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  1. NBA finals, Laker Celtics Game 1: If the power forward matchup is key, Boston is in trouble

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol may not have the force or vast defensive impact of Dwight Howard, but his Game 1 performance provided a convincing case that Gasol is one of the best all-around bigs in the game. Put him in the high post, and he set up plays for his teammates while pulling Kevin Garnett away from…

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: L.A. made statistical anomalies look easy in Game 1

    Jun 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Even if the Laker lead in Game 1 never got completely out of hand, there’s no question that Los Angeles was in control. L.A. was in sync both offensively and defensively, and their offensive balance and defensive resistance offered the Celtics a challenge they’ve rarely faced in these playoffs. It was a bit odd to…

  3. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game One: Kobe can play a little defense, too

    Jun 4, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Sure, Kobe put up 30 on the Celtics. But he was doing it at both ends. Don’t take my word for it, ask Tony Allen.

  4. NBA finals Celtics Lakers Game 1: Pau Gasol tears the Big Ticket in half

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:40 AM EDT

    The spirit was willing. The body was not. Kevin Garnett reached up with the ball to dunk and found it just.. wasn’t there. In Game 1 of the NBA finals, there were many reasons the Celtics fell to the Lakers by 13 (at one point down 20). But it cannot be overstated the level of…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game One: Who are these guys in green and what did they do with the real Celtics?

    Jun 4, 2010, 1:55 AM EDT

    The Celtics were angry when they went in the locker room. John McEnroe angry. That’s not the norm for a veteran team, and it was not at all like the Celtics team that has marched through the playoffs. But they didn’t play like those Celtics, either. These Celtics were pissed. Not with the referees (well,…

  6. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1, halftime: Lakers pound ball inside, lead foul-filled half

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:32 PM EDT

    The Lakers had said they were not going to back down, that they would go right at the Celtics. And they did. The result is a 50-41 lead at the half, with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combining for 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Lakers have 28 points in the paint, the Celtics…

  7. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Coaches have most boring pregame press conferences ever

    Jun 3, 2010, 8:11 PM EDT

    Wow, that was just useless. Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson said almost nothing of interest in their pregame press conferences. Rivers lasted just longer than two minutes. Apparently even the media is sick of talking about this game. Phil Jackson had one good line, when asked about NBA TV analyst and former Minnesota Timberwolves General…

  8. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 1: Your pre-emptive hyperbolic headlines

    Jun 3, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    So here we are. It’s go time. Time for the dance. Ready to rumble. A June for all the marbles (until November, at which point it starts all over again, especially if your team loses in which case you will disavow this season behind an excuse). It’s the NBA finals! And it’s Lakers-Celtics! OMG! So…

  9. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Winning game one sets the tone

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson things winning Game 1 is important. Shocking. As for the players, they don’t care so much about the rivalry, they care about the ring.  

  10. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Sheed is ready to roll, but don't count on Daniels

    Jun 3, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    We checked in with Hawkeye over at the 4077 and here is the Celtics M*A*S*H* Unit report: Rasheed Wallace has practiced with the team and is ready to go, he is expected so play tonight. It’s important, not only because the Celtics could use his shooting coming off the bench tonight, but because later in…

  11. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Slowing Kobe Bryant

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Against Orlando, the Celtics were willing to let Dwight Howard score. They single-covered Howard so perimeter defenders could stay home on the Magic’s shooters. They thought (correctly, it turns out) that Dwight Howard could not beat them alone, even if he went off for a big night. Try that with Kobe Bryant and he will…

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