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Is the Lakers-Celtics series living up to the hype?

Yesterday was quite a day in the sports world. Not only did Washington Nationals rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg exceed everyone's expectations in his debut, but the Los Angeles Lakers also won a close game with the Boston Celtics, taking a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

I've always considered myself equal parts baseball fan and basketball fan, so it was quite an evening for me. I have to admit though, I was honestly more excited about Strasburg than the Lakers.

I had to ask myself: how can a regular season Washington Nationals game get me more excited than game three of the finals in one of the most storied rivalries in the history of sports?

It got me thinking that maybe I actually do love baseball more than basketball. After quickly rejecting that hypothesis, I started thinking that maybe the Lakers-Celtics series has been just the slightest bit underwhelming.

Don't get me wrong-- I've enjoyed watching all three games. But the first one was a snoozer and the next two saw one team get out to a big lead and hold on for the victory. Ray Allen and Rajan Rondo in game two and Derek Fisher in game three provided some panache, but overall the series, to me, has been missing something.

Maybe it just seems less intense because we're still early in the series. Maybe it's because of the horrible officiating and endless "who knocked the ball out of bounds" reviews.

Maybe I'm a lunatic and the series has been just as entertaining as people expected. I'm just curious to see if other people feel the way I do.

All I know is that before the series started I could barely contain my excitement, and after last night's NBA Finals game all I could talk about was Strasburg's pitching performance.

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Comments

  • lou 4 years ago

    Wow, what's in the water you've been drinking. Game 2 and 3 were more than one team holding on after having a big lead. Game 2 had LA up with 3+ minutes left and then coughing it all up. Game 3 was touch and go and down to a one point lead until Fisher decided he would play out of his mind. Get out to a sports bar and hear the roar!

  • Sephiroth 4 years ago

    Yeah, Games 2 and 3 were pretty exciting man.

  • Wonder 4 years ago

    What I like about this series is that both teams are competing. The Lakers are defending the hell out of the ball. I've never seen Pau and Drew lock in like this. Even though Garnett got going last game, they were competing on every play. I feel like the series has met my expectations for competition and big play-making. Since they've been largely defensive struggles, it's been unpretty at times, but that's the way it goes in the Finals. Keys for game 4: Kobe - stop forcing it, All guards - give the ball to Pau and Bynum, Artest - take only open 3's and lay-ups, Odom - take their bigs off the dribble and hit the glass; forget post-ups

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