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What they’re saying about Celtics-Lakers

Posted By Nick Bove On June 14, 2010 @ 2:19 pm In General | No Comments

Fueled by a raucous TD Garden crowd, a bench that wouldn’€™t quit and an apparent lack of serious competition, the Celtics [1] took a 3-2 series lead over the Lakers Sunday night with their 92-86 win. The storylines have stayed the same throughout the series. The C’€™s have stepped up and played as a team with a new leader emerging every game, while the Lakers have been inconsistent and led by one strong player, usually Kobe Bryant [2]. Game 5 was just more of the same, and the national headlines the day after have told the same tale.

Los Angeles:

  • Most of the criticism against Kobe and the Lakers originates from LA:
    —  T.J. Simers of the LA Times writes the harshest criticism by refusing to call him by name, opting for Our Ball Hog [3] instead.
    — Mark Medina from the Times’€™ Lakers Blog places the blame on the rest of the Lakers [4] for not supporting their leader.
    — The LA Daily News’€™ Vincent Bonsignore discusses how calm and quiet [5] Kobe was during the postgame press conference. Alongside that, Bonsignore says that the captain ‘€œreally isn’t interested in prodding his teammates along with some fiery speech over the next few days.’€
  • Bill Plaschke believes that this 2010 series is starting to resemble the 2008 series and it seems as though the Lakers are throwing in the towel [6].
  • The Lakers’€™ big men ‘€“ Pau Gasol [7] and Andrew Bynum [8] ‘€“ have been largely ineffective [9] and just taking up space on the court, writes Mike Bresnahan.
  • Meanwhile, the Daily News’€™ Elliot Teaford reports that Lamar Odom hasn’€™t been acting like his normal, bubbly self [10] in and around the Lakers’€™ clubhouse this series because of his poor play.

National:

  • Jeff Zilgitt of USA Today chalks up the C’€™s Game 5 victory to their big four starters [11]: Pierce, Rondo, Allen and Garnett.
  • Also from USA Today, Michael Falgoust noticed that Bryant’€™s shooting [12] percentage for the series is down to 42.5 percent, his lowest since the first round against Oklahoma City when he had swollen knee problems.
  • Pau Gasol has been nothing more than a ‘€œspectator to the Kobe Bryant show. [13]‘€ According to The Associated Press, Gasol wouldn’€™t ‘€œget himself involved or the Lakers wouldn’t involve him’€ in Game 5.
  • Kevin Garnett [14] is noncommittal about his immediate future, [15] but he is definitely glad he decided to leave Minnesota and come to Boston, writes Bill Lee [16] of the Providence Journal.
  • ESPN’€™s Daily Dime covers topics [17] such as ‘€œthe better team won Game 5,’€ Kobe Bryant needing some serious help on the court and Boston’€™s bench keeping the energy up every game.
  • And finally, the ratings for Game 5 are slowly trickling in and it appears that it was the most watched game of the series so far [18] and the most watched event of the night again. The 2010 finals have been the highest watched finals since the 2004 matchup between the Lakers and the Pistons.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[2] Kobe Bryant: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kobe-bryant.htm

[3] Our Ball Hog: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-simers-20100614,0,2828164.column

[4] the rest of the Lakers: http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/2010/06/kobe-bryants-oneact-show-gave-the-lakers-the-best-chance-to-win-in-an-otherwise-disappointing-9286-g.html

[5] calm and quiet: http://www.dailynews.com/lakers/ci_15289141

[6] throwing in the towel: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-plaschke-lakers-20100614,0,1933866.column

[7] Pau Gasol: http://media.weei.com/basketball/pau-gasol.htm

[8] Andrew Bynum: http://media.weei.com/basketball/andrew-bynum.htm

[9] largely ineffective: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-lakers-fyi-20100614,0,7251308.story

[10] normal, bubbly self: http://www.dailynews.com/lakers/ci_15291914

[11] big four starters: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/celtics/2010-06-14-big-four-game-five_N.htm

[12] Bryant’€™s shooting: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/2010-06-14-game-5-kobe-bryant_N.htm

[13] spectator to the Kobe Bryant show.: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/06/14/sports/AP-BKN-NBA-Finals-Lakers.html?_r=1&ref=basketball

[14] Kevin Garnett: http://media.weei.com/basketball/kevin-garnett.htm

[15] noncommittal about his immediate future,: http://www.projo.com/celtics/content/celtics_lakers_kevin_garnetts_fu_06-14-10_OQI_v2.43fe95d.html

[16] Bill Lee: http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox-bill-lee.htm

[17] covers topics: http://espn.go.com/nba/dailydime/_/page/dime-100614/daily-dime

[18] the most watched game of the series so far: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/06/14/sports/AP-BKN-NBA-Finals-Ratings.html?ref=basketball

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