Celtics 98 Lakers 88 – Game 1 had everything you could have asked for. The two teams went back and forth exchanging the lead, the stars scored, and a scary injury that looked worse than initially thought. Paul Pierce defended Kobe Bryant as he drove for a fadeaway shot along the baseline. As Pierce was landing, his teammate Kendrick Perkins accidentally jumped and landed on his knee, forcing it to buckle and bend awkwardly. As his teammates carried him to the locker room, Celtics fans, including myself were thinking the worse. Luckily it was only a sprained knee and Pierce was back on the court in less than two minutes of actual gametime.
Bad news for the Lakers. Pierce, who only had 3 points in the first half was heating up from the field before the injury. Having scored six points in less than a minute to begin the half, “The Truth” came back and hit back to back threes (15 pts in the 3rd) that gave the Celtics the lead and momentum. Kevin Garnett (22 pts 11 reb) kept the Celtics in the game early, while PJ Brown came up huge off the bench with his rebounding, defense, and hustle. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 24 points, but it was on 9-of-26 from the field. Boston’s defense was superb in the fourth, especially on the the MVP as he went 1-for-6 in the final stanza. Game 2 is Sunday night and we can only hope it was as entertaining as the first.