After the Los Angeles Lakers were defeated in the NBA Finals by the Boston Celtics in 2008, Kobe Bryant made a point to tell the media that his team had been thoroughly beaten up physically and mentally. The week leading up to Game 1 of the 2010 NBA Finals, Bryant reiterated that 2008 had left a bad taste in the his team’s mouth, and he vowed that things would be different this time around. And he was right on the money.
From the mini-tussle in the opening minute between Ron Artest and Paul Pierce, to the 42-31 rebound advantage, the Lakers manhandled the Celtics in their 102-89 Game 1 victory.
In this post-game edition of the podcast, Rashad and Ryan break down what the Lakers did right, what the Celtics did wrong, and everything in between.