2010 NBA Finals: L.A. Lakers Lack Team Concept

June 15th, 2010 by Josh Hoffman Leave a reply »
After a Game 5 loss that crept the Los Angeles Lakers within one whiff of their second NBA Finals strikeout in three years, my mother made a statement that could possibly serve as a forewarning to Magic Johnson, Michael Wilbon and Jon Barry's job security in the NBA analyst arena.

"You know," she said, "the Celtics are the better team."

Mind you, this is coming from a person who knows as much about sports as the McCourt family knows about owning and operating the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise.

In any case, the notion that my mother is capable of making that sort of uncharacteristic, yet clear-cut observation, is like dissecting an owl pellet in fifth-grade science.

It doesn't take a so-called expert with superior know-how to understand the intricacies of a rather obvious assessment.

No matter how many ways you want to cut it, or how many statistics you want to reference, or how many questionable calls you believe the officials have made, the bottom line is this: L.A. may have the best player in this series, but the Celtics certainly have the best team through the first five games.

In Games 1 through 4, the bes ...

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