Celtics Beat LA!
The Boston Celtics whipped the Los Angeles Lakers yesterdat in a nationally televised rematch of the NBA Finals.The final score was 109-96.
It always feel good to take it to the Lake, and yesterday was no exception. The Lakers beat us last summer for the NBA title. The Celtics had beaten the Lakers for the 2008 Finals.
Both teams are considered to be the favorites to return to the Finals this summer. The Lakers don't have a legitimate contender in their conference with them, and should be able to coast into the Finals. Boston has toyed with the Miami Heat, who were the favorites to take the East after adding LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Dwaye Wade. The smart money currently calls for a Boston/LA final.
The Lakers are led by Kobe Bryant, who banged in 41 points with zero assistisus yesterday. Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, and Pau Gasol all scored 11-15 points, and everyone else essentially watched Kobe gun away.
The Celtics were led by 32 points from P-Double, The Truth, Paul Pierce. Ray Allen scored 21 and Kevin Garnett had 18. KG also went for 13 rebounds. We had a double digit lead on them in rebounding yesterday.
The Celtics were built to beat the Lakers, and have added big men Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal. They also have Kendrick Perkins returning from his injured knee of last June. One of our draft picks was 7 footer Semih Urden (or something like that), a second round draft pick from Turkey.
The big lineup kept LA off the boards yesterday, brought home the W, and set the stage for another Boston/LA tilt in the Finals.
Lidstrom Beats Staal!
The NHL toyed with a funny idea for their All Star Game yesterday.
Normally, fans vote all year, and get to see their favorites play in a high-scoring exhibition game. This year, the players were selected by a sort of fantasy draft conducted by the respective team Captains or something.
The game was played in Raleigh, North Carolina... because when someone says "hockey," you immediately think "Raleigh, North Carolina."
The Boston Bruins were represented well. Tim Thomas was the winning goaltender and stopped 11 shots. Zdeno Chara won the Hardest Shot competition with a 105 mph slapshot. Tyler Seguin played in the Rookie Skills Challenge.
Read Sports Illustrated thrilling summary of the game here.
NFC Beats AFC
The NFL Pro Bowl was won by the NFC, 55-41.
Deangleo Hall had a fumble recovery TD to win the MVP award. The level of play was described as "just beyond touch football or a Powderpuff game."
Several Patriots played. Wes Welker had 5 catches or so, but also coughed up a fumble that was returned for a TD. Devin McCourty snagged an interception, but he also got scorched by Larry Fitzgerald for a 25 yard TD. Matt Light and Logan Mankins blocked up a storm. Jerod Mayo snuffed Tony Gonzalez on the goal line to save a TD. Brandon meriweather also played.
New England coach (and the namesake of this column) Bill Belichick coached his second pro Bowl, and took the L.