Basketball is a team sport. The Los Angeles Lakers learned this the hard way last night, losing Game Five to the Boston Celtics 92-86, leaving the C’s just one win away from their eighteenth World Championship. Kobe Bryant had a stellar game, putting up 38 points while reducing his turnovers to only four. However, he got little help from the rest of the team – Pau Gasol was the second highest scorer with only 12 points – causing the Lakers to fall short for the second game in a row. Boston coach Doc Rivers had said that the Celtics were going to have to beat the Lakers on a night that Kobe had an excellent performance; last night was that game, and now Boston heads to LA having to win only one of two games to beat the Lakers in the Finals for the second time in three years.
Prior to Game Five, many had wondered if the Celtics bench, highlighted by Shrek and Donkey, a.k.a. Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Nate Robinson, would again lead the C’s to victory. It ended up that the Celtics’ starters led the way this game, very much reminiscent of the 2008 finals. Paul Pierce had a team-high 27 points, Kevin Garnett had a double-double, and Rajon Rondo added 18 points and 8 assists. The key to Boston’s victory was their superb shooting; they finished having shot 56.3 percent from the field, and were shooting as high as 70 percent at times in the first half!
In my Finals preview I had written prior to Game One, I originally predicted that the Celtics were going to win the series in six games. Shockingly, I will have predicted correctly if they winGame Six. However, at this point I would be willing to bet that the Lakers win Game Six to force a Game Seven. Many basketball fans agree with me on that sentiment, and ticket prices listed on the secondary market are a reflection of that. As Game Six rapidly approaches, prices are dropping; as Game Seven becomes more likely to occur, tickets listed for the final game are continuing to increase.
UPDATE - Since this article was posted, prices for Game Six and Game Seven have continued to fluctuate. Gae six tickets listed are currently averaging $784, while Game Seven tickets have increased to $1319 (as of 6/15).
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