The Boston Celtics Defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 103-94 in Game 2 of NBA Finals: Ray Allen Shoots a Home Court Advantage Gift

This is a helluva picture

Going into Game 2, the Celtics were a team written for dead. Pundits were throwing dirt on Boston’s NBA Finals grave prematurely because the Lakers dominated Game 1 102-89. It seemed from the eyes of some that the C’s would not recover because their nucleus was an old tired bunch not able to sustain the physical will to handle Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers masterful triangle.

Not last night, Ray Allen scored 32 points and hit 8-11 threes to help propel Boston to a 103-94 victory to tie the NBA Finals series 1-1 and gain home court advantage.

I told you all to chill on that Dennis Green about to smack ya’ll crown ’em bs.

Before Game 2, Ray Allen was out early with his normal routine of taking shots from all angles with precision and consistency. If Kobe wasn’t messing around in Game 1, this was Allen’s shot after sitting the bench for long stretches saddled in foul trouble.

He came out firing. One three after another, swiccup…swiccup…swiccup!

Take that 90/50/40 stat John Hollinger.

Astute commenter TC says Allen’s pretty stroke is like Junior’s perfect swing.

Nice analogy fam.

Ray Allen made more threes (8) than the entire Lakers team (5). Allen broke a record he shared with Michael Jordan and his 7  first half threes (also a record) set a tone the Lakers weren’t able to match.

He shot over Derek Fisher at will in the shots that didn’t come off breaks or in secondary transition. Rondo found Allen in his spots and his stroke as a result was pretty. He barely touched the net on most of his shots. The crowd had to be wet because the Seattle rain came down. Whatcha girl say? Rain. On. Me?

He could be the best shooter in history but chill on that. Too much time to grind.

It was Kobe’s time to sit the bench because of fouls and while some of the foul calls were suspect, the Celtics, namely Allen, definitely capitalized.

Allen and Bryant have been at each other for years. This is definitely bad blood.

Bryant scored 21 points but shot 8-20 and had 5 fouls.

Phil Jackson said foul calls on Kobe “were unusual calls” and one would have to agree.

Ron Artest fouled out. Lamar Odom had 5, Andrew Bynum had 5. Kobe had 5 (the 5th was mad suspect).

The Celtics shot 20-26 from the line while the Lakers were 31-41? Huh? Kobe is just 3-3?

I don’t know about that.

You could point to a couple of Lakers and access blame:

Ron Artest was 1-10 from the field and 3-8 from the line for 6 points and was out of sorts it seemed the entire game. He was no where near the triangle.

Lamar Odom in two Finals games: 8 pts, 9 rebs, 10 fouls, 3-9 shooting.

That will not get it done.

Rajon Rondo: 19 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists.

That will. The Celtics are 8-1 in 2010 playoffs when Rondo gets 10 or more dimes.

Another triple double for Rondo. He is playing himself into a MVP candidate for 2010-2011.

Don’t forget about Doc Rivers getting out on the floor to call a critical time out…

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce shot a combined 4-15 for 16 points while Nate Robinson, Glen Davis and Rasheed Wallace came off the bench to score 21.The bench got it done after coming up short in Game 1.

The Celtics out rebounded the Lakers 44-39 and 28 assists to the Lakers 18

Andrew Bynum had a great game in his 39 minutes and scored 21 points. Keep it up young fella. Kobe’s gonna need you.

Pau Gasol had 25 and 8 on 7-10 shooting.

Kendrick Perkins’ 12 points were a definite factor. Robinson’s scored 7 points in 6 minutes.

Don’t be surprised if the Lakers win a game in Boston. This series has 7 written all over it.

32 times the Finals have been tied. The winner of Game 3 has won the series 28 times. Game 3 in Boston, 9 pm EST.

Boston
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3M-3A +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
P. Pierce F 40:01 2-11 6-6 0-0 +3 1 4 4 1 1 2 3 10
K. Garnett F 23:43 2-5 2-2 0-0 +1 0 4 6 0 0 0 5 6
K. Perkins C 31:47 4-7 4-6 0-0 +3 1 6 3 0 0 2 4 12
R. Allen G 43:30 11-20 2-2 8-11 +12 1 3 2 0 0 2 3 32
R. Rondo G 41:58 8-18 2-5 1-1 +12 4 12 10 1 2 3 2 19
G. Davis 18:10 4-13 0-1 0-0 +3 5 7 1 1 1 1 4 8
R. Wallace 18:07 3-5 0-0 1-3 +15 1 7 1 0 0 1 4 7
T. Allen 12:29 0-2 2-2 0-0 +3 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 2
N. Robinson 6:02 2-2 2-2 1-1 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
S. Williams 4:13 0-1 0-0 0-0 -4 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0
M. Daniels DNP — COACH’S DECISION
M. Finley DNP — COACH’S DECISION
T. Gaffney DNP — INACTIVE
O. Lafayette DNP — INACTIVE
B. Scalabrine DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 36-84
(.429)
20-26
(.769)
11-16
(.688)
13 44 28 3 6 13 29 103
LA Lakers
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3M-3A +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
P. Gasol F 41:58 7-10 11-13 0-1 -12 3 8 3 6 1 1 3 25
R. Artest F 40:31 1-10 3-8 1-6 0 2 5 1 0 2 3 6 6
A. Bynum C 39:00 6-10 9-12 0-0 +1 3 6 0 7 0 2 5 21
D. Fisher G 34:40 2-8 2-2 0-2 +4 1 7 4 0 0 1 3 6
K. Bryant G 34:18 8-20 3-3 2-7 -9 0 5 6 0 4 5 5 21
S. Brown 15:04 0-2 2-2 0-0 -3 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 2
L. Odom 14:38 1-3 1-1 0-1 -10 0 5 1 0 0 1 5 3
J. Farmar 12:52 3-7 0-0 1-4 -9 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 7
S. Vujacic 6:59 1-1 0-0 1-1 -7 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
D. Mbenga DNP — COACH’S DECISION
J. Powell DNP — COACH’S DECISION
L. Walton DNP — COACH’S DECISION
A. Morrison DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 29-71
(.408)
31-41
(.756)
5-22
(.227)
10 39 18 14 8 15 29 94
Officials: Monty McCutchen, Mike Callahan, Ken Mauer
Attendance: 18,997
Time of Game: 2:51

15 Responses to “The Boston Celtics Defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 103-94 in Game 2 of NBA Finals: Ray Allen Shoots a Home Court Advantage Gift”

  1. sankofa says:

    Rondo was the “truth”… suffice to say that title has been transfered. Ray Allen was unconscious. The C’s where exactly who we thought they were (lol) so where the lakers, at least outside of Kobe, Bynum and the faux Euro tuff guy.

    For me what spoiled a tight hard fought game by two very good teams are the referees insinuating themselves again into the game. Fools like to say reffing an NBA game is tough. No matter, NBA, high school, rec league, the principle remains the same… YOU ARE NOT THE STAR OF THE FUCKING GAME!!!

    I wasn’t even able to give the C’s the prop they deserve for winning this game, because I was fanatsizing about flinging bagels at Stern and trying to dent his yamika. I am rooting for Kobe though, not the Lakers, but if these buch of “female private parts” after Bynum, Kobe and the faux tuff guy, continue to to be soft and wet, then the C’s are going to treat the Lakers like they did Orlando and Cleveland. Like bitches!

  2. mapoui says:

    he got game…Doc Rivers running out on the court, urgently for a time-out.

    focus! tremendous! a sweet spot in the general Refere-ing riot these two first ganes have been.

    the whistle-fest has turned me off. they go to do somethig about the officiating. I dont watch basketball to se 3 idiots who are not players run riot.

    I am watching to see a Kobe riot on the court, fisher and rondo, pierce and gasol…not 3 fool zebras incapable of allowing any decent free of whistle flow of play

    they gotta do something before this championship becomes a ref determined outcome.

    I am a Keltic fan but I was so pissed-off last night with Kobe on the pine I tuned out of most of third and half of the fourth quarters.

    ridiculous!

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  4. Temple3 says:

    The Celtics stole this game…

    1) When you block 14 shots (28 points), you’re SUPPOSED to win the game. That the Lakers lost this game in this fashion should be tremendously troubling. Andrew Bynum was outstanding and the Celtics won anyway. Even with all of those blocks and lost opportunities for points, the Celtics won by 9.

    For me, that means the Celtics are still over-penetrating (especially Pierce), but also failing to hit wide open mid-range jump shots (especially Garnett). If Boston tweaks their approach and Garnett finds his shooting touch, they can expect to win 2 of 3 in Boston.

    2) The officiating has significantly impacted both games. If folks want to complain about phantom calls on Kobe in Game 2, they should acknowledge the impact of touch fouls called on Ray Allen in Game 1.

    When the Lakers play the Celtics, there are no officials. There is only grit, resolve and execution.

    So far, Gasol and Bynum have checked in for duty. MIA — Lamar Odom.

    3) After Game 1, I said that offensive rebounding was a big key for Boston. Rondo had 4 in Game 1 and 4 more last night (and a game-high 12). Glen Davis saved the day with 5 offensive rebounds. For all the Lakers interior dominance above the rim, none of them had more than 3 offensive boards.

    4) I’m not to go off on Paul Pierce or Artest for their play in this series. Both of these guys do the dirty work that allows everyone else to have pretty stat lines. People like to bitch and moan about Pierce and Artest shooting or hacking or flopping, but they’re the 2 guys that no one else on either roster really wants to tussle against. It’s perfect that they’re facing each other in a pitched battle of wills.

    5) Lakers were +15 in Free Throw Attempts, +11 in Blocks, +2 in steals and they lost at home. Wow.

    6) Bynum and Fisher were the only Lakers with + for the game (Bynum +1, Fisher +4). Bynum’s performance and impact was obvious…but Fisher’s will go under the radar — again. He doesn’t do everything, but he ALWAYS does something. How does Fisher escape this game with a +4 in 34 minutes? Amazing.

  5. sankofa says:

    Your right man, about Ray in the first game. And I give props to the Celtics coming to work. What gauls me almost as much as the referees and their bullshit, is all the talk about this being different than 2008 for the Lakers. That’s why I saw, if the others don’t show up then the Celtics will be the Lakers Daddy….again.

    … and Doc Rivers is a better coach and manager of egos than that hippie.

    Also my bad for not mentioning Fisher, underated, unappreciated except by real fans and his team mates. I don’t think Bynum will have as significant a game 3, so will candy addict step up or what?

  6. Jerold Wells Jr says:

    Ray had that feeling last night ya’ll. Call him James Brown. If you’ve ever shot a basketball you know that sometimes you just feel it. I’ll spare you my own personal “in the zone” moments but there’s nothing like it in sports. I mean every jumper Ray made was right on. I believe one rimmed in, one rimmed out and he airballed one. Otherwise simply ripping the nets.

    Ordinarily I’d call ANYONE making 8 threes an abberration and say that they cant duplicate it.

    I dont think Ray will make 8 but if the Lakers go with the same gameplan defending his running game (off screens) and struggle to get back on D then Ray can concievably hit 4, maybe 5 trey balls at home in 2 outta 3 games.

    Pierce will be a bigger factor at home than he was in LA. That the house that HE BUILT. Scoring and rebounding numbers should go up for him.

    KG worries me so much. As a TWolves fan I saw him in his prime and I KNOW its killing him that he cant do more against Gasol. The Spaniard essentially gets what he wants. Whats more he cant challenge shots like he wants to or help over onto Bynum. His ability to rebound out of his area (term I stole from Hubie Brown) is non existant. This is a guy that used to lead the league in rebounding. Until he shows he can hold his own I’d keep attacking him offensively and defensively.

    Rondo did his thing last night. He played at a pace that suited his skill set. Thats important for him. Walking it up and playing halfcourt ball eliminates his ability to offensive rebound bc its easier to find him and box him out in halfcourt situations and also takes away driving lanes. In transition and secondary break/ man advantage situations hes a beast.

    Boston won the rebounding battle. THATS HUGE. They have to. If they dont they lose.

    Bynum really showed me something last night. Lets not forget the kid is playing on a torn meniscus, carrying 285+ Thats nothing but heart. Then add in 7 blocks? Wow.

    As Temple mentioned, Bynum’s interior presence was supposed to tip the scales in favor of the Lakers and be the real difference between this year and ’08. That they still lost this game has to disturb some folks……. or maybe it doesnt.

    Phil Jackson was something akin to chipper post game.

    Maybe he knows that Boston has no answer to his front line. Maybe he know Lamar Odom will eventually show up. Maybe he knows Kobe will not see anything close to 5 fouls in a game the rest of this series. Maybe he knows Ray Allen wont shoot that way again.

    All I know is I’ll be watching. Gimme Boston in Game 3.

  7. KevDog says:

    Refs sucked. But we lost because we didn’t care enough to put a body on Allen in the first half and because we didn’t care enough to put a body on Rondo in the second.

    Arrogance is more dangerous than ignorance.

    And Goddamn, Don’t even get me started on those fouls on Kobe.

  8. Temple3 says:

    There is nothing like taking an opponent lightly. Just about every Lakers fan I know is taking the Celtics lightly. I just hope none of them are surprised if that nonchalance trickles down to the team. LOL.

    And, I won’t get you started on those calls. Ouch!

  9. Temple3 says:

    Jerold:

    I think everyone who watches this Celtics team has the feeling their playing on borrowed time. We’re all waiting for the wheels to come off the go-cart. For Kevin Garnett, they seem to have already come off. Pierce has his hands full with Artest, and Ray is about to have his hands full with Kobe.

    Is it even remotely possible for Rondo, Rasheed and a bunch of mediocre guys like Davis, Perkins, Nate and Tony Allen to make up the difference?

    It surely seems improbable. That’s the great drama of this series. America waited for the wheels to fall off in Cleveland. Those wheels surely fell off — for the Cavaliers. The nation waited again in the series vs. Orlando. By the time the Magic woke up from their Overconfident Inebriation, the series was over. The Lakers seem to be drinking the same Kool Aid.

    The Celtics have to fall apart…don’t they?

  10. Jerold Wells Jr says:

    @Temple

    EXACTLY!!!!

    My Dad was like OK. Ray is feeling it now that has to be a good sign. Ehhhh maybe, but a 35 year old Ray Allen can’t carry this team. Bucks Ray Allen, maybe. Sonics Ray Allen, possibly. The real Jesus died at 32 right? That was the last year of Jumpshot Jesus’ prime as well.

    The sum of the Celtics parts are better than the collective pieces. The glue holding those is Doc Rivers.

    LA is better. Younger. Healthier at more key positions but Boston keeps fighting. And that’s exactly what they have in this series, a punchers chance.

  11. Temple3 says:

    If you hear “Down goes Bynum!” you’ll know that puncher is getting fitted for a new belt.

  12. sankofa says:

    “f you hear “Down goes Bynum!” you’ll know that puncher is getting fitted for a new belt.”

    You’all are GMs ( probably do a better job than 90% out there) Jerry Colangelo’s retarded son calls to offer Chris Bosh for Bynum…would you bite? Why? What are the pros and cons?

    I am asking because it seems that the possibility of a serious injury could curtail a promising career. Plus I really would like to foster some damage goods on these red necks up here.

    Also, my take on Gasol is he is long, skilled and….white, so he seems to have been crowned the best power forward in the game. I am not sold on him, I respect his skills, but something is missing and this faux tuff guy act ain’t getting it done.

    I definitely think both these guys are the real keys to a LA championship (and of course the candy addict) but Bynum is still learning the game and growing into his body, plus he is an injury question mark; and Pau, well, you don’t go from soft to tuff, just by changing your address.

    Finally, can you’all tell Kevin to tone his shit down? Just play fucking ball, because you’re not a bad ass, you’re a screamer, people are now figuring out that Kevin Garnet circa 2010 is not Kevin Garnet 2008. I mean he is still highly skilled and smart, just not as physical, so he needs to change his game.

    That sequence when he was banging on Dwight Howard’s arm was ridiculous, and now in this series he his making the faux tuff guy look like Kevin Michale, because he hasn’t adjusted to his lack of explosiveness.

  13. Origin says:

    “That sequence when he was banging on Dwight Howard’s arm was ridiculous”

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!

    Great comments everyone. Temple looks like you and I were both right. Allen got going and Rondo pushed the ball so that Bynum had to run. The Celtics finally were able to get some fast breaks and score before the Lakers half-court defense set up.

    Also Temple the same thing that happened to the Cavs happened to the Lakers in game 2. Allen got hot them they had to put Kobe on him. Then Rondo began to kill the Lakers………….yeap it was the same game plan vs. the Cavs.

    Phil has a tough decision…………start Kobe on Allen to start the game and get him worn out running through screens or start him on Rondo. Then have Allen kill Fisher.

    Another thing………yes Garnett is a shadow of his former self. But with the addition of Wallace and a older more mature Big Baby and Perkins there is actually no drop off at the PF position. Plus the Celtics are the only team I can think of (that won a ring) that has 2 all around players who make impacts on the offensive end (without scoring) and the defensive end (Rondo and Garnett). Its like the Celtics have 2 Scottie Pippens (one thats 6-1 and one thats 6-11).

    As far as the refs…………….like I said on another post. No one tunes in to see Gasol get 1 foul while the Kobe has 3 fouls in the first half. And at the same time Perkins, Garnett, Wallace & Big Baby have 3 fouls each.

    Last I can actually see the Celtics going back to the finals next year. Even if they lose this series……….their young players have actually grown and become very good. The same can not be said about the laker young players, except Bynum.

  14. Origin says:

    And Sankofa I don’t think that Gasol is the best big man in the league. Most offensively skilled……….ummm maybe…..Garnett and Duncan are just as offensively skilled. They are just old with tons of miles on their legs.

    Dwight still is the best big man in the league. He might not bethe most skilled………..but his impact is the best.

    Oh and Sankofa………..who knows how good Bosh would be with Kobe. People might be calling him the most skilled if he played with #24.