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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  78 responses

Celtics Look to Close Out Lakers, in L.A.

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

In about 15 hours, a new champion will be crowned. That, or we’ll be getting ready for a seventh and decisive game in these here NBA Finals.

The Boston Celtics need to win one of the next two games on the Lakers’ home floor to reclaim the title, and they know it will not be easy.

The Boston Herald caught up with Ray Allen, and discussed the task at hand for the C’s:

The Celtics are 1-7 in close-out road games in the playoffs over the last three seasons, and have lost two such games this season, in Miami and Orlando. In fact, the last time their starting five finished a road playoff series came in the 2008 Eastern Conference finals against Detroit. Last season perhaps stung the worst. The Celtics led Orlando three games to two in the Eastern Conference finals but lost a possible road-clinching game and eventually lost the series.

“Whatever happened last year, I thought we had a great season, we got beat by Orlando,” Allen said. “It’s a new year and it’s definitely been a blessing, but this year has definitely been a lot tougher, and I think the tougher it is, the more you want it.” Their playoff road has certainly been tough. The Celtics have faced Miami (Dwyane Wade), Cleveland (LeBron James), Orlando (Dwight Howard) and now the Lakers (Kobe Bryant). And for a team that finished fourth in their division after a 27-27 close to the season and was considered over the hill, the run seems remarkable.

“I think along the way, people forgot, forgot who we were and what we were capable of,” Allen said. “We got back to that mentality, but it didn’t shake us at all. We didn’t worry about what people said, what they thought. People were saying that we were a team that was old, but here we are. We’re capable, that’s the most important thing and we all knew it.”

Legacies and futures on both sides of the coin will begin to get sorted out tonight, or perhaps even on Thursday night.

For now, we have a few basketball matters left to settle; an entire season and the championship are on the line.

May the best team win.

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  • balla

    FIRST B*TCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ken

    Go Boston!

  • Pancho

    May the best TEAM win. That’ll be the Celtics

  • Pancho

    May the best TEAM win. That’ll be the Celtics

  • rikson

    Really??? I thought they´d like to play a game 7…

  • balla

    @Pancho wow idiot post your stuff twice just to look cool?

  • balla

    wow idiot post your stuff twice just to look cool?

  • Knick94

    Celtics look to crush L.A. individuals. While they’re at it, they should take last years rings from them as well. Make it an official Threepeat party tonight. True champions for all ages.

  • Goattree

    Contrary to this report, this Celtics actually won the Atlantic Division this year. There were 4th in their conference.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ofcourse they will close this in l.a. as if theres any other option.. lol, anyway, kobe is as usual, i know pau will come all out too, my biggest concern for l.a. is ron and lamar, and for boston is rayray,. And the bench who shows up big wins.

  • nicko

    The refs are up 3-2

  • 2Dope

    How can the refs be up 3-2 when the free-throw differential has been in the Lakers favor in every game, and its not even close. The Celts have persevered despite the flopping by Gasol and fisher, and the horrible officiating.

  • JTaylor21

    All of a sudden, kobe needs help from his teammate which is crap. If he would have gotten pau gasol more touches earlier in the game, he would have had more help. It seems for too long of streches that pau didn’t even touch the ball. Also kobe may be as good as MJ but he will never ever be better. MJ would have killed the celts with the way they are bodying up on kobe. Mj was the better driver, way better shooter, better defender, better passer, better leader, better winner, better dresser, F it he was better at everrrrything.

  • nicko

    Did I say who was benefiting from the refs?….you sir just admitted to horrible officiating too. The NBA is so soft now, I’m slowly losing respect. I bet when Chris Childs stuck Kobe in the face he got a warning.

  • ciroqobama

    Kobe & his Fakers are goin fishin’ after tonight.

  • Lombu

    @JTaylor21 Jordan was not a better shooter than kobe. Other than that you right. But kobe is and will never be as good as MJ was, never. He have failed too many times where people expected MJ like preformances.

  • Ganchan

    If the refs just let them play boston would have already won the series. The Lakers are more of a finesse team and can’t really play through guys bodying them up(with the exception of Kobe). If the refs let them play and don’t call a myriad of fouls(both ways) Boston will win if they continue the trend and call it tight, I feel the Lakers will win the ‘ship.

  • Ganchan

    By the way cosign nicko, basketball is slowly turning into soccer with all the flopping and trying to sell fouls. I remember when this sport was tough and don’t like where it’s headed. Kobe said it best “We just need to man up” I took that as stop flopping and play tough D.

  • Morgan

    And the next stories headline will be “LA looking to force a game 7, IN L.A”..I don’t know who comes up with these classic titles – but please pay him/her more.decent read though.

  • http://myspace.com/circasurvive Bryan

    the calls are terrible both ways. The calls against the Lakers were momentum killing while the calls against the.celtics seem like mostly make up calls to try and seem like they’re being fair.

  • westeves25

    as silly as this is gonna sound, I have a gut feeling the Lakers are going to lay a stinker of all stinkers again, 2008 type. Am I the only one who has seen this scenario before…. The over confidence by the Lakers after going on there first series deficit and then totally blowing it on a must win game. The Lakers are not better than the 08 Lakers. Artest for Ariza argument………… Ariza won. Odom, has buried his head in the ground under pressure again. And Kobe will become over zealous once more time to shutdown Gasol & the rest of the team.

  • flash

    The Lakers will humiliate the Celtics in game 6 and 7! game 5 was built for Boston to win it! the garden was packed and it was their last game at home this 09-10 campaign. Plus they already lost in game 3 so they ain’t losing that one. What? did you expect them to go 1-2 at their own floor? not gonna happen. now it’s LA’s turn to shine. Get ready for a Big Hollywood ending everybody!

  • fizzrocket

    Good luck with that flash. Also, I never would’ve guessed the C’s were looking to close out the Lakers had it not been for this headline. Boston takes it at Staples tonight.

  • Kap

    GOOD LUCK LAKERS…SEE YA GAME 7

  • http://www.slamonline.com Beanie Seagull

    So much for that Lakers in 5 prediction, right Lang?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    where else would they close them out?

  • flash

    Mamba’s gonna go for another 81point performance tomorrow.
    final score Boston 87 Lakers 81.
    unfortunately again Kobe was the only one who came to play for the lakers while the rest well…. F**k em!
    C’s wins the chip!
    -> this is what’s gonna happen if help doesn’t show up (or kobe refuses to pass) so the others better bring it!!!! i mean u pao! lamar! fish! ron! andrew!

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    EXTEND THE SERIES

  • Lombu

    Haha cosign flash..
    Man these finals are great though, despite the refs, this is some of the most nail biting stuff i’ve seen in my life, and I have followed the last 12 finals. I would really love to see the C’s stamping the lakeshow…. Again..

  • vtrobot

    been saying C’s in 6 since the beginning. i’ll stick with that. i think the refereeing was the worst in games 1 – 3 and it was 2-1 lakeshow after that, so please stop with the complaints about the refs. they’ve been horrible, but not to the point where they cost either team a game or the entire series. @ niko: childs definitely got at least one game for that. too bad he could never take minutes from a certain former heisman trophy winner.

  • KB24

    Celtics fans are nerdy f**gots

  • KB24

    Celtics fans are RETARDS, of course they think games 1 & 3 were officiated the worst because the Lakers won, the Lakers were robbed by momentum shifting calls in game 2, Celtics straight up won game 4, & Lakers were robbed by late bad calls in game 5, series should be over, Lakers 4-1

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    If you think the Celtics’ chances at Staples are good bc they won a game there, then you should ask yourself: how did the Celtics win that game? If you think the Celtics’ chances at Staples are good for other reasons, this does not apply.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    David Stern will have the refs make up for the bad calls from past games and Lakers will win games 6 or 7. Worst case scernaio, Kobe is Finals MVP and Bynum gets traded for Bosh and Kobe will finally have someone who can create shots for themself. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://www,myczechrepublic.com SAB

    that headline is wholly retardent. the alternative? “Celtics aiming to lose tonight and Thursday”?

  • CelticzBae

    @ KB24 the refs have been suckin. have u not noticed Kobe gettin all the calls his wayy… last game they got so many fouls called against the celtics than the lakers did against the Cs. but im not tryin to bame the refs for nothin because EVEN wit the refs biased calls the CELTICS R GONNA CLOSE THIS OUT!!! Banner 18 is on its way!

  • Brian

    The Lakers have more to lose. If the C’s lost this series I think it would be met with a shrug of the shoulders and people would think that the road they had to take as the 4th seed eventually got the best of them. If the Lakers lost, especially in 6 games, the criticism will be a lot harsher.

  • http://www.kwapt.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    C’s look relaxed and focused. Lakers look tense and distracted. It will all come down to 2 things tonight: Execution and defense.

  • J-Bird

    Laker fans are dorky losers

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

    Its over tonight, in a blowout

  • slawson

    Celtics got their Mojo working right now.

  • vtrobot

    I’m saying games 1 – 3 were officiated horribly because they were, not because of who won. Is anyone saying that either game 4 or 5 was more poorly officiated than any of games 1 – 3? I was merely stating that, as a Laker fan, you should be happy that you won 2 of the 3 worst officiated games of the series. C’s win it tonight. Too many vets to not bring it full force and I don’t think LA will be able to handle it. I even see Mike Finley getting some minutes before he collects his second ring. Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed!

  • KB24

    @ CelticzBae- Look up how many times Kobe has gone to the free throw line & get back to me, he had 5 fouls in game 2 & game 5, he’s getting all the calls against him RETARD, but in game 6 Lakers will get all the calls, the NBA’s plan the whole time was to take it to 7, then they’ll let them play, either way I think both teams could have took it already if it wasn’t for the officiating

  • KB24

    WIN OR LOSE KOBE IS FINALS MVP, WATCH

  • KB24

    WIN OR LOSE KOBE IS GOING TO BE THE FINALS MVP

  • KB24

    WIN OR LOSE… YOU KNOW THE REST

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    In my opinion either the Celtics win in six games or the Lakers win in seven…..as a diehard Laker I’m hoping for latter.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    *for THE latter

  • Arek

    @Jtaylor21 you’re talking like a fool.. Everytime Pao Gasol got touches he wasn’t being aggressive and being very passive, he wasn’t playing like he wanted the ball and never demanded it. And you saying MJ was a wayyyyyyyyyyyy better shooter is gotta be the most ridiculous thing you said, if there’s 1 thing kobe’s better than MJ it’s shooting.. MJ was a better driver, better defender (can give some of that credit to the rules they had back then).. Kobe’s a better shooter, better ball handler, better passer..

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’m going to hate myself for this, but Arek, how do you figure Kobe as the better passer? I’ve got them even there.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO

    As a laker lifer (hate all you want) I am nervous because i believe everything royal says.

  • flash

    celtics win if kobe gets into foul trouble. and if that happens the refs aint getting out the building alive!

  • JTaylor21

    Arek, I pity the fool. U must have not seen MJ play. Please go to youtube and watch many game footage of MJ and you will see the light. MJ had the best midrange shot in nba history with the Logo right behind him. Kobe’s midrange game has always been overrated which is why he’s shooting 43%. That whats makes MJ so much better than kobe, because if you gave him space (he kills u), play him close and he’s gone in a flash. All kobe does in this series is take tough contested shots because he has never had the first step or jumping ablility to attack the rim like MJ had. And don’t give me the Kobe is getting old crap, Jordan even at 34-35, he was smashing on chaps. Get your mind right

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Kobe had a nasty first step and hops whne he was younger.
    And, MJ smashed on cats in 96, but after that, he was very much a jump shooter who lived in the post.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Kind of ironic how refs are being blamed for Celtics being up 3-2 when Lakers have shot more free throws every game.

  • The Philosopher

    I keep telling the audience, Jordan is IONS better than Kobe. IONS.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Kobe/Jordan debate is going on in the OTHER Game 6 thread, Philosopher and JTaylor21.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    How many times do I have to say, there IS no argument about Kobe and Jordan, stop it, for the love of God.

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

    Promise, it will never stop…..the majority of Laker fans expect entitlement regarding their team and their best player. It’s pretty simple, really. They are the spoiled brats of NBA fans. That is fact and terribly unfair to the real old school Laker fans (which there aren’t many under the age of 30)who used to stand with their team regardless of wins and losses, not doing disappearing acts when a team struggled for a few seasons (see: most of the guys that ramble on and on from this particular website)like the Post Shaq era.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    ^^^^^Yea if you weren’t a LA fan during the first three seasons after Shaq left ,then your officially a Faker. I’m a “Youngbuck” ( just turned 19) but I have been a LA fan since I could spell Basketball.

  • Brian

    If the discussion over who is better comes down to who has the most fruity looking pretty boys wearing their jersey then Kobe is the best in a landslide.

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

    Royal, I did clarify my statement with “most/majority”…I can see your passion from your posts so I wouldn’t lump you in with the poor portion of your Laker fam.

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Me too, me too! But I’m a Kobe Stan, so of course I rooted for the Lakers post Shaq.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    So much talk is focused on what the outcome of this game will be if the Lakers show up, while I’m still waiting for the Celtics to all show up at once. If they grind out a win tonight then it will be the first series win this playoffs where they Ray, Paul, KG, and Rondo all got it cooking the same game. It starts with Rondo, though. When he is looking to pass early and often, the others get into a nice flow. Usually leads to double-digit victories too. Hopefully Ray’s jumper is on tonight and Paul and Kevin will keep being aggressive.

  • http://nba.com S.Man

    Let’s go Raptors.

  • http://nba.com S.Man

    Let’s go Raptors.

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

    Phil, ions are different types of particles, eons are a very large period of time, so wtf u talkn bout?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    @Eboy: Yes, we both see this crap in each of thse threads, and these Laker fans always have to bring up the “Kobe is better than Jordan” talk every day. For those people, lets get something straight: Kobe is the secong best shooting guard, next to Jordan. Now I will be attacked by the certain number of people on here who got their hand on Kobe’s nuts, who will crucify me that I would say such a thing. Well, sorry, its true, and for the record, Kobe is nowhere near the second best player, only the second best shooting guard. Kobe isn’t even the greatest Laker of all time. I would give that title to Majic. Now, getting back to the game, I have correctly predicted Boston’s last 3 playoff series, so I doubt I will be wrong now. Boston closes it out tonight, for they are simply the better all around team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    Magic** excuse the typo

  • The Philosopher

    @Tarzan: Both.

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  • ENDS

    game 7

  • Ronald

    @Tarzan: I guess Phil is saying MJ is only a very few negative or positive particles better than Kobe?

  • flipnoyce

    there is gonna be a game 7!!!! celtics gave this game to hollywood so they would stop whining! it wouldn’t be fair for the actresses of the LA fakers! Congrats Stern for making this a suspense,NOT!!!! See you in game 7, where its going to hurt more!!!! Celtics is going for a kill!!!

  • http://www.lamarodom.com LamarOwedThem

    Flipnoyce. Once you make a little bit of sense we will acknowledge you. Oops just did. Where is game7-anyone know?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/CathedralsRecords?feature=mhw4 Earl

    Silly SLAM. Celtics closing out Lakers is for idiots! :) :) :)

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    From “the Promise” Now, getting back to the game, I have correctly predicted Boston’s last 3 playoff series, so I doubt I will be wrong now. Boston closes it out tonight, for they are simply the better all around team. … Not tonight

  • Tim

    Shannon Brown’s sick alley-oop:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/51107932@N05/

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