Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak knows that the particulars of the post-lockout world will present new challenges for him to continue to field a championship-caliber team.
Kobe skewered Boston's defense in the second half, sealing the Lakers' win.
Not even the Melodrama could tarnish the importance of Lakers-Celtics.
Pau Gasol fell back into his old habits by letting the Celtics push him around.
In the final analysis, Lakers-Celtics will still be decided by the big men.