Celtics Too Much For Kobe, Lakers

It feels like the NBA season officially started yesterday, with a hangover from the Patriots season still lingering over the region.

The Celtics used a strong second half to pull away from the Los Angeles Lakers and post a 109-96 victory  at the Staples Center. Get all the links at CelticsLinks.com. Check the LA view from the Los Angeles Times and ESPN Los Angeles.

Celtics set tone against Lakers – Chris Forsberg has the Celtics sending a message to the Lakers and the NBA.

Duel does what’s needed – Steve Bulpett has Paul Pierce (32 points) buckling on his holster and shooting it out with Kobe Bryant (41 points) yesterday.

Fluid Rondo found the flow – Gary Washburn has the Celtics point guard coming alive in the second half and boosting Boston to the win.

Celtics prove they’re NBA’s best – Paul Flannery says that when the Celtics play at their best, you wonder how they can ever lose.

Lakers have trouble with elite; cut fires up KG – A. Sherrod Blakely’s CSNNE notes has an elbow to the head perking up Kevin Garnett. The Globe notebook from Julian Benbow has Pierce and Ray Allen taking turns on Kobe. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has Ray Allen talking about defending Kobe.

Exec Hausmann retires after 19 years – Mike Reiss looks at what the retirement of  Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer Jim Hausmann means to the Patriots.

Family matters most with McCourty twins – Karen Guregian looks at the bond between Devin McCourty, and his twin brother Jason, who plays for the Titans. Guregian also has Logan Mankins and Bill Belichick having a private chat after the Pro Bowl.

Red Sox outfield should be strong defensively – Mike Fine looks at the Red Sox outfield for 2011.

Making pitches for Red Sox relief roles – Scott Lauber looks at how the bullpen might shake out.

Bruins in shaky shape – Mike Loftus says that the next two months will be crucial for the Bruins.

  • Classless

    When the Celtics execute, they cannot be beat by anyone. Only questionable officiating (re: Game 7) can derail this team. I hope people don't take this team for granted because they are a legit championship threat this year and next.

    • Jon

      I really like the bench: assuming Shaq is interested/healthy, I like Davis, Robinson, Daniels, Erdin, Harangody, and Shaq better than what they had last year. And I did enjoy Scal.

  • Tony

    I'm not writing off the Lakers yet, but it should be noted that in two high-profile, nationally televised home games against Miami and Boston, they've been handled rather easily each time. That's not a good harbinger–and there should be no "well, we didn't have Bynum" excuses from their fans after yesterday, OK? (That's all I heard last June right up through Game 5 when it looked like LA was going to lose the series; and all I've heard since the 2008 Finals when he didn't play and LA got smoked in a series that could have ended in 4 straight rather than 6.) He was there yesterday, and he was practically invisible against a much deeper Boston frontcourt than the one they had last June.

    I think the C's biggest obstacles to a title are age/health, obviously, and getting past the very tough troika of quality Eastern Conference foes (Chicago, Orlando, Miami). San Antonio doesn't scare me and LA clearly has flaws right now.