Thursday June 5, 2008
BOSTON (AP) -- Rebounding has been the Los Angeles Lakers'
biggest weakness. It cropped up again in Game 1 of the NBA finals. The Boston Celtics continued a disturbing postseason trend for Los Angeles. They outrebounded the Lakers by 13 to help them to a 98-88 victory to open the best-of-seven series.
As one-time Los Angeles coach Pat Riley once said, "No
rebounds, no rings." These Lakers would be best-served to heed
those words. In Game 1 against Boston, Celtics won the battle of the boards 46-to-33. Lakers coach Phil Jackson said the Celtics "did a much better job on the boards" and that was the difference in the game.
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