Posted 02/06/2009 at 02:09 PM
Last night's win over Boston last night was a huge victory for the Lakers and propels them to the current top of the elite at least in term's of argument sake for the time being. Coach River's rightfully had some complaints with a few questionable late game calls and non-calls and Kevin Garnett was not quite 100% but it was big the Lakers to prove they can win big games without Andrew Bynum and sitting 2-0 against the Celtics this season will be a confidence boost heading into the playoffs.
The Celtics have a quick turnaround with a trip to Madison Square Garden Friday night. If you are a Knicks season ticket holder this has been the week you have been looking forward to all season and so far the first two legs have delivered with great individual efforts from Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Hosting the Lakers, Cavaliers, and Celtics in a five-day span is a nightmare for the team but a dream lineup for fans. The Knicks have been competitive in both of the first two games and could catch Boston in a tough spot tonight.
The arguments between who had the better performance between Bryant and James makes for good talk radio, but really is a bit foolish (Notice how odd it sounds to refer to them as Bryant and James, and not Kobe and Lebron, that’s how big these guys are). In reality the triple-double (although some have disputed a rebound) is much more impressive stat line and the Cavs needed a lot of big plays down the stretch as it was a closer game. Bryant’s 61-point effort will be remembered more however as it is such a big number and it sets the bar for games in this legendary arena here on out.