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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. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 6, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    Funny how you make selective choices and make sweeping statements. If I were to go down your pathetic level then I would say you’re just one of those mentally-challenged bottomfeeder hooligans who pelted, vandalized, and harrassed the Lakers bus back in 2008 in Boston.

  2. Lakers4Lyfe - Jun 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    At least in LA we know how to turn buses over! You had better hope your Celtics don’t board a bus after game 6 or 7. But this series will end in Boston anyway. No chance on going 6 games … so you’ll get another chance:) Great fans in Boston, yes. Fantastic!!

  3. RALPH - Jun 6, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    yea Im sure that the Lakers were more than likely the favorites in all those other meetings because for the most part they were the better team, but Boston played a little harder and wanted it more.. now this time besides being the better team again the Lakers want this more and are playing harder. and as far as rivalry goes I think Boston hates LA alot more than La hates Boston, maybe its because youre afraid that very soon we will cacth you and pass you in TITLES. cause you know that in every other major category you dont even come close to LA !

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