The Fighting Kobes find themselves down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics after another defeat on Sunday night, a 108-102 loss at TD Banknorth Garden. The fact that the Lakers cut out 22 points from their 24-point deficit in the fourth quarter doesn't matter. Los Angeles was badly outplayed for most of the second half and deserve to be behind in the series as it shifts to Hollywood for Game 3.
And stop right now if you want to point to the disparity in free throws in the series. Boston had 38 attempts from the line in Game 2, 28 more than Los Angeles, but even Kevin Garnett was taking his chances to go to the basket and pick up some cheap fouls against what has truly been a soft Lakers' defensive effort. Paul Pierce hasn't been shy either and Rajon Rondo is killing Derek Fisher with his quickness, getting into the paint at will and setting up dunks for Leon Powe (21 points, 6-for-7 from the field in Game 2), Kendrick Perkins and the rest of Boston's secondary offensive options. Aggressive teams get those calls. The Lakers have done nothing but take jump shots for two games.
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