One year ago tomorrow night, the Lakers came out on the floor in Boston and played a great first half in the opening game of the 2007-8 NBA finals. However, the Celtics then totally dominated the second half, out-scoring, out-defending, out-coaching, and totally out-playing the Lakers, 52-37, taking the opening game 98-88, and effectively ending the Lakers’ season, though they did not realize it for another few days.
Tonight, actually in little more than one hour, the Lakers open the Finals at home, and against a team very unlike the Celtics. Another key to the series is the second half of tonight’s game. I expect to see an unrelenting team effort, fueled by the memories of the second half of June 5, 2008, not to mention the rest of last year’s series, leading to a Laker victory that will motivate the team to keep that momentum going through the rest of the series, and provide redemption for last year’s embarrassment.