I have never been happier to be wrong than I am right now. I predicted that the Lakers would roll over the Celtics today and the exact opposite ended up happening (the CelticsHub jinx does not exist…). I completely overestimated how injured Glen Davis was. I completely underestimated how the Celtics would play after that embarrassment in Arizona on Friday. I completely overestimated the Lakers’ (current) killer instinct.
The first half of this game was a wash. The Celtics went up early in the first but the Lakers matched them and surpassed them in the second due in part to foul trouble and Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom playing a weird one-on-one two man game. The third quarter spelled out the Celtic domination using both a locked-in Paul Pierce and some Derek Fisher flops that failed to elicit the type of momentum swing they were intended to do. The fourth quarter was all about execution. Usually when the Celtics go into slow-it-down/execute mode their offense devolves into Paul Pierce isolations. Today was different. Everyone did their job until the game was completely in hand.
Some Reasons Why the Celtics Won:
That’s it for now. Hayes will have a lot more later on.