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Sunday, June 15th, 2008 at 8:50 pm  |  226 responses

Links: NBA Finals Game Five Live Notes

With a 103-98 win, the Lake Show lives to play for at least one more night…

by Lang Whitaker

Aiight, we’re in the Stapler, locked and loaded for Game Five. Game tips in about 15 minutes. Only one real shocker to report thus far: As we were walking into arena, we saw a car drive by and into the arena parking lot, being guided by none other than the embattled Dick Bavetta. And as I type these notes, he’s on the court with Ken Mauer and Scott Foster. Talk about Stern and the NBA ducking any allegations. Wow.

• Also, Perk is a beast…in a suit. Leon Powe is in the starting five.

• National Anthem: Ashanti.

• The Lakers pregame intro ended with the words NOT IN OUR HOUSE, and the crowd erupted. And then they started playing “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” so I don’t know what that means.

• Bavetta is introduced and gets a pretty weak, though mixed, response.

• The Lakers should have Ira Newble defend Paul Pierce and see if he can trick Pierce into thinking he’s Benzino. Pierce wouldn’t drive all night.

FIRST QUARTER
• Lakers win the tip. No, Bavetta didn’t like it so he makes them re-do it, and Boston wins the tip the second time. It’s fixed!

• Boston starts out with Ray Allen on Kobe. Gasol goes right in on KG and scores. Then he picks up a cheap foul. If the Lakers get in foul trouble, there foes the advantage with Perk out.

• Kobe. Three. Good.

• Pierce shuffles his feet in front of Bavetta, but no call. Ha. This is going to be a fun running them, methinks.

• Kobe shoots a three over a double team, misses, then Pierce misses a shot, and then Derek Fisher headbutts a camera.

• KG scores the first points for Boston, makes it a 5-2 game, until Fisher rips a three on the other end to make it 8-2.

• Kobe works Ray Allen and makes it 10-2. Time to switch Pierce onto him yet? Ray is not doing so well.

• Kobe picks up a foul, which means one on him, Gasol and Odom, and we’re not even 5 minutes in. Rondo to the line for two, good, miss. 10-5, Boston.

• Pau Gasol is a lumberjack and he’s OK. Them Kobe popped a three to make it 18-5, with 6:36 to go in the first. Boston is as flat as Ashanti right now.

• A fan in front of us just arrived rocking a KG jersey and was shouted down by a group of Lakers fans, who generated a vocal Boston Sucks! chant. Then that kinda dies down rather quickly.

• Eddie House checks in as Boston goes small, and Pierce immediately gets a jumper. Then Odom turns it over. I thought Boston might switch someone else onto Kobe, but they’re sticking with it. And then Kobe just hit another three. Anyone want to guard Kobe?

• Ray Allen is getting lit up. Another three by Kobe. Then Ray gets one back. It’s 24-12 and Kobe has 14 points.

• PJ Brown just exploded to the hoop, and I could hear the creaking noises from up here. Next time down he somehow does a 360 directly under the basket without dribbling the ball.

• Timeout with 2:04 left in the first, and LA leading 31-15. The Lakers are 5-7 on threes so far and are playing like the Suns tonight. Love the pace of the game for LA, especially with Boston undermanned. Pierce already looks exhausted.

• Zohan Vuajcic and Farmar are in. Out of the TO, Garnett gets an easy bucket in the paint. And Pierce is on Kobe now. Finally.

• KG scores again. There are baskets just waiting for him inside if he wants to go get them.

• And then he picked up his second foul. Maybe not the best idea. PJ Brown is back from vacation to replace him.

• You don’t mess with the Vujacic! Steal and dunk to put LA up 14.

• Someone on Boston has got to step up and take control of this game. Right now, KG has 8 points but he’s on the bench.

• Farmar and Walton run the give and go and get an easy bucket. Great defense by Boston there. Ugh.

• Pierce to the line and the fans chant “Wheelchair!”

• TONY ALLEN!

• 39-22 after one. Anyone remember the score after one during Game Four? 35-14. The Lakers better not sleep tonight.

• This tempo is also horrible for Boston. They’re letting LA dictate to them instead of the other way around. Boston still hasn’t released their full court press yet, but Doc Rivers can’t like this falling behind stuff.

SECOND QUARTER
• Chris Mihm is in the house! The Secret of Mihm is out!

• Doc’s starting to grasp at a straws — just put Damn Cassell in the game.

• Zohan! A three makes it 43-24…then Pierce drives and draws a foul on Mihm, who is apparently right back to his previous self.

• Pierce has had enough. He’s driven to the rim on three straight touches and drawn back to back fouls on L.A. He’s going to have to provide a heavy dose of this to pull Boston back into the game. It ain’t pretty, but it works.

• Boston has no steals and has forced only 1 turnover. Pierce draws a second foul on Mihm.

• Pierce draws a foul on Ariza! That’s four fouls Pierce has drawn in the last 2:30. Incredible.

• TONY ALLEN with a steal on the inbounds, then a dunk on the inbounds play. Phil Jackson has the LA D-Fenders out there. There’s a little run for Boston, makes it 43-32 with 9:14 to go. Meanwhile, Khalid thinks something just bit the back of his neck and he reports a tingling sensation. I ask if it was a mamba, and Khalid says, “La Bamba?”

• Celeb watch: Lionel Richie is shown on the big screen. I actually passed him downstairs and was surprised by how short he is.

• Phil brings back Kobe and Lamar, this time surrounded by Zohan, Turiaf and Farmar. It’s like he’s handicapping his own team.

• By the way, TONY ALLEN is on Kobe. That should be a fun matchup.

• TONY ALLEN drives and hits a running hook shot. 43-34, LA. Then Turiaf plows into Posey for a charge.

• Garnett returns along with Gasol and Fisher, and immediately KG picks up his third foul. Back to the bench. 7:28 left in the second.

• Dunk from Pierce, then Kobe forces a three that misses, then TONY ALLEN takes Kobe, and then Pierce rips a three. Remember when we talked about someone taking over? Here it is. 43-39, LA.

• Airball from Fisher.

• Timeout on the floor, 43-39, LA. That means Boston is on a 17-4 run in the second. Uh-oh…

• Turnover from Boston out of the timeout; Cassell makes a bad pass to TONY ALLEN. Boston is totally playing with more fire right now, though.

• Boston doubles Kobe on the wing and he hits Fisher, who bricks a three. Boston had Pierce on him on the last play, and and now they’re doubling.

• Odom scores inside to make it 45-39, and Boston takes a timeout. Cassell’s getting open looks but missing everything, and he can’t guard anyone either. Ray Allen is coming in, I guess for Cassell? They’ve got to do something. And the Lakers fans (plural) in front of us are trying to start beef with the Celtics fan (singular), and all the media here and enthralled watching it.

• Powey misses a three out of the timeout then fouls Odom on the other end. Then Odom scores and Vlad Rad get T’d up!

• Boston is playing with TONY ALLEN at the point…and he uses Vlad and Gasol to score.

• Phil puts in Farmar and he promptly airballs a three. Then Ray Allen swishes one after coming off a series of screens. 50-45, with 2:14 to go.

• Farmar hits one to make it an 8-point lead. Then a double-technical is called on Ray Allen and Derek Fisher, who are accused of being too family-friendly.

• Rondo returns. PIerce hits PJ Brown under the rim for a two to make it 55-49. Bavetta then breaks out his signature “make the call and sprint the other direction” move.

• Pierce has Kobe on him as the Celts hold for one. He dribbles the clock down, gets a pick from Ray Allen, and unbelievably the Lakers switch the pick, meaning Pierce now has Fisher on him, and he drills a three over Fisher to make it 55-52 at the half.

HALFTIME: Just like in Game Three, the Celtics are doing everything they can to give this game away. KG’s been in foul trouble, Perk is out, Rondo is basically out, Posey hasn’t scored, PJ Brown has 3 fouls…and yet they’re just 3 points away. It’s not my place to tell to tell Phil Jackson what he’s doing, but this is the Finals. Chris Mihm playing was strange at the time, but when he left with 0 points, 2 fouls, 1 turnover and 1 airball, it wasn’t a surprise. When Mihm checked in, L.A. was up by 16. When he checked out, L.A. was up by 11.

• By the way, Pierce leads Boston in points, rebounds and assists. Other great stat: Vlad Rad has a +18 rating for the first half.

THIRD QUARTER
• Laker ball. Laker turnover. That was fast.

• Three from Ray Allen ties the game at 57. Lets of weird yells from the crowd. Then Kobe to the line. The chants of Wheelchair return, and a Boston fan goes, “That’s old! That’s old!”

• Boston runs the break and Pierce misses a tough shot, then LA comes back and Kobe hits a runner that Bavetta adds a foul call to. Lakers up 60-58. KG gets it right back.

• Kobe on the wing with KG on him, and Kobe decides to drive, where Paul Pierce is waiting to take a charge. Then Rondo rondos a three from the wing to make it 62-60, Boston.

• You know you got Gasol! Tied at 62.

• Gasol drives again and gets a bucket, as KG picks up his fourth trying to help PJ Brown, who got beat…then they change the foul and put it on PJ Brown, and that’s his fourth, as well.

• Timeout LA, leading 65-64 and with 6:21 to go. Both teams look tentative right now. Kobe has scored 3 points since the 1st quarter.

• Some guy who looks like Bocephus just got the crowd all fired up. Out of the timeout, Kobe drives the lane and gets called for a charge against Powey. That’s Kobe’s 4th. Uh-oh.

• Kobe fights for a rebound, then sets up Fisher, who hits a jumper and collides with Rondo for the and-one. Fisher puts LA up 4, 6-64, with 5:14 to go. Then Rondo turns it over and Vlad Rad pops a corner three. 71-64.

• Timeout Boston. Doc has to treat these guys like a high school team, make sure they don’t lose their confidence. Also, KG is sitting on a -15 rating tonight.

• Pierce scores out of the timeout. Posey wipes Lamar on a drive. Then there’s a weird collision at halfcourt and a foul is called on Eddie House by Bavetta. That send LA to the line, and Fisher makes both. 73-66, LA.

• After Boston gets two free throws, Cassell has to replace House, who seems to be bloodied or something. Pierce picks up his third on a call from Bavetta, the Cassell runs off a bunch of screens and hits a 18-footer. KG double-dribbles and gets away with it. Then KG crushes Gasol in the open floor. Cassell tries to take the call but he can’t fool Bavetta. That’s four on KG, and two really dumb fouls he’s committed back to back.

• The point guard slot is killing Boston — Cassell won’t shoot threes…and as I write that, Eddie House returns.

• This game also lacks a sense of urgency from both teams. LA is not playing like their season depends on it, and Boston looks like they’d be happy to go back to Beantown for a Game 6. Lamar scores in the post to give LA a 79-70 lead, and then Eddie houses the ball outta bounds. Then PJ picks up his fifth foul, which might force Doc to play TONY ALLEN or Leon Powe…no reason those dudes shouldn’t be on the floor.

• Boston misses a corner three and after three, the score is Los Angeles 79, Boston 70.

FOURTH QUARTER:
• I think Lamar jammed something on the opening play (hopefully he jammed his finger). Pierce gets two free throws, and then Farmar destroys House for a layup. I’m starting to understand the frustration of Boston fans with Doc Rivers. TONY ALLEN was lights out in the first half and he hasn’t been back since, and then Leon Powe started the game and has played all of 5 minutes…meanwhile PJ Brown can’t even walk anymore. He’s making Phil Jackson look like a genius for only playing Chris Mihm for 3 minutes. It’s like a contest between the two coaches to see who can harm their team’s chances the most. And Doc’s winning right now.

• Pierce gets a layup to make it 84-74, LA.

• Jordan Farmar just drove in and scored over the defensive player of the year, Kevin Garnett. And then LA hustles back and Walton gets a bucket.

• How does Doc Rivers respond? He inserts Sam Cassell. Is this the same guy who coached games 1, 2 and 4?

• And Cassell scores immediately. Then Zohan and Cassell tangle for a loose ball and Zohan goes flying, and I hear Zohan’s head hit the ground from up here. Lakers win the jump and Zohan misses a three, but LA gets it back. Farmar misses a layup, and Cassell draws a questionable foul on Farmer and gets the and one.

• Sorry, Doc.

• 88-79, LA. The Lakers switch Zohan onto him and Cassell drives past him to the hoop for two.

• Things get sloppy. KG garnott get a basket, and then LA turns one over. Pierce sits on a prone Walton and draws a foul on Walton. PIerce hits two to make it 90-83, with 6:22 to go. Phil puts Fisher and Odom back in.

• Turnover, Kobe Bryant. Then Pierce slides through the lane and hits Posey in the corner for a three. 90-86. Then Fisher misses a jumper and Lamar helpfully taps it out of bounds. Boston ball. Timeout, 5:28 to go and Boston on the doorstep.

• Pierce draws a foul of the timeout and gets two shots, making it 90-88, LA. Pierce is playing his tail off.

• Tied up! KG from 15 makes it 90 all. 4:26 left.

• Gasol gets a two, then KG to the line. Miss, make. 92-91, 3:54 to go.

• KG picks up his fifth foul away from the ball while fighting for position with Gasol. And the Lakers throw it in and Pierce is called for his fifth. The refs are going to make sure we get back to Boston one way or the other.

• BTW, tight game, 3 minutes to go, and every fan in here is silent. They scurred.

• Lamar gets fouled by Posey and goes to the line for two. Makes, makes. 94-91, 3:20 left.

• Pierce skips through the paint and gets an open layup, but gets fouled. That lane was open like the 24-hr Subway by our hotel. Pierce makes both and cuts it to 2, 95-93. 2:49 left.

• Pierce gets stripped at the top of the key and Fisher gets fouled on the break. Two shots for D-Fish. Miss, make. 95-91, 3:07 left. LA should put Boston away now…if they can.

• Gasol spins and matadors around in the post, then KG grabs the rebound and flops out of bounds. Two shots! KG to the line: misses, misses. 95-93, 2:31 left.

• Ray Allen somehow fouls Kobe, though Posey was all tangled with Lamar, too. Kobe to the line, even though he has just 5 points since the first quarter. He hits both to make it a 4 point game.

• Boston misses two inside attempts. LA gets it to Kobe, who takes a bad runner. Gasol rebounds and LA gets it back to Kobe. 1:27 left. Kobe dribbles, holds, then misses a three over Posey. Lamar is charged with a loose ball foul, sending Pierce to the line for two. Pierce hits the first, then TONY ALLEN checks in! Pierce to the line, makes the second. 97-95, LA, 1:09 left.

• LA misses a three, and Pierce gets the ball. For some reason Odom and Gasol look like they want to foul him, but he manages to hang on to the ball. He comes down and dribbles it off his leg, and the Lakers lob it out to a breaking Kobe for a dunk. 99-95, 37.4 left. Timeout, Boston.

• Out of the TO, Boston gets a shot with Ray Allen driving to the basket. He misses a runner and KG misses a tip-in. LA gets the board. Flea is on the scoreboard going nuts. Boston fouls with 24.8 left. Fisher to the line. Miss! Then after a long break, makes the second. 100-95, 24.8. Timeout, Boston.

• And that’s it, basically. Ray Allen just fouled out, and Kobe’s free throws seal the game. Everyone who thought Kobe was going to hav a break out night? Nope. Instead he made sure the entire team played well (five players in double-digits).

• House for three, and then the ball gets loose in the corner, but Fisher gets the ball and goes to the line, and the Lakers win it 103-98.

Boston? See you on Tuesday…

• And we’re done.

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  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Bill Walton is back!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Double R

    Why is the PA for the Lakers so understated during Lakers intro?

  • shoot the j

    Does anyone know the time-table of Big Perk’s shoulder injury?

  • Jess

    Doc said he is doubtful if there is a game 6

  • shoot the j

    Tiger is CLUTCH!

  • a_whiteman

    as long as they have eddie house and james posey aka the new robert horry they dont need no perk!!!

  • http://thedimemachine.multiply.com/ Chou

    Do we get to see more of Scal now that Perk is gone?

  • Jess

    here we go again….

  • Money Bill Williams

    phil jackson can get the fu(k off my KFC bucket

  • a_whiteman

    eerily similar to thursday no?

  • a_whiteman

    flat as ashanti lmao i see lang is on point yet again

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Wow Kobe looks on.. Bad news..

  • http://thedimemachine.multiply.com/ Chou

    Is this a game 4 re-run?

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    Lang, is there a McDowell’s out there?

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Jordan needs to calm down. Mihm needs to sit down. I need to breathe.

  • http://none Chi-Town23

    Did anyone else see that watch Perk was wearing???

  • Money Bill Williams

    where are the live bloggers 2day?

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    I’m watching, live from the hood.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    MC: We ate there last night. There was a wedding from Zamunda in our hotel, too.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ H to the izzo

    It seems like a good game so far…

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    but then again, I’m barely part of the team.

  • Money Bill Williams

    is this a live blog or last thursdays blog

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Good one, Money Bill.

  • http://thedimemachine.multiply.com/ Chou

    I guess the Chris Mihm experiment didn’t work out they way Phil wanted. Next up, Ira Newble.

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    we keep it crunk.

  • http://thedimemachine.multiply.com/ Chou

    Tony Allen is the new Leon Powe.

  • Jess

    why go back to Rondo?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    Lang, I think I have some cousins out there.

  • Money Bill Williams

    C’s need to trade Joe Cartege…. i mean Glenn Davis next season just so TONY ALLEN can bang on him

  • Des-Row

    You gotta love how on one drive, the announcers say not “Tony Allen!” but “Tony Allen?”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    Allan Ray to Ray Allen, that about sums up the entire celtic season win or loose.

  • tealish

    Didn’t I watch this game 3 nights ago already?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    Walton: “shockingly and surprisingly”

  • riggs

    *insert already overused game 4 joke*

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Some g*y gymnastic-s**t on the half…Nasty!!!

  • Money Bill Williams

    hey riggs, this game reminds me of game 4

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    so you’re saying you smell a comeback?

  • tealish

    I’ve got to say PP is far better than I thought. Then again, I hardly watched the Celtics before this year. But then AGAIN, even during the regular season I was convinced KG was The Man of this team. And he’s still huge and an anchor on D no doubt, but I think it’s becoming clear who rightfully owns the title of The Man.

  • http://www.joelkimmel.com Joel Kimmel

    Bill Walton makes me cry.

  • tealish

    Yes. A comeback. And it won’t even end close. 10 point win for Celtics.
    PP wins MVP
    Kobe won’t acknowledge individual defensive success on him.
    Kobe will talk about how 3 or 4 bodies were thrown at him everytime he touched the rock
    Sasha will cry.
    I will smile.

  • Money Bill Williams

    i smell KG going on a ring shopping spree down rodeo drive yelling HOW’S IT TASTE MAFU(KER

  • niQ

    if boston wins.. who gets mvp? kg or pierce?

  • a_whiteman

    poor kobe his legacy is gonna get sh*tted on even more once he loses another finals

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Don’t call it a comeback.

  • niQ

    ez der LL

  • Jess

    I say Pierce gets MVP..but you could make a case for KG as well.

  • a_whiteman

    but he is still kobe bryant

  • a_whiteman

    jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Caputo

    so, who didn’t they do Kobe and Joe at halftime?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Deep breaths now Holly :)

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Tealish I couldn’t agree more. Only I wont smile, I’ll laugh.. Hard and loud..

  • Jess

    that was on Garnett? wow…terrible

  • Jess

    oh nvm they changed it..says Breen

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    PP is a Laker killer. Respect for that man. Holy.

  • a_whiteman

    na na na na

  • RV

    horrible foul by Rondo on fisher

  • Jess

    ya it was…and here comes House

  • RV

    Rondo just opened the door wide open for LA

  • JoeGym

    Eddie House or Posey time if he’s gonna make plays like that 7 pts in about 7 seconds

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Double R

    Was it only me or did this post dissapear for awhile?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Hi everyone. Anyone else lose access to this page for the last 45 minutes?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    why isn’t kobe shooting?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Double R

    It appears the refs got a call from Mr Stern to extend the series.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Where is Kobe?

  • tealish

    Those last two away from the ball fouls were ridiculous. Utterly disgraceful. I don’t think it was a *rigged* move though; the refs probably just didn’t want to see that gnashing Kobe face again. I sure as hell wouldn’t.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    lost access for awhile, Ben! The page went back to Friday features also. Weird. PS, will email you after the game.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Is kobe a point guard now?

  • MattM

    the Tony Allen show is about to start

  • MattM

    the thing that I worry about is that Kobe has yet to have a huge game

  • tealish

    Some real fishiness at the end there. The Kobe reach on Paul Pierce? 4 pt turnaround. That was pretty much the game right there(before the Lakers found a way to make it interesting).

  • RV

    its tough not to imagine this series over when LA can barely beat boston IN LA.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    This isn’t gonna cut it in Boston. The Lakers may have won, but they spent half the game playing like they did in the previous game – instead of trying to do something positive they kept trying-not-to-screw-up.

  • RV

    Zohan needs to watch put and not piss off Sam again, that play was completely Sasha’s fault because he lost his footing and fell back. He’s on pace to make people forget all about john starks

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Congrats Holly, Paul Pierce is Jordanesque – Kobe not so much. Celts in 6.

  • http://tha4point0show.tumblr.com WeS

    I HATE the defensive reach around..! AUGGHHHHH

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    The Lakers are starting to look like the Knicks now, for heaven’s sake. Gonna give them a run for the “patented fourth quarter collapse”. When the Lakers were up 10 or so early in the 4th, why on earth are they doing stupid sh*t like randomly fouling inconsequentially, going over the foul limit with half a quarter to go?

  • RV

    Are radman and Sasha 2nd cousins? Half brothers? uncle and nephew? they have to be related somehow

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    It was a sincere congrats Holly. Should have been a . instead of a ,
    Bear with me it’s 6:19 in the morning here, no sleep.. It’s gonna be a looooong day..

  • tealish

    And I’m not sure, but after the House 3 and Kobe botched the inbounds catch, was his left arm touching out of bounds while he was holding the ball?
    But I’m pretty sure the refs would have poked their eyes out before making that call.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    They’re lovers RV, Pau is in on it too. (I’m not knocking Europeans here, since I’m one myself) the three gals live together.

  • tealish

    I don’t know. I might just be fishing. I was convinced the Lakers would blow this one, and I’m a little disappointed they narrowly hung on.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Sure looked like it Tealish, not sure either. But I was thinking the same thing when I saw the replay.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    we’re good, LZ. I’m just happy I can breathe right now. PP is ridiculous. 38 points. 48 minutes. Wow. LO had my heart tonight. I love that man.

  • RV

    Marc gasol could have come in handy in this series as a decoy

  • RV

    i’m still waiting for Sam to go for 25-30

  • http://www.sportspagedallas.com E.Sneed

    Can the Lakers starters get 86pts in Beantown?

  • B. Long

    Why am I still kinda disappointed even though the Lakers won? Oh Yeah, It’s cause we still played like the last sh!t I took. Can we trade Phil Jackson and just let Kurt Rambis get it done? He probably understands that L.O. can do a better job defensively on Paul than Vlad(the human turnover/missed 3pointer) or D-Fish, who gives up about 4 or 5 inches to one of the most clutch jump shooters in the game. I’m also excited that someone finally told Pau that he’s playing in the NBA Finals. It was nice of him to show up. And Kobe, great steal and finish……..but your breaking my heart. If you win game 6 though, all is forgiven. If we win game 6 it’ll be worse to the Celts than game 4 was the Lakers. That being said. Lakers in 7.

  • el

    post game press conference Doc said something about Ray and “family issues, i’ll just leave it at that…”
    anyone know what this is about??

  • el

    i forgot to add;
    i may have misheard Doc, but thats what i think he said

  • tealish

    B.Long: Besides calling it a “great steal”, any other thoughts on that play? Possibility of a reach-in there? I know Pierce did not erupt in the manner if the roles were reversed, but that doesn’t mean anything.

  • tealish

    el: I don’t know about that, but Ray sat on the bench too long. Far too long.

  • tealish

    And I just want to cut off Lamar’s tongue when he does that. Someone tell LO he looks like a jackass when he tries to pull that off. I’m glad Sasha has learned.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    el, I’m wondering about that also. Hope everything is okay with Ray’s fam.

    PP is something else. My respect for him grows with each game and press conference. Damn Boston. hahah

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    “Won’t Get Fooled Again” was a tribute to punk formerly known as jesus shuttlesworth.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    If you want to know what the deal is with little ray ray, click my name. He doesn’t REALLY have a family problem. He’s faking it.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    tealish:
    Please be nice to Lamar Odom.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    You know who’s handicapping his own team?
    To paraphrase Kobe Bryant: “YOU figure it out.”

    P.S.
    It’s actually little ray allen.

  • tealish

    Tariq: Did you watch Game 4?

  • tealish

    Or the first 3 games for that matter?

  • tealish

    I read your blog. Pleae don’t tell me you’re hating on the sweetest J of all time because his nickname sounds diminuitive… and “AR” is right…it doesn’t get any bigger than JESUS SHUTTLESWORTH.
    I like your guys’ writing though. Funny style. I wouldn’t mind coming back to it if it weren’t for the blue font.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    tealish:

    Did you watch THIS game? How about the next two?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    tealish:

    I would NEVER hate on the sweetest J of all time. If you read what I wrote, you’d see that I even ranked it above Reggie’s. The J is beautiful, it’s the guy attached to it who’s ugly.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    And I think you’re having some difficulty telling the difference between “JESUS SHUTTLESWORTH,” which is indeed a big name (although it DOES get plenty bigger) and “jesus shuttlesworth”, which is puny.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Happy for the big win but they two more to get. Let’s just take it one game at a time. By the way, if you didn’t know, Paul Pierce is The Truth…just saying. play wit it.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    awww, man. Just caught this. Thoughts are with Ray tonight after hearing this:

    Following the game, Allen did not speak to the media. Celtics coach Rivers said: “Ray Allen was forced to leave Staples Center right at the conclusion of tonight’s game due to a health issue with one of his children. We ask that you please respect Ray’s privacy at this time, and we’ll keep you up to date as best we can moving forward.” Allen has a daughter, Tierra, and sons Walter Ray Allen III and Walker.

  • HBooyah

    Lovin’ Van Gundy’s comment: “Odom is mad because James Posey fouls every single time after the whistle.”

    I seriously love Posey now because of this series.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    Holly: He’s lying.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    How low can you go? Lying about the health of your own children. I’m disgusted.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    A$$hole.

  • tealish

    Tariq: I don’t understand. You’re normally sensible, I think.
    Holly: Wow, that sucks so much. On Father’s day no less.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    am I on now?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    tealish:
    Yeah, I know it’s hard to understand. But trust me: ray allen is a TERRIBLE person, and he’s LYING ABOUT THE HEALTH OF HIS CHILDREN. The “problem” he has is that he read my blog and KNOWS I’m right.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    DP:
    How many copies of that DVD you want?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    And tealish:

    I AM normally sensible. Think about that.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Tariq; but then please tell us why Ray is such a terrible person. Did he steal your girlfriend or something?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    I mean my Kobe-hate runs pretty deep, and I truly believe I have valid reasons for said hatred. But it seems that your hate is even more deep rooted so please enlighten us, why?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    one for me, one for my baby momma, one for my bad ass little brother, and one for bernie mac lookin ass daddy. just kidding on the baby momma one though, T. I just want one copy. LAKERS IN 7.

  • John D

    Tariq what the hell is wrong with you?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    well are we all supposed to hate Kobe? Lz?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Tariq is a genius, get off my boy. I don’t know about the Ray Ray lying aspect but I mean if dude dislikes Ray Allen what are we going to do? Bash on dude and tell him to hate Kobe instead?…SORRY.

  • John D

    Disliking someone isn’t a reason to make up some crap about his kid’s illness which he knows nothing about. And it has nothing to do with hating Kobe either, that doesn’t even make sense.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Yes DP we are all supposed to hate Kobe IMO, his personality simply sucks that much. I didn’t bash on him hating Ray, reread my posts. I have absolutely no problem with him hating Ray, other than enjoying the sight of Ray’s jumper I have absolutely no relationship to his person. I just used Kobe as an example. I simply just asked Tariq to tell us why he hates him? Because as others pointed out Tariq is normally very sensible, therefore I thought he must have some valid reasons and just wanted to hear them. You should learn how to read and understand a sentence, it’s not enough to just read it.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    *I just used Kobe as an example to show that I have no problem with hating on certain people, as long as there is some sort of reason.

  • rand33p

    sort of reason? like Doc said i cant believe a great like kobe gets hated on as much as he does.. either way its a W movin on to game 6

  • el

    thanks for the heads up on that Holly
    i’m at work [in aust], so couldn’t scour the net for news

    my thoughts are with Ray & his family too…

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    Lz:

    Fair point, Lz. And I hope you understand that I HATE hate. Please understand that. Try to remember ALL the discussions we had concerning players: Who’s the one who insisted that TMac was NOT a loser? Who said he DIDN’T hate Tim Duncan, despite rooting against the Spurs? I’ve always stood up against unreasonable hate. I’m not bringing all this up to say “Hey, look at how great I am”, but just to thank you for your perceptive nature. Thank you for noticing that I would NEVER say something like that without a GOOD reason.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    A VERY GOOD REASON.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    And you know why I don’t want to say it? Because I’ve been trying to get one of the SLAM guys to break this MONSTER of a story before Henry Abbott does. But you know what, thus is the nature of humans: A guy spends ALL HIS TIME on a basketball site, and displays ALL the signs of being someone who WOULDN’T act like this without a reason. And yet, only LZ and DP have given me the benefit of the doubt. Thanks for the vote of confidence, e-friends. Hell, my CO-BLOGGER has a post mocking me. Thanks for that, Alan. But I’ll tell you this: when little ray allen blows his brains out. remember that I TRIED to tell you. Forget this, I’m looking for Holly. She’s the one who DESERVES this scoop, in my humble opinion (sorry,, Ryan, you’re my alternate! If Holly doesn’t work out I’m going with you. And Lang has been IGNORING THE SHIZNIT OUT OF ME. Is that out of solidarity for Russ, by any chance? But I REALLY ain’t mad at any of you. I love you ALL. Except maybe Chukaz, I really don’t think he’s from this planet)

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    So you know what, if that “silent treatment” bullcrap is your way of doing things, here’s what I’LL do: here’s a list of the people I’M agreeing to talk to. And I’m ESPECIALLY talking about the SLAM guys. I may miss some of the commenters. But this is just until the story breaks, after that I’ll laugh amongst you once more:
    OK, roll call:
    Holly, DP, LZ, Ryan, KONATE, Khalid, Cub, Sam, BETCATS, Jake, Marcel, Albie, Eboy, TAD, Cheryl, Co Co. And the rest of you? Let’s just say I love you but I’m VERY disappointed.

  • http://thinkexist.com/quotations/living/ Hursty

    ok….. Tariq, thats crazy dude. Does that inc. me? i havent done shnizzle to you ( I dont think) but thats fine.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I think Tariq has officially snapped, like the Middle Eastern version of the Joker.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Oh, and congrats to Lakers fans on the win.

  • adams

    Hmm, KG is pretty much the most irrelevant superstar in NBA Finals history.

  • Arthur Rimbaud Jr.

    Lakers in 7.

  • maio

    Why is it sometimes “Farmar” and other times “Farmer”? Is this some running joke I’m unaware of?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Hursty

    deafening silence…..

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Hursty

    no maio. its that people forget how to spell it and mostly its just Farmar (and the occasional mis-spelling(spe?)) my bad.

  • Penny Hardaway

    Lakers haven’t played one GOOD game so far in this series. Even if they lose game 6, I won’t care if they just play up to their standards, and if Boston wins it, they would have lost to a better team.Just one game Kobe and gang, play some defense just for one game.

  • macky

    that game had some of the worst officiating i’ve ever seen….

  • LAN

    y did powe only play 5 minutes!!!!! Y!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Y!!!!!!!!! savin him for som game 6! prepare 2 lose in 6 lakers

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Hursty

    what about game 1 macky?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Hursty

    @ LAN- speak in proper sentences! stupid@ss computer.

  • riggs

    pierce didnt dribble the ball of his leg, kobe freakin fouled him.

  • dfrance

    I’m KG’s biggest fan and I’ll even admit he sucks! He had two strong post moves in the first quarter and then he just dissapeared. Then all the stupid fouls. Then he missed the free throws, then he missed the tip….

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    The fix is in….

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    TAD, I hope that was sarcasm, ’cause otherwise you have WAY too much confidence in this lousy Lakers team. Tuesday night in Boston was predetermined after Game 4. Last night was a throw away game for the celtics and they still almost pulled it out. Rondo (especially), Garnett, Ray, House, Powe will all be much better at home. Paul will continue his excellent play and Posey will continue to handle the soft bench guys of the Lakers. Even without Perkins, the Celts will take Game 6 by a double figure margin.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Tariq; Thx, that’s answer enough. I will be looking forward to seeing Ray’s puny noodle be pulled out in the open. SLAM-people please help unzip Ray, NOW! On the whole Hate-thing I for sure have noticed that you are not one of it’s biggest advocates. On that note I’ll like to add; most people here are probably under the impression, that I’m a full-fledged hater of the worst kind. And I admit that my words are sometimes harsh, but I can honestly say that I hate nothing basketball except that Bryant-guy(that’s a whole another story) and that “fork-against-blackboard-sound” that is Reggie Miller’s voice. I just don’t like to sugarcoat things; I.E. me calling T-Mac a loser. I have nothing at all against T-Mac, actually I kind of like the cat. But him never getting out of the first round, just make me think of him as somewhat of a loser, remember we are talking NBA superstars here, not the common man with who Tracy off course is a huge winner when compared too (this is not meant as T-Mac bashing, just a prior discussed example). My point is – without this being whining about unfair treatment – that I often find that I am misunderstood. I think that you can acknowledge that I more often than not have some kind of explanation for me “hating” (I prefer, criticizing) on a player, team, ref, official or whatever. But since a good part of the people posting here, are so quick to scream “Lz, u effing hater” without taking time to evaluate the argument (like the other day when I mentioned that KG is not clutch, leading to an onslaught of me being a hater, regardless that KG is one of my all-time favs), that image kind of sticks no matter how good the argument. Thx for making your list Tariq, you’re definitely a sure shot for mine.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Eboy: Yes, sarcasm. I do believe you know me by now, right?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Btw now you are here TAD, if I say that I think it is time to trade Mr. Bigshot (to get some kind of value back)what do you say? The Pistons window seems to be closed and they already have his replacement in-house IMO.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    TAD, the ebb and tides of this website sometimes make crystal clear clarity hard to see through from readers and writers.

  • B. Long

    The Lakers need Rondo to play more in game 6…

  • http://www.youtube.com/tripledouble TripleDouble

    @ Lz – C….3: Wow, I read this site every day, but honestly,… is there anyone on here that cares enough about your opinion for you to have had to write any of that?? I find that weird…

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Ur probably right 10-10-10, just needed to get it of my chest. Call it therapy if you like.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    LZ: Let me start first by saying I disagree with you about a few things. 1) The window is not closed. You think it is because we lost in the ECF and fired our coach? We are reloading, not rebuilding. There is a difference. 2) Chauncey has been an All Star for 3 years running and is a former Finals MVP. They don’t grow on bushes, you know? 3) I love Stuckey more than you can imagine, but i’m not ready to say he is capable of stepping right into Billups shoes right now. This harkens back to my second point.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Chauncey as 6th man?

  • http://www.youtube.com/tripledouble TripleDouble

    @ Lz – C…3: Haha, fair call dude, fair call. Therapy it is my man.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    As for this series: Rondo needs to start being more aggressive and looking for his shot. Why the hell is passing when he had a wide open layup?! Perkins also needs to return to the lineup. Powe is good, but hardly ready for the limelight of starting. If anything, PJ needs to get that start.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Eboy: You cannot be serious?

  • B. Long

    @Tad:Chauncey and Sheed to Charoltte for Felton, Okafor, and 1st rounder. Your thoughts?

  • B. Long

    @Tad:Chauncey and Sheed to Charoltte for Felton, Okafor, and 1st rounder. Your thoughts?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Uhm…..actually, where’s the hurt? He can be the modern Vinnie Johnson. Their bench becomes exceptionally better and Stuckey’s shortcomings could be hidden amongst the starters strenghts.

  • B. Long

    By the way, I don’t know if you guys noticed this last night or not but Jordy is slowly becoming the most gangsta player on the Lakers roster. Did you see him cussing Sasha’s ass out when he didn’t switch on that inbounds play? Kobe looked so proud.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    TAD; 1) I think that it’s closed because the Pistons lost to a better team who along with the LeBrons are most likely coming back better next year, because Pistons are getting older – you have seen both Billups’ and Sheed’s level of play go down a notch over the last couple of years, they don’t really have the lock-down D anymore, McDyess, Hunter, Billups, Sheed, Ratcliff are all on the decline, I acknowledge that they have good young players, most notably Stuckey and Maxiell and that RIP and Prince are very strong, and the Pistons are for sure on of the best ballclubs in the L, I just don’t see the Pistons winning another chip as currently constituted, therefore my thought was just to start building around RIP, Prince, Stuckey and Maxiell, and basically test the waters with the older cats starting with Billups because of Stuckey being there. 2) Agree.
    3) Stuckey is ready imo (remember Wade in his second season, I see no reason this couldn’t be anything like it, heck at times Stuckey was their best player against Celts), therefore I say let him loose. Eboy’s idea is maybe not that bad, then he could mentor Stuckey, although I don’t think Chauncey would ever give up the drivers seat. He doesn’t work like that, not after overcoming all the struggles early on in his career.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Tribledouble; there’s plenty of room on the couch that is SLAM pour it all out! :)

  • B. Long

    I love how Stuckey has a decent rookie year and a couple of good playoff series and now he’s the next Dwayne Wade. That is hilarious…

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    On Rondo, he must be hurt. Too big a difference in his play before/after he rolled his ankle. Still doesn’t explain the passing up of open lay-ups however.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Come one now. So you are saying Billups play is falling off, even as he has been to 3 straight All Star games and is regarded among the top PG’s in the league? No sh*t he is getting older, but his game has never been speed and flash anyway. His floor game, leadership, clutch shooting, free throw shooting, assist-to-turnover ratio, and overall size and strength should not be in question. Now, would I be completely against trading Billups? Heck no, because I know Joe D. isn’t and I trust his judgement. He is looking for the best trade made available to him, and if that happens to be Billups leaving then so be it. But lets not start sh*tting on the mans game. That is short-sighted and ignorant.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Watch him play B.Long, there are more similarities than you think. Also not saying he’s the next, just something like it maybe. Had Stuckey landed on a worse team than the Pistons, playing more + not have had the injuries. He would have been right in the running for ROY.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    B. Long: I wouldn’t want that trade because Felton is too inconsistent and Okafor has a bum back.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    The way that Stuckey gets to the rim is comparable to Wade, but that is where it stops. Stuckey is being groomed for the PG role and is still not the finisher or shooter that Wade is. He may never be. But Wade has won a ring and is a perennial All Star, so the comparisons are very, very premature and shouldn’t be made at this point.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    TAD; I’ll try again (this post was deleted twice already). Not knocking Billups game, as I greatly appreciate it. But he hasn’t been very good in the last couple of playoffs – All-star games or not, and there are no signs he’s turning it around, the clock is working against him. Just think it would be better for the Pistons to get some value for him while they still can (not knowing anything about the status of his contract).

  • B. Long

    If Chauncey was passing to Gerald Wallace and Sean May, he would be inconsistent too.

  • B. Long

    Lakers in 7….if they win game 6.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    LZ: I hear you, but still politely disagree. For the record, he WAS injured in the playoffs this year, which could have something to do with inconsistent play. Just saying. B. Long: I hear you, i’m just not a big fan of Felton. His jump shot is shaky at best.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Not a very concrete declaration on your part there B.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    True him being injured had something to do with it, imo just further strengthens the argument, Billups is getting up there in years, who says that it’s his last injury?
    Nevertheless we completely that Felton is not the answer.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    *agree

  • B. Long

    It wasn’t meant to be concrete Tad. I think you got the point though.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    LZ: That was a freak injury if anything. He has been durable for his whole time in a Pistons uniform. I don’t expect that to change.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    TAD; again true, you just never know when the joints starts to get old. Maybe I’m being too pessimistic, I like the Pistons franchise always has, but haven’t watched them as intensely as you over the years obviously. Just a gut-feeling. Sam I am’s decline in production, minutes, and games played after the 05-06 season just comes to mind.

  • Braves Guy

    Seperated at birth – Lang Whitaker and Josh Beckett.

  • Diogo

    I know Phil knows better than I, but why the hell was the second quarter so difficult? Farmar, Vujacic, Walton, Ariza, Turiaf? What is the problem with playing Kobe, Lamar and Pau 48 minutes if they aren’t in foul trouble? This is ‘The Finals’ after all.

  • B. Long

    Phil needs to cut back on the pregame halucinagens….and put L.O. on Paul Pierce.

  • B. Long

    Vlad may be the worst starter the Lakers have ever had in the NBA finals. Just seeing him on the court pisses me off. My elementary school gym teacher could hit have a bigger impact on the game than this man. He was great at shooting wide open threes and probably could shuffle his feet side to side AND bend his knees on defense too!

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    LZ: Sam is 37! Chauncey is 31….huge difference.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Plus Sam never learned how to pass the ball.

  • ciolkstar

    I really want KG to come back with a monster game in Beantown. It’d be kinda sad to see him back in to a championship. Man, the Lakers looked so bad last night. They have absolutely no heart. And anyone spewing that Kobe = MJ crap last week should be ashamed. Pau shot well but the C lost that game on crucial late game errors (missed FT, tip in, TOs…) and Poor officiating (KG’s foul trouble, Kobe reach in on PP…) Anyone else think Kobe seems worn down? Unless he unleashes a vintage KB 40+ pt night (or they make a ton of 3s)I dont think LAs got a chance in Beantown.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Sam and Billups career assists stats are more or less the same, they are both shoot-first guards so that’s just biased. True about the age, was thinking Billups was a couple years older which would have put him around the age Sam was in ’06.

  • ciolkstar

    And JVG was absolutely CLASSIC last night. And the Posey love was spot on. He’s so gully.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Ciolkstar; It’s been so sad to see KG not raising his level. Kobe looks worn out mentally, looks like he is thinking to much about the game, his legacy, the importance of these games/being acknowledged instead of just playing on instincts. The refs.. Pheww.. that’s all I have to add.

  • RV

    how does matt damon get better seats than Kareem Abdul-jabbar

  • B. Long

    You guys will b!tch about the refs until Kobe fouls out in the first qtr. and the Celts shoot 72 free throws in the game. What a bunch of
    b!tches.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    No B. Long, Kobe will b!tch to the refs until he goes mute and/or they give him games 6 & 7. What a b!tch; crying, acting out, throwing his arms up in the air at every call. He’s the most spoilt individual in the world besides those fat Osbourne kids.

  • B. Long

    @Lz:Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate, etc.

  • B. Long

    @Lz: Your probably one of those people who are mad because Kobe’s wifey is Mexican too.

  • Tom

    Kobe performance is a combination of Pierce giving him trouble on D and he is really sticking with this team-first mantra, which is really surprising. I remember Farmar shot a horrible airball in the 4th and Kobe went right back to him and he drained. No way that happens last year, or even a few months ago. He really has bought into it, and the Lakers are better off for it.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    B.L; His wifes nationality, looks whatever. That’s one thing that doesn’t annoy me about Kobe. He can sleep with who he wants, as long as they are in on it as well off course.

  • Tom

    and KG is way too aggressive on D. If Gasol mans up and tries to attack him consistently, KG will be in foul trouble by halftime for the rest of this series.

  • dfrance

    Van Gundy is a great commentator. He points out all the little things (like Posey blocking Fishers shot after the foul) and he’s quick to put Breen in his place. I hate Breen!

  • B. Long

    Posey is a Raja/Bowen/Horry Hybrid.

  • Tom

    Posey is the closest thing to Pippen in that he’s a tough, pesky defender, and he at least seems to be (on the court at least) a jerk

  • dfrance

    @Tom, I agree, but part of that is the inconsistancy of the refs. They let him play physical for 4 games and then they switch and call everything. Not to say he’s not fouling, but you know what I mean

  • B. Long

    @Tom: Don’t downgrade Pip like that. Dude was the second best player in the L for a decade.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    B. Long; finally we agree :)

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    ……..

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    it would have been devestating if lakers lost yesterday, especially for kobe, it would be the biggest loss of his career. having all the momentum of the season and playoff going into the Finals, then getting killed by the celtics is got to be super tough.
    it’s also significant that the game is on Father’s day too. there was a guy who won a championship on Father’s Day for the first time since his father passed away. (I’ll never forget that moment.) and if kobe had the exact same opposite happened to him, i’d have a hard time recovering his career after that.
    speaking of Father’s Day, did anyone else find that kobe kissing his family after the first half in the tunnel to be a little forced? i didn’t need to see that.

  • B. Long

    Kobe’s career is gonna be just fine regardless the outcome of this series. It’s funny how people forget so quickly that this team wasn’t even picked to make it into the second round by most when the season started but now if the same team that won the Western Conf. loses in the finals then Kobe’s career is ruined. Get the fu(k out of here.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Yes.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    posey is great. that dude just did whatever was necessary whenever he’s on the court. defense, rebound, 3s. whatever that needs to happen, he’ll make it happen. shaq was right that he will help the C’s win a championship.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i didn’t say it was impossible for him to recover, just saying it’d be a crushing blow. out of all the teams in the L, i still think lakers will be a champ contender for 4-5 more years. they have most of the pieces in place, just need to make a few adjustments to strengthen up their D.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    Myles, what’s that “Yes” for?
    also, i recognize kobe’s brilliance on the court, so even as a non-kobe fan, i didn’t want him to go out like how he played last night. i’m wishing him a much better game on Tuesday.

  • Michael

    Kobe still hasn’t shown up yet.

  • B. Long

    @Michael: I think he’s just trying to make this as dramatic as possible. Kinda like Celebs being fashionably late.

  • Kadavour

    Kobe kisses his fams in the tunnel at half EVERY game

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Forced Father’s Day kissing does not enhance my NBA Finals.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    B. Long is obviously in denial.

  • Tom

    Why would Kobe be devastated?? I’m a huge Laker fan, but I really didn’t feel they were ready for the Finals, and I don’t think Phil did either. The fact that they are here is a great surprise. They’ve got lots of finals appearance ahead of them, and Kobe knows this. Obviously, he’s trying to win this, but I don’t think he’ll be crushed if for some reason it doesn’t happen………Lakers in 7!!

  • Penny Hardaway

    The Lakers’ season is a success, no matter what.
    In all 3 Celtics’ wins,LA had their chances and blew them. That will stick to Kobe’s gut for
    a while. Oh, and Phil’s coaching sucks.

  • RV

    i agree with Penny, the lakers were suppose to be competitive, but possibly only conf finals material at the beginning of the season, they’ve taken a major step in just one season, BUT, now anything but a ring next year will be a disappointment

  • face

    WHERE IS TARIQ

  • tealish

    Tariq: You need to understand how easy it is for people to ignore such claims. We have Ray Allen in one corner, and you in the other. You might be one of the most frequent commenters with high basketball IQ and whatnot, but you’re still “some dude on the Internet”. When you say what you said without providing any insight at all as to why, that’s when people think you’ve got some issues.
    And about Ray’s kid, how the hell can you possibly know he’s lying? Let’s say all the other things in your head is true, you still have no basis to go there.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq

    face:
    I’m right here.

  • RV

    Tariq, so you’re not kidding?

  • jlomiley

    lakers winning 2 games….. biggest nba finals comeback…….and boston fans you better get that ice out of your victory champagne and place it on your players legs and muscles………boston will need “wheelchairs” to match the lakers…….PP do you need assistance to the ring…would you like a stretcher??????……

    NBA FINALS: THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE WHEELCHAIR PER PERSON WHO FLOPS AN INJURY…

    Paul peirce is a faker loser………..

  • salah

    LOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOL @ “TARIQ”
    EXCUSE MY ENGLISH
    thats funny,, but my brother tariq is in the desert (camping) and he doesnt have access to the internet so i think somebody is trying to make a practical joke on him,,would my bro say this crap?? maybe he is funny and what i just read was FUNNY but i dought it,,hahaha i cant stop laughing,,, anyway VIIIVAAA RAY ALLEN I LOVE YOU U R THE BEST
    PS: i dont watch NBA but i love ray allen because when i play sony playstation i score alot of 3 points when i choose him

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    salah, please let Tariq know that his American love toy, Eboy, needs to speak with him ASAP once he is back in contact with the internet. Thank you.

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