The game didn’t end up the way we wanted it too, but we did get a lot of stuff from last night’s game aside from the normal Game Photos & Post-Game Locker Talk.
The drop-cloth video from last night was awesome. A good look back at the historical match-ups in the Lakers-Celtics rivalry. Check it out on last night’s Lakers Gameday page.
We also got in the locker room early to talk to some of the guys about wearing the short shorts. Check that out by clicking here.
If Boston is the new measuring stick by which NBA teams are judged, the Lakers fell shorter than the short shorts they donned tonight. Boston—playing its fourth game in five nights—was the team with the fresh legs as the Lakers started the game sluggish and despite a surge to end the half, were manhandled by the Celtics, 110-91.
After the game, Jackson said that his team did not execute the plays learned in practice last week, relying too heavily on outside shooting and not enough on penetration. Jackson also singled out Kobe’s abysmal 6-25 shooting night as one of the key reasons the Lakers were not able to withstand the Celtic’s charge. Lamar Odom was almost as bad from the field, going six for 17 and missing more than a handful of layups in the first half as Boston built its lead.
Andrew Bynum was virtually non-existent for most of the game, fouling out after scoring eight points and grabbing only two rebounds. Jackson said that Bynum needs to learn how to find space around the basket better, as he was unable to combat Boston’s front line. As a team, the Lakers struggled from the field, shooting a measly 36% from the field and showing an inability to sustain any momentum.
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Inactives for tonight:
Lakers – Chris Mihm, Coby Karl
Celtics – Rajon Rondo
Lakers legend Jerry West just got a rousing standing ovation at center court from an early-arriving, yellow T-shirt clad STAPLES Center crowd. The fans have been on their feet for the majority of the pre-game warm-ups…everything in the arena screams of a playoff level crowd.
12:00 STAPLES Center just went nuts as the Lakers players shocked fans by showing up in their old school 1980′s uniforms…yes…complete with the infamous short shorts.
9:43 Kobe just put on a one-man defensive show, first denying Tony Allen position before swatting away Kevin Garnett’s shot in the lane. The Celtics lead 6-2 though as it looks like the Lakers have come out perhaps a little bit over-excited. In other news, STAPLES is still cheering about the short shorts, yelling loudly after a close-up on Derek Fisher’s attire on the jumbotron.
7:31 Phil Jackson just called a timeout and he obviously is not pleased with the team’s sluggish start with the Lakers trailing 11-5 and looking completely out of sync on offense. Kobe’s missed both of his field goal attempts and Bynum has yet to see any touches down low. STAPLES Center is quiet again…for the time being.
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Injury Update: Luke Walton and Sasha Vujacic will dress for tonight’s game, but Jackson said both players looked shaky and would not reveal whether they would see playing time.
Everyone seems zeroed in on tonight’s much anticipated battle with the Celtics, including Phil Jackson. Before the game, Jackson reminded reporters that Boston’s success is due to more than their All-Star trio of Garnett, Pierce and Allen; Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, Eddie House and James Posey also play important roles that have helped the Celtics to a league-leading 25 wins against only three losses.
Aside from being one of the most hyped games in recent memory, a victory tonight would also give Jackson the most wins in NBA history, exceeding legendary Boston Coach Red Auerbach’s total. However, Jackson downplayed the feat, explaining that if a coach is in the league long enough, he is bound to rack up a certain number of wins. The Lakers coach pointed to his mentor and longtime NBA Coach Bill Fitch’s impressive win total that also coincided with a large number of losses.
Tonight’s game against the Celtics will be simulcast (whoa not like that Chick fans) on both Fox Sports West HD & Fox Sports Prime Ticket.
You’ll get your normal coverage on FSN West, with Joel & Stu calling the action, highlights, replays, and everything you’ve come to expect from the crew at Fox.
On Prime Ticket you’ll be getting the special “Courtside View” angle that includes cameras above each basket and five handheld cameras courtside. The low viewing angle gives you a unique view of the action apart from the traditional camera locations.
Another added bonus of the Courtside View is the limited commercial interruptions. Aside from a few local commercials you won’t have any breaks in the action. During timeouts you’ll see the players in the huddle & the Laker Girls performing on the court–just like you would if you were sitting courtside.
Watching the courtside view will give you a complete perspective on the ebb & flow of an NBA game. Besides, how many of us will ever get a chance to sit courtside? This is the next best thing.
Coverage starts at 7pm with Bill Macdonald on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.
Click here for the full press release
Things You Already Know:
The Celtics overhauled their entire roster this summer after years of futility, completing trades for perennial All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to play with incumbent franchise player Paul Pierce. The results so far have been nothing short of spectacular as Boston has lost only three times heading into Sunday night’s showdown with the Lakers–leading the league with 25 wins.
The Celtics are led by Pierce’s 21 points to go along with 19 a piece from Allen and Garnett, forming a true three-headed monster on offense. Garnett is far and away the rebound leader on the team, pulling down almost 11 a game.
Things You Might Not Know:
While the Celtics were heralded for bringing in two all-stars, many questioned whether or not their role players were good enough to vault them into the NBA’s elite. However, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, Eddie House and James Posey have played solid ball to open up the year, quieting doubters who claim the C’s are still a player or two away from being legitimate title contenders.
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The Lakers played exceptional ball for three quarters on their way to building a 34 point lead before beating the Jazz 123-109. The Lakers shot 54% from the field for the game and 58% from three point land. Kobe scored 31 points to lead the way for the Lakers along with five other L.A. players who scored in double figures. After the game, Coach Jackson attributed the Lakers’ success to their superior preparation, noting that his team came out with a certain edge after being manhandled by Utah in their last meeting.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s much-anticipated matchup with the Boston Celtics, Jackson said that the team’s historic rival would provide a great challenge for the Lakers, praising Boston’s exceptional defense, athleticism and solid bench play as reasons for their early success. Jackson also said that the addition of Kevin Garnett has made it much easier to cover up the Celtics’ deficiencies.
Jackson tied legendary Boston Coach Red Auerbach’s record for most wins tonight and will have a chance to surpass Auerbach this Sunday. While Jackson said that there was a certain sense of irony in the timing, his 500th win with mentor and coach Bill Fitch on the other side of the floor was more important to him.
Inactives for tonight:
Lakers – Luke Walton, Coby Karl
Jazz – Morris Almond, Kyrylo Fesenko
In a somewhat surprising move Kwame Brown will suit up for the Lakers after Phil Jackson called him “old and decrepit” after practice yesterday.
10:17 It took only a minute and 43 seconds for Andrew Bynum to make his presence felt on the offensive end, picking up a flurry of quick rebounds off teammates’ misses before throwing in an easy layup over Okur and Boozer. It’ll be interesting to see how Andrew handles the defensive pressure of Utah’s big men who will certainly provide more of a challenge than Phoenix’s sub par front line.
8:16 Bynum’s turning into an allyoop machine for the Lakers, pounding his second straight lob attempt down, the first from Fisher and the second from Kobe. The Lakers look like they’re trying to establish Andrew early on.
6:47 Trevor Ariza just made his second athletic move of the game resulting in his second basket of the night. Phil Jackson said before tonight’s game that Ariza is now comfortable enough to operate in the offense now and he playing like it.
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Injury Update: Phil Jackson said before tonight’s game against the Jazz that Luke Walton is still listed as day to day. According to the coach, Kwame Brown is still not ready to start for the team and will likely see limited minutes when he does return until he proves he is ready to handle a larger role.
Jackson praised Trevor Ariza’s addition to the team, highlighted by his 14-point effort against the Suns on Christmas Day. Jackson said that Trevor’s value in starting at small forward lies in his ability to ignite the team’s running game and his ability to penetrate. “His mobility is exceptional,” said Jackson. When asked to address Ariza’s development within the triangle, Jackson said he is now comfortable enough to operate within the system, although he is still learning its nuances.
Following the intense media hype that has ensued following Andrew Bynum’s breakout performance against the Suns, Jackson said that Bynum needs to continue to use his assets–his length and size–to his advantage. Jackson singled out Bynum’s rebounds and blocks as two areas of his game that he needs to focus on. The Lakers coach also reminded reporters that despite Andrew’s rapid development, he struggled against Utah’s interior game in the Lakers’ loss to the Jazz at the end of November.
Jackson also commented on the reaction that Derek Fisher received from the Energy Solutions Arena crowd in his return to Salt Lake City, revealing that he was not pleased with the way Jazz fans treated Derek considering he left Utah to secure better medical help for his daughter.