If all the games are like this one, I might not survive the series. Paul Pierce took this game over in the 3rd quarter scoring 8 points in a 90 second span including a 4-pt play. He then went down in a heap with a knee injury and had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair. There was a collective "What the F*ck" heard across New England. No worries though, the Truth raced back onto the court and promptly drained back-to-back threes to put the Celtics back on top. The Celtics D clamped down in the 4th quarter and held off the Lakers. Oh yeah…Kobe Bryant…the so-called best player in the universe had 24 pts on 9-26 FG (1-5 in 4th). Here are some other observations:
-KG (24 pts, 13 reb) struggled in the 4th until he slammed home a missed shot (above photo) with about 1:30 left which put the Celtics up 8.
-Rondo (15 pts, 7 asst, 5 reb, 2 TO) was brilliant. He was in complete control of this game and never looked rattled.
-The Celtics really struggled with the Lakers pick-and-roll in the first half. At times it seemed like they'd never seen that play. On that note, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol combined for 25 pts and killed the C's in the first half. But they disappeared in the second half, scoring just 5 pts.
-I really want to credit the Celtics second half defense, but it seemed that a lot of Lakers' misses were in-and-out.