Stick a Fork in Them
Eddie House beat the Lakers? For reals? AP Photo/Mark Avery
Gutless. Pathetic. Pitiful. Sorry. And that’s being generous to the Lakers.
Lamar Odom started out the game with a driving layup, and it looked like with that intensity it would be a foregone conclusion the Lakers would win. Lamar and the rest of the Lakers kept up the intensity in the first quarter pulling out to a 21-point lead, the largest lead at the end of the first quarter in NBA Finals history.
Though the Celtics chipped away at the lead in the second quarter, the Lakers kept things going attacking the rim and using their passing to get open shots when needed. Their defense also frustrated the Celtics to 37 percent shooting. Kevin Garnett settled for outside shots, and with Rajon Rondo still affected by his ankle sprain they were forced to rely more on Eddie House and Sam Cassell as their point guards.
With seven minutes left to go in the third quarter, the Lakers were up by 20 points. Then the choke started.