For the most part it was pretty much unwatchable, seeing as it contained what could arguably be the worst officiating I have seen in recent memory. It was truly unreal. I can’t even really even begin to describe it.
The Celtics shot 28 more free throws than the Lakers.
To give them credit, Boston did play very good defense, but give me a break. No way in Hell did the Lakers only get fouled on three shot attempts*. And then there’s all those ticky-tack fouls that were called on the Lakers. It’s one thing if as a referee you are going call ticky-tacks, but you know, you might want to call them on both teams.
As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t much to analyze. The refs gave it to them. I’m definitely not a big fan of blaming losses on the refs (I’m really not) but this was just too ridiculous. I’ve never been this disgusted after watching an NBA game**.
In spite of all that though, Kobe never quit and didn’t let his team quit either. He almost led the Lakers to the greatest comeback in Playoff history and I think that just makes what the refs did that much more reprehensible.
*I’m not sure how many free throws were on shot attempts, but doing a little math on their ten free throw attempts based on memory of where each free throw came from, I came up with three.
**I did however miss that one game I think last year or two years ago in Cleveland where Lebron led a “miraculous” comeback or any of the Dallas/Heat finals games so those might be worse.
The Michael Jordan Award for MVP of the Game: The referees. Kobe Bryant is not unstoppable after all. All you have to do foul Kobe and his Lakers and watch while the refs don’t call a thing.
The Dominique Wilkins Award For Highlight of the Game: I don’t know. Probably some play where somebody on the Lakers drives and gets fouled and makes it in and gets and 1 and nothing.
Runner Up: Lamar Odom throwing the ball at the fallen PJ Brown.
The Vince Carter Award for the Most Half Hearted Performance of the Game: Lamar Odom, I guess, seeing how he wasn’t on the floor at the end.
The Linas Kleiza Award for Random Bench Player Coming Out of Semi Obscurity and Destroying the Lakers: Leon Powe.
Final Thought: I hate the Celtics so much. Roger Federer got destroyed and the Lakers lost. What a crappy day. I apologize if this post game sucks.