LOS ANGELES -- Coming off their dismal 102-89 loss in Game 1, the pressure is on the Celtics to adapt for Game 2 of the Finals on Sunday. Here are five key issues to watch for:
But Celtics coach
Rondo sounded confident that he and the Celtics would give a better showing in Game 2. After watching the Lakers drive as they pleased, it's hard to imagine the Celtics being able to clamp off those seams and suddenly recreating the high blend of team defense that saw them through the Finals two years ago against Los Angeles.
This goes back to defense. Through three quarters, the Lakers held a 20-point lead and were shooting 52.6 percent, which prevented Boston from scoring in transition (where it had been outscored 10-2 going into the fourth) or in the early offense before the L.A. defense could set up.
"If we get stops, it's a different ball game," said Rondo. "But you've got to give them credit that when we did get stops, they got  offensive rebounds. So it was difficult for us to come down and get any transition buckets because we were setting up the offense every time down."
Rebounding is a vital indicator. The Lakers were outrebounding their guests 34-17 after three quarters, with
The answer for Boston is to be more aggressive, to beat the Lakers to the punch. "I didn't think that was a physical game," said Rivers. "I thought one team was physical; we were not. We fouled a lot because they were standing next to the basket and we had no choice."
"I expect the [Celtics] to be more aggressive and with a sense of urgency, understanding the importance of Game 2," said Laker forward
"His matchup with Kendrick is a good one for him," said Bryant. "The last series was tough for him -- Oklahoma series, as well -- because he did a lot of running and he had guys who were really fast, and it's tough for his knee to get up and down that much."