When the Lakers
rolled the Celtics smote the evil demons in game one, Lakers nation was ready to call it a series highlighted by MIchael Cooper, former Lakers player turned announcer on ABC 7 in LA declaring that if the Lakers won game two, then it would be a sweep. Although Coop's confidence in the Lakers remained unaffected by the game 2 loss, some fans we certainly panicking, thinking that Boston would rip us a new one once we returned to the Garden. Granted, this is not the case for all as many were quick to point out that Ray Allen could not shoot like that again, as he proved in game three and Lamar and Ron Artest were both terrible, yet we were in it till the closing minutes. And in game three, confidence was restored thanks to some heroics by Fish. And two statistics I'll borrow from tandur's post are 10-0 and 47-0. I assume everyone understands the latter statistic, but the aforementioned might need a bit of explaining. It was his article after all, so more about it can be read here: 10-0. But basically, since the introduction of the 2-3-2 format, if the first two games are split, the winner of game three has won every time. So the Lakers have two statistics on their side now. But if nothing else, I point out that we've done two things we couldn't do in 2008: Lead the series and win in Boston. So why do I write this article? To merely say don't panic. This is not 2008. We're better. Boston isn't. With all cylinders running, our offense is better and our defense is just as good. With two games in the bag, we need only two more til we take home the big prize, but for now I just remind you that the only way Paul Pierce's proclamation comes true is if as Michael Cooper put it the Lakers commit a mini-sweep, taking all three games in Boston. So Lakers fans, I say do not worry. If you do, Fish might have to go all Luis Scola on your ass.
(Hopefully my post isn't completely useless and doesn't restate the obvious too much)