The Los Angeles Lakers showed in Game 1 that they were tired of all the discussion concerning their toughness. Many thought before the start of the rematch of the 2008 Finals that the Celtics would dominate the Lakers from a physical stand point. The Lakers played a determined physical game and defeated the Celtics 102-89.
In the team’s video session before Game 1, an inspirational speech was added to the video they used to prepare for the series. The Lakers came out with a renewed sense of urgency after being embarrassed by the Celtics in 2008.
Kobe Bryant had 30 points for the defending NBA champions. Forward Pau Gasol added 23 points and 14 rebounds. All power categories were dominated by the Laker big men. They won the battle for points in the paint, rebounds, and second chance opportunities. While they are pleased with their Game 1 performance, but they know the Celtics will come out with a vengeance Sunday night.
Kevin Garnett will look to have a better performance after grabbing only four rebounds, and failing to stop Gasol. Kedrick Perkins did not help Garnett much, as he grabbed only three while playing only 24 minutes.
Gasol noticed that Garnett did not seem to be his same old self. The forward said the 13 time All-Star has noticeably lost a step.
“He’s also lost some explosiveness,” said Gasol. "He’s more of a jump shooter now, you could say. Before he had a really, really quick first step and was getting to the lane and he was more aggressive...but he’s still a terrific player, a terrific competitor and he’s going to bring everything he’s got. You can count on that.”
Garnett did not have a response for Gasol when he heard the comments. The veteran forward knows not to let the comments of opponents get into his head.
When Celtic guard Rajon Rondo heard of Gasol’s analysis, he became excited about the prospects of a tough Game 2.
“I just can’t wait...I didn’t know [Gasol] said that, but I’ll be excited to see how it goes in Game 2,” said Rondo.
NBA Sportsbooks have set the Lakers as the favorites to win Game 2 of the 2010 NBA Finals by six points over the Celtics. The over/under for total points in game has been set at 190.