Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are the only ones who have been bored waiting between games. (source: Yardbarker.com)
One of the most startling things about this NBA Finals series between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers is that there has often been more intrigue between games than during them. While several of the games have been close points-wise, none have really come down to the final shot or been consistently suspenseful throughout. A German friend asked me if NBA games were staged after the Laker’s complete about-face dominance in Game Six. I told her no, if they were they would’ve made the game much closer. I dunno what the official tv ratings were, but I gotta imagine that particularly on the East Coast where it was getting late, lots of viewers turned off the tube way before the final buzzer.
Heck, in Game Five, Kobe went all, well, Kobe on us, hitting insane shots despite excellent defense. Particularly if the Lakers are behind, this usually strikes fear into the hearts of his opponents creating fantastic drama, but instead the Celtics lead simply grew. Later in the game it seemed like maybe, just maybe, the Lakers could pull an improbable comeback, but Ron Artest missed both free throws, followed by him allowing Rondo to run right past him for an easy layup off of Paul Pierce’s amazing inbound reception and touchdown pass. Besides neurotic Boston fans and some never-say-die Laker fans, it was a start to finish domination that never held much mystery. Compare it to last year’s first-round battle royale between the Celts and the Chicago Bulls were every possession seemed to swing back-and-forth and there were like 537 overtimes and lead changes.