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It is said a playoff series does not genuinely start until one of the teams wins on the road.
The Lakers and Celtics put the lie to that NBA axiom.
Alas, the series failed to live up to the considerable hype.
The repeated replays of the Lakers and Celtics showdowns in the NBA Finals of the ‘80s merely reinforced the view that the latest version of the rivalry was made of cheaper quality.
And nothing against Vladimir Radmanovic, Lamar Odom, Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo, starting players who would not have been in the top-eight rotation of either team in the ‘80s.
Bromides have been dispensed in honor of the Celtics’ defense. Never mind that, with the outcome of the game in doubt, it has been challenged by only one player.
It is not all that impressive to constrain Kobe Bryant with five defenders, as the Celtics are allowed to do in the late going because of the deer-in-the-headlights pose of Pau Gasol and Odom.
The two treat the basketball as if it were a hot potato in the fourth quarter, although they are purportedly the second and third scoring options of the Lakers.
Sasha Vujacic is inclined to the shoot the ball in a no-no-yes or no-no-no way, either option unsettling.
That often leaves Bryant to go 1-on-5, as he repeatedly has noted whenever the subject of the Celtics’ effective defense is brought before him. You are obligated to draw the obvious conclusion in order to spare Bryant the criticism of being a bad teammate.
A defense does not have to be all that special if two of the opposition’s principal scoring threats are hiding behind the basket support on offense and have their hands clasped over their eyes in fear.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers suggests that Bryant is both the “most criticized and scariest player” there ever has been in the NBA.
Rivers does not understand the criticism, possibly because he does not have to deal with Bryant rolling his eyes or berating him after a poor decision.
Bryant accepts the responsibility of being a lightning rod.
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