much last night, we didn’t attack. But we got to find a way to post KG a little more. Him and Rasheed. They got to want to post, they’ve got t ask for the ball. That is one of the adjustments I think we’re going to make.”

  1. luffy - Jun 4, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    “Boston wants its paint back”, wtf?!
    What are you talking about? there’s nothing more, KG had 16 points, Sheed had a good game, Perk and Big Baby did what they can. The Boston team in game 1 was the same team that beat the Cavs and Orlando, it’s just that the Lakers played better and Boston finally got a good challenge.
    Celtics Defense? Defense my A$$!!! Lakers played better defense and offense and will continue to do that in the following games.
    Who’s gonna contain Rondo? Why? But pls. ask yourselves who’s gonna contain Kobe and Pau?
    Yes, keep dreaming Celtics fans, this ain’t 2008, only reason Celts won is because Bynum and Ariza didn’t play + Celts have JAMES POSEY. Now they have Bynum and Artest and you could clearly see the difference.
    Lakers in 5…

  2. luffy - Jun 4, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    “In this series, (Garnett) needs to get back to demanding the ball on the block, Perkins said. “I think we got to get back to where KG is taking 20 shots a game like he did in the Cleveland series in order for us to win. We’ve got to get back to attack mode.”
    In Miami KG was guarded by Haslem…
    In Cleveland KG was guarded by Jamison…
    In Orlando KG was guarded by Lewis…
    All of them were smaller players and not good defensive players so KG has a clear advantage. Please accept the fact that KG is kinda old but I admire him for his will to win…

  3. Eric of Melbourne - Jun 4, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    No coach in the world is going to tell his team: “You know what – they’re a better team than we are. We played good, but what are ya gonna do?”
    But if a coach says, “They’re NOT a better team! You guys just played soft!” – MAYBE – just maybe – he can squeeze out a win or two.
    But there is no question – the Lakers are the better team – you don’t have to feel bad about it, Celtics!

  4. NimRod - Jun 4, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Okay…game 2 will be very physical…The Celts will try to intimidate the lakers again and get Sheed and KG more shots…with Perkins saying KG needs twenty shots to beat the lakers…look for Kobe to double off of Rondo early in the game…not a real agressive doulbe but enough to force a pass over to Rondo…Rondo will have to hit shots in order for the Cees to win…same thing with Sheed…
    Perk will get his final and eliminating tech Sunday no doubt about it…deep in the second quarter…
    Look 4 Odom and Bynum to go off in a major way! Lakers will blow the game open at the top off the 4th…

  5. Lakers4Lyfe - Jun 5, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    If you thought 60+ freethrow shots in game 1 was insane, wait until game 2. Oh, and for you crybaby Celtics fans, the Celts shot two more free throws than the Lakers. So cry more. There is going to be an ejection, maybe two Sunday. Celtics can’t play basketball, so they will try boxing. They really need to go back to stealing cars.

  6. Socal - Jun 5, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    Haha, thx for the laugh. Lakers in 5. I love all the east coast hype about Rondo and the ‘tough’ celtics. They haven’t met a team like the lakers who are playing their best of the season. Forget Rondo, who is going to guard Kobe? Nobody can answer that, because the celtics have no answer for Kobe, let alone gasol.
    It’s going to be a short series, but a great one for lakers fans!

  7. Derrick - Jun 5, 2010 at 6:32 AM

    The look of frustration on Perkins face when he was interviewed in front of his locker said it all. I think that Boston was expecting a cakewalk after beating Cleveland and Orlando and after what happened in 2008 but they were smoking the crack pipe and now it’s time for detox and detox can be a “Biiitchhh”.

  8. Munie Sang - Jun 5, 2010 at 6:50 AM

    No, not now, be ready with the paint home, let them slide like skaying on hardcourt and prove there no place like home as they did…

  9. balboner - Jun 5, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Rivalry, what rivalry? The Celtics have beat the Lakers nine out of 11 times in the finals. The Celtics have more championships with fewer trips to the finals. This is only one game! More basketball to play.

  10. Buck Rogers Lakers Fan - Jun 5, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Last time the Lakers played Boston in 08, Lakers didn’t have Bynum and Ariza. But now we have it better. We got Thug on the court Ron Artest to bully Paul Pierce and Bynum to keep things on check with Pau. Posey was the only reason why Celtics won the finals anyway. He kept Kobe in check and didn’t get any credit for it. Remember game 4 when he hit those 2 3’s down the stretch. If it wouldn’t be from him, the the lakers will be playing for 3 peat.

  11. Omnius - Jun 5, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Ahh the Ancient Celtics want their paint back, maybe they should go to Sherwin Williams and buy a few cans. Otherwise Gasol, Bynum and Odom own the paint on the floor and will continue to do so the rest of the series until they win. Maybe the Celts can start playing the girlie zone to keep the superior Lakers out of the paint. The Lakers are too tall and too good while the Celts are just too old and too short. Too bad Lakers in 6 games, maybe only 5 as that would be Sweet Revenge for how 2008 ended.

  12. Buck Rogers Lakers Fan - Jun 5, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    OM, I see a sweep. If the lakers keep playing like that, there will be a sweep. I know the c’s gonna come out of the bull pin charging like a bull the next game as long as the lakers withstand the Green monsters aggressiveness.

  13. IndieVote - Jun 5, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    In the last 40 years the Celtics have 6 championships to the Lakers 10. In the last 10 years the Celtics have 1 championship to the Lakers 4. If you want to talk about the Celtics and their championship advantage, you have to bust out the history books. It’s been a long time since the Celtics were anything special. Hell, the Miami Heat has as many rings as the Celtics this decade.

  14. Buck Rogers Lakers Fan - Jun 5, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Amen IndieVote. U tell’m. U know never thought about it until u said it about the Celtics. They used to rule the NBA when it came to Championship. Its karma baby. Lakers r here to get those champinships back. Tha C’s owe us anyway. Biatch!!!!!!!

  15. Michael - Jun 5, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    More hype for some ratings. By now the Celtics faithful (entire east coast) is really pumped up that the Cs will be able to pull the upset in Game 2. Highly doubt it.
    Who knows? All this Celtics hype might even lead the Celtics faithful to believe they can pull an upset in Games 3 and 4. Lakers could take this in 4, but all delusions aside will probably require 5 or 6.

  16. Michael - Jun 5, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    This is equivalent to saying UCLA still owns college basketball today because of all those championships they won under Coach Wooden (R.I.P).
    The truth is, until 2008, the last time Boston was relevant was in the 1980s with the Bird and Magic rivalry.
    The Lakers has dominated the NBA in the past 10 years (up there with the Bulls and Spurs) the same way Duke and North Carolina has dominated college basketball.

  17. Kansachusetts - Jun 5, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    I am enjoying how the Lakers fans smell blood. Unfortunately, the blood is their own. Even with a miserable showing from the Celtics, they were in the game until the final minutes. Assuming Garnett and Rondo don’t have injuries they’re not talking about, the Celtics still win this in six. Then I’ll look forward to the Lakers fans bragging again as soon as the next season starts.

  18. bbky - Jun 5, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    The comments here read like the Laker’s fans want to switch to single-elimination. I’ve been a fan for over 40 years. Reading posts and quotes over the years makes me believe Laker’s fans are the most rabid, least knowledgable fans that follow any sport. Hard to find a basketball comment from any of the ones here.
    “No question, better team” (after splitting the season series); “stealing cars”; “boxing”; “can’t contain Artest” (isn’t this the guy that completely lost his cool against ‘Sheed and the rest of the Pistons); “I see a sweep” (wanna back that up with cash? Say $1000. Post your e-mail address, Buck Rogers, and we’ll set it up). Astute observations all.
    Wake up and smell the cocaine, Laker fans. This is a series.

  19. Michael - Jun 5, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    You’re looking at the point differential as if it mattered. Margins of victory doesn’t always tell the entire picture. Game 1 could have been EASILY a 30 point beat down but, like poker, the Lakers were not about to reveal all their hands in one play.
    Game 2 will be tell all of the fans if this will be a series or not, and that doesn’t even require a 1-1 split. If Boston can come up with sound adjustments, whether in victory or in defeat, then this is a series. If they continue to be outplayed and outexecuted, then this series is over.
    Miami did come back from an 0-2 deficit, which is something for all you Celtics fan can fall back on, but they did have a good counter against Dallas and that was D-Wade. Who does the Celtics have? It was supposed to be Rondo, but he hasn’t shown it yet.

  20. nimble - Jun 5, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    With all those phantom calls wheelchair gets,with all the absurd FT differential Lakers have to endure I believe they will take it in 6.It could have been a three-peat had the referees not swallowed their whistles back in 2008.

  21. steve - Jun 5, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    i agree, the celts won most of there championships 40 years ago when i believve there was 8 to 10 teams in the leauge.the lakers won 9 in the last 20 years with 30 teams in the league. more competive and much harder to accomplish.

  22. Lakers4Lyfe - Jun 5, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    The real truth is the Celtics were smokin’ the crack pipe at KG’s beach house in Malibu before game 1 … I agree with Derrick. You could see the crack in their eyes. That’s also why Doc Rivers made that comment about ‘vacation’. They popped some hoes, smoked the pipe and got soft. Kids, this is why crack is bad for you … KG should do an ‘NBA Cares’ commercial about it.

  23. Mustafa Al-Enzi - Jun 5, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Containing Kobe is like containing the oil gushing in the gulf coast! Good luck Boston!

  24. rodney - Jun 5, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    i think the lakers are a better team but it need to play out on the court.if the lakers had big b in 2008 who knows laker in five

  25. Hackpiper - Jun 6, 2010 at 7:38 AM

    And a special note of commendation goes to Lakers4Life for exemplary exhibition of the qualities that give LA fans their much deserved reputations as West Coast flakes, weenies, a-holes and twits.

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