nba finals 2010. lakers are up 2-1, after a 91-84 victory in the td waterhouse building. after a dismal 10 of 29 showing from kobe, derek fisher saved the day with 11 points in the 4th quarter, including a coast-to-coast layup. coupled with history that phil jackson’s teams are 47-0 when winning game 1 of any playoff series, and that in teams that have won after a split since the 2-3-2 format has been adapted, teams that won game 3 went 10-0 to win the finals, and have won 28 out of 32 times in finals history.
can boston fight back? yes, but in regards to the poor game by paul pierce and ray allen (who went 0 for 13), so too did kobe bryant and pau gasol. plus fouls, missed calls, and whatnot affected both teams. i can recall clearly when ray allen pushed fisher in the face under the basket and didn’t get a call against him, so for celtics fans screaming unfair, it goes both ways. you get some calls, you lose some calls…
i still stand by my prediction that lakers will win it in 5. call it hometown pride, laker-love or whatever, but after paul pierce declared that “they ain’t going back to l.a.”, i still think, and firmly believe, that the lakers can clean it up by game 5. we’ve seen it happen in the last 2 out of the 3 series the lakers have faced, having finished off the thunder and suns in both game 6, in their opponent’s homecourt.
either way, game 4 will be another great game, happening thursday, at 9 pm est on tsn.