These two teams battled it out last night like it was 1985. It was filled with circus shots by Kobe, Ray Allen running half a mile on each position before he took a shot, Pierce acted like he was injured (again), Garnett playing intense defense, an overtime period that included a clutch blocked shot by Pau Gasol and a Mike-Brown-Kiss-To-The-Forehead on Andrew Bynum.
Here are some observations from the game:
- Mike Brown is concerned with the lack of depth at the PG position. Steve Blake, playing in his first game in nearly a month, played eight more minutes than starter Derek Fisher and he played major crunch time minutes as well. It’s been painfully obvious for quite some time that Fisher is not, “starter material”. The Lakers would not have had this issue had David Stern not decided to become a dictator instead of a commissioner.
- Paul Pierce deserves to be an All-Star. He came out with a monster line of 18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 steal. As much as I hate the Celtics, I am glad that they have a guy in Pierce that has remained loyal to that team throughout his career. There will soon be a statue of Pierce outside TD Garden.
- For all the talk about the lack of depth on the Lakers, Boston is not any deeper. The bench consists of Chris Wilcox, Marquis Daniels, Mickael Pietrus, Brandon Bass, E’Twaun Moore, Greg Stiemsma, JaJuan Johnson and Avery Bradley. Bass is the only one that can start on another team in the Association. The Celtics are not set up for a deep run in the playoffs.