Links: NBA Finals Diary, Day 4

by Lang Whitaker

Tonight we finally get back on the floor, and the two best teams in the NBA will square off in Game Two of the Finals up in Boston. Ben and I will be in the heazy as well.

In the downtime between the two games, I’ve been thinking a lot about Paul Pierce’s Game One performance, and there’s one thing that’s been bothering me: I have seen written dozens of times that Paul Pierce heard his knee pop.

But I don’t think he ever said that.

In the postgame press conference immediately after the game, Pierce said, “When I came down I thought I felt a pop, I thought I tore it. I couldn’t move.” So he didn’t actually “hear” a pop, he just “felt” a pop? I can’t tell for certain what he said which time, because this story twists around another quote and makes it sound as though he did actually hear an audible pop.

Then again, maybe none of this makes any difference, because he faked the whole thing anyway.


To prepare for tonight’s live blog, I’m trying to figure out what to expect. Here’s a few quick predictions…

Doc Rivers will pretend to sprain his knee, be carried off the court screaming and crying, placed in a wheelchair, and then will make a miraculous recovery and return to coach the C’s to a victory.

Kobe will become upset with his inability to make jumpers and will pour a gallon of clam chow-dah over Bennett Salvatore’s head.

Kobe will become upset with his teamates and punch all of them in the face.

Ray Allen will show emotion on the court.

Sam Cassell will record an assist.

Cameras will capture Glen Davis shucking oysters on the end of the bench.

Tony Allen will check into the game and lose his mind on national TV.

And now it’s your turn. What do you expect to see happen tonight? Leave us some comments and let us know.

Have fun with that. In the meantime, I’ve got to get to Boston for the game. See you guys back here tonight for the Liveblog.