LOS ANGELES - Kendrick Perkins offered a simple explanation as to why the Lakers outplayed the Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA finals.

 

“I just think they wanted it more and they came out and showed it.” he said following the Celtics 102-89 loss.

 

Perkins believes the Celtics were missing the intensity they had exhibited in the previous three rounds. He would not use the nearly-week long layoff as an excuse either.

 

LOS ANGELES -- All the numbers and all the statistics can really be distilled into one simple fact for Doc Rivers. "They were by far the more physical team," Rivers said after losing Game 1 of the NBA finals, 102-89. The Lakers phsyical nature was manifiested in a 42-31 rebounding edge, but it was more than just that for Rivers. "They attacked us the entire night," he said. "I didn't think we handled it very well."

Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 30 points and the Celtics battled foul trouble all night as the Lakers captured Game 1 of the 2010 NBA Finals, 102-89, Thursday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Pau Gasol was also huge for the Lakers with 23 points and 14 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass. 

 

Paul Pierce had 24 to lead the Celtics and Kevin Garnett added 16. Pierce and Ray Allen also picked up five personal fouls apiece, with Allen forced to play the entire fourth quarter one foul away from disqualification. 

 

LOS ANGELES -- Speaking to reporters before Game 1 of the NBA finals, commissioner David Stern said that the NBA would revisit the issue of having double technical fouls count against a player's allotment during the postseason. Celtics center Kendrick Perkins has accumulated six technical fouls and one more would trigger an automatic one-game suspension. Doc Rivers has said repeatedly over the last week that double technicals should not count against a player. "I think Doc actually has a point," Stern said. "As much as I hate to agree with Doc."

LOS ANGELES -- Doc Rivers said just prior to Game 1 of the NBA finals that, "Everybody is good. Everybody is healthy, feels good, rested and ready to play. So, there's no issues on our end." There is one issue. Marquis Daniels is not available for the start of the series, although he told WEEI.com when he arrived at the arena that he is "feeling much better." As for Rasheed Wallace, Rivers' primary concern is not his back, but his conditioning. He has missed the majority of practice time since injuring his back.

 

The NBA finals between the Celtics and Lakers is set to begin Thursday night at Staples Center in LA. "It's going to mean everything for my career, because a lot of guys have won one, and not many have won a couple," Pierce said Wednesday before Boston practiced at Staples Center. The NBA's most decorated franchises are set to do battle in the NBA finals for the second time in three years and the 12th time overall. After this series concludes, the two teams will have won 33 of the league's 64 titles.

Celtics legend and NBA TV analyst Kevin McHale joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Celtics-Lakers NBA finals series. McHale said the two keys in his mind are play in the paint and Rajon Rondo's ability to exploit Derek Fisher.

 

Using the NHL's "History will be made" commercials as our guide, we've come up with some "What if" ideas regarding the Celtics as they prepare to open the NBA finals Thursday night in Los Angeles. Take a tour down Celtics memory lane at the LEEInks blog.

According to a report in the New York Post, Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau turned down the Hornets' offer of their head coaching position. Thibodeau reportedly had been given until the start of Thursday night's Game 1 of the NBA finals to accept the offer, with New Orleans planning to give the job to Trail Blazers assistant Monty Williams as a backup plan.

 

Breaking down the matchups for Round 12 of the greatest rivalry in the history of professional sports ...

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Point Guard: Rajon Rondo vs. Derek Fisher



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