It would have been hard to draw up a scenario for Game 1 more favorable to the Lakers than what went down in Thursday. Kobe Bryant found his shot- and a path to the rim- against a Boston, something hard to come by in '08. Pau Gasol was very strong against Kevin Garnett. Andrew Bynum contributed. Defensively, the Lakers were stout, getting Ray Allen into foul trouble and containing all four of Boston's critical quartet.
So is this how it's gonna be?
We break down Game 1 and look ahead to Game 2:
Can Gasol maintain his advantage over Garnett, whose pride has been wounded and will likely come out with great aggression Sunday evening?
What was the practical impact of having Bynum and Ron Artest in the lineup?
Will Boston change tactics? Maybe switch Allen off Kobe?
Where do the Lakers have room for improvement?
Plus D.J. Mbenga's three-point prowess, and why it's not a good idea to gamble with Charles Oakley.
Hope you enjoy it.