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May: C's can't stand up to Lakers bigs

2/10/2012

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The Lakers frontcourt of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.The Lakers frontcourt of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol remains a big headache for the Celtics:

Back in the good old days, the Detroit Pistons made a visit to the Boston Celtics and were abused by their most persistent tormentor, Kevin McHale. That led to the following from their coach, Chuck Daly.

"I spent all summer trying to figure out a way to guard McHale. I didn't come up with one. He's still too tall," Daly said.

That, in a nutshell, is the problem that Celtics coach Doc Rivers faced Thursday night in the Celtics' 88-87 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Los Angeles may have shed Lamar Odom, and the Lakers still have Kobe Bryant. But, with Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, they are still too tall. They certainly were for the Celtics on this night.

Yes, folks, size does matter. Still.

"People don't realize how big these guys are," the Lakers' Troy Murphy said after Bynum and Gasol combined for 41 points, 31 rebounds and 5 blocks in L.A.'s victory. "They touch the rim without jumping. It's tough for teams to match up against them. Just trying to make a pass against them in practice is an adventure."

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