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NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: The Lakers know what is coming Sunday

Jun 4, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

Bryant_Artest_hug.jpgThat was not the Celtics.

Or at least the Celtics that will come to play Sunday. They’ll look the same, wear the same uniforms, but they won’t act the same.

A more aggressive Lakers team and some aggressive whistles from the referees had Boston taking a step back in Game 1. They spent much of the game on their heels. They let the Lakers control the paint, they let the Lakers dribble into the heart of their defense.

It’s not going to be that easy in Game 2. And the Lakers know that.

“I think they’ll make it much more difficult for us to get to the basket,” Phil Jackson said. “I think they’re going to try to close their lanes off. I think there were segments of screen-and-roll opportunities that hurt them, they’ll make adjustments there. They’re a good adjustment team.”

The word of the day was aggressive from the Lakers.

“I expect (Kevin Garnett) and the whole team to just be more aggressive, you know, and with a sense of urgency, understanding the importance of Game 2,” Pau Gasol said. “But I expect us to be even more aggressive and be ready for that type of intensity that they might bring.”

The Lakers also talked about keeping the Celtics from getting easy baskets in transition, of dominating the boards again. Boston, of course, said just the opposite.

There will be adjustments, but with two teams that played each other in the finals two years ago and are still running the same systems, everybody is pretty familiar with each other. There are not a lot of secrets left, not many unexpected tweaks to come.

It’s about execution. It’s about passion. It is about aggression and physicality.

And the Lakers seem to know what is coming on Sunday.

  1. rufe - Jun 5, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    Still? Its still about the Lakers did not win the game. The Celtics lost it. News flash. “Read all about it” The Lakers won. By themselves. By a lot. The only reason was is that Lakers happened to play on a lucky night. You guys. You are playing with fire. Someday you will be able to say I watched that Final and watched Kobe and Gasol and Odom and The Lakers and say they won.

  2. Derrick - Jun 5, 2010 at 6:12 AM

    You need to wake up. The Celtics were beaten by a better team. They were outhustled and outplayed.

  3. Omnius - Jun 5, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Does more aggressive for Boston mean that Paul Pierce will resort to more dirty tricks to get the refs to bail him out with phantom foul calls? I saw Pierce pull a ditry trick on Kobe early in game 1 where Pierce fell back into Kobe then fell to the floor grabbing Kobe’s jersey and the ref was tricked into calling a foul on Kobe when it was just Pierce being a wimp dirty tricking the ref to bail him out. Saw later in the game where Pierce tried that dirty trick a second time and the ref wasn’t fooled by his dirty trick and that really made Pierce mad. Dirty tricksters do not deserve championships and if the Ancient Celtics can’t win honestly then they don’t deserve to even be in the Finals. Lakers will win honestly in 6 games or hopefully less.

  4. Buck Rogers Lakers Fan - Jun 5, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Oh yeah, Paul Pierce. Maybe he needs to do that Willis Reed act again. “Oh my knees hurt”. Goes back to the locker room and come out the hero again. Not a FAT chance baby. Not this time. No way nohow. Stay on the court to get a good a$$ whooping like man.

  5. Buck Rogers Lakers Fan - Jun 5, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    I believe the C’s gonna put the ball in Artest hand the next game. Cuz the they watch that PHX LK series. I hope Artest burns them with it.

  6. Buck Rogers Lakers Fan - Jun 5, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    I believe the C’s gonna put the ball in Artest hand the next game. Cuz the they watch that PHX LK series. I hope Artest burn them with it.

  7. BIGBRUCE11047 - Jun 5, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    I agree with Derrick when he says that the Celtics were beaten by a better team. The Lakers hustle on both sides of the ball and they have good shooting guards who will hit the “big 3s”. When that happens, that will open up the big men under the hoop for easy layups and slam dunks. This is a rematch of the 2007 NBA Finals but this time the Lakers are the better team. They have the better bench and the better “sixth man.” I figure the Lakers will repeat in six games. Go Lakers!!

  8. speedy - Jun 5, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    You Lakers fans kills me………..All I can say is that Rondo and Ray Allen will show up on Sunday. See Kobe is the only significant factor on the Lakers. The Celtics will let Kobe do what he do and put pressure on the other nobody’s. Celtics will win these finals.beagled

  9. KIKOMAN - Jun 5, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    did you watch the game? how can you say that Kobe was the only significant factor… did you see what Gasol did? 23pts 14 reb. and almost 60percent shooting…. KG what?

  10. LALDD - Jun 6, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    speed, you should call rufe to share his/her rufe so you both can dream on..lol.
    rufe – Umm lakers did win the game. regardles of how. it your celtics weren’t ready to play, thats there fault. the final score in game 1 is all that matters.
    speedy – We don’t mind Kobe scoring 80 in game 2 to cement his legacy as one of the greatest player ever put on a uniform. The other Lakers can contribute 20 points and that’s more than enough to beat your celtics.

  11. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 6, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    The problem with some Celtics fans and Lakers-haters is that they are too obsessed with the notion that the Lakers are a one-man team. Celtics are not the only one who can play team ball. Boston got crushed not because of the Black Mamba… they got demolished by the Laker Juggernaut.

  12. Hackpiper - Jun 6, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    One word for LA fans here: Hubris.
    Look it up. Look at the history of some playoffs…and the role it played in who actually won.
    Fortunately for LA, the Lakers don’t seem to be behaving like their fans. But theres still some basketball to play.

  13. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 6, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    As opposed to who? Your Celtics? Tell me, where were you in between 22 years of MEDIOCRITY prior to 2008? And pray tell, when was the last time the Celtics defended their crown successfully? You are right, check history. Pot calling the kettle black? Funny, coz the pot seems to be even sootier…

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