We've heard it a bazillion times from the Lakers trolls: If the Lakers had Bynum last year, it would have been a different story. Blah… Blah… Blah.
But Kendrick Perkins DESTROYED Bynum in November last year (21 pts, 9 reb vs. 4 pts, 9 reb). In their December matchup, the stats were even, but Perk was a +7 while Bynum was a -13. And as my buddy Ken accurately stated over beers the other night: This year's Perk would piss on last year's Perk. This year's Perk is a better defender and a more patient scorer.
Meanwhile, Bynum is the anointed savior of this team as they match up against the Celtics. He's got the pressure of a big contract and big expectations. If he doesn't deliver in this game tomorrow, a legion of fans will see what we've been saying all along here at Red's Army: Bynum would have made almost zero difference last year.
He's a good player who might someday be great. But part of the reason he got all this money is to step up in games like this. What will the fickle Lakers fans do to him when doesn't?
On the eleventh day of Christmas, The Celtics gave to me…
11 Lakers excuses for losing
10 more Rondo triple doubles
9 Tommy Points
8 course dinners for Big Baby
7 C’s in double figures
A 6 year deal for Rajon Rondo
Fiiiiiive minutes for Scaaaaaaaaal…….
4 monster blocks from Perk
3 point bombs from Ray and Eddie
2 straight Finals losses by the Lakers
and a ring for Tony Allen’s pinky!
Examiner: Celtics-Lakers: Exactly how it should be | Herald: Merry Christmas fans, Celtics-Lakers on tap | Celtics streak by Sixers | Davis remains inactive | Globe: A little bit of perspective | Crowd gets into LA game early | Great Lengths | talk of streak struck down | WEEI: Sounds of the game | Camerato: O'Bryant spreads holiday cheer | Now and then: breaking 18 game streaks | T&G: Rondo enjoyed 44 game streak | CBS Sports: Celtics humble after 19th straight win | Megliola: Best start ever | Real Clear Sports: C's top aggregate power rankings. Lakers tied with Magic at #3