Now is the time to be scared of the Los Angeles Lakers... Because now there's more than one of them showing up.
Bryant scored 26 points, and pulled down 11 rebounds to help secure the win. The entire team came out early looking to actually get their butts down and play defense on the Celtic offense.
Bryant's supporting cast in game 6: Pau Gasol, an assist shy of a triple-double; Ron Artest (normally a worthless addition to the team in this series), 15 points and 6 boards; Lamar Odom, 8 points and 10 rebounds.
Where did Rajon Rondo go? I thought he was supposed to be the Finals MVP after a game 6 win! 10 points, 5 assists, and 6 rebounds isn't going to cut it when your "team" needs it most.
What I saw out there tonight was Paul Pierce trying to make something of an NBA Finals closeout game, turning the ball over 5 times. Doesn't it seem like a lot more than that?
Give Ray Allen credit for what he did in breaking an 0-16 streak that lasted three straight games. He shot 2-5 from downtown, shot 100% as usual from the charity stripe, and ended up with 19 points in 36 minutes.
And Kendrick Perkins, the real ox of the NBA, went down in the first half with what turned out to be a sprained right knee. Who will take his spot if he can't perform in game 7?
Not Big Baby... Or I sure hope not, or else game 7 will turn out as a clone of game 6 in the Laker's favor.
The support of the Boston Celtic bench was the weakest I've seen it since they were in Cleveland cleaning house against "The King ." Nate Robinson, Donkey , had 6 points and 2 turnovers in 16 minutes coming off the bench.
And SHREK !!! Where is that fat ogre? Glen "Big Baby" Davis did not score the entire game, but to his credit, did manage to get 9 rebounds in 27 minutes... Also off the bench. Nothing came from the non-starters.
Was Boston surprised by the Lakers intensity tonight? It seemed like it was going to be another one of those close, tight games between the rivals...... In the first five minutes.
Ray Allen hit a couple jumpers early in the first quarter, Rondo was starting to fill up the stat sheet in the first two possessions that the Celtics had: 2 points and an assist.
Kobe exploded to the basket.
The Laker Bigs rebounded the basketball.
There isn't enough to say about the Lakers performance tonight.
It wasn't that the Celtics lost (even though the score showed it), it was the fire in Kobe's eyes for a fifth ring spread throughout the team's that proved who wanted it. They cared tonight.
And game 7? Thursday night. Kobe vs. Pierce. Scoot over Magic and Bird...
The Rivalry .