We just tipped off and already Kendrick Perkins has his first foul, followed quickly by a Kobe Bryant jumper for 2. However, Perk did pull down an offensive rebound on the other end, so the shoulder looks OK so far.
(10:34 to play in the first) Kevin Garnett just passed up about three open looks that led to a Rajon Rondo 20-footer. That is NOT going to win this game. KG also got called for a rather tacky foul on the other end, the third questionable call on the Celtics so far by the crew of Joey Crawford, Bennett Salvatore, and Eddie Rush (all no strangers to controversy). Will they play a role in the outcome? 4-3 Lakers.
(5:25 to play in the first) A raucous crowd and a back and forth sloppy game so far, but one thing is for certain, Kobe Bryant came to play. He’s already drained 3 3-pointers and nearly made a fourth on a desperation heave as the shot clock wound down. 13-12 Lakers as we take a TV timeout.