So yesterday there was a little game between the Celtics and Lakers. It was really the only relevant game on Sunday. Far better than the Pro Bowl and the NHL All Star game. Before touching on the Celtics I want to say that it was great to see Phil Kessel as the last player chosen in the players draft Friday night. Very suitable for a selfish jerk. The AFC lost the Pro-Bowl, hopefully that’s not a precursor to the AFC winning the Super Bowl.
But back to the Celtics.
Well, I think we’re all in agreement that if Kendrick Perkins had played in last year’s game seven it would’ve had a different result. Pao Gasol (AIDS Bird) pulled down rebound and rebound as the Celtics had no one there to get anything. Well, Perkins was back yesterday. Sure he didn’t start but he ended up playing 15 more minutes than Shaq (scoreless in 13 minutes of play) and racked up five defensive rebounds. The Celtics as a team outrebounded the Lakers and also outassisted the Lakers.
Kobe led all scorers dropping 41 points on the Celtics but had little help from his supporting cast. Ron Artest had a very cold 1-10 from the field (three points) while Derek Fisher had only five points in a 1-6 night and managed only two assists.
On the other side of the ball the Celtics were tearing up the stat book. Paul Pierce led the way for scoring with 32 (3-5 from thee point land) while Ray Allen added 21 in a 3-7 shooting performance from behind the arc. Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo both had double doubles. Garnett had 18 points with 13 rebounds, 12 of which were defensive rebounds. A far cry from last year when the Lakers seemed to get plenty of offensive rebounds. Rondo had 16 assists and 10 points, 15 of those assists were in the second half.
The Celtics looked like the 2008 Celtics as they crushed the Lakers in the third quarter outscoring the Lakers 27-18. They continued that into the fourth where they outscored them 32-24 to end up beating L.A. by 13 points 109-96. A great win that improved the C’s to 36-11 after they had their 11th loss of the season in a jet-lagged loss to the Suns Friday night.
Many folks were saying this was a preview of this year’s Finals but let’s not forget that the Spurs are still the front runners in the West with the best record in the NBA. Either way, I like the Celtics.