I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here’s a dose of ‘enemy chatter’ from Los Angeles.
Bynum dominated again at times against the Celtics, repeatedly making Kevin Garnett look every minute of 35 years old.
He finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds. He played nearly 41 minutes, second only among the Lakers to Bryant. He played all but one minute of the second half, second only among the Lakers, again, to Bryant.
On the game’s deciding basket, Bynum bullied Garnett, moving him deep, deeper and deeper still, until being able to convert from in close.
“Andrew is too big,” Bryant said. “You can’t teach that. I knew it was going to be a high-percentage shot.”
On Friday, Bynum made headlines by saying the Lakers were going to go at Boston’s head, at “the Celtics’ rack.”
Instead, he reached in and strong-arm stole their heart.
I’ll give Andrew Bynum credit for a well played game and clutch bucket, but can we chill out on the dominated Kevin Garnett talk?
Bynum is a legit center with a 30-pound weight advantage on a 35-year-old power forward. He scored 20 points in 41 minutes against one of the thinnest front lines in the NBA.
The media is also buzzing about Kobe Bryant’s decision to pass the ball to Bynum on the Lakers final possession. As though it’s some sort of passing of the torch. Don’t forget the Lakers were up one point at the time. Talk to me when Bryant passes into the post when the Lakers are down one.
God, I hate the Lakers.