The Lakers frontline went out and played big against the Celtics helping the team win in Boston. Lakers approached that match up as a playoff game; the Celtics wanted to play the role of the schoolyard bully and got beat. The Celtics defense is formidable, but it was the Lakers defense that was the difference in Sunday’s game holding them to 16 fourth quarter points and helping the Lakers achieve a 5-2 mark on their annual extended Grammy road trip.
The game was chippy before it started with all of the jostling going on before the opening tip, but Ron Artest set the tone in the beginning, Andrew and Pau followed through in the middle of the game, and Kobe closed the show and ended the ‘who is the better team’ debate.
As expected Phil Jackson tied Pat Riley at the top of the Lakers All-Time coaching wins list and the Purple and Gold showed that they will never backdown from that team and showed that they’re ready for whatever and that it’s personal whenever the two teams meet.
The funny thing is Rasheed Wallace, a guy who hasn’t broken out a back-to-the-basket move in years was upset that his new team was bitten by the Black Mamba and is doing a lot of talking to whickever Boston beat writer that will listen, but he isn’t saying anything of substance; he needs to answer the question ‘what did the scoreboard say?’.