The Lakers vs. Celtics Game 1 results weren’t as competitive as hoped. The Lakers crushed the Celtics in Game 1 of the 2010 NBA Finals Thursday night, playing the type of basketball that won them the 2009 NBA Championship. The Lakers looked young again in Game 1, having their way in just about every facet of the game, and pushing the Celtics around any chance they could get. The worst stat of the night for the Celtics though, was that a Phil Jackson-coached team just one Game 1 of a playoff series, and when that happens, those teams are 47-0 during his time in the league. It might mean that the series is already over if we believe history, or even if we just believe the final box score.
The Lakers led by nine points at halftime, and pushed that lead to 20 at the end of the third quarter. Thing just got really ugly on both ends of the court for Boston in that crucial third quarter, and if it hadn’t been for the Lakers taking their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter, this Game 1 final could have been much worse. Still, the Lakers made their statement with a 102-89 Game 1 victory, and there aren’t too many positive things that Boston can take away from this loss.
To the credit of the Boston Celtics, they were able to get to the free throw line a lot, led by Paul Pierce who went 12-13 from the charity stripe. As a team they shot lights out, hitting 30 of 36 free throws to try to make the game respectable. That was about the only statistic that Boston led this game in, as they were out-rebounded 42-31, they were out-shot 48.7% to 43.3%, and they didn’t have Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 30 points on 10 of 22 shooting, while dishing out six assists and totaling seven rebounds.
It was quite clear from early on in the game that this was going to be a very physical match-up, but that was pretty much assumed when the finals were set between Los Angeles and Boston. This Lakers team is playing in their third consecutive NBA Finals, and the Boston Celtics won the 2008 NBA Finals over this very team. A couple of players have changed over since then, but the majority of the players on the court for both teams are exactly the same. It meant that the Lakers had some unfinished business against these Celtics, and they showed that killer instinct that won them the 2009 NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic.
The obvious conclusion from Game 1 seems to be that this Lakers team is too much for the Boston Celtics to handle, and that this could turn into a quick series. The other side to that equation is that the Lakers have been known to slack-off in the playoffs when they take control of a series before finishing off a team. They don’t want to play around with the Boston Celtics this time though, and it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that the Lakers will win this series in five games maximum.
Lakers vs. Celtics Game 2 is on Sunday, June 6th at 5 p.m. PST.