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Positive Vibrations: Celtics 116, Lakers 95

Los Angeles Lakers 95 Final
Recap | Box Score
116 Boston Celtics

Five Things We Saw

  1. It’s a good thing Brendan is doing grades tonight because I’m not in the mood to reward the kind of basketball the Celtics played tonight. I know, I know… they won. It’s true. But look how they did it. Paul Pierce spent the entire third quarter playing hero ball like it was 2005, the aged Kevin Garnett didn’t come close to the 27 points he put up against Toronto (I wouldn’t hold my breath for any milestones beyond tonight’s 25,000 – he looks completely done in back-to-backs). And with Pau Gasol out and Dwight Howard injured, the Lakers are probably the worst team in the NBA after the Celtics. Plus, that Fab Melo guy? He’s got bust written all over him. In summary: this victory, like this season, means nothing.
  2. Calm down. I’m just kidding. That was f*#@ing awesome.
  3. For the first time since game 6 of the 2008 Finals, the Celtics made the Lakers quit. No other way to put it. They just broke LA’s spirit. Boston dominated every aspect of the game and, during a stretch in the third quarter, ran off the single most exciting stretch of play of the whole season. It started when Jason Terry drilled a three and after a Lakers miss, Jeff Green streaked upcourt for a breakaway dunk off a Paul Pierce outlet pass. Then, Green sprinted back the length of the court to block a shot which set up the dagger – a deep Paul Pierce three that effectively ended the game. Just beautiful basketball.
  4. Pierce (24, 7, 6) was spectacular tonight, creating for himself, for teammates, crashing the boards and, if a step slower than in years past, he was no less effective. Pierce just has an ability to protect the ball while he slows the game down and makes the right play. You can imagine him doing this at age 50 if you imagine hard enough. Anyway, Pierce’s game tonight reminds everyone why it would be so hard to see him leave Boston.
  5. There were so many other highlights we’ll just mention a few of them in passing: Avery Bradley’s ludicrous defense on Steve Nash and his steal and layup at the expense of Kobe Bryant, another encouraging game for Jeff Green who did mean things to the Lakers when he saw how soft their defense was, three consecutive botched possessions in the fourth quarter for Dwight Howard and KG’s wave to the fans after he dropped in that jumpshot for points number 24,999 and 25,000.
  • Lantrell Walker

    Pretty sure what the C's did to LA tonight is illegal in all 50 states.

  • Josh_5

    Ryan, just when I think you couldn't possibly be any more negative, you go write an article like this……..and totally redeem yourself!!!

    • Vincent

      love it, nice one!

  • Banner18

    Well played.

  • Angelo

    Wow, this is such a beautiful game for the celtics. They executed well on the stretch, ball movement, relentless defense etc. I hope they continue to play like this the rest of the season. Though I think the celtics went into extra gear because its the lakers, well their franchise rival, so….yeah.

  • Phil725

    Good point by Doc in his press conference; they got in the penalty in 2 minutes, and KG sat down. (They actually got 7 fouls on centers in the 1st quarter!) They stuck it out in the first quarter though, largely thanks to Pierce, and ended up ahead by 4 after 1. The whistles weren't a problem the rest of the way, and the game wasn't close after that.

    Great game overall, but that 3rd quarter run was just a perfect storm of awesomeness. The Lakers falling apart, everything clicking for the Cs, including the Pierce 28 foot heat check that dropped, Green's slam to chase down block. The Lakers had even just called a timeout prior to the run so they let it play it out a couple possessions too long.

    I loved how everyone brought it on the second night of a back to back, and they got to dance on the bench throughout the fourth quarter because of it. No one can question this team's heart, and they made another statement tonight that they aren't ready to go out quietly.

  • Morpheus

    When i read the 1st sentence i was like "huh ok this guy's trying to be funny", then the 2nd, 3rd sentence i was like WTF?!?

    You punked me Ryan. Good one

  • fabzzz

    Still….BLOW IT UP!!!


  • jeff

    Ryan is a lakers fan

  • Anthony

    I think CLee's play might go unnoticed with so many other praises to go around. He played Kobe pretty well and despite Kobe heating up, he didn't hang his head and fought back admirably with a few nice offensive plays of his own. Also great to see that JGreen becoming our defensive stopper when he switched on Kobe.

    We also moved up a spot on the playoff seeding.

    Go Celts!!

    • Lee was awesome. I said on a thread a couple of games ago that I thought Lee's defense was overrated, well I hope he continues to prove me wrong. I still think he struggles on the PnR but his on ball defense is pretty darn good. Also Lee has to have a top 5 ugly jump shot right? It's just wrong looking.

  • mugi

    Is this even fo real? I don't wanna get my hopes up. http://www.csnne.com/basketball-boston-celtics/ce

  • KillerGymRat

    Have to agree. Lee actually defended Kobe really well. Every shot Kobe made on him was ridiculous…but that's the kind of player he is. If Kobe didn't have a size advantage I honestly think Lee could lock him up.

  • KillerGymRat

    Rather poetic that KG got his 25,000th against LAL!

    • Troof

      Continues the trend: Shuttlesworth broke the 3s record against LAL, also

  • chris m

    That series starting with Terry and ending with Pierce’s deep 3 to put the game away was just flat out awesome.

  • greenboner

    no.1 is exactly what ryan would have said minus no. 2 saying he is joking if he hadn't caught 99 comments of backlash yesterday lol.

  • hydrofluoric