Some big names, and this most likely did pretty decent ratings for the network, but these games were not really that close. The Boston Celtics did the necessary work to get an early lead and outhustled their opponents from the get-go until the very end.
The Lakers were expected to walk right through the injured Washington Wizards, and did just that. The Lakers are one of the most talented pure teams in the league in just about every area, and the Gilbert Arenas-less Wizards are no match for them.
The games were still fun, but NBA on TNT really needs that thrilling bout to get people hooked again.