Friday, February 11, 2011



June 13, 2010 - Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES - epa02200765 Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (L) takes a shot past the defending Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins (L) and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (R) in the first half of the NBA Finals Game Five at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 13 June 2010. The best of seven series is tied at two apiece.

The talk was all about their problems, their need for improvements. The idea that they are no longer champions. The success of LeBron and his Miami side and the rest of the East. The potential Carmelo trade. The possible departure of crucial players like Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest and most of all their lack of form and ability to close out games, big or small. Still the Los Angeles Lakers put that all to the courtside as they left it all on the floor against Boston...including their blood for a hard fought, 92-86 win. Granted the blood came from forwards Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol banging heads, but there was nothing akward or weak about these guys tough play. One time labelled as 'soft', this frontcourt tandem and the rest of the Lakers proved that they are still amongst the best, capable of beating the Celtics on their tough, home-court, fortress of the TD Garden. The Lake Show were so tough they out-muscled and out-rebounded the C's 47-36. The Lakers had a 27-15 scoring advantage in the third, which was crucial. Still, congratulations are in order for top three point talent, Ray Allen who passed Reggie Miller as the all-time leader in three-point field goals made. After last nights game in Downtown Boston, both teams have drawn blood on each others home-court this season. Forget Miami, the stage is set for another Celtic/Laker Finals rematch and another chapter in the storied franchises history together. This is a real page-turner. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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