Thursday, June 10th, 2010 at 7:02 pm  |  97 responses

NBA Finals: Game 4 Live Blog

Let the Battle begin!

by Tzvi Twersky

11:38 PM: Rajon Rondo with the steal! Folks, this game is over. 92-86 with 20 ticks left. Ben Osborne will be live blogging Game 5, and Lang will be back in L.A. Why will he be back in L.A.? Because this is going back to Cali, Cali. (H/T Marcel M.) It’s been real, people. See you on back on SLAMonline soon…

11:36 PM: Celtics need to start bleeding clock. L.A. needs points.

11:33 PM: Under three to go, Rasheed Wallace is still in for Boston. For L.A., Odom is the lone sub on the court.

11:30 PM: I wish you all could be here in the arena tonight. It’d make all you haters into believers. If you didn’t like the NBA, being at this game would convert you into a fan.

11:27 PM: Big Baby Davis just employed the Antoine Walker shimmy after that freebie rattled in.

11:24 PM: Nate Robinson with the bucket. If he could, he’d pat himself on the back right now. He’s very happy with himself, as are the fans. Way to redeem yourself after a terrible three two possessions back. Meanwhile, Tony Allen is really guarding Kobe chest-to-chest. Interestingly enough, refs are keeping the whistles in their pockets.

11:21 PM: I need to verify this, but it’s very likely that the T tonight was Rasheed’s sixth this postseason. If that’s the case, as it is for Kendrick Perkins, he will be suspended for a game if he picks up another tech.

11:18 PM: Nate Robinson just got T’d up, joining Rasheed Wallace who picked one up a few minutes back. These guys need to keep their cool, or Kobe and Co. will make ‘em pay.

11:15 PM: Kobe relishes the role of villain. Crowd chants “Kobe Sucks!” and he just smiles. Does he actually love it, or does he have no other choice since most people will hate on him no matter what he does?

11:13 PM: Tony Allen with the and-one! Of all of the people! The C’s bench has contributed 24 points and excellent energy tonight. Meanwhile, Lakers bench combined to score 14 points so far. Will we see the starting 10 to end the game?

11:10 PM: Davis just drooled all over himself like, well, a Big Baby.

11:08 PM: I counted four bodies. Four bodies that just to grab a ball. That’s hustle. This game is great. And with another two buckets since my comment, Big Baby is on the verge of going down as an all-time clutch Celtic.

11:05 PM: As my boy just texted me: “If KryptoNate stops KryptoShooting so often he and the Celts would be better off.”

11:04 PM: Over the last three games, Big Baby’s really stepped his game up. And to think he was once a second round selection.

11: 00 PM: Some fan got on Kobe’s nerves. He’s hit his last two shots from same wing, and has turned around mouthed something back at dude in the front row. Also, Sheed has a bad case of the fours: He’s 0-4 from the field, -4 in +/- and he has four fouls. Dunno what it means, but it ain’t good.

10:56 PM: I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many three-second violations called in one series, let alone a single game.

10:52 PM: The scoring has all but stopped here. Ray Allen’s partially to blame for that–he’s stealing dimes from Rondo like I used to do Tzedaka boxes.

10:51 PM: I’d like to file a missing persons report. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Michael Finley, Marquis Daniels? Sasha Vujacic or DJ Mbenga? They seem to be missing.

10:50 PM: This needs to be written: Celtics dancers>Lakers Dancers. Don’t believe me, ask the players.

10:45 PM: Celtics go ahead for the first time in forever, and Kobe, obviously answers with a dagger of his own. But unlike last game, Ray answered kobe’s answer. The only Answer missing is Allen Iverson. Where do you think he is right now? A strip club, bar or chilling with his friends and family? None of those three would surprise me.

10:43 PM: Crowd is sooo looouuuddd right now. They also get extra loud after KG makes a solid play. Is that because he’s their favorite player, or because they’re so glad he’s contributing? I mean, two years ago, the answer is the former. Now…

10:39 PM: Derek Fisher just made two nice shots in a short span. Crowd held its breath after the second one. Is it possible he’ll resume the role of “superhero” again tonight?

10:36 PM: Rondo has eight points, three boards and an assist. He needs to step his game up.

10:33 PM: I’m convinced that the fans here dislike Gasol more than they do Bryant. As he shot two free throws they chanted, “U-S-A, U-S-A!” Gearing up for the World Cup, I guess.

10:28 PM: I’m backkkk. Just had a nice convo with Scoop. He dropped one gem. Speaking about the first half: “Hey, at least no one is talking about the refs right now.” (Also, mentioning writers, spoke with Marc Heisler and Jack McCallum as well tonight. Between those two and Scoop, I feel like I’ve spent the day in the sports writers hall of fame.)

10:08 PM AKA Halftime: That. Was. Hella. First half. And it ended on a perfect note–a KG buzzer beater. People, do not go to sleep before this game ends. It has the potential to be the best game of the series yet, and that’s saying something. 45-42, L.A. at the break.

10:04 PM: Ahhh. The first “Bullsh!t” chant of the night. The game has now officially begun.

10:03 PM: That KG and-one was reminiscent of the KG we used to watch.

10:02 PM: The Lakers are shooting 50 percent from the field thus far. The Celtics? 37.5.

9:57 PM: Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce both came to play tonight. Finally, finally, this this resembles the 2008 Finals, in that KB and PP are dominating.

9:53 PM: Boston’s bench is holding it down, letting the startes grab nice rests. Nate, Rasheed and Baby are all balling. So not only are the C’s in the game now, but this ensures they’ll be able to hang on late, too. (Or, at least, the startes should be fresh late.)

9:49 PM: Kobe Bryant just had Nate Robinson on him, yet he failed to take advantage of it. The only guard greater than him, MJ, would’ve posted little man up.

9:42 PM: Shannon Brown just hit a tough fadeaway J from the corner. He’s learning from his sensei (Kobe).

9:38 PM: Nate Robinson hits another three! Shorty is en fuego!

9:34 PM: It’s 19-16 after one. That’s by far the lowest scoring first quarter of the series.

9:33 PM: Pau Gasol just executed the world class World Cup flop to perfection. Sign him up, Spain. He’s ready.

9:29 PM: Rondo just made the type of move that only four or five guards IN THE WORLD, have the quicks and body control to pull off. With a minute to go in the first, Celtics are up by two, and it feels like they should be losing. If this holds up, we have a classic game in the works.

9:27 PM: Ben Collins is killing ‘em on SLAM’s Twitter: “#menshouldnt go 1 for their last 17 (Ray). #menshould go 4 of 6 tonight (Pierce). #catsshouldremain adorable.”

9:22 PM: I don’t know when exactly it happened, but KG went from being among the League’s top rebounders into being one of the worst rebounding 6-11/7-0′s in the L. In other news, I dunno when it happened, but Ray Allen left his stroke back on the Sunny Coast. In other news, Paul Pierce has finally joined the party. I wonder, though: Are the Big Three like Superman and Clarke Kent? They can’t all show up in the same place at the same time?

9: 20 PM: A lot of people are saying the Celtic’s hopes rest on Rajon Rondo’s shoulders. Well, after a little seven minutes, he has zero points, one assist and two boards.

9:15 PM: The crowd, and those of you at home, should be happy with that Rondo jumper. Even though he missed, he showed a lot of confidence in taking it. They’re gonna need that tonight from him.(Dope comment, J! I’m not sure anyone has to get in foul trouble. That’s not actually a written rule, even though it’s felt that way so far this series.)

9:14 PM: KG just hit Paul Pierce with the perfect no-look dish. Next time down court, he followed it up with a J. Suffice to say, The Kid is back in Boston, or at least something close to it (If you ask me, he never even made the trip to L.A.)

9:12 PM: Ok, now the crowd is into the game. Loud enough in here to make your head hurt. Literally every single play, the crowd either “ooohs” or “ahhhhs.”

9:10 PM: Ray Allen scores on a layup, and the crowd goes wild! They’ll react like that after an 0-13 night.

9:07 PM: 48 hours later, Game 4 begins. Unfortunately for Boston fans, it begins with a Kobe Bryant jumper.

9:04 PM: Garden is nowhere near as loud as it was in Game 3.

9:02 PM: Kenny Anderson is the man on Twitter. Check what he just said: “Damn Cee’s have dancers now? Red is turning in his grave!”

8:59 PM: Sincere thanks for being here with me tonight. If you mess with Twitter, Ben Collins will be holding SLAM’s account down. Check us out in one or both places!

8:55 PM: Anita Baker sang the National Anthem. Susan, who enjoys the Anthem almost as much as the game itself, just texted me: “oh, noooo…I do not like Anita. This isn’t boding well.”  And then: “I really don’t know what to say.” And finally: “Very. Out of tune.”

8:30 PM: Had to grab some food, work the crowd, watch warmups, hit the locker rooms and get up to my seat. But I’m back now and ready to roll.

Bumped into one of Rasheed Wallace’s sons in a back hallway. Started chatting him up about Philly. He awkwardly chatted for 30 seconds or so before walking away.  I’m glad he bounced quick. It mean his mom and dad taught him not to talk to strangers.

In Boston’s locker room, Nate Robinson and I picked up our Seattle vs. DMV conversation that we started yesterday. I told him that the DMV could throw out a starting five of Rudy Gay, Jeff Green, Carmelo Anthony, Michael Beasley and Kevin Durant. He wanted to know who would guard him. I pointed out that the bigger question is who would he guard?!? Also, as an aside, Nate started belting out song lyrics, the first line of which was, “I stick my dick in a ho.” I’m not familiar with that particular joint.

While still in the locker room, I checked up on Marquis Daniels. He was flipping through a magazine. I asked to see it. Turns out it was Urban Ink: “The Tattoo Magazine For People of Color.” Turns out, Ink recently featured Quis’ body art. I promised him I’d pick up a copy. We’ll see if that happens…

I mentioned this yesterday, but I’ll say it again: Tony Allen was really happy to be the featured SLAMadamonth in the current issue of SLAM (SLAM 140). Well, tonight I showed Rajon Rondo a copy of the mag, too, him being featured in it and all. He took the mag, promising to read it and give it back. Five minutes later, he came out of the bathroom without the mag. He said he gave it to Ray Allen, who had asked to see it. I was pretty happy to hear that. I’m glad that players enjoy reading SLAM. It validates all the work and effort. Anyway, I parlayed Rondo being happy with me into a two minute exclusive interview (and that’s a coup, if you know crowded media is at Finals).

Last thing for now: Just shared a dap and a couple stories with Scoop Jackson. He may not be with SLAM anymore, but he still keeps a close eye on his baby and its writers. Talented as a writer, dude is an even better person.

5:30 PM: I’m not into horticulture, but sitting in an empty garden is cathartic. Especially when the same garden will be packed with 20,000 people shortly.

The dimly lit lights overhead. The empty seats behind you. The faux parquet floor in front of you. The echoing of quiet all around you.

It’s conducive to thinking. It’s conducive to writing.

As I type this very paragraph, I’m courtside in the TD Garden—which, along with Madison Square, is the only garden I find soothing to hang in. In a few minutes the lights will warm up and come to life, the music will start, the dancers will begin their warm up routine and Ray Allen will start putting up shots. For now, though, it’s still just me and the Garden.

So as long as I’m sitting here thinking, let me put a couple of my thoughts on the record:

1) Bob Ryan was on ESPN today. At one point during his analysis of the series, Ryan was asked what adjustments Boston needs to make to come back in the series. I found his response to be interesting. To paraphrase Ryan, “I don’t know if there is any one adjustment they can make. It may just be that the Big Three are a little too old and tired.” At the time, I thought his words to be brilliant. Then I remembered: isn’t that the same thing everyone said about Boston all year? That the Big Three were too old, too tired, too worn down? Truth is, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett are all of the above. But they also have too much heart, too much desire and too much invested in this team to go down to the Lakers like a bunch of punks. A few days ago Paul Pierce said that the series would end here. Yesterday, Jordan Farmar said that very well may happen. I say, no. This series is headed back to L.A. for a Game 6 on Tuesday.

2) Jackson. Doc. Garnett. Everyone is unhappy with the referees this series. I, too, don’t think they’ve done an adequate job. If the refs don’t pick their game up to a championship level tonight, and if the Lakers are beating the Celtics lates, I think we could see a skirmish or two occur on the court. In terms of the refs, the frustration level on both teams is high. It’ll only take a small spark to start a brushfire tonight.


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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/blogs/west-side-story/ Sean Ceglinsky

    Tzvi, doing it up big, I see. Enjoy. Hold it down.

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

    It all comes down to Garnett v.s. Gasol. Today is a must-win for the Celtics. Let’s go.

  • http://www.reboundghana.com theophilus mensah

    keep it coming Tzvi,will be watching the game live online as well as following your blog…am in Ghana, West Africa….

  • LD

    Has any NBA expert mentioned that this is “Boston’s game 7″ yet. Seems like I heard that term being said for about 10 different games this post season. They pick a new cliche every year.

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

    Milk Carton: Holly MacKenzie.

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

    The Lakers’ heart, desire, and investment in winning a title are pretty significant too … Ever since Boston – Orlando game 4 shook me a bit toward the conspiracy theories, I’ve been looking out more … if Kobe, Pau, Bynum, or even Lamar get two quick ones and have to sit out, I’m going to start getting really suspicious … but for now, I’m OK.

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

    Boston 96, LA 88.

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

    Yea mike nz, shes been ghost since before the playoffs startd. Absolutely nothing to do with slams playoff coverage. I wonder if thats on her or slam.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    bynum is out tonight, boston wins.

    @mike nz- i think she still tweets tho.

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

    Yea she still tweets… but… if you’re not really down with the whole twitter thing then, well, you know.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    I’m back. Thanks for being with, party people!

  • ciroqobama

    Rondo gets triple-dub number 2 tonight!

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

    Scoop’s the man, but he’s being wasted at ESPN.

  • Jonathan SD

    Boston SUCKS !!!!

    Kobe is going to go off and have a big game tonight.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    i wonder who’s gonna get in early foul trouble tonight.?

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    KG has terrible hands.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Just fast forward to the 4th quarter and give everyone 5 fouls already.

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    Also, what was the conclusion of the DMV-Seattle debate?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Worse than Perks, A?

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    At this stage, maybe…

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    He said we only can include NBA players, so that gets rid of Selby, Barton, Reynolds, Francis and Dixon. So DMV has few guards. Of course, the a five of Beasley, Durant, Melo, Gay and Green could make do without guards or a center. He’s too biased to admit it, though.

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

    The call on ‘Sheed was just horrible. It continues.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    pierce finally got his revenge with the refs! lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    still laughing..

  • Jonathan SD

    Ray Allen still can’t buy a shot right now.

  • Jonathan SD

    Ray Allen still can’t buy a shoot tonight.

  • Jonathan SD

    Low scoring game.

  • Someloser

    Cs are playing as well as I have seen them this series. Yet they are losing.

  • Jonathan SD

    Be very SCARED right now Celtics fans.

    Black Mamba smells the blood and is looking for the kill tonight.

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

    Its like a boxing match this far, each team going shot for shot refusing to down for the count.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    The Masheen is a great humanitarian – BP dipped his head in the ocean to absorb 70% of the oil spill

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    1 comment since half? Y’all are making me feel inadequate! I joke, but where the hell are my SLAM folk?

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Most important quarter of the finals thus far

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Kobe , back to back threes. Both a blessing and a curse. Now he’s either hot and is going to go off, or he just thinks he’s hot and is going to shoot them out of it.

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

    Tzvi, after Finley got killed by both Farmar and Brown in the space of a minute in game one, he now, for all intents and purposes, is 6 feet under.

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

    Cameras just caught Big Baby with a Mf’er nice and loud.

  • Simmy Sosa

    Its interesting how the player on the cover of the live blog usually steps it up. What do you know that we don’t Slam?

  • DC

    Sheed just got t-ed upp damnn

  • Simmy Sosa

    Rasheed Wallace is nuts.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Simmy sosa is the man.

  • Dre Baller

    most NBA dancers > Lakers dancers

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    I wasn’t here all night, but I enjoyed the part I was for. Great work.

  • Hangtime Hec

    I knew Rondo was going to steal the ball, because I saw it in a dream.

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

    So I’m gonna say my 8:15pm prediction was pretty good, eh?

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Good game Celtics y’all simply outplayed my Lakers.No excuses,no b!tching….. y’all simply played better tonight.

  • LD

    Watching this game, there’s no way in hell if you switch Kobe for LeBron that the Lakers would win the title. I just can’t see LeBron doing any better with this supporting cast.

  • ripslam

    Jonathan SD officially looks like a twat now. Also, Derek Fisher needs to shave his beard, he looks like a tool with hair on his face and none on his head.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    LD, your attempts at trolling are noted yet fail. On-topic: Big Baby is getting used to the Big Stage and I’m digging it. I suspect that much of that body weight is just pure heart./ Nate Rob: only in controlled doses please, too much of Kryptonate is bad for your health.

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

    @Tzvi: “Four” means “death” in a bunch of Chinese dialects and is as bad as like, “13″ and “666″ to many ridiculously superstitious people. So Sheed’s jinxed game kind of makes perfect sense. And thanks a lot for doing this great liveblog! I’m missing this on TV and this is much appreciated.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Thanks for the blog, Tzvi.
    This is a 7-game series…

  • LD

    @Melvin Ely- No one can say “LeBron” without it being labeled as trolling? Actually, I was quite suprised that I was able to say “LeBron” without my comment having to wait for moderation.

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


  • http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Xai88DrYsAhqiM:http://a.espncdn.com/media/apphoto/b8ad869b-bb74-4ba0-89b5-857787be7ba6.jpg Jackie Moon

    @Michael NZ Great call on the score … however the Pierce 25+ did not materialize … Someone tell Paul the series is going back to LA.

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

    Ha, yes thanks Jackie. Was hoping no one would notice that. But hey he scored 19 and Langs question was who will step up/change the game for their respective teams. Nate/Baby would have been the correct answer(s) but I wasn’t tooooo far off. I get half a point for that one.

  • http://dfsjklf.com Jukai

    Tzedakah boxes! I love it!
    This thing is hard fought.

  • Le Prince de Nsam

    Waoh GREAT Game by Big Baby (he even thanked God, how many times do u hear that from an NBA player not named Nate Rob?)
    Man the C’s got HEART!!!
    Thanx Big Baby, Nate, TA & Rasheed 4 not making me waste my night (I’m in the UK n it’s 7.30am now, I’m going 2 sleep n get ready 4 the soccer world cup.

  • dada

    Good azz blog 2nit

  • hoodsnake

    Came from a crazy party in Cape Town last nite (yo Mexico fans are crazy!- we playing them tonite) and got the final score. Big Baaaaby!!!

  • Lawrence

    i guess this game was decided even before it started…who would imagine boston celtics getting two loses in a row in their home court?!
    it was bad officiated during the thrd to fourth quarter of the game and boston benefitted from it…but give credit to big baby, rasheed and nate who played well during the fourth quarter!!The truth is the lakers did played well…probably game 5 is the pivotal game and winning is a must!!!

  • http://dfsjklf.com Jukai

    Lawrence: I would say only for Boston. Lakers can lose but they go back home.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    @Lawrence: there were a few bad calls that favored the C’s down the stretch, but I think there were way more early in the game that favored the Lakers. Sheed got called for a foul when he pulled the chair out on Pau. i mean, he jumped away from him–that’s the opposite of a foul! overall though, i though this was the best officiated game of the series by far. some bad calls, but at least the personal foul total wasn’t pushing 60.

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

    Still too many bulls*it fouls…on both teams. Sheed got called for three blatantly obvious no-calls….Kobe should have got a charge call late against a driving Paul, Stern should be embarrassed at his officials after the Donagie incident and shouldn’t think that the casual fan has forgotten about that. He also shouldn’t be crying about the potential loss of a HALF A BILLION dollars that was reported by the NBA as a whole because the repetitive-ass Finals matchups the league puts on had BEEN old since the 80′s.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    how ’bout Boston’s bench?!! Nate has really grown on me. he went from being labeled as immature and difficult in new york to always being ready when his number’s called like a true pro in Boston. and Big Baby can really play. sure, he’s undersized, which can hurt him sometimes, but he’s also very quick, very athletic, and he plays with a ton of heart. Sheed and TA’s D off the bench was phenomenal too. also, Big Baby and Nate=best press conference ever!

  • BostonBaller

    @Royal big ups to you on your comment…It’s become fashionable to complain more than give an opinion after each loss (there is a difference) My opinion is that the calls actually did wipe each other out this time in the 4th. I thought PDouble charged more than Kobe blocked even though a no call would have been better if the refs didn’t think kobe was completely set. (judgement call) The KG 3 sec call was just weird b/c it was virtually impossible for it to happen considering the clock. Kobe is a cold blooded killer on the court and all of Boston knows and acknowledges this unfortunate (for us) fact.

  • d’bri

    This was the best refereed game of the series. they will always miss some calls and make mistakes, but what was great was they let the players play, let them get physical, and now we have a much better series because of it. NOW we have some bad blood, some aggressiveness and real physicality. LA didn’t back down, LA gave as good as it got. Yes, we can all point to missed calls, but refs had no bearing on final score. Cs won this game, like LA won the last. officially giddy for game 5. they way this is building, should be a classic.

  • Ronald

    This game was full of brain farts by players on both sides.

  • Kap

    This is the best series of the decade so far IMO. Every game close and competitive with defense and rebounding the stars of the series so far.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    there were several bad calls, not team got a real advantage from them, although Pau was getting bailed out left and right. damn, flopping in the post shouldn’t fly.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Also, the game lacked flow initially, but by the middle of the third and into the fourth, it’s like the swith clicked for both sides. It was classic down the stretch.
    And, I think that people need to realize taht much of the perception of Nate was created by the New York media covering him. Obviously Nate is high strung and emotional, and he’s not ALWWAYS going to make the right play, but he is still dynamic and a talent that New York was STUPID to give up on. Instead of Mike D working with him, he cast him aside and bad mouthed him in the media. Terrible.

  • http://thegame lebron23

    that was a good game but boston celtics won!!!

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

    Nate’s D is WAY underrated…..dude is causing Farmar fits in his brief minutes.

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

    This is terrible. The series, the officiating. I honestly feel bad for whoever loses this series. It’s supposed to come down to your play determining the outcome of a game. At any given moment in this series, either team has been given an unfair advantage (how can you not call the and 1′s Pau and Odom were getting late in the game, but if anyone BREATHED on Davis or Pierce, they got a foul called on them). I’m gonna feel really weird as a Lakers fan if we win this thing. This series, and David Stern are looking real suspect right now….

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

    @Eboy- This is Jordan Farmar were talking about here. The only player in the last year of his contract who is playing like the ball has sh*t on it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    They let a lot of contact go for both sides last night. Most of the time, Pau and Odom were flipping the ball up at the rim instead of going through players, which is how you get to the line.
    You don’t take shots looking for a foul.

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

    Pau’s huge amount of talent and skill is overshadowed by his horrible flopping and pus*y gestures. All that being said, he made some really great moves in the post when you know…he actually tried to play like a man.

  • peter

    Pau had a HUGE turnover late when they got the stop after Kobe’s three…tried to one hand pass the ball forward…that and Rondo’s steal were the clinchers

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I agree completely. Dude is so skilled around the bucket,and at time he made some clutch buckets. But then he would shrivel up and let his nuts disappear. If dude had Fisher’s heart he’d be unstoppable.

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

    Allenp, Paul Pierce was taking shots looking for a foul all night. That’s the main part of his game.

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

    Where are all those Lakers fans today? Haha … wait, I’m here. Rondo’s steal off of Kobe’s pass to Lamar that sealed the deal was amazing anticipation. I still feel like the Lakers are the better team … history is on the Lakers side, not that the guys playing care, but the 10 Finals teams that won at home, lost at home, won at home, and then lost way – all 10 went on to win the series … like I said, not that the guys playing care …

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

    *Correction: won at home, lost at home, won away, lost away, in that order

  • J-Bird

    The worst call of this game was when Sheed pulled the chair out from underneath Pau and the refs sent him to the line, I dont blame Sheed for losin’ it.

  • backboard

    ooooh holy cr@p Michael NZ, 96 – 88, you almost nailed it! Hope you bet all you have on the final score.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I feel like there is a difference, in that Pierce was still getting buckets without the foul. Odom and Gasol weren’t being aggressive enough to force the refs to make a call, they were kind of avoiding the contact, and then complaining when the refs didn’t bail them out. They would shoot and look for a foul, but they weren’t forcing the contact that guarantees a foul. Pierce always forces that contact. That’s my opinion.

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

    The officiating and the League’s front office are on blast right now. We don’t care that it’s a remix of a classic match-up, and a series doesn’t have to go 7 games to be a good series. Sad when everyone knows who’s going to win which game.

  • Kap

    @ AllenP…You do know that Gasol got to the line pretty easily last night bc he didnt shy away from the contact. Davis just outworked Odom who seemed very timid last night.

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

    Shut up zee

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

    Anyone calling themselves “Tarzan Cooper”, needs to handle their identity crisis before they speak in my direction, clown.

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

    @Allenp, good point, it seemed like they were under duress everytime they took a shot. With Gasol, he always looks like that so it’s hard to get a read on it. With Odom though, anytime he actually exerts energy, I would think the refs would notice, especially since he was Big Baby’s B*tch for most of the evening.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    let the players play, celtics win, call it tighter, lakers win. very predictable. altho lakers had a 17 pt lead at one point. fun series!

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  • BostonBaller

    I like Fisher but that jumper he threw up trying to draw a phantom call was hilarious and it went in, that shows how good a shooter he is. I think Fish has at least 2 more very good years in him and Ray has about 4 b/c of his conditioning. I love watching off the ball action and the inner workings of each game in a long series. You can really tell a lot about a player/team watching the entire floor. You also see why certain players get calls and others get techs, you notice the demeanor of players and how refs react to certain action away from the ball. I’ve been watch’n ball since ’76 and seriously playing since ’80 so I got to watch some rugged ball and lots of transitions in the game like how stats are kept and calls are made. I still love this game on all levels.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    one thing really surprised me about this game: Celtics won with only 3 assists from Rondo and 15 a team. odd.

  • The Philosopher

    Co – sign letsmotor.

  • The Philosopher

    The Celtics are indeed aging, but they have guile, they’re cagey, battle tested. They’re still hungry. The only real thing that concerns me about Boston is, they seemingly have grown intimidated by L.A.’s superior length. Well, at least during the last game between the two teams.

  • The Philosopher

    As for L.A., if they stay the course, and Kobe doesn’t develop tunnel vision, (which has ALSO been to this day one his weaknesses)there is no reason why The Laker franchise can’t repeat as NBA champions this year, in my opinion.

  • Lawrence

    Lakers in 6

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