Role Reversal From '08 Finals

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Two years ago the Celtics embarrassed the Lakers in the NBA Finals. They were the hungrier team. They were more physical and the Lakers were deemed soft. In Game 1, those roles were reversed. Ron Artest, one of the only differences from the '08 matchup, set the tone 27 seconds into the game with his boxing out takedown of Paul Pierce. The Celtics closed the gap in the fourth but the Lakers were in control nearly the entire game winning 102-89. And I think it's some sort of law that I have to mention Phil Jackson's teams are 47-0 when they win the first game of a playoff series.

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