Lakers Celtics Game 2
Huge win for the Celtics today. Ray Allen hit 8 threes in todays game, a new NBA finals record! 7 of those were in the first half when he was playing like an on fire Glenn Rice in NBA Jam.
It was just as well for the Celtics too, because KG got in foul trouble and so did his replacement, Davis, who had 6 fouls between them in a combined 12 mins in the first half!
Gasol and Bynum were dominant again in this game, going collectively for 46 pts, 14 rebs, 13 blks and 20-25 FT. On the other hand, Kobe found himself in foul trouble and was unable to impose himself on the last quarter, finishing with 21 pts on 8-20 shooting.
To be honest, I think the refs have had too big an impact in both games so far, with ticky-tack fouls keeping key players from both teams off the floor for big stretches. In game one, Ray Allen's foul trouble killed any chance the Celtics had and its pretty easy to make a case that Kobe would have had a bigger impact if he had not had to sit at critical times in this game.
Going back to Boston this is looking like a great series. Both teams have offensive weapons the other team is struggling to counter (the Lakers bigs v Rondo & Ray).
Lakers fans will say that if Kobe and Odom can both have good games along with Gasol and Bynum, they will be very tough to beat. Likewise, Celtics fans will counter that KG is too much of a warrior not to have more of an impact in coming games and that Pierce has some big scoring games waiting in the bank.
I'm seeing this as the Zombie '84 finals, with one team having a dominant inside game and the other a great transition game, only the roles are inverted. Hence - the Zombie '84 finals. (See: Sonics, Zombie)