Friday, June 6, 2008


Where's Kobe Bryant?

The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers 98-88 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Simply put, superior team play and team defense of the Celtics made the difference. Besides, Lakers missed many shots and look terrible offensively at times. Some players were panicky and failed to exploit apparent opportunities.
Kobe disappeared today, I'm hoping his real self would show up for the Lakers looked lost when their main man is out of sync. Just 24 points today, I expected him to have a monster game against Boston but it didn't materialize. Oh well, maybe vintage Kobe would return on Monday for Game Two - stifling Celtics defense and missed several wide open shots hurt him. Lakers' Euro players Vujacic and Radmanovic looked like they couldn't even guard a chair the way they played defense today - tsk tsk tsk.
Celtics showed team basketball and were inspired by Paul Pierce who got hurt but came back and played heroically (dismissed by LA Times and Lakers' coach Phil Jackson of course). Sam Cassell uncharacteristically played scared just when the Celtics erected a big lead in the fourth but it didn't matter anymore as superior team play did it for his team. I'm looking forward for the second game of the series and it seems Perkins won't return - I'll keep you posted.

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