Tuesday, May 06, 2008
WE DON'T LIKE KINGS HERE IN BOSTON, LEBRON
How sick did TNT's announcers make everyone with their incessant LeBron ball-washing? When he was 1 for 10 from the field, all they could talk about was how unselfish he was. When he finally made a basket, they ogled the finishing touch on his lay-up.
King James was held to 2 for 18 from the field, and turned the ball over 10 times. The Celtics also had some trouble with hanging onto the ball (23 team turnovers), but were able to dominate on defense, coming away with a 76-72 win over the Cavs.
Ray Allen had 0 points for the first time since 1997. Pierce had 4 points and 6 turnovers. But, Kevin "A-Rod" Garnett had 28 points and 8 rebounds (suck on that, Shaughnessy).
Kendrick Perkins added 7 points and 12 rebounds. Rondo had a big night with 15 points and 6 assists. Cassell came off the bench with 13 points, including two huge 3 pointers down the stretch.
Both teams were sloppy, and I don't think this game is a good indicator as to how the series will go. James, Allen, and Pierce will all improve in the games to come. But if you ask me, the Celtics are capable of more improvement than the Cavs.
Game 2 is Thursday night in Boston.
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