Today the Lakers pulled out win number one today in a some what easy game at home.
Everyone is expecting this series to go a classic Laker-Celtic series of 7-games.
I think differently.
I'm guessing you haven't forgotten about the '08 Final's a couple of years ago. The Celtics were at their very best and everyone besides Kobe, the Lakers played like 3rd grade school girls. Especially Pau Gasol.
Be more aggressive says all the Laker Fan's!
How can a 7'0, skilled big man such as Pau be afraid of players like Kendrick Perkin's and Glen Davis?
I just could not get over that fact that a superstar such as Pau could crawl up in ball in the biggest series of his career against the team we hate the most.
That's the past now.
The Lakers have a golden opportunity this year to get the sweetest revenge available.
Tonight's win, statistically guarantees the Lakers another championship considering that Phil Jackson is now 47-0 when up 1-0 in a series. But we can't count the Celtics out after one game. I mean they still have Rondo, Allen, Paul Pierce, and Garnett. Trust me this series is not going to be easy, unless one player shows up and becomes the hero of his own mess.
That man is obviously the infamous Pau Gasol.
It seemed that Pau was timid once again at the beginning of the game. Turning the ball over a couple times and he wasn't attacking. I thought the Lakers were in dog fight because of this very bad omen.
Then Pau got going by getting put backs and easy baskets.
Pau's little school yard girl had gotten on the freight train and no one could stop him now.
Throughout the game Pau made miraculous interior passes as he always does and he was rebounding the ball like crazy. Of course when he is "on" no one can stop him on the offensive end either.
Would you agree that Pau is now over the fear of the Celtics?
I sure hope so.
Now Pau has got to perform as though it were game one of this series every game. He had 23 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 assists.
If the Lakers don't want to go through another Oklahoma Thunder than Pau better keep that freight train going.
If he does I truly believe that the Lakers will win in either five or six.
The Lakers have home court advantage and it is going to make it even harder for the Celtics than it already is.
No team wins all three games in a row at home so in a sense, if the Lakers can take full advantage of home court advantage than they will win in five or six like I said.
This doesn't mean that the Celtics are going to give the championship to the Lakers and that Pau and the Lakers are going to succeed in doing so. All I'm saying is that if Pau Gasol continues to play as he did tonight than it should make things a lot easier for Kobe and the Lakers to win basketball games because Kobe and the nature will do their part.
Now other aspects such as Bynum's aggressiveness and Sasha's perimeter game must also show up but Pau is the key to this series.
Everyone knows that this Celtic team isn't what it was two years ago. Garnett isn't as effective down low as he used to be, Ray Allen though he can still shoot lights out obviously isn't as youthful as he used to be and this is all natural.
Rondo has become their best player and tonight he did not do anything against Kobe and the Lakers. Like I said Kobe and the Lakers will do their part and if Pau can give even 75% of his full game than this Celtic team is not good enough to beat the Lakers in a series where the Lakers have the advantage.
This is why Pau must take advantage of their weaknesses. Rebounding and turnovers. Obviously Pau won't get many steals but he can for sure get rebounds and put backs. Pau should punish the Celtics down low until they get too tired to defend him.
I don't understand why people think that the Celtics had the advantage in this series. If anything they are the underdogs coming in at the 4th seed. They are getting old and they aren't what they used to be. They can still play but I truly believe that the Lakers are the better team this year. Two years ago the Celtics played better and they deserved to win but I think this years different.
We all know that Kobe is arguably playing his best basketball of his career. All Kobe needs is one more person to step up on that stage with him. That is where Pau Gasol should come in. The Celtics are focusing on Kobe and everyone knows that, but if Pau can give the Lakers a game such as tonight every game in this series, it will discourage the beat up Celtics and it will be a unexpected easy series for the Lakers.
As long a the Lakers are aggressive and have that killer instinct attitude then that will give the Lakers their 17th championship.
So Pau please continue to be aggressive, you are the key to the house of victory and we are all hoping you continue to ride that freight train.