Heck no, the Celtics overachieved. They really never should have gone past the Pacers.
Also, I should have clarified, those quotes are indeed from the ESPN article. Which in case it wasn't abundantly clear, I found awful.
Further clarification. I hate the Lakers. But that stems from the old series back in the 80s, Magic versus Bird etc. This is not to say that the Lakers of then were not remarkably talented. Magic, Jabbar, Nixon were amongst the best if not the best at what they did. There was a phenomenal supporting cast at the time too. Perpetual sixth man awards and Rambis and his glasses.
The recent version of the loathed Lakers has the best center in the NBA bar none. Probably the best out and out player in Kobe. It also has a remarkable coach and a reasonable supporting cast.
What I cannot abide is a bunch of whining on the part of Lakers fans (no, not you specifically Matt) and media. Fouls are fouls, they need to be called. Reffing should be fair and even.
Just to continue my rant about this article Matt linked, this is about the worst analogy I have ever seen in my life:
But it's not Shaq's fault that Rose is only 6-foot-7, and that his elbow is at the level of Rose's face. And, hey, when a big guy and a smaller guy collide, the big guy is the one who's going to be left standing. Is it fair to tag the big guy with a foul because he's bigger and stronger? Using the same logic, every time a small guy jets past a big guy, the refs should call the small guy for traveling."
Great, so by the same token when Rose is posting up on Shaq, because Shaq's 'private parts' are at the same height as Rose's elbows, he should feel free to crank him in the crackers a couple of times? I thought the by-line said this guy used to be a coach, not a grade 5 student (with all due respect to more sensible grade 5 students)?
Elbowing a guy in a face to make space is a foul. End of story. Doesn't matter if you elbow him in the face or the nether regions. So too it doesn't matter if you are 7'6" or 6'7" or 5'4". It's still a foul. And if the little guy in the author's pathetic analogy isn't dribbling the ball when he blasts past the big guy, yeah, call him for travelling. They're called RULES.