Thursday, June 5, 2008

sports: NBA Finals, Game 1

In the battle of what ESPN's John Hollinger called the immovable object versus the unstoppable force, well... the old saying that "defense wins games" has been repeated for a reason. The Celtics sealed off Game 1 of the Finals series cleanly with a 98-88 victory, and their solid play on both ends seems like something they could easily duplicate three more times.

In this contest, it was Paul Pierce's reentrance and back-to-back threes in the third quarter — after he had been carried off the court and put in a wheelchair — that put momentum behind the Celtics not even Kobe could stifle. He did a good job of stifling Kobe, too.

On that note, the 2008 MVP didn't make the kind of blow-out performance he's known to make: though he dropped 24 points, he was only 9-26 from the floor and 0-3 from behind the arch. It certainly wasn't the 39 points he put up versus the Spurs last week.

KG double-doubled, with 24 points and 13 rebounds in a solid performance from the league's Defensive Player of the Year. There was an even distribution of points among four of the five Boston starters, all scoring at least 15.

Sam Cassell also deserves some MVP status; the guy's 38, but that didn't keep him from making some crucial plays tonight in just 10 minutes off the bench in the first half.