kobe bryant had a foul-plagued second game in the nba finals, where his lakers lost 103-94 to the boston celtics. now, before you jump in and say the lakers are done and out, there are several key points as to why this game should have been a win for the lakers.
1) the referees, to put it plainly, sucked ass. for both teams. they even saw an instant replay and still declared it boston’s ball. and two major non-contact calls went against the lakers. that’s three possessions that could have turned around the game, but that’s what happens when you have shit for referees that like to call the littlest contact and ruin whatever pace they had
2) whereas the first game, the celtics were never even close to winning, this game, the lakers had it till the last 5 minutes and 21 seconds (or so), with a 3-point lead. then the lakers allowed the celtics to go 16-4, which is already troubling enough as it is. two key steals from rondo also made sure the lakers had no chance to come back. whereas the celtics never got closer than 9 points in the 4th quarter, the lakers were up…shows that had a call gone one way or another, this may have been two wins for the lakers. but that’s basketball for you when you have shit for referees
3) giving props to where props are due. rajon rondo had an amazing game, but ray allen was on fire. going 11-20, he scored 8 3-pointers, setting a finals record. but to clarify, the celtics only won by 9, and had kobe bryant not been in foul trouble, and with artest going 1-10, fisher 2-8, you have to ask, was this clearly a boston win?
4) there will be some vengeance tomorrow. even though the lakers made a new playoff record of 14 blocked shots in a game, their offense will need to get it going. watch kobe try to get 9 3pointers (kidding of course, but we all know how competitive he is). the soft label is no longer there, as they play defense as hard, if not harder then the celtics do now. but their offense needs to score, and that can’t happen if artest shoots 9 possessions away and doesn’t get away with a score. as well, lamar odom is upset about his playing time, and we can probably guess something big is going to happen in game 3.
kobe bryant is one of the deadliest grudge holders in recent history in sports. he doesn’t forget, and he wants blood all the time. last year, the lakers had games similar to this, but came back stronger and dominated the game. kind of like how the thunder got worked after the two losses by the lakers.
game 3 will be a huge one, as it will tip the balance of favour into whoever wins it. i still stand by my prediction of lakers in 5, but i won’t be surprised if it goes to 6.