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Sunday, June 6th, 2010 at 7:50 pm  |  104 responses

NBA Finals: Game 2 Live Blog

Coming live from Staples Center …

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Hey everyone, Lang and I are here at Game 2 of the NBA Finals, high above the Staples Center court. The game tips off in about ten minutes, and we’ll be live-blogging and tweeting throughout the entire game. Let’s go!

-Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talking about John Wooden at center court. Please insert shivers here.

-Decent job done by Lee DeWyze, of American Idol fame, on the National Anthem. Staples crowd sounds amped.

-Lakers in their Sunday white uniforms. I’m not a big fan of them myself, FWIW.

FIRST QUARTER

-KG gets the game’s first bucket. He didn’t look washed-up or old on that at all. Derek Fisher, another senior citizen, answers. 2-2 tie.

-Fish knocks in a couple of freebies after blowing by Rajon Rondo.

-Incredible pass from Kobe to Bynum down low for the dunk. Lakers are dominating every facet of the game here early. Ron Artest’s free throw makes it 7-2, with 9:46 to go in the first quarter.

-And just like that, the C’s have the lead. Rajon Rondo stretches over Bryant for the pretty finish at the rim. 8-7.

-Andrew Bynum either bought a new knee on eBay today, or he had a great breakfast. He’s looking great here early. Two dunks, and has given LA back the lead.

-Kobe gets his first basket of the game, getting a feed from Gasol on the cut. Celtics hanging tough; game tied thanks to Ray Allen’s incredibly-hot shooting.

-Doc Rivers has put Rasheed Wallace in to guard Pau Gasol. Gasol responds by canning a long jumper. So, yeah, that’s not gonna work out too well for the C’s.

-Lakers dominating on the boards early. But Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen are keeping this thing as close as possible. Lakers up 21-20 with three minutes to go in the first quarter.

-Ron Artest has kept Paul Pierce very quiet tonight so far. The Truth has been less than truthful, going scoreless so far … until Odom sent him to the line for two free throws. Boston has hung tough, and maintains a small lead with just over a minute to go in the first.

-The Laker offense has grinded to a halt, and the Celtics have taken full advantage. Pierce gives the C’s a 26-21 lead with one more freebie.

-Gasol takes the foul from Rasheed — who looks winded, by the way — and makes just one free throw. Wallace responds by making a long baseline jumper. Celtics playing with a sense of desperation, and it shows.

-Great first quarter by Boston, as they withstood the early surge from L.A., and have taken a 7-point lead going into the second. Lakers need to find their offensive rhythm.

-Ray Allen leads the C’s in scoring (10 points); Gasol is the leading scorer for the Lakers (9 points.) 29-22 after 1.

SECOND QUARTER

-One key stat to keep an eye tonight is battle on the boards: Boston with a 13-9 advantage so far.

-Celtics are getting whatever they want offensively, and the Lakers wouldn’t be able to draw a triangle at this point, let alone run it. Lead up to 9 for the C’s now. Timeout called by Paul Pierce, who slipped on the court.

-Jordan Farmar explodes past Paul Pierce for the dunk, but misses an open three. Crowd starting to get into it again.

-Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen have given the Celtics a 10-point lead. The Lakers, meanwhile, are running their offense through Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar. My head hurts.

-And now, Kevin Garnett has picked up his third foul. Ruh-roh.

-Laker misses leading to fast break opportunities. And Ray Allen is shooting like it’s a scene from “He Got Game”. Trouble brewing at Staples…

-Ray Allen is so on fire, I think a crew of firemen just entered the building. Kobe, meanwhile, has been suspiciously quiet so far.

-From Arash Markazi of ESPN: “The Celtics’ back court has 25 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds while the Lakers’ has 6 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds.” Yeah …

-Ray Allen is shooting as though he were in the gym all alone. And given the Lakers’ defensive effort thus far, he may as well be. 45-33, C’s. 5 minutes to go before the half.

-Kobe finally wakes up by making a long jumper. The sound the crowd makes whenever Ray Allen lines up a shot is amazing. A mixture of dread and complete panic.

-Celtics fouls piling up: 3 on Big Baby, 3 on Sheed, 3 on KG. Again, ruh roh.

-Kobe headed to the line after taking a nasty spill on his last drive to the hoop. Timeout first, though.

-Ray Allen has 22 points (which is more than Kobe, Fisher, Gasol and Artest COMBINED), the Celtics are winning the battle on the boards (19-13). There’s your game story thus far.

-Kobe really hounding Ray Allen. Which isn’t making a lick of a difference. Bryant fouls Ray on the catch, and Allen heads to the line. Where he’s of course automatic. Celtic lead back up to 12.

-Kobe then drives a shoulder into Allen — who does an incredible acting job — to get the offensive foul. Crowd booing the refs lustily after that terrible call. The zebras then call the offensive foul on Ray, making the fans here very happy.

-Ray Allen has 27 points so far. Let that sink in for a moment. It hasn’t for me. Yikes.

-Shelden Williams is in the game. He’s playing in the NBA Finals. This can’t be right.

-Ron Artest, after taking horrendous three (Lang yelped “OH GOD! when it went up), comes back and hits a free throw. That’s followed up by a sweet drive by Gasol for the and-1 bucket. Celtics lead 54-45, though.

-Kobe Bryant knocks in a crazy three (off the steal) to beat the halftime buzzer. Celtics lead 54-48 at the half. Time to go find whatever it is that Ray Allen ate this morning.

THIRD QUARTER

-Lakers go inside to start the third quarter, and Perkins picks up his 4th foul, sending Bynum to the line. Ron Artest then hits a big three to trim the lead down to just two. He adds to it by stealing the ball and going the length of the court before getting hacked by Pierce. One-point game.

-Pau Gasol has suddenly given the Lakers a one-point lead. The Celtics need Ray Allen to find his magic touch again.

-KG finds Perk inside for the easy two, and the Boston lead again. That is until Gasol responds with an open baseline j to retake the lead. Great game we’re having here.

-Garnett has picked up his 4th personal foul, and is playing like a man with absolutely no self-confidence. He’s getting abused by both Gasol and Bynum down low. Speaking of Andrew, he hits two freebies to give LA  a two-point lead with just over 6 minutes to go in the third.

-Kobe now has 4 fouls as well. Crowd getting a bit anxious, and chanting “bullsh*t!” Okay, then.

-Lots of fouls on both ends, on the big-name stars: Kobe, Garnett, ‘Sheed, Perkins all with 4 fouls.

-Ray Allen, by the way, has yet to score since the second quarter. Paul Pierce is starting to come alive. Celtics down 66-65.

-And just like that, Allen rains in another three-point bomb. He is ON.FIRE. Boomshakalaka, or something. Game tied.

-Ray Allen has broken the NBA Finals record for most threes made in a game. 8 of them so far. 30 points. Simply amazing.

-Big Baby with the big hoop over Gasol for the and-1. He missed the free-throw, though. Gasol responds on the other end by getting a trip to the line, and ties the game at 70 from there. Lots of whistles tonight, just like in the series opener.

-Headed to the fourth quarter, on what has been a great NBA Finals game. Tied at 72. It’ll be interesting to see what both Kobe and Ray have left in the holster in the final period.

FOURTH QUARTER

-Triple double watch: Rajon Rondo is just one point away from notching the triple dip.

-Oh boy, Kobe with 5 fouls. Just 13 points from the mamba man. Celtics up four after a Big Baby dunk.

-Glen Davis does his best Charles Smith impersonation, before Vujacic hits a three. Davis comes right back with a short hook. Bynum responds with a putback dunk off a Kobe miss. Lakers up 80-78.

-Nate friggin Robinson has scored the last two for Boston (a three plus a breakaway layup.) Nate Robinson, playing a pivotal role in June. My head just exploded.

-Ron Artest keeps testing my heart’s strength with his horrible decisions on the offensive end. And for some reason, LA refuses to give Pau Gasol the ball.

-Bynum lays it in for the 85-83 lead, with Kobe on the bench with 5 personals. Andrew having his best game of the Playoffs so far.

-Kobe gets back in and scores on a really tough shot (hanging and getting fouled in the process.) Lakers up 87-85 with just under 6 minutes remaining in the game. Bryant headed to the line.

-Great passing by Boston to find Rondo for a wide open layup. Celtics down just one.

-Kobe is coming alive. The fadeaway over Ray on the baseline gives LA a three-point lead again. Until KG set a terrific screen, freeing up Rondo again. Things back-and-forth. Tension mounting.

-Rajon gives Boston the lead on a left-handed layup, off an offensive rebound. KG then picks up his 5th foul. He looks terrible out there.

-Setting up for a great finish…

-Celtics up 93-90 with just under 2 minutes to go. Laker fans inside Staples are nervous, as they should be. It’s going to come down to who can make the least amount of mistakes here down the stretch.

-Rondo hits an enormous jumper to give Boston a five-point lead, with 1:26 to go. Timeout Celtics. Kobe missed a big pull-up three just before that. High drama in L.A.

-Great play out of the timeout by Boston, getting Perk an open reverse layup. Kobe’s miss at the other end pretty much seals the deal. Kendrick heads to the line after a shove from Gasol, and makes one of two. 98-90 for the C’s.

-After a horrific Ron Artest three point attempt, Kobe hits a straight away three to trim it down to a five-point lead. Ron then fouls out, sending Rondo to the line with 48 seconds to go. He misses one.

-Lakers then commit a costly turnover, and end up sending Rondo to the line again. This is pretty much over. Series is basically going to be tied in a few seconds. Great effort by the Celtics.

-A parade to the free throw line on both ends results in a final score of 103-94 . Behind Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Glen Davis, Boston evens up the series.

-Game 3 goes Tuesday night in Boston. Should be a great one. Good night, all.

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  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    Jesus Shuttlesworth would like to say hello.

  • Hangtime Hec

    THE GHOST OF MICHAEL JORDAN!

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    no mention of Odom getting his third? And Allen’s performance alone deserves more emphasis. I don’t mean to bust nuts here, Marcel, but I would much rather Lang do the liveblog. I mean it’s not like it’s a big secret that you’re a big laker fan…

  • Hangtime Hec

    Co-sign melvin. I find it funny that it is Ray Allen rather that Kobe that is giving a performance similar to Jordan. Not to say that I should be surprised that……Holy crap! KOBE WITH THE THREE!

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Lakers are lucky to not be getting blown out right now…they still have a chance unless Ray Allen is still cookin in the second half

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    Ray Allen forgot to get his Jordan shrug on.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    lakers with the last 6 points of the half including a Kobe 3 that basically tells Ray that he’s up for the challenge. It’s a 6 point lead but LA clearly has the momentum. Expecting Kobe to come out firing in the third. Great game so far.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    Why I think LA’s still favored to win this game: KG, Perk, Baby and Sheed all have 3 FOULS EACH. Kobe can just take it to the hole for the rest of the game now, unless Jesus stays hot to keep him busy on the other end.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Each time Ray Allen shoots, angels have instant orgasms.
    Each time Ron Artest shoots, cute kittens burst into flames.

  • http://hoopmixtape.ning.com/ Simon S.Y Lawy

    Can i kill those referees ?????? DAMN WTF

  • B-More Mike

    These referees are the worst!! I’m a lakers fan but for BOTH teams just horrible calls! I love the game 2 much for this crap both games!! Kobe played a terrible game, wasted Bynums best game ever.2 much Rondo. But the NBA has 2 do something about instead of just always making these guys seem perfect, Garnett clearly hit the ball out of bounds!! Horrible !!

  • Someloser

    The referees killed this game. Kobe got two completely phantom fouls called on him. Never should’ve sat. Garnett never should’ve sat either. They called a Perkins foul on Kobe that never happened.

    American fans are p**sies. If refs took over the game like that over here there’d be fan lockouts and protests on the streets. Your league officiating sucks, it’s as simple as that. You need to do something about it. It’s absurd how incompetent your referees are.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    I guess the refs should be blamed for Kobe going 8-20 with 5 TOs huh? Lebronesque (game 5 ECF) performance by Bryant this game

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Despite some bs calls on both ends,great game…….

    PS: Go L.A!!!!!

  • Hangtime Hec

    Did anyone else hear Jeff Van Gundy say “My n**gga”. I swear I heard it.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely
  • http://kamndestiny@yahoo.com swisha sweet

    no fan of either team,im disapointed at the refs for the second game in a row. They have taken key players out of the game. i never seem anything like this and im pissed off i cant enjoy a great basketball game without the ref interupin the flow of the game. New refs ,how bout recruitn some from tne wnba cause these refs in this series r doing a horrible freakn job.

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    ^lol I heard that. Don’t know if it was from JVG tho. I also heard someone scream SH!T when Rondo missed a free throw. They tried to make it up by *bleeping it out after but they clearly failed.

  • namik

    melvin, having 5 fouls for most of the fourth might have something to do with a bad game right? But yeah, the 5 TOs hurt. As did the the fact that Pau shot 7-9. 9? NINE??? How the hell do you not get him the ball more?

  • Someloser

    Wasn’t Van Gundy. Someone on Celtics side. Anyway, Kobe had a bad game, that is a fact. He should’ve been much more aggressive early in the game. But the refs, OMFG!! I’m talking about bad calls all around! EXTREMELY bad calls. It’s impossible to keep this on. I promise you, I haven’t seen A SINGLE GAME officiate even moderately OK in this entire playoff.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    KG looked old and out of place there man it just looked soooo sad. Dunno what else to say bout that. Ray Allen straight up blazed on staples tonight Supersonics style. And for crying out loud Lakers, when Pao’s hot ride him for all he’s worth. He was by far the most efficient guy out there, and with the C’s bug guys in foul trouble??? Reminded me of Shaq in the 2004 NBA finals, and we all know how that went down.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Great play by Rajon, Baby, RayRay, PP (on D) Boston’s bench mob, Bynum, Gasol. Artest came back to earth, and where was Kobe? Great effort C’s, now for 3 straight in Boston how sweet it is. Go Celtics!

  • andre anglais

    Lakers up 2 with six minutes to go in the game, at home, and they blow it? Thats not a good sign if you’re a purple fan. It looks like we got us a series!

  • Someloser

    Screw the WNBA the refs should recruit people from the EURO league or somewhere where they actually follow the goddam rules (including travels). Stop calling these bulls**t fouls, phantom fouls, star treatment. I’m so angry right now. It’s like I tried to watch a game of basketball but was sabotaged in my attempt. Really, SLAM, you guys need to make a cover story about how absurdly incompetent the referees are and how so many titles were defined by bad calls. Sh*t must be stirred up.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Through two games Gasol has been the Lakers’ MVP – luckily for the C’s team Kobe doesn’t seem to realise it, indeed memories of ’04.

  • bill breedley

    Poor officiating. Only thing pretty was allen’s shooting. Great game despite terrible calls

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    *Big guys

  • barnabusb

    They seriously need to have a head review team in a booth with monitors somewhere so the refs can communicate with them on controversial calls to make sure they get it right, and do it quickly so you don’t interrupt the flow of the game. So, so many bad calls tonight. I remember ABC not showing a lot of replays the last few years and this is why — tonight’s slow-mo replays showed botched calls left and right.

  • Holiday

    @Someloser the reason our league is like that is cause of all the pus$% a$s European players like Gasol, and Sascha!

  • The Philosopher

    Kobe got lit up AGAIN, tonight.

  • ripslam

    Can you say TRIPLE DOUBLE? Rondo. Ray Ray was awesome. I’m getting sick of Lakers fans whining about calls when LA got to the line 15 more times.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    @Holiday Gasol is the best big-man in the game, if he’s a pussi, what does it tell us about US-bigs?

  • Holiday

    Mark Jackson is by far the worst possible choice to have calling this game! He is terrible, and needs to be fired!

  • Holiday

    Being 7 foot and having your hands right at rim level isn’t talent! Gasol is constantly crying and flopping, it’s like the second coming of Vlade Divac’s!

  • Someloser

    Holiday: Big Baby made some major flops today. Allen too.

  • Someloser

    Holiday: Big Baby made some major flops today. Allen too.

  • Holiday

    Oh and having the highest payroll in basketball and having talent all around him, including there star Kobe he has it pretty easy!

  • Holiday

    Watch a game from 1990, before the rush of euro trash! The NBA was rough and physical!

  • andre anglais

    Gasol is a great player, anyone who saw that second quarter one-handed reverse and says otherwise is an idiot.
    And, if you remember the Olympics, people whined about how inferior the officiating was then, too. That was a great ball game, ladies and gentlemen, yes there were blown calls, and flops, welcome to professional sports. You want a sport with no blown calls? Watch chess.

  • Holiday

    if Gasol played in that time with guys like Charles Oakley, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, or Karl Malone he would have ran back to the euro leagues with his tail tucked tight!

  • Holiday

    And for the record I didn’t say he wasn’t talented, just incredibly soft!

  • dfortruth

    When is the last time Kobe had 5 fouls in a game?
    Between Jeff v. mouth and the fouls calls, I am tire of the finals already.

    This game was a joke!!! Let them play ball..or take the sh-t off of the tv.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    Notice lots of crying here in the comment section.

  • LD

    @Hangtime- I did. I’ll put it on youtube if no one else does.

  • http://dfsjklf.com Jukai

    Holiday: Your point was absolutely f*cking mute when you added Karl Malone to that list of defensive greats. And Bill Laimbeer would act like he had been shot by a sniper when he was remotely tapped. Rodman loved to flop too, that was why he was so tough to predict: you didn’t know if he was gonna punch you in the face or fling himself ten rows into the stands.
    So, you know, maybe you should watch some games before 2003.

  • http://dfsjklf.com Jukai

    Your point was moot, too. It was a mute, moot point.

  • andre anglais

    @dfortruth – 1st round against thunder, 1st game.

  • LD

    Here’s the video of Van Gundy saying the N Word.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SriyzgPChyU

  • Holiday

    Jukai im sure they had razorblades hidden on them to bring the blood when they flopped, right? I guess when Karl stepped on Rodmans face in 98 that was special effects right? back then they could practically punch other in the face and just get seperated, now a dirty look can get a player suspended!

  • BostonBaller

    Big ups to Big G. Davis. He may be short but he plays with heart and effort. Great block on the Bynum dunk attempt even though it was called a foul. Williams will not be resigned by The C’s next year..if we would have lost this game he may have been in civies the rest of the playoffs. Phil Jax was work’n the refs in the post game press conf. making sure to slide in his version of picks that freed up Ray and he worked in his mystery of how in the world could Kobe get 5 fouls. You gotta love Jax.

  • http://hoopmixtape.ning.com/ Simon S.Y Lawy

    DAMN, i’d love to bring my colt .45 and shoot that mothaf*cka referee

  • Joey E.

    I think i saw Mutoni on TV during the Doc presser. In the finals, they show the reporter actually asking the question.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Hehehe, how about that “performance” by Kobe Cryant. Back to Beantown all tied up, as expected. (oh and the i’m fairly sure the “myyyy ni**er was from Nate to one of the starters in that timeout, i cracked up bigtime when i heard that. C’s got chemistry)

  • http://Yahoo.com 323 356 9658

    The last bad call from the refs sealed the deal for the celtics win c mon they didn’t even review the call right KG probably got wet when he heard the call lakers would if won if it wasn’t for the bad calls

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Between JVG proclaiming his endless luv to left handed finishes, and Doc calling that clever timeout late in the fourth, this game was one of the most enjoyable of the 2010 playoffs. Big baby and Rondo just outhustling the Lakers was impressive, and Nate continues to grow as a player. i have no clue what happens in Gm 3, and i’m loving it.

  • andre anglais

    Still, though, what’s up with KG? 23 minutes, 6 points, 4 rebounds? He better turn it around by tuesday

  • Ronald

    Wow, talk about polarizing comments. The refs were truly horrible, but at least they have been consistently horrible both games. @Holiday: Yeah, blame the European players and ignore the fact that the league has an influx of 6’8+ players who can’t play inside. i.e Rashard Lewis (who by the way is black) and the fact that the league gives flagrant fouls for breathing on each other. And by the way, PP/Fisher are both great floppers and are not European.

  • Hangtime Hec

    haha. I wasn’t sure. I thought I was going crazy. I mean I can imagine Jeff Van Gundy saying the world to. Which adds to how funny it was.

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

    If u just look at paul and kgs lines, and someone told u cs won by ten, would u believe it? JESUS!

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    @ronald there is nothing good about being consistently horribe!

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    the call that gave the c’s the ball after it went off KG was a bad call, but there were some bad calls in LA’s favor too (Big Baby’s block on Pau and Pierce’s block on Ron were both totally clean), and i don’t think you can say the referees helped one team more than the other. @ Holiday: a few things about your comments: 1. they’re wrong. the big man game has evolved to become more about finesse and less about force because of many players, international and american. 2. they’re racist. it’s hard to value anything else you have to say. i’m a celtics fan (which obviously means i don’t like Pau, not for the next week or two anyway) but how can you say anything bad about Pau’s playing right now? he’s been the Lakers’ best player so far. too bad Kobe insisted on taking 20 shots instead of feeding the ball down low.

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6KyUcm8qwU
    found the link of all the swearing.. LOL

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6KyUcm8qwU
    found the link with all the swearing! LOL

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Poorly refereed game. C’s still deserved it though.

  • its a rap

    How does it feel Fakers fan to lose in your own home? Jesus came down into the Staples Center and made it rain buckets!!! Celtics serve Kobe steak raw in their own court. Where’s the defense Kobe, face it you miss Shaq. Welcome to Boston!!!.Its gonna get physical up in here! The refs didn’t help Boston at all, I seriously thought they tried to make it a close game for the Fakers otherwise it would have been a blownout game.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    I am loving how Nate is playing right now (7 points in 6 mins??). That combination of him and Rasheed on the pine, I can’t even fathom how gangsta that huddle’s gonna be. When those two are good, they’re crazy good, and when they’re bad, well, they’re just plain crazy. I kinda have this sneaking suspicion that Doc’s going to unleash a lineup of Sheed, Baby , Jesus, Rajon and Nate on an unsuspecting Lakers team and it’s either going to cost them a game or win it for em. Either way it’ll be entertaining as hell. Pull that trigger coach!

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    and simon, what you’re hearing right now is the sound of nobody buying your fake ganster sh*t. Typical hollywood.

  • http://dfsjklf.com Jukai

    Holiday: Razorblades? Are we making up history now? This wasn’t the freaking 70s, things almost never came to blood in the 90s. Laimbeer and Rodman flopped constantly. This was BEFORE any European player brought it over. End of the story.
    And Karl Malone stepping on Rodman’s face makes him a lockdown defender? What?
    Just stop talking.

  • bdub

    Holiday: Take a holiday. You’re getting owned.

  • http://ekama.vip-blog.com samuel blaise joseph ndiaye

    A match to forget for Lakers quickly tes that yet with a little agrssivité remporterr could have the game but I must say that yesterday was really the Celtics who dominated the match even going to lead by 14 points thanks especially the eight three-point baskets by Ray Allen and especially a very large game Rondo. Side Lakers Kobe obviously has tried but it was always taken two so we can not blame him anything at all.
    the lesson that I retain this second round is that this time Los Angeles to play as Boston, in the first round. So one all for now, it’s playable.
    on Tuesday …

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    wait wait… pls. we all know that the refs has been bad overall this postseason.. but please don’t bring up to me this “the refs costs us the game” excuse in this particular game. well aside from the garnett’s last touch that have been reviewed and should be L.A.’s ball and Artest’s should-be no call on rondo in the last seconds of the game, the refs has been pretty fair in this game. or let me say try a 32-41 ftm-a for the lakers and 20-26 for boston,? with many of those attempts coming from desperation fouls from l.a.. bottomline lakers have been killed by allen, got OUT-REBOUNDED by RONDO! out-played by Davis. i’m still thinking hollywood would get this in 7.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    i’m surprised that boston has not try a zone on l.a. yet..

  • Sparker

    nice, impartial notes, marcel. i can’t believe you found it within yourself to criticize the lakers’ uniforms.

  • ripslam

    Gasol doesn’t really dunk; he just does really hard layups.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    Ray Allen now holds the record for threes in a finals game with eight. Previous record was seven, held by Scottie Pippen, Kenny Smith, and Ray Allen (from 08). Also, Ray beat Jordan’s record for threes in a finals half, which was six, but is now seven. Awesome.

  • http://dfsjklf.com Jukai

    letsmotor: It feels right, doesn’t it?

  • hillbilly

    @ J “i’m surprised that boston has not try a zone on l.a. yet…”
    Good observation. I was really expecting Boston to play some zone last night due to the Suns having had some success with it in the WCF. The thing that absolutely killed the Lakers in game two was poor transition defense. One of the announcers (I believe it was Mark Jackson) said that if Boston allowed the Laker bigs to get set in the half court, it would significantly limit the Celtics ability to get easy shots. Bynum, Gasol & Odom are like windmills out there. You have to attack the basket before those guys get back to their defensive spots, or else you’re gonna be wearing the Spalding logo on your forehead. Don’t know if the hip injury was bothering Rondo that much in the first game …but, he definitely had it going last night. Go C’s!

  • punnany

    RAY ALLEN I LOVE YOU! BY THE WAY YOU JUST SET AN NBA FINALS RECORD FOR MOST THREE’S IN A GAME! 8!

  • punnany

    RAY ALLEN I LOVE YOU! BY THE WAY YOU JUST SET AN NBA FINALS RECORD FOR MOST THREE’S IN A GAME! 8!

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    @Jukai: Definitely. I love Michael and Scottie, and I can’t say enough good things about them, but something about them holding three point shooting records didn’t feel quite right.

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

    ^^^^The babies in full force……..LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! Two sh*t-ref’ed games….a split….now the Lakers need to get one in Boston to keep the series going? Come on Paper Champions, make your homegirls proud!

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    ray allen for finals MVP?

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ^nope.. rondo?

  • mgballer3

    @ Holiday..
    I have to agree with everything you have said. well done

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    i wonder whats it gonna sound like when reggie and mark jackson calls the game at the same time? damn..

  • barnabusb

    When fans of both teams concede the reffing is horrible there’s an obvious problem. I know it’s get said every season, but the league needs to do something. I guess that’s why it gets said every year, because they haven’t done anything about it except add an instant replay option (which the refs got wrong, anyways). I wish they didn’t call every confrontation at the rim a foul. The Pierce block on Artest was clean and the Big Baby block was clean, too. Just because guys are going hard and fast to the rim and they yell and fall hard doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a foul.

  • Kap

    lol…laker fans are seriously panicking. Boston struggles @ home and I seriously doubt LA loses four straight games to get closed out in Boston. The Raptors have a better chance @ signing Bosh than LA losing four straight games.

  • vtrobot

    bad calls that i can remember: against LA – kobe’s offensive against davis. (don’t you have to let the shooter come down? baby was still moving as Kobe was coming DOWN) kobe’s offensive “foul” on ray. perk gets hacked on the arm during a lay-up (no call) so they have to even things out by not calling the C’s foul on kobe during the next play the other way. the garnett out of bounds call towards the end was unbelievable. while the refs are reviewing the play, we see 6 times or 7 times that it’s clearly KG’s whole hand that the ball went off of, and then it stays the C’s ball? HUH? to have so many players in foul trouble and the flow of the game disrupted by so many fouls that aren’t really fouls seems somewhat bad. jesus is the son of god.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    @Kap: Boston struggles at home? they laid that egg against cleveland, sure, but the C’s are 6-2 at home in the playoffs so far.

  • Kap

    @ letsmotor…I was referring to the regular season and when they lost by 29 to Cavs and blew chance to sweep Orlando.

  • B-More Mike

    Homegirls Eboy?Chill!

  • ClydeSays

    C’s looked to be in control most of the game. Still haven’t seen breakout games from Pierce or KG. I’d expect that in at least one of the Boston games.

    Reffing was horrible to see on both ends. But it was nice to see Kobe with 5 fouls. That almost NEVER happens no matter how much grabbing & hacking he’s doing.

  • Vince5

    Great game to watch. Allen and Rondo played perfectly and even if Gasol and Bynum played well, it just wasn’t enough.

  • BostonBaller

    One call did not lose or win this game, yes KG touched the ball last and it should have been overturned but maybe the refs thought that Gasols’ hands pushing KG’s hand was the cause..who knows with these refs. G. Davis stepped up and never gave up. Did Candice tweet twit or whatever to Sheldon Williams and tell him to throw the ball away every time he touched it? Phil Jax wasted no time getting the ears of the refs for the rest of the season with his “how did Kobe get 5 fouls” and “they get in fish’s way when he chases Ray” talk. I love Jax. lol

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    @Kap: regular season doesn’t count at this point, and this is clearly a different celtics team than the one we saw in the regular season. the c’s have only had two bad games at home during the postseason (even though one was REALLY bad). I wouldn’t call that struggling. the word struggling might come closer to describing the lakers on the road–they’re 4-4, including letting the thunder and suns tie the series at 2 apiece by dropping consecutive games on the road.

  • Smh

    “Ray Allen has 27 points so far. Let that sink in for a moment. It hasn’t for me. Yikes”

    You’re surprised one of the greatest shooters of all time only has 27? .. ok you laker homer.

  • T-Money

    Seriously, it’s not like Ray Ray didn’t give the Bulls 53 or something last year in the playoffs. Dude can score.

  • Brian

    I’ve thought for a while that the NBA should have more instant replay just so we could watch the refs refuse to overturn their calls. They did not disappoint.

  • http://thacorner.net Kevin

    LMAO at Nate Robinson saying “Myyy ni*gga”

  • barnabusb

    The one foul on Kobe that stuck out in my mind was when Rondo poked the ball away, tried to save it, and stumbled out of bounds. Kobe got called for a push but on the replay there was definitely no push. Ah well.

  • vtrobot

    i know that one call doesn’t win or lose a game, and that the refs didn’t completely “give” the game to anyone, but if you think that refereeing didn’t impact the game greatly for both teams, you’re straight silly. @ barnabusb: i’m a C’s fan and that was one of maaaaaany that i thought were absolute bullsh*t. i think about 50% of the calls are decent and 50% are incorrect. not great.

  • skillet forilla

    Rajon Rondo = GREEN LANTERN. that will be all.

  • Leon

    Gasol doesn’t really dunk; he just does really hard layups.

    Exactly my point bro, put Gasol right now and KG when he was on wolves, who´s better? or print this comment and read when gasol gets 34 years and compare that ugly bird with KG right now

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Dude said “Boomshakalaka”. LOL That brought back some memories

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