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Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 11:13 am  |  112 responses

Game Notes: Lakers at Celtics

No foul. Clean block. Game over.

by Jonathan Evans

This is one of those matchups that really doesn’t need introduction. Everybody knows the fabled history. The thorough beatdown the Celtics gave the Lakers the last time they were on this court is still fresh in everyone’s mind. The Lakers showed they didn’t want to be bullied around anymore. Never folding to the pressure, the Lakers physically responded to every challenge from the Celtics to lead them to the one-point victory. Here’s how it went down.

Pregame

– Not surprisingly, a swarm of media descends for tonight’s matchup. Indeed the pressroom feels a bit like the set of a TV show. All that’s missing is someone to give out points for witty responses to the generic sports questions of the day.

– Ray Allen holds court in the Boston locker room, fielding questions about his recent All-Star selection. It’s worth noting that Ray Allen is now a nine-time NBA All-Star. As my roommate just did for me, let me put that into some perspective, Scottie Pippen only made seven All-Star games.

– Across the hall, the Lakers’ locker room is relatively calm. The Celtics-Cavaliers game is playing on a monitor in the background. The man of the hour, Kobe, lies emotionless on a trainer’s table, eyes transfixed on his portable DVD player.

– You know it’s a big game when Eddie House’s son is in the building.

– Out on the court, capacity crowd is already amped. Fifteen minutes till the tip, and everyone is already standing. A montage of highlights from last year’s Finals ends with the “Round 2 Begins Now” plastered on the jumbotron. Apparently, games played on Christmas do not count to the Celtics jumbotron.

First quarter

– Out of the gate, Odom and Pau still think that its Game 6 of last year’s Finals. Sloppy passes, missed free throws and tentative play help the Celtics jump out to an early 9-2 lead.

Sick no more.– KG is showing no ill effects from the flu. He rises up for the follow slam after Rondo misses a layup. Next time down, KG takes the over the top feed from Pierce for another easy 2.

– Kobe snakes through the defense, and slides under for a left side lay in. While he has no doubt been assertive early, it’s probably safe to bet that we won’t be seeing Kobe one-up LeBron’s show at the Garden from the previous night. Lakers 19, Celtics 14, Kobe 8.

– Not surprisingly, Trevor Ariza is left open behind the arc. Not surprisingly, Trevor Ariza misses the 3-point attempt soundly.

– Less than a minute left, Kobe pulls down defensive board and brings it upcourt. Everyone in the building knows that this is one of those possessions where he’s not going to give up the ball. As expected, he calls his own number, shaking past the defense, he rises for the mid range jumper. Wet. 23-20.

Second quarter

– House misses a baseline jumper, dropping the Cs field goal percentage to 32 percent. On the other end, L.A. pushes ahead as an old fashioned 3-point play from Fisher extends the Laker lead to eight with Kobe on the bench.

– Also worth noting, in the scale of the marginally relevant, the Cs now employ full-fledged cheerleaders. Not just your typical spandex clad dance squad but literal, collegiate style cheerleaders. Raised up in the air by their male counterparts, their efforts to pump the crowd don’t amount to much. After an early buzz, the place has gone lifeless as the Lakers take control of the game.

– Reaching a new low the crowd can barely muster up any enthusiasm for the ubiquitous ‘everybody clap your hands’ line. Actually, that lack of support for “The Cha Cha Slide” is probably a good thing.

– Big Baby misses another open jumper, but this time Powe outworks the Lakers frontcourt for the offensive board and putback. 33-26.

– House, making sure his kid didn’t show up for nothing, steals the bad pass from Sasha and drops in the layup on the other end. Next time down, he drains corner 3 to pull Boston within four.

– POWE! Putback slam brings Boston within three, 40-37.

– PAU! That probably doesn’t have the same effect as ‘POWE!’ but nonetheless, it produced the same result. This putback finish brings the Lakers’ lead back up to five.

– Shots are starting to fall for Boston and their shooting percentage climbs back up to respectability. Picking up their energy level, they are now clamping down a bit more on the defensive end. After a defensive stop, Boston is out on the break. Three-on-one, Tony leaves it behind for KG who rises up, throws down the big finish. Tied game.

– A minute later, Walton hits for 3 and the Lakers are back up by five. The Lakers fans scattered in the area start to make noise. It probably goes without saying that the response from some Boston faithful isn’t exactly PG-rated.

– “Luke Walton is not Kurt Warner” says Jake Appleman via GTalk.

Halftime

– A lady is riding a unicycle and balancing bowls on her head. As ridiculous as it is, it’s surprisingly enthralling for the crowd.

– “She’s gutter,” says the guy behind me. “I couldn’t even ride that unicycle thing. I went to school for the wrong thing.”

Third quarter

– Ray Allen corner three caps a 7-0 Cs run to open the 3rd.

Remember who you're talking to!– Crack of daylight and he’s gone. Rondo exploits a seam in the Lakers defense and drives down the heart of the lane for a layup. Touchdown Rondo, 61-55 Cs.

– Mark it down, 9:01—A Rondo foul leads to some back and forth jawing between Kobe and Double-R. After the double technical Kobe leaves the skirmish, nodding to himself and mouthing “Okay, okay.” You’ve got to imagine that drawing the ire of Kobe ranked high on the list of Tom Thibodeau’s list of things his defense shouldn’t do.

– KG picks up the offensive foul and proceeds to start jawing with Odom. Looks like we won’t be needing the Cha-Cha Slide anymore to get the fans riled up.

– What’s that, Sasha just got burned on defense? Shocking. Sagging too far off, House gets a clean look for a 3 from the corner. Buckets, 70-66 Boston.

– Kobe sets up on Pierce. He starts left, spins back to the middle and rises up to drain the jumper. Another incredibly high degree of difficulty shot that he makes look so fluid and effortless. 74-71 Celtics.

– A personal 5-0 run by Eddie House puts Boston up by eight. The sign of the night goes to “Its the Green House effect”

– Just when they think they’ve pulled away, the Lakers answer House’s exploits with back-to-back 3s. Farmer connects from top of the key and then next time down, Sasha hits from the corner. 79-77 Celtics.

Fourth quarter

– Pierce passes to House who shoots over a great mid air touch pass over to Powe who hits from close. Not only a 3-point marksman, but it looks like House would be a beast at a game of TAPS.

– Odom hits a 3 from the wing and proceeds to yell at the nearby Celtics bench on the way back downcourt.

– During a timeout, Coach Willie Maye, the Celtics’ hypeman, gets into a lighthearted argument with a guy in a Kobe replica jersey. It ends with coach giving him the finger—the finger with the 2008 championship ring that goes to all team employees. Well played. Kobe Replica Jersey Man got served.

– The all too familiar Rondo-to-KG lob. 91-85. And off the bench to the rescue, here comes Kobe.

– L.A. can’t make Boston pay for a defensive three seconds violation. Kobe misses the team’s 11th free throw of the game dropping them to 54 percent from the line for the night.

– Odom pulls down his own miss, takes it strong at KG, finishes and the bonus. Lakers within one. 91-90.

– Kobe 3 over Pierce. 95-93.

– On the other end, KG fouls out of the game on a tough call. He’s called for his sixth as he pushes away a lunging Fisher.

– Kobe strikes again, with another 3 over Pierce. Tied game.

– Pierce curls around a Davis screen and hits from 15. On the other end, a turnaround in deep from Pau keeps L.A. within two.

– Kobe again sets up on Pierce. Rises up from deep, hits another dagger 3. That’s three huge 3s from Bryant, this one giving the Lakers their first lead of the second half. 101-100, Lakers, with under a minute to go.

– Big Baby has taken more jump shots than someone with his quality of jumper should. Davis misses again, but the Cs retain possession and end up tying the game at 101 on a Pierce free throw.

– Last chance for L.A., Kobe sets up at the top of the key. Forced left, he rises up for fadeaway which dies at the front of the rim.

– Last possession for Boston, Pierce dribbles up top, but Kobe pokes it away. House’s desperation heave misses left. Overtime.

Overtime

– Both teams are hitting from close to open up OT. For the Celtics, it’s coming off of drives by Rondo and Allen, while for L.A., Odom and Gasol are working in the paint to keep the game close.

– It looks like Kobe has lost his touch from behind the arc as he misses two looks from deep.

– Out of a timeout, Big Baby hits a jumper. Repeat, out of a time out, the Celtics successfully run a play that ends with Big Baby, a guy who missed all his shots so far, knocking down the jumper. Boston up, 109-108 with 1:04 left.

Gasol's game– Kobe forces a jumper trying to get to the line, refs wisely swallow whistles and refuse to bail him out.

– Seventeen seconds left, Davis tries again to flaunt his feathery touch from the outside. This time Davis blocked by Gasol and proceeds to commit a loose ball foul on Odom. Lamar hits them both to give LA a one-point lead. It’s the first time the Lakers have hit both from the line since early in the 3rd quarter.

– Out of timeout, Pierce misses jumper. Thinking it’s all over, our friend, Kobe Replica Jersey Man goes crazy. He calms down slightly when he realizes his Lakers aren’t completely out of the woods yet.

– One more chance, Allen inbounds to Davis then takes the return pass from him. Fisher, defending Allen, rides him hard and forces him into a miss.

– Kobe Replica Jersey Man has now taken off said jersey and is waiving it in the air. Boston guy who probably had too much to drink is not happy with Kobe Replica Jersey Man. The two yell at each other, then start a shoving match. Much like the game that just ended, neither side is willing to back down. In the end, just like the game, LA executes just a little better and shows a little more toughness to come up on top in another chapter of this rivalry.

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  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    The foul they called on KG against Fisher was bogus. If they would have called the obvious foul by Gasol when he hit KG’s arm and forced the ball loose, then KG would not have shoved Fisher trying to recover the rock. Can’t let one ticky tack foul go and then call the other one. That’s lame.

  • http://wherethenbareallyhappens.blogspot.com Collin

    that was a great game. still hate the lakers though

  • The Seed

    KOBE MVP, didn’t Boston chant that to him about two to three years ago. YES. KOBE MVPPPP!!!!

  • The Seed

    Ok, when the Lakers, win the refs were awful. Did anyone watch the Finals. The C’s were playing grab a Kobe, illegal picks by Garnett, moving screens, three seconds defensive in the key. How you think the C’s came back from 24 down, by making shots. No, fouls being called on the Lakers. Yes the refs suck this game, I am a Lakers fan, but at least they sucked both ways last night, instead of one way in June. I loved seeing Lamar and Kobe get in the C’s face.

  • http://wherethenbareallyhappens.blogspot.com Collin

    i agree with @allenp

  • Myung

    I really enjoyed the game last night. That being said, since I don’t like either team (can’t stand either of them, more like it), I was hoping they’d both lose and somehow that the Hawks would earn a win. It didn’t happen. A Celtics loss is a nice consolation prize.

  • Mike

    When is every one going to accept the fact that refs are programmed to screw up really big games every year. The smart teams use this fact to their advantage.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Good notes, though you made no mention of the possible foul on the last play. Staying away from controversy? Strong move, Mr. Evans.

  • The Seed

    Tzvi T: Game Notes: Lakers at Celtics
    No foul. Clean block. Game over.

  • Jake

    Laker Pride.nuff said.

  • Myung

    Kobe copied that finger pointing from MJ.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Both teams played hard.

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

    “Kobe copied that finger pointing from MJ.”
    Thank you Myung……except in a game of that magnitude, Michael would have never relied on Pau Gasol to will his team to victory, and settled for being a three point shooter for 3/4′s of the game. Everyone should remember that if there’s a Finals matchup between them again. The Celts don’t let Kobe get bunches of free throws and they keep him out of the paint 95% of the time. A wins a win for the Lakers, and they earned both against Boston this season….but the strategy they employ is rock solid for beating the Lakers and fluke calls will inevitably go BOTH teams way in a long series…not just deciding factor in one game.

  • dwyane

    KOBE MVP …
    that’s right no foul clean block and game over.

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

    Oh…..and here’s another thing to keep the LA fans draming of June……do they REALLY need Bynum to be back? I mean they did win, IN Boston, without him. Maybe he f*ck’s up Kobe and Pau’s flow if he crowded the lane back in the mix. Hmmm…………

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

    *dreaming, sorry. And I’m glad LO played big for the Lakers…..he needed a game like that.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    True, I didnt focus on the blatant Lakers bias in the article header. Mea Culpa.

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

    I’m with Myung, I hate both teams. So…..meh.

  • tommypoint

    See you in June, Fakers.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Great game last night. Kobe needs to stop relying on his jumper quiet so much at the end of games and force more action towards the basket. Those 3′s in the fourth were dirty though. Pau played decent, Lamar came up huge in the second half. I’d like to see Phil have a little more confidence in Jordan Farmar at the end of games. I just don’t think he trusts him defensively yet but dude has been making some HUGE plays for us this year and eventually the Lakers are gonna need his quickness on the defensive end in the clutch. As smart and crafty as D-Fish is, Farmar and Kobe are the only two guys who can consistently stay in front of guys like Rondo and with Bynum out stopping penetration is more important than ever. Great notes, Jonathan.

  • ciroqobama

    I don’t think the final play was suspect- as the pick was poorly executed and Jesus didn’t pass out of the double- BUT, the refs were wildly inconsistant on both ends the entire night. Either make it a free throw contest OR let them play… sporadic whistle blowing makes me want to drink a knife

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  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    I’m not saying the refs cheated the Celtics, I’m saying they made a bad call that hurt the Celtics. Bad calls happen, but that particular bad call was very important.
    It’s just like pickup ball. You can’t push me, then call a travel when I take a few extra steps. That’s wack. The refs can’t let Gasol’s contact slide, and it happened right in front of a ref, and then call a tick tack foul on Fisher. The refs were inconsistent. Sometimes they let the teams play, then other times they got all tight. I don’t mind them letting stuff go, or calling the game tight, I just wish they would’ve picked one way and stuck with it.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Your right, ciroqobama, one minute they are calling touch fouls, the next dudes are giving guys piggy-back rides to the basket and no whistles are being blown. The officiating was crazy last night.

  • Jackie Moon

    KoWE and the tough attitude of the Lakers won it … The losing team always cries about officiating … Lakers shot horribly from the free throw line … Kobe shot horribly from the field … The Lakers had no Bynum … And yet they still pulled out the win in Boston … “MJ woulda done this MJ woulda done that MJ woulda done it with a wiffle ball bat, so…”

  • AlbertBarr

    Pau’s alleged foul was ticky-tack…Garnett threw his cheap elbow like he always does. I think it was a good call by the refs. They would have called it a defensive foul had Garnett not tried to get his in. Make that dude pay…I’m sick of his cheap theatrics and chump elbows.

  • AlbertBarr

    And the Lakers showed some grit and won despite shooting terrible (~50%ish) from the line.

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

    Jackie: When said plays could have determined the game in a different direction and were huge calls or no-calls, then why wouldn’t the coach try and defend his team? Doc was asked a question, and he answered it. Like has been pointed out, there were bad calls on both sides. I don’t see a coach whining, but rather a coach asking for fairness. Doc also gave the Lakers credit as well.

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

    For the rest of the basketball world…..we can ALL pray that the CAVS and someone else out of the West makes the Finals….’cause this 21st century Lakers/Celts “rivalry” is wack as fu*k as are theie newly minted fans.

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

    *their

  • AlbertBarr

    Fans from LA/Boston are definitely wack Eboy…and they are everywhere…

  • gl

    This is the kind of game which makes people say the officiating is fixed. Fisher grabbing Allen from the time he caught the ball until the time he shot. Not a foul. Gasol hitting Garnett’s arm, knocking ball loose. Not a foul. Garnett catching ball, putting arm up as Fisher runs into him. Foul – on the Celtics! (I thought it would be a foul on Fisher – who apparently can’t foul). Gasol hits Pierce so hard on the head his head recoils and the headband comes off. Not a foul. Garnett gets hit from both in front and behind taking a shot. Not a foul. Yet there were a number phantom fouls called on celtics when the replay showed there wasn’t any contact at all.
    When watching one team beat another through heart or skill that’s one thing. But when watching the officiating get botched so badly, and one sided (okay the celtics got one or two last possession calls… which doesn’t add up when so many foul calls go the wrong way) it’s infuriating.

    This makes me think the same as watching the Suns-Spurs game and the results .. “The NBA – I hate this game”

    Rogue referee taking bribes to fix games? I think not.

  • Jackie Moon

    TADOne – it’s just a part of the game. When the Lakers lost Game 2 of the Finals, Phil was yowling like a cat in birth about the officiating. That’s just my observation that in a close game, the losing team always complains about calls. The most refined reaction I’ve ever seen from a losing team is from Brent Barry and Pop after Derek Fisher’s foul was not called in the playoffs. Even if they felt right to complain, they refused to do so in public.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Eboy:Just to be clear, are you a Cavs or a Heat fan? Just wondering. The Heat really need to make a run at Amare.

  • Jackie Moon

    “Fans from LA/Boston are definitely wack” … Could you maybe generalize a little more?

  • Jackie Moon

    Eboy is an Angry Fan.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    I think all fans of particular teams are wack.
    But, I like basketball to make sense. Last night was a great game, but that was in spite of the idiocy by the ref. And it wasn’t all against the Celtics. However, defensive teams struggle more when the calls in a game lack consistency. It’s harder for them to decide how they want to attack the other team’s offense.
    Anyway, if Lamar plays well, the Lakers have a good shot to beat the Celts. However, I’m not willing to be that Lamar will play well on the big stage. And Kobe still shot too many long contested threes.

  • Jackie Moon

    Allenp: I actually don’t want the refs to be consistent, I want them to be right. But what you are complaining about happens in 8 out of 10 games in the NBA. How many games would you judge to actually be “consistently” officiated?

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Allenp is right. Lamar has to play well and consistently in order for the Lakers to beat the Cavs, Celtics, or even the Spurs for that matter. I do want to point one thing out to the old-heads on here. Last night apparently they went old school with the rules and allowed handchecking because that was Paul Pierce’s defensive strategy last night.

  • Jackie Moon

    Speaking of lame fans, where is Anton today?

  • Ricky

    This game has given the Lakers the kind of confidence that may just will them to win a championship this year inspite of Bynum going down. And don’t get me started on the “ticky tack fouls” that were called during this game. FOR ONE the Lakers were getting screwed all game long whether it’s Farmar picking up two fouls within a span of 5 seconds just for protesting a call or not getting a technical for that little bithc Rondo trying to punk Kobe (You cant do that you idiot, you’ll just wake him up and he’ll kill you in the game). Although it was just another game… It really wasn’t. Lakers found out they could come into the garden and beat them without Andrew with the Celtics playing at their best (were on a 12 game win streak). X-Factor in the game was Odom though. IF the Lakers get that production out of him during the finals then sooooooooo looooooooooong Boston’s Glory Days!

  • MBrady

    “Boston up, 190-108 with 1:04 left.”

    LMFAO! good think I’m dyslexic

  • Ken

    error in this article the score was not 190-108 in overtimr

  • AlbertBarr

    ““Fans from LA/Boston are definitely wack” … Could you maybe generalize a little more? “…yes I can…All LA/Boston fans are delusional as they fade away when their teams suck and then when the team is once again competitive BAM!, As if by some magical force, they reemerge convinced of their teams divine right to the ring.

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

    I actually agree with AlbertBarr.

  • Myung

    I think KG looks like he’s about to kiss Odom in the accompanying photo. Also, it was nice to see two paper tigers (Kobe and KG) both act tough last night. Oakley, X-Man, and Laimbeer, they’re not. PS. I hate the word “Chippy,” especially when Cheryl’s brother says it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16609955286456646226 Paul Farol

    Except for,”Boston up, 190-108 with 1:04 left.” I love this play by play account.

  • AlbertBarr

    Was anyone ready to fly to Boston and punch Reggie Miller in the face for screaming about the “eye dance”?

  • AlbertBarr

    I’m with Myung…the word chippy needs to be banned from sportscasting vernacular.

  • Jackie Moon

    hahah thanks for cooperating, AlbertBarr

  • Ryan.T.

    Well, it was a horrible screen from Big Baby… He didn’t even put his body on Derek Fisher. But, if he did, Fisher might’ve done his good acting and drew and offensive foul as well. And if Kobe put his finger in my face, I’d grab and break that finger too quick. It’d be a lesson learned.

  • Jackie Moon

    And you can fly, AlbertBarr?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Paul Pierce played good defense. Great defense even. And considering the help that was shadowing him, theres a reason Kobe wasnt getting to the basket late. Im glad Lamar showed up, but there was never a question of if he could, just how often. Remains to be seen. 6-0 on this road trip would be more than impressive. Sunday, Sunday, Sunday….

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

    Was anyone else flashing back to Chris Childs when Kobe and Rondo squared off? I think Rondo would have broke Kobe’s glass jaw with a good right cross if they could have went.

  • AlbertBarr

    Yes. I can.

  • BostonBaller

    @Albertbarr et al: MOST sports fans from ALL cities generally ebb and flow with their teams prominance then there are those of us who are die hard fans regardless of how badly we suck. I stuck with the C’s AFTER the Bird, McHale, Parish era and I wore the gear even when Walker and Pierce couldn’t get it done. Although ONE my Celtics cap was black with a black Celtics symbol. lol. I stuck with them and listened to the trash talk from everyone. To me every new season was a season that was going to get better and now that it has I’m not hearing it. What about the Hawks fans who are in love with them now even though they haven’t really won anything? Loyalty is what it’s called. I get on my friends who have jumped on the wagon but I understand. So generalize all you want b/c those of use who stayed with the C’s AND Red Sox AND Patriots AND Bruins while they were all losing can laugh at those who try to menimalize our loyalty. Have a good day folks and if the C’s lose against the Knicks you can do a happy dance until JUNE. Peace T. Crook

  • AlbertBarr

    I dunno Eboy…Kobe would have just choked him I’m pretty sure.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    wtf was glen davis doing taking all those shots in crunchtime, theres a reason theyre leaving you open glen, pass the ball to paul or ray, because, you know, theyre way better than you.

  • AlbertBarr

    May I BostonB? May I dance until June if your C’s lose to the Knicks? Oh, thank you…it is so nice to have a fan of your caliber and devotion give us permission to dance on the stinking corpse of your team if they lose to a lowly team.

  • BostonBaller

    lol..oh boy, now I’m entitling you to dance b/c of my arrogance? I merly stated that some of us ARE true fans win or lose..No excuses. I just figured there would be a party much like there was when we went on that losing streak…If we beat the Knicks it’s b/c they’re “lowly” and if we lose we are some how frauds. lol. Which team are you loyal to or do you just go around bashing whomever is winning or popular at the time? lol. oh yeah, and to dance on a ” stinking corpse” would mean they are dead or have been dead for a long time. Thanks for the entertainment Al B not so sure.

  • Dennis Wise

    hey, any of yall wanna learn some boxing?

  • Jackie Moon

    Tarzan – I think that was the strategy. Big Baby burned the Lakers once by making the shot, but I was yelling at the TV, “That’s OK! That’s the shot you want them to take!”. And it worked out in the end. They might have heard me. Because I have ESPN. I have TNT, too, but that is dangerous to play with.

  • AlbertBarr

    Naw…Boxing would require punching. Getting punched hurts…I try and avoid unnecessary pain.

  • Myung

    LOL, AlbertBarr… I remember the “eye dance” thing he kept mentioning. I’d never heard that phrase before in my life. It sounds like something fairly romantic. I would never have guessed an “eye dance” was when two people are about to get into a shoving match. Cheryl’s brother has some great phrases, doesn’t he? I’m still wondering (as I’m sure everyone on SLAMonline does) how TNT does so many things well, yet they thought it was a good idea to give Reggie Miller a job. He is beyond terrible.

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

    If every NBA game was done by Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy….I’d be happy all day long.

  • Myung

    I enjoyed Karl Malone last night. I know he’s not SLAM’s kind of player, but it was great to see him last night. His career numbers are astounding. I think Duncan will go down as the greatest PF ever, because of the rings, but the Mailman’s numbers are truly impressive.

  • Michael

    Kobe was awful in this game. He settled way to much, the arrogance to keep shooting jumpers when their not going in is mind boggling. I thought he had figured out in the Christmans game that when he attacks them good thing s happen.

  • AlbertBarr

    I think Reggie wishes he could “eye dance” with KG and Odom…that is why he said it like 10 times in a row.

  • Myung

    I like those two a lot, eboy. I think the things that annoy me so much about Reggie is 1. I couldn’t stand him as a player 2. He is the least funny person I’ve ever seen on sports-related TV (well, him and maybe Billy Packer) and 3. He says things like “Eye dance.”

  • AlbertBarr

    Karl Malone was awesome…he kept saying things like “if I was getting scored on like that over and over I would undercut the guy or kick him or something…” The good ol’ days.

  • Myung

    BostonBaller, that thing you said about Hawks fans… I… have nothing to say in response. A whole lotta bandwagon fans in our city.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Eddie House’s son shot 3′s right out of the womb, no doubt.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Hows your leg Cutty?

  • CHE

    I am tired of the Celtics fans complaining about missed calls. Do you realize that Paul Pierce flops every time he drives to the basket and they call those weak calls for him? It’s insane how much he gets away with. The celtics are a very aggressive team and get upset when the refs call tick tack fouls on them yet beg for the refs to call the tick tack fouls for them. Double standard. For the record that last shot by Allen there was no foul. I kept rewinding it to see if there way but he pretty much fell on his own. Lakers out played them but I think the Celtics are a better team when Bynum isn’t playing.

  • BostonBaller

    Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy for sure. Malone was good natured and I love the TNT crew. The miller twins drive me crazy but I’d take Cheryl ove Reg any day. Kobe is deadly regardless if he is hitting or not. He is scary.

  • Myung

    I agree that there are bandwagon fans in every city. I think the difference is, if the C’s and Lakers (and Cowboys, Knicks, Bulls, Dodgers, Yankees, Cubs) start winning, people in Iowa and Montana and Florida and DC and Canada and Egypt will jump on their bandwagon. If teams like the Timberwolves, Hawks, Grizz, and Clips start winning, the bandwagon fans from that city jump aboard and we become a cute little national story for a few days/weeks, and then that’s that.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    “She’s gutter”. When you typed that, my heart soared. I miss people talking like that, haha. At my HS in Dallas, that was such a common word. Now nobody uses it. sad day. Lakers prevail

  • BostonBaller

    @Myung..truer words have yet to be written as you have penned above. @Che: As tired as you are of the players and coaches AND fans compalining about ticky tac fouls (as I am too but that’s league wide)I’m even more tired of people complaining about the complaining! (such as i’m doing. lol) I’m a fan of the sport and “appreciate” a bunch of teams and individuals. PPierce does bounce around but look at my man LeBron, if he wasn’t so beastly he’d flop around too. Every “star” gets those calls..

  • Jackie Moon

    Lebron has the Shaq curse in that when he gets smacked, he’s so big and strong that he just absorbs it, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less a foul (kind of the opposite of DWade and Iverson, where contact looks worse than it is).

  • AlbertBarr

    Myung – so, true…I live in Humboldt County, Ca – very far away from Boston and still quite far (geographically and psychologically) from LA, yet last June I saw Purple, gold and Green everywhere and kept getting into some heated discussions with some fair weather fans. Its all good though…cause last nights game was pretty great, and good basketball is all that matters. But LA/Boston fans are wack…

  • AlbertBarr

    and they are everywhere…

  • BostonBaller

    lol

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Why pair reggie with marv? Its disgusting dude I swear.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Eboy don’t let your kobe hate damage your credibility dude was 19 and 185 pounds when chris childs punked him he’s 40 pounds heavier and ten years older.

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

    The only thing that bugs me about Mark Jackson is when he uses that “Mamma…there goes that man line”. Otherwise, they’re golden.

  • Myung

    On a scale of 1 to 10, Marv is like a 15. And Reggie is a -8. So combined, they’re like a +7 so I think TNT likes it. If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t Doug Collins calling the game too? Two play by play and one color guy? Personally I think it was Collins as the play by play and Marv to add color to the colorless way Reggie does broadcasts.

  • Jackie Moon
  • Michaelbchnn

    How can Reggie be such a killer on the court and be such a cronball douchebag off the court.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    I love the way odom just smacked KG’s ass and Kg’s face was priceless. It brings me back to the chapelle show when Prince kept hitting charlie murphy on the ass. K.G. was charlie because it sounded like he told Odom, “Yo, man! I’m not on your team dog!”

  • riggs

    “Eboy don’t let your kobe hate damage your credibility dude was 19 and 185 pounds when chris childs punked him he’s 40 pounds heavier and ten years older. ”

    which would make him…slower, you need to learn how to box or read up on boxing or something bryan.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    I don’t care, i still think kobe would give Rondo the business. and that is just straight up, no favoritism on my side.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    I think that most games are actually consistently reffed. Before the game, the refs discuss what their going to do and they tend to stick with it. It’s usually the big games, where the refs are just as nervous as the players, that you have some problems.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    I think Rondo would deal with Kobe. Kobe would probably try some effing karate. He’s lame like that.

  • http://myspace.com/arodakaroman and1ballermj2350

    Uh yeah, good game but still hate the Lake show. uhg….

  • BostonBaller

    I’ll take Reggie over Tommy Heinson any day!! everyone pulls for their favorite team but he is so one sided he scares me. lol. I have to watch the game with the sound off when he is commentating. I’m sure most NBA cities have their own Tommy who is a complete “homer” but man o man it grates on me. I’m watching the game now while listening to music. lol

  • truthteller

    great game and I still hate the Celtics and the bandwagon Celtics fans!!!

  • truthteller

    And Eboy I love reading your comments ’cause you are such a hater! keep hating! I love it!

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    @ Jackie Moon – why so serious, son?
    Officiating sucked more than usual, though it wouldn’t have been a problem if either team had a double digit cushion to work with. Which brings me to my next point: Big Baby – GTFO. Eddie House – get in. Perkins in clutch time – GTFO. Powe, get in.
    Jeff Van Gundy is old-school straight-up awesome. While Mike Breen mentions random crap stats Jeff totally calls him out on his crap. “Did you just say Gasol is an underrated defender? My goodness!”
    And my favorite Mark Jackson line is “get out of the way! I have an appointment…with the rim”.

  • http://www.myspace.com Leif

    Ya’ll aint serious? Thinking Rondo would knock Kobe?

    HELL NO!

    Rondo is a skinny A$$ drugged up lookin mofo, and ya’ll think he would knock kobe down? There was a reason why Ray Allen and KG were holding Kobe back and telling Rondo to walk away.

  • mongoloid

    EBOY youre an assh0le!!!!!

  • Mike C

    I bet Eboy’s never been in a real fight in his life. I can just tell by the way he’s referencing Chris Childs sucker punch as something impressive.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Myung: Refresh my memory please. Who is X-Man?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Also, Shaq got away with elbowing the face of Mr. Mutumbo EVERY possession in that Lakers/Sixers finals series… On BOTH ends of the court.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    With BOTH elbows.

  • KoBynum716

    Mark it down, 9:01—A Rondo foul leads to some back and forth jawing between Kobe and Double-R. After the double technical Kobe leaves the skirmish, nodding to himself and mouthing “Okay, okay.” You’ve got to imagine that drawing the ire of Kobe ranked high on the list of Tom Thibodeau’s list of things his defense shouldn’t do.
    rondo=unclassy, overrated, and just not smart

  • http://www.professionalheckler.wordpress.com Professional Heckler

    LAKERS FOREVER!

    Even if it’s a half point lead or even 1/32nd lead, still it’s a LEAD.

    and the lakers won the game. ’nuff said.

    the philippines loves kobe and the lakers.

    mabuhay!
    tangnang celtics yan, utot nyo! mga ulol!

  • Myung

    Xavier McDaniel.

  • rikson

    AlbertBarr Posted: Feb.6 at 12:13 pm
    Pau’s alleged foul was ticky-tack…Garnett threw his cheap elbow like he always does. -> Lets ask Bynum bout that!

  • http://aol.com wutang

    point blank lakers won on Bostons home court…and not to mention beat them at home all ready. so you tell me how the celtics are better…because i just can’t see it

  • http://nbafanatico.blogspot.com/ Jorge

    I am agree with allenp

  • henry

    didnt anyone notice that the only reason kg got mad at odom on that one play was becuz afta the play odom slapped him on his ass

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