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Doc Out-Coached Phil

phil jacksonChuck took it hard from the Lakers fans… and even some Celtics fans…. when he suggested the coaching matchup in this series was even.

In game 1… Chuck was clearly wrong… because Doc Rivers out-coached Phil Jackson.  And before the Lakers fans go nuts here… I'm not the only one who thinks so.  Just ask Dr. Jack Ramsay:

Every move Doc Rivers made from the bench paid dividends for the Celtics. To start the game Rivers matched Kevin Garnett against Pau Gasol, but when Garnett picked up his first foul, he switched Kendrick Perkinsto Gasol and Garnett to Lamar Odom. The Lakers never went to Gasol with any consistency and Odom was not really an offensive threat, especially in the first half.

To start the third period, with his team trailing 51-46, Rivers ordered a set play for Pierce, who at that point was 1-for-4. Pierce scored from the low post and then nailed two 3s and two free throws in an eight-point run that allowed the Celtics to regain the lead.

So give Rivers the coaching nod over the veteran nine-ring wearer Phil Jackson … at least for Game 1.

Dr. Jack fails to mention the worst decision of the entire game:  the lack of a foul on the C's… who took the clock from :53 down to :27 in an 8 point game.  Even one missed free throw makes it a 3 possession game with about :50 to go.  You mean to tell me the Lakers didn't think they could hit a few 3's in the last minute?  Mind boggling decision.  Everyone in the building was expecting a foul. 

I said this in our forums… and I'll repeat it here.  If Doc Rivers didn't foul in that situation, it would be topic #1 today… and all the storylines would be about Phil being the Zen Master. 

It's only game 1… but the vaunted coaching edge that the Lakers supposedly enjoy was nowhere to be seen last night.

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  • Atomic Man

    Lets face it, the Lakers played subpar basketball and the Celtics barely won that game.
    I can’t wait to see the score of Sundays game when Pierce is riding the pine because his little knee hurts.
    Lakers in 5, maybe 6

  • Mike

    The speech that Doc gave after Paul went down was awesome. Doc was solid throughout the game…the only time I started yelling at him was about with 9-10 minutes to go in the fourth: “GET HIM OUT DOC!! GET HIM OUT OF THERE!!” That was of course when Sam Cassell was in the process of throwing away about 3 or 4 possessions in a row.