Derrick Mason, a huge Lakers fan, started today's post-practice talk with reporters by switching things up and discussing a little basketball.
With the Lakers and Celtics preparing to square off in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Ravens wide receiver gave his take on tonight's contest - while staying completely unbiased, of course.
"For one, Ray Allen will not shoot 8-for-9 from three-point," Mason said. Allen actually went 8-for-11 in Game 2, although no one will remember the misses. "He will not shoot like that again. He's erratic, very erratic. He will go probably 5-for-15 or 5-for-20 this game.
"Rondo - let him shoot the five-footer, he's not going to make it. He doesn't shoot with his left hand. He's a good player, but he's a right-handed shooter. Let him go to his left. Kobe, play off him. He's not going to shoot the jumper, and if it does, he's very hesitant about it, because if he misses two, it's a rap."
"Rasheed's going to come off the bench; he's not going to give you anything. Garnett's going to give you 10 points. The person you need to watch out for this game is Paul Pierce. If you contain Paul Pierce, you will win the game."
Mason's prediction for tonight's game:
"Final score: Lakers 108, Celtics 95."
As for the series?
"Lakers take it in seven," Mason said. "We're going back to L.A."