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Celtics Fend Off Lakers in the 4th; Lead Series 2-0

The game seemed to be just about over when the Celtics were up by 22 points late in the second half, but the problem was that they were playing Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers who have played quite a few late-game upsets recently. However, the Celtics were able to hold the Lakers and take Game 2 of the NBA Finals by winning 108-102.

Paul Pierce was unstoppable tonight, especially in the first half when he scored 16 points. He finished the night with 28 points, eight assists, and four rebounds. He hit three’s, he made layups, he hit key foul shots again at the end of the game, and moved to the basket like no one else could. Kevin Garnett added 17 points grabbed 14 rebounds to have yet another double-double night. Ray Allen added 17 as well in the win.

The Celtics bench asserted themselves in this game once again. P.J. Brown and James Posey continued to contribute quality minutes off the bench. Leon Powe was the big story though: he had 21 points in just 15 minutes of playing time off the bench. Powe gave the team everything it needed, including huge dunks and a lot of foul shots. Powe came up big off the bench and really helped give the Celtics that last spark to put the Lakers away.

Los Angles was led by, no surprise, Kobe Bryant. Kobe had 30 points, eight assists, and four rebounds to finish with outstanding numbers once again. He cannot do it alone though if the Lakers want to have any chance against the Celtics in this series. Tonight, Kobe did receive some help from Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and Vladamir Radmanovic who all scored in double figures. Gasol had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Radmanovic had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Lamar Odom finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Celtics played great in this one for just about 42 minutes or so. The last five or six minutes of the game were very scary for Boston fans. The Lakers had been down by as much as 24 points in the fourth quarter with just about eight minutes remaining. They stormed back though and got as close as two points away from the Celtics. Some key free throws from Paul Pierce put L.A. away, but the Celtics need to keep their heads in the game for 48 minutes and continue to play like they did before that if they want to win it all.

So far so good and the title is halfway there now, but with three games in L.A. coming up, the Celtics face a challenge that has proved difficult for them all through the playoffs: road games. Against Detroit however, the C’s proved they could win some on the road. I truly believe that Games 3 and 4 are very crucial to the Celtics winning it all because they do not want to come to Boston being down 3-2. The Celtics just need to take one game in L.A. and they should be fine, but we will have to wait and see what happens. Game 3 is Tuesday, June 10 at 9 p.m.

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4 comments for “Celtics Fend Off Lakers in the 4th; Lead Series 2-0”

  1. Some thoughts:
    -Leon Powe is a God

    -The Lakers bench is overrated. Anyone else think that Luke Walton looks like a deer in headlights every time he steps on the floor? What happened to him, I thought he was a good player?

    -That was nearly heart attack city, I was getting flashbacks of February 3……

    -That said, I don’t think the near comeback/collapse will have ANY effect on the rest of the series. Unless the Celts plan on playing no defense and throwing alley oops and the Lakers plan on hitting seven threes every quarter, then it won’t matter.

    -This is a race to win four games, at this point it doesn’t matter how you beat a team, it’s all about the Ws

    -How great is it to realize that for the Lakers to win the series, they’re going to have to beat the Celts 4 out of 5 times and at least once at home

    -I’m trying not to be overconfident but with the way Ray and Pierce are playing, we could finish this thing in LA, but I would take one outta three

    -We won last night with KG having an off night and the Lakers shooting very well from behind the arc. Pau Gasol always seems to dominate early then fade down the stretch of games, talk about a finesse team.

    -BEAT LA!

    Posted by Jeff | June 9, 2008, 8:52 am
  2. Right on Jeff.

    The lakers are very finesse and it looks like they won’t change that part about them.

    I don’t know anyone on the lakers willing to step up and push the celtics back. The c’s have been pushing them around all series and I don’t see it changing.

    Kobe won’t be physical enough, and certainly not pau gasol or radmonavic. Lamar odom may be from New York but he plays like he’s from spain or something.

    The lakers really need to foul rondo hard when he blows by derek fisher…thatll make rajon think twice about it.

    I say celts can definitely win one game in LA and are capable of wrapping up the series there. If not…games 6 and 7 are in boston.

    BEAT LA!

    Posted by KC | June 9, 2008, 11:38 am
  3. Here’s my thought on the game, the Lakers are whiney little bits. All they did in their post game press conference was complain about the officiating. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the Celtics were a little more agressive taking the ball to the hoop then the Lakers were and that’s why they got to the free throw line so many more times then the Lakers did. Not to mention, the Celtics didn’t have time to foul the Lakers because they turned the ball over before they even got into their offense.

    GO CELTS!!

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    Posted by Wicked Pissa Dude | June 9, 2008, 3:32 pm
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