It’s raining, cloudy, windy and cold in LA, but it couldn’t be a more beautiful day. The Lakers narrowly escaped the Garden last night with an ugly win over the Celtics. There were some questionable calls, even more non-calls and a certain psychotic 7 foot power forward that fouled out before things got really interesting. Maybe the referees felt bad that the Lakers were Bynumless?
Regardless of how it looked, the Lakers sent a message to Boston with Kobe saying it best in today’s LA Times, “I’m not going to sit here and let this team get punked any more.” Far from it. Playing a back to back in their fifth game on the road, the Lakers played with more physical intensity than they have all year. What missing center?
The Celtics can still be heard wining about the non-calls. Doc Rivers believes Ray Allen was pushed on the final play. Ray Allen asked how it couldn’t be a foul after getting a booboo on his little piggy. Coach Rivers later was seen putting on a Princess Power puff band aid on the ouchie. Replays clearly showed that neither Fisher nor Pau even came close to touching Allen. If anyone should be complaining, it’s Fisher. Prior to committing the foul on Rondo with 3 seconds left in OT, Kendrick Perkins actually tripped Fisher to the ground and Rondo simply walked right into him. The Ref’s were painfully inconsistent throughout.
The Lakers now take their 5-0 road trip into Cleveland. Much like the TV show Fringe, a pattern is emerging.
19 Game winning streak. Snapped.
12 game winning streak. Snapped.
23 home game winning streak.
…Um, Fear the Mamba?