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Thu, 06/10/2010 - 9:19am  

Simmons on D&C: Refs rule finals

ESPN columnist Bill Simmons joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday morning and talked about the quick turnaround from Game 2 in Los Angeles to Game 3 in Boston, the inconsistencies of the officials, and the sloppiness of both teams in the series.

 

"I was worried about Game 3 because it was 48 hours after Game 2, cross country trip, and it just seemed like, 'Uh oh, this is going to be bad,' " Simmons said. "If you look at what happened in the game, Kobe [Bryant] had a bad game, [Paul] Pierce and [Ray] Allen both had bad games, the only old guy who had a good game was [Kevin Garnett], and KG didn’t play a lot in Game 2 because he was in foul trouble.

 

"I think for the most part in the finals, the right team is going to win each game," Simmons added. "That’s what bothered me about Game 3 was basically both teams didn’t play well and it came down to officiating. If we’ve learned anything from the Celtics team this year, for whatever reason, the officiating determines how they’re going to do."

 

Simmons also spoke about the Celtics' ability to slow down Bryant after his hot run through Utah and Phoenix prior to the finals.

 

"I thought this was the Celtics' biggest advantage going into the series," Simmons said. "People were almost too high on what Kobe was doing. If you look at the Utah series and you look at the Phoenix series, he didn’t have to guard anybody, he didn’t have to play defense."

 

To hear the interview, click on the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For highlights of the interview, plus more on the Celtics and NBA finals, check the Green Street blog.




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