Commentary

What happened to Celtics in Game 1?

PER Diem: June 4, 2010

Originally Published: June 4, 2010
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Doc RiversChristian Petersen/Getty ImagesThe intensity the Celtics showed against Orlando? Not even Doc knows where it went against L.A.

LOS ANGELES -- I can describe Boston's Game 1 performance in three words: out of character.

Although we must give the Lakers their due -- Kobe Bryant was brilliant in the third quarter especially; Pau Gasol continued a dominating playoff run of his own; and L.A.'s defense took away a lot of the Celtics' easy looks -- the fact remains that Boston did three things that were completely outside its norm, and those were major factors in the 102-89 loss.