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June 10, 2008

Rondo helps prevent theft — passes out 16 dimes

Tapping out

Former University of Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo played a major role in keeping the L.A. Lakers from stealing game two of the best-of-seven series for the NBA Championship in Boston Sunday.

Rondo dished out 16 assists and blocked a 3-point attempt during the Lakers’ comeback attempt in the fourth quarter that led to a dunk (by Rondo).

I was getting ready to watch the game Monday when I noticed that the Celtics were actually a one-point underdog. I just didn’t see how that was possible. The Celtics were at home and, at that point, were 3-0 against the Lakers this season. Make it 4-0.

Boston beat the Lakers, 108-102, to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. The margin of victory doesn’t really tell the story. Boston led by as many as 22 points and got lazy in the fourth quarter and allowed too many open looks by the Lakers. I’m not sure that L.A. can beat Boston at all. I think the Celtics may sweep this series or at least win in five games.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson was complaining about the difference in the amount of free-throw attempts. Maybe someone should explain to Jackson that if you foul the other team more than they foul you, then they are probably going to shoot more foul shots. The Celtics take the ball inside and force the Lakers to foul. The Lakers settle for jump shots and don’t try to get to the line.

I don’t know if you have been listening to the announcers talk about Kobe Bryant during this series, but it seems to me that they are trying to make him the next Michael Jordan. They compare him to Jordan every chance they get.

NONSENSE.

Kobe Bryant is a great player – there is no doubt about that. But, Bryant isn’t on the level of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird or Magic Johnson. All three of these players were far better than Bryant is at this point in his career. Actually, the Celtics have made Bryant a non-factor so far in the NBA Finals.

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