Consider this just a memo to the Lakers trolls who think last night's game was anything more than a win. The Celtics are still wearing rings. And the Finals are 6 months away.
There's not much that can be said about last night's game. In my opinion, the game was right there for the Celtics to take, and the Lakers just made more plays. I'm not going after the refs (although I'm still not sure how Rondo was called for an offensive foul as he was going up for a dunk). Even in the Finals, the Celtics lost 2 of 3 in LA. It's a tough place to win. It was a great battle to watch. Congrats on your big December win, Lakers.
My big question out of last night is… what the hell was up with Ray Allen?
He took some horrible shots. He and Rondo were jawing at each other after a turnover so much that Pierce had to push Ray over to his man. Not the best game of Ray's career by a long shot.
A loss like this can be good for the Celtics… provided they learn from it. The Lakers zone-based defense keeps their bigs stationed around the basket. Instead of slicing all the way to the basket… Rajon Rondo needs to dive into the middle and get everyone's attention. Then kick it out to get the zone moving.
The main concern, no matter what the result was last night, was how the Celtics were going to bounce back tonight in Oakland. Will the C's come out flat after playing in that atmosphere?
Herald: Streak ends vs. Lakers | Christmas Eve a bummer for C's | Globe: Christmas break | Gasol supplied big finish | With dose of perspective, Davis returns | Maine awaiting word on a D League team | WEEI: Instant analysis | LA Times: Just another game? Yeah, right | ESPN: Gasol makes Celtics pay | Inside Bay Area: Powe returns fostering care and hope | NY Daily News: For Telfair, a twist of fate
And one last thing: I'm not one to put TOO much stock in who fans vote in for the All Star game. However, how can NBA fans really think Luke Ridnour and Jameer Nelson are better than Rondo? Come on.