Five Things We Learned After One Game in the NBA Finals

June 4th, 2010 by Chad Ridgeway Leave a reply »
Five Biggest Takeaways From Game One

1) The Celtics have nobody to guard Kobe. Of all the new faces this year, the biggest change is who's missing; James Posey. Kobe is destroying the Celtics guards, who are piling on the fouls. Between having to chase Kobe around and sitting on the bench, Ray Allen was taken completely out of the game. (Also, I think Michael Finley just played his first and last two minutes of the Finals)

2) Paul Pierce no longer has a free for all with Ron Artest in the game, and that point was made 27 seconds into the game. You never would have seen Vladimir Radmanovic get into that kind of tussle, he wouldn't want to mess up his hair.

3) Pau Gasol is a tougher and better player for his 2008 experience. That time he seemed overmatched, but this time he is clearly the better power forward. And by the way, I think I have a higher vertical than Kevin Garnett.

4) Look at the Lakers points in the paint. Look at their attempts at the basket. Back in 2008, nobody got to the basket against the Celtics. A lot has changed.

But above all, the single biggest thing that stood out is that:

5) from the opening t ...

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