“It is the second game and not the first that dictates the tempo and the mood of the series.”
-Brent Musburger before Game 2 after the “Memorial Day Massacre”.
A brief history of the Lakers, The Finals, and Game 2.
1984: Gerald Henderson steals the ball. Celtics win in 7.
1985: Kareem has 30 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks after being called out in the media by Pat Riley. Lakers win in 6.
1987: Celtics switch Ainge onto to Magic. Cooper makes 6 of 7 threes. Lakers in 6.
1991: Jordan goes 15-18 from the floor and has 13 assists. Bulls win the series in 5.
2001: Shaq has 28 points, 20 rebounds, 9 assists, and 8 blocks. Lakers in 5.
2008: Lakers come back from being down by 24 with 8 minutes left to play…but lose. If they win that game, you’re at least looking at a shot at a 7th game.