Thursday, June 05, 2008

Celtics Take Game 1!

After much anticipation the finals are underway, Boston took game 1 98-88. The game was close throughout three quarters, it seemed like Boston gained an advantage late in the fourth. Pierce was huge, despite the knee he came back out and hit huge shots late.

Here's a quick statistical breakdown: the Celtics had an 8 point advantage in points in the last two minutes of quarters (the third was a big mental boost for them). The P.J Brown, Perkins, Posey to Vujacic, Turiaf, Farmar ratio was tied at 14. This stat is adding up points, boards, dimes, and blocks for all of the mentioned players. Check out for a place to download a breakdown of these stats.

So now that game one is in the books, what adjustments should each team make? LA needs to hit the defensive boards harder; the Celts can't have a big advantage in the boards. The Celtics played Kobe pretty well, the problem is they have to stay consistent on defense. The Laker rotation was off a little bit, Farmar only played seven minutes and Kobe started on the floor in the fourth, but then went out for a moment. KB24 should not sit down late in this game, the game was getting away from LA. Phil Jackson has been known to stay consistent with his rotation (remember when LA was down big against the Spurs?), so he's got to bring the same ideas to this series.

LA's goal is to go 1-1 in Boston. I think they will make the right adjustments to be much more competitive in game two. Kobe is starting to get hungrier, he's going to will LA more in game two.

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Elise Amendola