Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 at 6:57 pm  |  96 responses

NBA Finals: Game 3 Live Blog

Live from the game that decided the series’ winner 87 percent of the time.

FINAL: 91-84, LA.

87-82, LA. 0:32: Offensive foul. KG moving pick. LA will escape.

87-82, LA. 0:40: Woah, wait up. Pierce gets a bucket plus a foul. Misses the free throw, but it goes off of Odom. The refs will go to the monitor, but it’s clearly off of Odom. There is so much life!

87-80, LA. 0:48: Derek Fisher hits a bucket plus the foul. This is his swansong, everybody. He has 16. The Lakers lead by three possessions, and fans are leaving in droves. LA has momentum and the series back.

84-80, LA. 0:59: Ray misses another open three. If you’re going to live and die by that, you’re going to be drawn-and-quartered tonight. He’s 0-for-12 and 0-of-8 from 3.

84-80, LA. 1:10 left: Dan Crawford calls a jumpball on an out-of-bounds play. Smooth. They go to the replay and give it to the Celtics.

84-80, LA. 1:29 left: Refs just overturned an out-of-bounds call using replay, giving the Lakers the ball. The C’s come out of the timeout down two possessions without the ball.

84-80, LA. 1:40 left: Kobe hits a stepback jumper over Allen at the left elbow. He’s secretly shot himself into a rhythm.

82-80, LA. 2:00 left: KG sliding through the lane for a pull-up J.

82-78, LA. 2:17 left: Lamar Odom out-quicks Big Baby. Garnett outmuscles Gasol. Gasol outmuscles Baby. It’s a ridiculous Russian doll situation.

78-76, LA: Paul Pierce from the elbow extended for three. Noise. He’s 3-of-4 from 3 and 0-of-7 from everywhere else.

78-73, LA: Derek Fisher. Two more on a floater. I want what he’s taking.

I guess it’s actually relevant that he has five fouls, huh?

76-70, LA: Fish for two more. This is Robert Horry on HGH.

74-70, LA: Derek Fisher has been LA’s primary offense. It’s working. Everything I know in the world has been shaken.

TV timeout. Looks like LA is going with Bynum and Gasol — who is 4-for-10 — at the end, here. Gasol only has two fouls, but Odom was playing well enough to stay on the floor until there was 5:33 left. Big Baby remains in for Perk.

70-67, LA: Derek Fisher (!) throwing his weight around, absorbing a blow and tossing in a floater for two. Kobe misses a three pointer from Providence at the end of the shotclock. @Slamonline confirms he’s 9-of-26.

68-67, LA: A quick stat recap before we hit crunchtime: Rondo (11) just joined Garnett (19) as the only Celtics in double figures. Kobe has 25. Gasol has 11. We have a classic.

68-67, LA: Rondo with the hesitation and floater over Gasol. The Celtics are within one. Welcome to Rajon Rondo’s America. Everyone will be getting plenty of handouts in a lot of visually appealing ways.

68-63, LA: The loudest “Bulls–t” chant I’ve probably ever heard overtakes the stadium on a Sheed foul of Gasol. The ref called it from behind the play. He had no angle on it. He telegraphed it. It’s a bad call. But what’s worse for the Lakers is that the crowd is at full-blast because of it.

67-63, LA: Tony Allen for two! Tzvi just asked me which summer pickups mattered in this game. The answer is none. Know what counts in this game tonight? Growth. Check out Tony Allen, Big Baby, Shannon Brown, Bynum (on a different level).

End of 3 - 67-61, LA: Pau closes the quarter out with a jumper. He is not fazed. But they already let Rondo back into it. It’s a whole new ballgame. Kobe’s on his game. Rondo is on his game. Who takes it?

65-61, LA: Rondo finds a seam that did not exist, like Sasquatch or Gary Coleman’s wife’s moral code, and delivers a pass to Tony Allen for a free lay-in. The Celtics are within four.

65-57, LA: Kobe 3. This guy is unreal.

62-57, LA: The pace is at perfect Rondo temperature after that timeout. Tony Allen for a fast break lay-in. The Celtics are within 5. Rondo has been Humidor’d.

62-53, LA: This crowd really wants a run, but Kobe is taking away any chance at it. He keeps hitting buckets when they need it (and not when they don’t). Ray keeps taking shots and missing them. The entire Eastern seaboard keeps dozing off. 62-54, Lakers.

58-51, LA: Perk gets a foul call after three straight possessions where he couldn’t finish around the rim. That’s been the story of the game for Boston’s bigs so far. He makes both. Big Baby will see if he can try to get some paint points for the C’s, and he’ll replace Garnett.

58-49, LA: Tzvi (he’s dominating over at @slamonline right now) just pointed out that Kobe is 6-of-18 from the field after that miss. It does not feel like it.

58-49, LA: Ray just airballed a layup. Yep, a layup. He’s 0-of-9. I’ve never seen him this hesitant.

Meanwhile, KG has picked up his third foul. We just went two minutes without scoring on either end.

56-47, LA: The Celtics make a quick 6-2 run, but it’s squelched by a Kobe 3. I don’t have many epiphanal moments, but I went into this series thinking LeBron was the best player in basketball and, regardless of what happens this series, I know Kobe is #1, and it’s because of what he did in Game 1. He has a game-high 18.

52-42, LA: Pau for two. KG for two. Two warriors standing, upright, running, jumping, climbing trees, making mini-hooks.

That was ESPN promo copy, stolen verbatim from one of their forty tents downstairs.

Update, 10:30: This is what you’re greeted by when you enter the Garden. Yep, that’s an ice sculpture. I chiseled a little bit off for my orange drank.


HALFTIME – 52-40, LA: It’s close and it’s not close. It seems like LA is winning by 40. Only Boston seems jetlagged.

Jon Gruden’s here, Doc. Ask him if he’s got one of those speeches he used to give to Jeff Garcia lying around.

51-40, LA: Up until these KG free throws, no one on the Celtics who has shot free throws tonight shot better than 62 percent for the season (Rondo, Perk, Tony Allen). LA has shot 13 free throws. The Celtics are shooting their 12th.

51-40, LA: Ruh-ro, Boston. Kobe is starting to get hot. He has 16 on 5-of-13, but he’s been deadly from 20′.

46-35, LA: Kobe with the ultimate hustle play. He sees KG bobbling a rebound, Kobe runs through the key, pokes it away, dives into the stands to save his board for Bynum and Andrew gets the hoop, and-1.

You know when they’re talking about what separates Kobe from the other superstars? Other superstars score. But what other superstar do this?

43-34, LA: Something is called on Paul Pierce. The world will never know what exactly.

39-29, LA: Hello. Kobe delivers an NBA Street 2 alley-oop to a leaning-in Pau on the break. That will shut some people up. That will also be a Slamadamonth candidate, depending on who wins this Finals.

37-29, LA: Classic Rondo psyche-out. Allen was wide-open in the corner, Rondo’s look over got two defenders to commit, and he got a free layup. This is SportsCenter Top 10 stuff for anyone else. It’s Tuesday for Rajon Rondo. 9-0 Celtics run.

37-26, LA: Very, very quiet 6-0 Celtics run. The fans are just starting to figure this out during the Lakers’ possession. Ray Allen returns for Tony — the ceremonial swapping of Allens — and we’ll see if the Celtics usual offense can get back on track.

Truth is, they haven’t iso’d Pierce or ran Allen through many screens. All of their shots have been out-of-sync, end-of-possession forced-heaves, so maybe it’s not the players but the strange pace and comedown from the adrenaline. If the Celtics can make some stops here, we should have a very competitive second half.

37-24, LA: Pierce, Allen, Perk and Sheed are a combined 0-for-14.

37-20, LA: Well, that was brief. Tough Lamar bucket off of Big Baby’s large, infant frame for a layup. From Tzvi at @slamonline, the bench scoring disparity is 16-4 in LA’s favor.

31-20, LA: Looks like Doc just gave Nate the keys. He hits a top-of-the-key three. They need a boost, but preferably one that can draw some fouls.

29-17, LA: You know when Mark Jackson calls something a “grown man move,” but he does it so much it loses its effectiveness and it actually sounds kind of creepy, like something said in a anti-sexual harassment seminar video? Well, that sucks, because Kobe just put on a real life Grown Man Move, taking a bump and making a layup. So strong. It’s going to be a long night in Boston if he keeps this up.

END OF 1 – 26-17, LA: Lamar Odom has arrived at the NBA Finals, everybody! Fashionably late, but also right on time! He gets a layup plus the foul to end the half and extend the LA lead to 9. He has 6 and is +12 on the floor. The Garden faithful is churning out some unintelligable Chloe Kardashian-based chant, but it doesn’t matter. The Celtics need to respond right away next quarter. LA is on a 21-5 run right now.

21-17, LA: NateRob getting some early burn because of the Rondo free throw trouble. This energy is probably both awesome and dangerous for him.

21-16, LA: Boston is shooting its first free throws after a Rondo slash, but Rajon misses them both. The Lakers have shot 8 free throws. As I’m typing this, Pau is shooting two more. No one on the Lakers has more than one field goal, but six players have one.

18-16, LA: Pierce is 0-for-5 and Allen is 0-for-4. That makes Pierce 2 for his last 16. KG has completely returned to form, though. He’s 5-for-6 for 10, but no one else on the team (other than Rondo) has even scored. Timeout, Boston.

16-14, LA: Lamar for three. I can’t believe they fought through the noise of this crowd so quickly. There’s no way they could have been prepared for this kind of volume. Unless Phil had them do shootaround at a Metallica concert.

I wouldn’t put it past him.

12-12: Kobe hits a jumpshot and “is fouled.” He “is fouled” like I’m “in Connecticut right now.” It’s Rondo’s second, and Doc is going to ride this out, it appears. Nice J from just inside the three-point line, though.

12-9, C’s: Pau gets to the line (completely unjustly — he fell down) off of a nice pass from Lamar. The Lakers have done a nice job of weathering the storm and they’re only down one possession. It’s much quieter in here.

12-7, C’s: Luke Walton stepback fadeaway over Perk from 18 feet. Just the way Phil drew it up!

12-5, C’s: This is a Celtics fans euphoric fever dream. They’re playing Now That We Found Love by Heavy D & The Boyz and the Celtics are up by 7 to start Game 3 of the Finals. This is a scene from a Spike Lee movie, if Spike Lee was born in Boston 20 years later.

12-5, C’s: Rondo steals a save out of bounds and goes up-and-under. Then a KG pass to a dive-cutting Rondo for two more. Each of them have 6. LA timeout. It’s almost too loud in here to think. Boston couldn’t dream up a better start.

8-5, C’s: Hope you have your Twinkies handy because it’s the end of the world: Rondo hits a half-covered 16-footer.

6-0, C’s: Here we go. Crazy noisy in here. Three straight layups for KG to start. I’ve never been in a place this loud. There’s no joke for that.


Update: You can follow @slamonline for Tzvi’s updates. Including actual information, like the following:

Celts Locker Room, note 2: Nate Robinson was preoccupied. It seems he forget his earphones at home. We agree that’s a bad omen.

8:56: Some French dude on the elevator just told the lady to go to “Number 1 with a bullet.” This guy’s going to be devastated ocne he realizes how retarded that sounds nowadays.

8:54: Monica is our anthem singer. Cool, it’s 1998! Anybody want to watch Friends?

Update, 8:52: Comment of this young decade, so far, from Moose: “I think the officials will win.”

We’ll be highlighting the best comments of the night, by the way. So be excellent.

Update, 8:50 It is crazy loud in here. There’s 11 minutes until introductions and there was just an arena-wide, unprompted “Let’s Go Celtics” chant. It’s full in here. The 9 p.m. start time was supposed to help Lakers fans, but it’s going to get the C’s a crowd at its peak in noise and drunkenness right away.

Update, 8:30: Nate Robinson is playing around with an iPad. Can you think of one better spokesperson for the iPad than this dude?

Nate Robinson is the iPad in a nutshell: It can’t do much, but your grandparents will be very impressed.

Update, 8:20: Some man wearing a Lakers jester outfit, replete with purple-and-gold hat and a shawl (let’s be real — a blanket), approaches Ron Artest. He starts soothsaying. It’s completely weird. He’s whispering things like, “You can do this,” and “Don’t let them get in your head” loudly into Ron’s ear. He’s a walking, mutton-chopped motivational poster.

Ron looks, um, peeved.

I’m thinking about coming up to Ron with one of those kitty posters that say “HANG IN THERE” next game and see how that flies.

Ron returns to his headphones a little frazzled. Tzvi guesses that he’s “probably listening to 1940s jazz.” Exactly what I was thinking.

Update, 6:55: Tzvi and I are here. It’s cold and crowded. Like a pet store. With cake. Lots of cake.

We’re about to head out and watch Ray Allen shoot jumpshots. Until then, talk amongst yourselves. Who do you have tonight?

I’ve got Celtics by 8, with Rondo getting out on the break and Kobe going toe-to-toe for a while until he runs out of gas in a loud Garden. Tzvi says he “has no f–king idea.”

He’s probably right. I’m talking out of my ass. This series is unpredictable.

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  • http://www.novafantasysports.com Garry Warner Jr.

    The Celtics will grind out a 10 point victory behind Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. I expect Rondo to look for them early. It will be interesting to see how the Lakers defend Ray Allen. The Celtic bigs set great screens in game 2 for Allen. They will need to do that again tonight.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’m with Tzvi on this one.

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

    Methinks paul gets 30 in a win

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Well, maybe it’s time for Pierce to have a great game, and although Rondo played well in Game 2, it was not until the second half. Then again, he didn’t need to in the first half, but one of these days he will have a game where he will dominate the entire game.
    Whoever wins, I just hope the refs take it easy.

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

    I really have no f–king idea either. But thats a good thing, right?

  • http://kamndestiny@yahoo.com swisha sweet

    i hope the players have a chance to hoop2nite. i dont want to watch a sereis of who has the better bench due, of foul trouble. Kobe, 5 fouls game 2[-ray allen, foul trouble game 1, unbeleiveable. its da finals, please let these guys play tonight ,im 1 bad call away from punching a hole n my tv and suing the nba for mental distress. no fan of either team their both great . now let me watch a great game.

  • nastierthanu

    Lakers know the importance of game 2. Kobe comes ready to play. Overtime win for the lake show

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah n!&&a

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

    I predict Team A will beat Team B because of X.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    I think the officials will win.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely


  • Bruno

    artest tryin to fire up vujacic and morrison after Lamar banked a three Queensbrdige!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Fut.

    Nice to see the game being called loosely and letting the players play. Rondo should seriously have 0 fouls right now. Moose called it.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    I have to admit K.G is playing great, I didn’t think he would return to form but I was wrong….

  • BostonBaller

    PDouble needs to go to the hole more in the 2nd half and that will open up Ray a bit. RR has to be more aggressive on O and Perk needs to hit his layups b/c he doesn’t hit his FT’s. Missed FT’s and rebounds have killed us so far.

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

    Stu Scott Sux.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    Good stuff, BC. On point per the usual. We got plenty more pics for posts to come tomorrow.

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Lawyue

    Can’t wait for the finished blog, Tzvi and Ben C. holding it down.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    I want the other Ray Allen in here…you know, the one that BROKE/SET the 3pt record from before…? Not the airballing one.

  • RyandC

    If Sheed were as quick on his feet in the game as he was after the foul called on him, the Lakers would be 6feet under already

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    RETURN OF THE RONDI – 4th quarter heroics time?

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre


  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Queensbridge…please remain seated.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Kobe has been taking some “WTF are you thinking???” type shots tonight

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Ben Collins holding it down! Great game. Happy you and Tzvi are there.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Ben Collins is totally the guy that would introduce the “upside-down” live blog (which is probably better than how we usually do it).

  • nastierthanu

    Kobe’s gunnin and I like it. There are certain players that are willing to take shots and say I want control of my team’s destiny. I knew another cat like that

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Ray Allen’s shooting (hot or not) often has little to do with who is defending him, or how they are defending him.

  • Bruno

    fisher with the play of the series, the and one over jesus, KG and big baby … and they say he’s old and rondo was gonna kill him???

  • nastierthanu

    The only cat that will care about kobe’s shooting percentage in a win is the philosopher so he can continue his mike is way better than kobe defense. Sorry brah just the facts

  • http://slamonline.com J Dizzle

    Fish is the man. Lakers win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Big win…..sooooo Paul Pierce should want to go back to LA now

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Hey. Hey, Paul Pierce. Shut the f*ck up.

  • BostonBaller

    The Lakers deserved this game but WOW…Perfect flop by Gasol to get the offensive foul on KG at the end. It looked like he got shot the way he went down, yes KG had his hip but dude looked like he fainted. 4 point swing on that play alone.. Hats off to the Lakers. Oh yeah, don’t cry on that RR foul on Odom and the C’s getting the ball, the same thing happened in game 2 when it went off of KG when Gasol hit his hand…AGAIN, the refs were shaky on both ends. Suck it up and get ready for game 4.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan


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

    No, no its better reading it the usual way Ben, no matter though, great job guys. Refs were decidedly average AGAIN. Both ways. Fisher was huge and yeah agree with the general feeling as to Kobe’s poor shot selection in the 4th.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Well I’ll be doing it for Game 5 and I’ll do it the old way I’m sure. I’m just saying that to know Ben Collins is to know he’d do it different…

  • BostonBaller

    I’d never second guess Doc but I was screaming for him to put in TA for Ray with a few minutes left on the clock. He had been very active and the bench was pretty hot. I understood why Doc had Ray in there though. My money is on Ray regardless. In post game interviews Phil Jax was STILL work’n the refs w/ lil’ snide comments about calls even after a win and Doc was cool as always and stuck mainly to the facts.

  • Paul Pierce

    We ain’t going back to L.A.

  • BostonBaller

    Man, can we have one game where one of our best players don’t get into foul trouble before tip off?!?! Silly fouls, NO rebounding and NO stops in the 1st half are killers. Time to sneak a snack. ..ssshhhhhh

  • Ronald

    @BostonBaller: Dude, seriously. That wasn’t that bad a flop considering KG did push off. If you want to be angry you should be angry the C’s defense. If I was Doc I would play that Fisher layup over KG/Ray/Baby and proceed to slap Rondo for NOT playing any defense. This is the freaking finals, not freaking January.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    I hearken to the days when LA fans kept clamoring about slashing fish’s minutes, and starting either farmar or brown, cause “he can’t keep up with fast, athletic guards, blah blah blah!” This is why you play him. No one’s been bigger than fish in these playoffs when it comes to clutch plays, especially on the road, he’s shown that in phoenix and now he’s shown that in boston. Seriously, I’m not even surprised.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Pierce: “Hey Rondo, pass it to me and watch the brick. I’m the f*cking man on this team. N00b.”

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    And man is Ray Allen going to be murdered tomorrow morning. Going into the game after his huge history making performance, and coming out with 0-13, that is unheard of. I’d have thought he was parallel dimension ray allen, except he didn’t have a goatee.

  • Paul Pierce

    LOL @ Krishan- How does Ray have a game like that at home? I thought he gets to the gym 3 hours early to shoot 10,000 shots. He’s so prepared. Practice doesn’t mean anything.

  • RyandC

    At the risk of jinxing it, I got the secret to this series: Rajon Rondo’s kicks….

  • RyandC

    The 8 3s are apparently good for 3 games.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    tough to watch Ray shoot so poorly tonight, but it happens to every great shooter. still, if we have to lose, i’d prefer that we lose because of open looks that just didn’t fall, rather than losing because we didn’t have an answer for player x, or we played with no energy. still some bright spots for us celtics fans: kobe needed 29 shots to get 29 points, and is below 40% this series, mostly because of bad shots he’s been forced into; KG has reemerged; ray allen has been getting some very good looks this series, and if the lakers let that happen, that’s great news for the celtics, i don’t care if he went 0-100 tonight; and we still kept it competitive despite Ray and Paul combining to be 5-25. good game from LA though, and Fisher was impressive, so lots of credit goes to him. can’t wait til game 4.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Right now ray allen’s getting a call from channing frye

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    um bostonballer, when the ball went off kg’s hand and gasol hit it, there was no review and the ball went to the celtics. in fact, since there was no foul call, if there was a review then it would have been laker ball. in tonight’s game the ball went off odom’s hand cuz rondo pulled his arm (2nd time as he did that in a previous play too that went to the celtics) and it was still celtics ball. so both times it went to the celtics. of course that seems fair to you, considering your bias, but it really wasn’t fair that the play in game 2 wasn’t reviewed.

    anyway, missed call both ways and clearly we need some kind of robotic refereeing to minimize all these mistakes… lol

  • Nashty

    wow, two straight historical nights for Ray…..

  • Nashty

    wow, two straight historical nights for Ray…..

  • Slam_Reader

    let’s go LA

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

    ‘Sheed looked weird without that scraggy beard.

  • http://kamndestiny@yahoo.com swisha sweet

    i never thougt i would b puttin paul pierce n rashad lewis in the same sentence…… pierce ” we not going back to LA”?lmao

  • http://kamndestiny@yahoo.com swisha sweet

    i never thougt i would b puttin paul pierce n rashad lewis in the same sentence…… pierce ” we not going back to LA”?lol

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Rashad Lewis?

  • Jackie Moon

    Can we stop comparing Kobe to MJ. MJ would never have shot so crappy, especially in a Finals game. Oh, wait… Year Finals Opponent FGM FGA
    1998 Utah Game 1 13 29
    1998 Utah Game 6 15 35
    1997 Utah Game 3 9 22
    1997 Utah Game 4 11 27
    1997 Utah Game 6 15 35
    1996 Seattle Game 4 6 19
    1996 Seattle Game 6 5 19
    1991 Lakers Game 3 11 28

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Weren’t u the guy talkin bout Brian Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder… : p

  • Jackie Moon

    Yes the free agent who used to play for the Eagles … sets solid screens, nice jumper

  • Ronald

    @Negetivekreep: I’m just surprised he didn’t call him Rasheed Lewis or something.

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

    Just a few thoughts I had upon waking: Ray Allen may have shot into and out of another Boston Celtics contract within 50 hours. Kevin Garnett was incredible last night. Ray Allen picked the worst possible game to go 0-for-anything, especially since the Celtics probably would have won the game had he made ANY TWO of his shots prior to the final minute of the game. As much as it pains me to admit, the Lakers are going to win this series if the Celtics don’t manage to win the next two games in a convincing enough fashion to shake the fragile minds on L.A.’s team (and there are quite a few in Gasol, Odom, Artest, and Bynum. Fisher’s poise is pretty unshakable and Kobe is a killer, but they are the only two on the team that are almost guaranteed to not fold under pressure). Boston, at its best, would beat the Lakers and I have no doubts about that, but Boston’s best, much like Paul Pierce’s game, got lost in Orlando.

  • BostonBaller

    @Ronald #1 I’m not angry and don’t know how you came up with that but I guess you have to find something to be pissed at even after a win. #2 Yes I said KG had his hands on his hips and true enough he pushed but look at the replay, it wasn’t that bad, Gasol sold the play perfectly. #3 I think I’ve been critical of our D (stops) & rebounding. @JL: you are funny and I never even hinted that it was fair. I pointed out that the same thing happened in game 2 meaning the ball went out b/c of a foul not called..my fault for not writing in complete details this time so here is detail. You make show your bias by even saying I’m biased b/c if you’ve been on this sight long enough you’d notice that yes I’m a C’s fan to the bone but if you take off the jaded shades you’d also notice that I get on my team and criticize them when they do boneheaded things. I give praise to the other team and players when they play well and I “think” I’m fair. I very rarely see too many fans here seeing both sides and if you are a Lakers fan I’m sure you can’t stand LBJ (I may be wrong again but don’t lie, do a self evaluation and then come back to me..I think I ended with ” the refs were shaky on both ends. Suck it up and get ready for game 4.” Man, I need anger management, I’ll call Jack.

  • nastierthanu

    Thank u Jackie Moon. ELE

  • BostonBaller

    OK, here is some ammunition for you… we all know that a foul or some other violation could be called on each play during a game but some how some way the one or more of the C’s top players get saddled with early fouls each game. One could contribute that to style of play, reputation, no real “star” player etc etc but you rarely see a media darling superstar get 2 or 3 fouls in the first minutes of a game let alone a big game. Normally I would honestly follow that up with, that means we have to play smarter and not commit dumb cheap fouls…but I wanted to make sure you had something real to accuse me of. lol. I love this game!!

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    BostonBaller: Everyones getting bullsh*t calls just deal with it bro…..and I have to admit I’m a diehard laker fan and two years ago I hated Lebron lol, but recently I have been able to respect his game, and be a “witness” of both his good and not so good moments.

  • BostonBaller

    No doubt ROYAL, I was being sarcastic on my last comment to mess with JL & Ronald hence the “here is some ammunition). We all know the refs are terrible and we all mention it but as you stated above and I always do, it is what it is and let’s play ball. I realize that the C’s don’t have a mega star and I dog my partners all the time about PDouble saying he is one of the top tier player (he is 2nd tier) but we love having him here. I’m a diehard Celtics fan but I’ve always been a Kobe fan (I don’t want them to beat us though) I’m actually such a fan of the game and love to watch all of the stars AND I watch off the ball action too. Kobe is #1a & LBJ is 1b and it’s not even that close but I don’t want to be called a hater. lol. Have fun folks, see you @ game 4. GREEN for 18.

  • Fred

    Referees s*cks big time, I never seen so many bad call. They are pathetic. I can’t believe they are paid, and I don’t know how much, to do bad officiating.

  • Kap

    I’m so tired after kobe has a horrible that the MJ debate comes out. Yes MJ is better but kudos to Kobe for putting the game on his shoulders whether he succeeded or failed. His shot didn’t fall because he is human and Jordan did have horrible shooting games in finals but kobe made up for it with his hustle and defense especially that play where he dived for ball and got it to Andrew.

  • Nick the Quick

    Wouldn’t it be really funny/twisted/irony if the series did not return to LA, just as PP loudly declared Sunday night — only that it ends in Boston in 5??

  • LD

    I want the Lakers to hold up the NBA trophy in Boston so bad after that 39 point blow out in 2008.

  • The Philosopher

    @Teddy-the-Bear: Is Ray still better than Reggie?

  • RyandC

    @BostonBaller: As a Laker fan since I started watching ball back in the Showtime era, I hate the Celtics as a team and every Celtic player (until they retire, then they get my respect). I dont care much for Boston fans either, simply because they root for that team. But after reading all these LA/Boston articles and the comments, Id like to think Im your Laker counterpart in that you are fair and unbiased (except ill get down and dirty and talk smack to haters who are just the complete opposite). I tip my hat to you for being one classy Celtics fan.

  • The Philosopher

    co-sign RyandC. BostonBaller is among the classiest commenters up here. I personally make it a point to shout him out every now and then.

  • Hangtime Hec

    Its would be nice to have a conversation with out it being about MJ the refs or Lebron James.

  • The Philosopher

    @Hangtime Hec: But, LeBron is The King so, he’s going to be talked about until he retires.

  • Ronald

    @BostonBaller: Your comment wasn’t really messing with anyone. I’m a big Laker hater. And I do think the refs are doing an awful job. But sometimes you can’t play the ref card when KG plays like an idiot. Kinda an important play and he goes and attempts to forearm shiver Gasol.

  • Kap

    I love how there are not that many comments when the Lakers win.

  • LD

    Ray Allen went 0-13, but we gotta b!tch about Kobe’s field goal percentage.

  • ShadiestBen

    @kap : When Lakers win it always seems like there is a drop off in comments. Philosopher just wondering why you endorse ‘King’ James as much as you do? You hate the Kobe/MJ comparisons what do you think about LBJ/MJ comparisons?

  • BostonBaller

    Much appreciated RyanC and of course The Philosopher. @RyanC, trust me, I have a southern smash mouth approach at times that can make people want to run me over. lol. We all know Paul likes to yap and it’s harmless to everyone but himself. A foot in the mouth would hurt but I think it’s going back to LA. (I always want 7 game series) Hey Kap, give it time, everyone can’t play online at work, your friends will be here soon…Nick, it would not be funny at all if we lost here, you are hurting my feelings

  • Kap

    @ bostonballer…they should invest in an iphone.

  • BostonBaller

    @Kap you might have something there about the iphones (I don’t have one) ..I thought you might have been on a roll but alas not. I checked to see the numbers on comments and Game 1 (LA won)had 53 but that # would have been higher if you chimed in.. Game 2 had 104 (C’s won) Game 3 83 and counting (LA won) I predict it eclipses the 104. My numbers may be off. That was my useless fact for the day which I usually only subject myself to…

  • Kap

    Well it seems the entire world panicked when LA lost Game 2. I thought it was hilarious how mad fans were and how Celtics fans were calling the series over after two games. There was a poll on ESPN on who would win finals yesterday and 58% pickd Celtics but today 72% are picking the lakers. I really hate fans that don’t really have a team and root for whoever. Cough…Cough…Saints fans.

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    Here’s some green cheese to go with your whine bostonbrawler…

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

    :) :) :) :) :) Lakers Win!! :) :) :) :) :)

  • Aaron

    I’m pretty sure I heard the announcers say there hasn’t been a Finals series with as many fouls as this one since 1966! And that was at the half!!! No one can deny these refs are uptight. So many play-ons.

  • BostonBaller

    After you stop cutting the cheese please can you expound?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lakers won and proved alot of people wrong. Ray Allen won game 2, plain and simple by playing out of his mind. Lakers still hung around in that game. Lakers were up by 17 points in game 3, then the refs became a factor again. Lakers should win this series, they are the better team, but Boston has prove me wrong, especially against Orlando, but Orlando doesn’t have a skilled big man or a player who can create his own shots. Lakers in 5. BOOK IT!!!

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    @ bostonballer – it’s awesome that you went and counted the comments… haha. actually i am a laker fan cuz i live in LA, and they win alot so it makes me happier (you can call me bandwagoner), but i just like good basketball in general. i actually like lebron’s game, just his self prophetic attitude is sometimes offputting to me. and i actually don’t like how kobe shoots bad shots way too often. he’s a great player and competitor, and i guess his competitive fire is what makes him great, and also means he will have terrible games from time to time or for stretches. game 3 he was taking some stupid shots, and that takes away from the lakers’ advantage, the big men down low. so there. i’m not sure if that makes me a typical LA fan or not. and i actually love the way boston plays (except for KG’s over board antics, but love his fire). the league has become too finesse due to rule changes. lakers went from boys to men when they lost to the celtics in 08.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    @JL, Everybody ran from the ball in the Lakers game, Kobe got ball with ten seconds or less on the shot clock, thats why he had to take alot of bad shots. Just imagine if Fisher froze up, like Gasol does in the 4th quarter, Kobe would have had to take more bad shots. Lakers team lost Kobe a Finals in 08. They didn’t step up. Fisher stepped up last night and Odom for streches, Laker team needs to step up, so Kobe can just play to the flow of the game.

  • Mr. Robinson

    Brothers And Sisters: The Seed, in many ways, just COMPLETELY explained why I, along with Jerry West, and many other basketball purists and fans alike, conclude AND concede that… LeBron is better than Kobe. The funniest part in all of this mass discussion is that, neither ONE of them is as good as Michael Jordan. PERIOD.

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  • The Philosopher

    @Mr. Robinson: The Seed, in my humble opinion, didn’t exactly explain why LeBron is better in that statement, but I see where you’re coming from. The masses are going to jump on your ass. I hope you can handle it. These cats up here spit FACTS.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    hollywood fisher. after watching him almost cry in the interview, man that guy really loves this game. great game, great heart.. wait, but he still flops on charges 80 percent of the time..