Final preparations are made Monday in LA (John Blanding / Globe Staff)
LOS ANGELES — Hey LA, it’s the Finals.
It was not an exhaustive search, to be sure, but we spotted only one Lakers fan along S. Figueroa Street, the street the Staples Center is located on, during a two-hour walk this afternoon. The fan was pedaling a bike and moving too fast for us to ask where his friends were.
The area around the Lakers’ home arena is more business oriented than social, but even so, the lack of anything Lakers-Celtics related was striking.
The Holiday Inn across from the Staples Center is still offering fans packages for “Kings, Clippers, and Lakers games” on a sign out front. In Boston, that sign would read something like, “Stay here. Beat LA.”
VIP Tickets, a ticket brokerage agency a block up from the arena, was closed before 6 p.m. The Staples Center ticket office was also shut.
Not that throngs of Lakers fans were milling about looking for tickets, but they wouldn’t have been able to had they wanted to.
Even the Staples Center itself lacked a Finals flair. Workers outside were still hanging a giant Kobe Bryant banner the building. The pro shop was closed. And inside, “NBA Finals” decals were still being rolled into the floor of the fan entrances to the building.
A rare Lakers’ sign in downtown LA
And let’s not even talk about the giant Larry O’Brien trophy out front, which was still being put together. The trophy outside the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston has become a pilgrimage site for Celtics fans, but not a single Lakers fan posed for pictures with the trophy here.
Let’s hope things get a little more exciting here on Tuesday.