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Live from the Finals, Game 2: Lakers vs. Celtics

BK here.  Wow, fans are fired up.  During the National Anthem, whenever they showed a Laker on the Jumbotron, the crowd booed.  Then a Celtic, with wild cheering.  Another Laker, more booing.  Right now, the members of the Boston Pops who performed tonight are wondering why the crowd only seemed to enjoy half of their effort. 

After the Lakers were introduced, they're now showing highlights from Game 1, leading off with Paul Pierce's return to the court in Game 1, and capped with KG's offensive rebound and dunk that sealed the deal for Boston.

It's certainly a hostile environment for a very important Game 2. 

FIRST QUARTER:

Celtics turn the ball over on their first trip, as Kendrick gets dinged for the illegal screen.  The Lakers respond with a nice possession- an offensive rebound for Gasol, then the reset, swing the ball around and Fish finds a cutting LO to get the Lakers on the board.

Pierce hits a three on the other end, and the Celtics are up 3-2. 

10:20- Kobe grabs the offensive board but misses the putback.  I know he talked about bunnies in Game 1- that was a bunny.

10:06- Vlad picks up his second foul, and PJ comes back with Ariza.  Solid move.

In Game 1, when Vlad got into foul trouble, PJ responded with Sasha, and it threw off the entire rotation once Fish had to come back in on Cassell, Kobe had to pick him up, etc.  Now with Ariza, they basically keep the substitution pattern the same and hopefully get the regular minutes that they want from everyone else.

8:00- Nice play from Gasol, backing Perkins down in the post, faking right, going with the left hand for the bucket.  Points in the post.  They need that.  10-5.

5:07- Timeout on the floor, Lakers up 15-12, and Boston making a little push.  The Lakers are doing a much better job early in Game 2 getting the ball inside.  LO had a nice tip in off the offensive glass over Perkins, Gasol hit a baby hook with the left over Perkins in the lane, then had a great move backing down Garnett and throwing down with the right hand.  Good patience, good aggressiveness.  If they can keep this up, combine it with Kobe's normal crank up as the game goes on and they could be in good shape.

The important thing is that they don't want to freak out and stop doing all the things that got them there, just because the Celtics are a strong team.

Walton in for Ariza out of the TO.  He's guarded by Pierce.

4:18- Good play by Gasol and Walton.  Luke had Pierce sealed on his back, Pau led him forward, and Walton was able to go in for the layup.  Good recognition, good pass, good finish. 

3:45- Allen hits a three over Kobe, and it's tied at 17. 

Allen fouls Kobe on the other end- it's the first Celtics foul of the game, over eight minutes in. 

3:04- 19-18 LAL.  The Celtics are still making things very tough for Kobe, who is now trying to get into the post on Allen.  The looks are coming for other players right now, and they'll have to get Kobe catching and moving to find him some space. 

2:06- Kobe throws a pretty weak elbow- it' looked more like he was putting his arm up to gain position on Allen, and he just wasn't there yet.  Either way, it was a pretty soft whistle to pick up his second foul of the game.  Full speed it looked much worse than it did on the replay... and at full speed it still didn't look that bad. Two on Kobe, two on Vlad. 

Farmar and Sasha in off the TO.

:44.3- Farmar draws a foul on Rondo, his first.  The trip before, Garnett hit a big shot for the Celtics at the bottom of the 24, after the Lakers had done a nice job and forced the Celtics into a hurried shot. 

Wow, that was a clear flop on Perkins. That kind of thingThen it gets worse for the Lakers, as LO picks up his second foul on the next Celtics possession.  The Lakers end the quarter with Vlad, Kobe, and LO all with two fouls. 

Farmar hits a big three at the end of the quarter, and the Lakers are up 22-20.

END OF THE FIRST:

On the scoreboard, it's a good quarter.  The Lakers got inside with Gasol, Odom made his way into the lane a couple times, Fish has stuck some good open looks.  Kobe has only taken four shots, made one.  On the other end, the Lakers are doing a good job, holding Boston to 20 points, keeping them off the glass (one offensive rebound), and forcing five TOs.   They certainly look like a more composed bunch tonight.  They've had much more to say about the pace and flow of the game tonight than they did on Thursday.

SECOND QUARTER:

Seconds in for LA- all of 'em.  Ariza, Turiaf, Walton, Farmar, Sasha.  With three starters having three fouls, PJ has to try and get some minutes from these guys. 

11:21- Sasha gets hit for the reach before Powe gets contact inside, but fortunately he misses the shot.  Two FTs go down, and we're tied at 22.

9:40- Pierce hits a three, and PJ is forced to call a timeout, likely to get some new personnel on the floor.  There's just not enough offense with that group.  The bad charge call on LO and the faux elbow against Kobe have certainly hamstrung the Lakers at the top of the quarter.  10-0 run to start the quarter for the Celtics. 

PJ hoped to squeeze some minutes from the seconds given all the foul trouble, but I don't think he'll be able to.  Kobe, LO, Vlad all back after the timeout.

Kobe hits his first shot on the return.  They've got him operating out of the post, and he and Posey are beating on each other pretty good. 

8:10- Great offensive rebound from Vlad, then a lucky break as the pass he threw out to the top of the key as he was falling out of bounds was tipped, but went right to Odom who put it down. 

On the other end, Turiaf picks up a questionable foul on Powe- looked like he went straight up to defend the shot as the ball came into the post.  That's two on him, and another Laker with some early foul trouble. 

7:04- Kobe hits a jumper at the top of the key over Powe.  Said Mark Heisler sitting next to me, "That's another 20 foot bunny with a hand on his face."  Lakers down 36-30.

6:40- Fish reaches in on the Garnett drive and picks up his second foul.  They really do like to do things as a team.

5:50- Pierce blows by Vlad on the perimeter like he's standing still- was he actually standing still, and has way too much room to roam inside on the Lakers- he dishes to Perkins who up-fakes Pau completely out of position, and as Gasol lands on his back Perkins gets the layup.  He'll go to the line with a chance to put the Celtics up by nine.  Right now, it's 40-32 with a timeout on the floor.

The Lakers are still struggling to find rhythm offensively after a pretty strong start.  Only 10 points in the quarter, and most importantly, they've been to the line all of one time--- on a technical foul.  Boston: 14 trips, nine alone for Powe.

5:30- Nice play by Odom, tipping in the Vlad tip of the Kobe miss from downtown.  That's Odom's second tip in, but it was set up by a good effort from Vlad to keep the play alive.  Vlad hurt them with the early two, but it seems to have fired him up a little.  He's been very active since he returned to the game.

4:42- The Lakers finally get a bit of a make up call, as Perkins is hit with a pretty weak push off call underneath.  Looked like he had position on Odom.  That's his third.

4:22- Nice recognition by Vlad and Pau- after the screen switch, Gasol had Pierce on his back.  Vlade left him the ball, and Pau want straight over Pierce, backing him down and putting it in with the right hand to get the bucket and draw the and one on Pierce.  That's his second.  Lakers down by 4, 41-37.

2:52- Timeout Lakers, as consecutive triples from teh Lakers give the Celtics a 10 point lead.  The Lakers have totally been removed from their offense.  They're struggling to find good looks for Kobe, who is in turn trying to create them himself, which is hurting the offense.  The threw in a little P and R on the last possession before Fish took a very bad shot from downtown.  That could help.

2:05- A triple from Vlad Rad cuts the lead to 47-40.  He's been one of their best players in the quarter.

1:53- Ouch.  Kobe picks up his third, running through Pierce while chasing Allen around the floor.  He'll have to sit for the rest of the half, and Allen gets both FTs (the Lakers are in the penalty).  Sasha in for Kobe.   

:23.9- Fish picks up his third.  This isn't good.


HALFTIME: 54-42 Boston. 

A promising start has turned sour for the Lakers, as they've continued to struggle with fouls.  Kobe has three, Fish has three, Vlad started the game with two, LO has two, Ariza two, Turiaf two, and so on.  All told, it's 17 personals in the first half for the Lakers, 10 for the Lakers.  FT disparity, 19-2 Boston, and one of those for the Lakers was on a Garnett technical foul.  So in game play, it's 19-1.  The Lakers are getting it done in the paint behind a strong 13 from Gasol and eight from Odom, but the Celtics have effectively removed Kobe as a threat going to the basket, and you can see he's getting frustrated.

On the ol' to do list, the Lakers have done a good job on the boards, with a 19-17 advantage, but clearly haven't mastered teh whole "don't foul" thing.  Some of that is home court for Boston, some of that is aggressiveness on their part, but the officiating hasn't been particularly helpful to say the least.  Some very critical calls on Odom and Kobe early that have changed the flow of the game considerably. 

It's a good thing halftime in the Finals is long, because they have a lot to talk about.

THIRD QUARTER:

Nothing like web access in the upper press box.

Anyway, with 4:29 left, the Lakers have used a 6-0 run to cut the Boston lead to nine.  Three straight plays off screens, with Kobe moving the ball.  High screen and roll with Pau and Kobe, LO flashes to high post, Kobe hits him, Pau rolls, easy dunk.  Pretty.  Next play, Kobe comes off the Pau screen, finds space, hits the tough J.  Then Kobe rolls over, finds Pau flashing to the FT line for an open jumper.  Better ball movement, more baskets. 

The Celtics are a tough team to come back on, especially if things get rushed.  The Lakers just have to continue to be patient and work the ball around.   PJ employs a baby press out of the TO.  More for show than anything else.

3:00- Consecutive poor plays from Vlad, as he drives and kicks to... nobody, then loses Pierce on hte other side for an easy Boston bucket.  Kobe forces two straight threes and the Lakers look extremely close to coming unglued.

Luke in for Vlad, and misses his first J.  Allen hits a three on the other end in the left corner as LO can't find him on the break, Kobe turns the ball over trying to lob the ball to Pau in the post, and off the TO, the Celtics come back and get an easy layup for Powe, from Rondo on the little lob in transition.  The Celtics lead is now up to 20, and the Lakers officially have, um, issues.  They're just getting thoroughly outplayed in every aspect of the game. 

Boston is able to break them down in almost every trip down, and the Lakers haven't been able to stay disciplined on the other side, or hit anything from the perimeter that might stretch things out.

1:20- Lakers down 79-59.

1:10- And in the "bad to worse" category, LO picks up his fifth, a charge into Brown trying to drive to the hoop. 

END OF THE THIRD:

Powe punctuates the quarter with a dunk, as the Lakers get burned by Rondo penetration to end the quarter.  They double Pierce on the wing, he passes out to Rondo, who drives in space, has an open look and an easy dump to Powe who has an even easier dunk.  83-61.  There's always hope... but man alive, there ain't much right now.

FOURTH QUARTER:

10:00- The Lakers are still down by 21 as the Lakers are getting some ball movement, but no stops defensively.  They're still being broken down.  At this point, though, they're being careful not to foul and put the Lakers on the line.  The only way they're going to lose this game is to give them free points. 

9:20- Farmar hits another three, and the Lakers are down 18.

KG comes back with two jumpers in front of Turiaf on the other end, and the Celtics lead is back to 20. 

During the TO, they're playing "Don't Stop Believing."  Not a hard thing for the Celtics fans to buy into right now.  PJ comes out of the TO with Gasol and Rad back on the floor, and give up what might have been the worst baset in basketball history, a coast to coast dunk from Leon Powe, in which nobody even moved to defend him.  That was awful. 

6:45- Pau to Kobe attempt at the alley oop goes awry, as Kobe can't get the handle the pass, and the ball goes out of bounds.  That's about how things have been going. 

5:56- Lakers down 96-78.

4:41- The Celtics are more than willing to trade buckets, and are now laying off the Lakers on that end, which is why they're scoring with more easy.  Unfortunately, because the Lkers are down by so much, they have to take a lot of risks defensively, and Boston is getting a lot of clean looks, making it tough to get any traction. 

3:48- The lead is down to 13, so it's still a game, but barring a miracle, the hole is too big.

2:45- But at least they're still playing.  Kobe triple cuts the deficit to 11, but they'll send Rondo to the line out of the TO, as Sasha fouls him on the drive.

2:15- Kobe drives and hits the floater along the right block to cut the lead down to nine, but Pierce converts inside on the other end.  Back to 11. Kobe gets inside again for another layup.  Fish gets the steal, Vlad goes the other way, hits Sasha, who buries the three.  Celtics now by six with a minute six to play...

1:03- Vlad Rad forces the steal, then goes the other way for the dunk.  It looked initially like he traveled, but on the replay it was that Euro off-step takeoff.  Lakers down by four with a minute on the clock and Boston with the ball.  Clearly I put this one in the win category too early.  The Celtics went into the prevent defense, and the Lakers have brought the game back.  Now it's a question of a) if the Lakers can get stops, and b) if the Celtics can turn it up again.

Pierce fouls Kobe on the floor, and Bryant goes to the line and hits two.  Lakers down by a pair.  They need a stop...

Fish fouls Pierce on the drive, and he'll go to the line for two with 22.8 left on the clock... makes the first.  Three point Boston lead.

and the second.  Lakers call timeout, down 106-102. 

Sasha tries to take a three, and Pierce recovers to block it. Not the shot they were looking for.  Posey tracks down the ball, and is fouled by Fish who was pushing for ball.  Posey makes two, and that's gonna be it. 

Final score 108-102.

More to come.

BK


 

 
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KEEP LETTING THEM PLAY THROUGH IT PHIL

20 POINTS DOWN

Just when you think we might have a chance, just when you think there could be a way we come back, just when you see the hearts being ripped out of their chests: Vlad appears.

Thank you Vladomir Radmanovic, you ruined any chance at a comeback. I'm done defending you.

-bozz-

troy- do the people who supposedly pay you $75,000 a year know you spend a couple days a week ranting about the mafia?

Can the Celtics do anything without the help of the refs?

Nope.

And I'm expecting some SERIOUS homer refereeing in game 3. It'd better be this frikkin' obvious too.

"The Lakers have not gotten to the free throw line"

umm...hello??? I am pretty sure they've been fouled.

If I ever run into Vald in real life, I hope I have a bat with me.

Get Rad goofy azz out of the game! But don't put Walton in this game! This sh?? is ridiculous! I say take Luke out and let Kobe and Ariza Pau, Sasha, Mbenga do the best they can!

Small forward is our Achilles heel. Walton runied momentum in 2nd. vlad in the 3rd.

What is going to be Laker fan excuse for getting pounded tonight??..

Walton is playing great today

Kobe is actually getting a bit flustered here. 12 minutes left. Still some room for growth, it's sort of nice to see. Come on, one possession at a time, people.

GO LAKERS

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

AK, you mentioned how they need Luke on the floor for passing. This series his passing has been horrific.

Great, Vlad's out, Luke's in. Bad pass plus allows a dunk

Walton has made at least 3 godawful, wouldn't try that on the playground, passes, I seriously wonder how he manages to feed himself.

WAlton bad pss!!! fu** him.

I hope he gets an injury like his father.

FIRE PHIL JACKSON RIGHT NOW

FIRE PHIL JACKSON RIGHT NOW

FIRE PHIL JACKSON RIGHT NOW

FIRE PHIL JACKSON RIGHT NOW

FIRE PHIL JACKSON RIGHT NOW

DO SOME COACHING

This team has our number. This will be 4th straight loss. Perhaps its just not meant to be.

this game is over

The Lakers are getting run out of the building. Still does not change the fact that the officiating was bogus. for two-thirds of the game.

Vlad and WAlon should just run into a wall. Both of them.

BH,

"If I ever run into Vald in real life, I hope I have a bat with me."

Call me up, I'll bring the brass knuckles. This is getting ugly.

-bozz-

Put DJ in. He can give us a big body and some hard fouls to clog the middle and stop that parade to the rim. Why do we have these defensive guys who never play?

Walton should be in the NBDL. He sucks.

One more time - WE HAVE NO BENCH!!! I said it here already so many times, no matter how playing 5 on 8 or 5 on 5...

THIS GAME IS SHOWING ANOTHER THING.

LUKE WALTON NEEDS TO GO
LAMAR ODOM NEEDS TO GO

Nighttrain--is that a rhetorical question? lol...

CMON LAKERS! 4th QUARTER!

LETS DO THIS I STILL BELIEVE!!!

THE END
"The game is in the refrigerator, the door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard, and the jello's jiggling!"
Celtics in 4
Go Celtics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Owwww, it hurts....make them stop...

Nightmare realized.

CELTICS EMBARRASSING THE LAKERS

PHIL JACKSON DESERVES TO BE CALLED OUT

Vlad needs to benched for good.

He took about 4 shots he had no business taking this game.And he played no D.

The officiating was terrible.

Boston is a good team. You cant beat them AND the officials.

We are going to have to put someone else on peirce cause Vlad is gettin killed..i say lets start ariza next game and just slug it out, atleast ariza is aggressive with his cuts

26 to 4...

I don't take any comfort from it, but I have always had a pretty high opinion of Leon Powe. Celts got a steal there because he was hurt. But there is no way in hell we lose this game because Leon Powe is playing to his potential. If Atlanta can beat Boston in three games, we can beat Boston in four, if not eight or nine.

NO EXCUSES

GO LAKERS

Why Why Why is Walton in.......

He sucks.....

No more 3 pointers..... they are not working...


Please win in LA... all 3 games

F@%!........ the celtics

Keep complaining about the officiating. Is that what you are going to blame this loss on. Or is it Kobe missing the bunnies and the team needs to settle down. The Lakers are settling themselves right into a sweep. Western Conference is horrible....

Let me just start out by saying...this does not make or break the game but...

why are we playing Vlad and Luke when we could be playing Trevor or Sasha?

I mean really? What have they done to deserve all this leeway in bad plays?

Go Lakers!

There is a huge difference in the athleticism between Boston and the Lakers.

Powe just jumped OVER slow azz Walton.

Mitch has got to get some more athletes on this team to help Kobe.

Walton, Mihm, etc.......are taking up roster spots that could help this team because right now we are being exposed.

Where is Ariza?

26-4 free throws

When it is one sided like that i knew it was a matter of time before it was a blow out a team can stay composed only for so long

let's not get distracted by what is happening now. the game was decided by the referees, period. a couple of thoughts. I think the Lakers and kobe did great anyway. UNfortunately, Radmanovic's mistakes stopped our run. I don't think we can come back from 0-2, especially because of the 2-3-2 format. NExt year, with AB and ariza, we will win. I am very disapoointed by what happened today thought. The referees took away from us a chance to win.

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I SWEAR TOO EVERYTHING THAT THE LAKERS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PLAY MORE HALF COURT. GASOL NOT ODOM OR KOBE IS GOING TOHAV TO PLAY LIKE AN MVP IF WE ARE TO HAVE ANY CHANCE. OUR LAST RESORT IS GOING TO BE SHOOTING. I'M 1OO PERCET SURE BECAUSE THE CELTICS ARE ACTUALLY A VERY QUICK TEAM. LAKERS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ADJUST TO THE CELTICS. KOBE NEEDS TO MAKE GASOL THE MVP IN THIS SERIES. THEY'RE HAVING FAST TOO MANY FAST BREAKS ON US TODAY. THEY NEED TO ADJUST AND PLAY SLOWER MORE METHODICAL WHEN THERE'S NO FAST BREAK SITUATIONS. Strange but I'm sure of this.


0-2

This has nothing to do with home court. Celtics want it more.

Colorado loves the Lakers!

Top of the 4th. Time to put Ariza back in the game and let him play. Neither Vlad nor Luke are getting the job done. Even if the Lakers go down 2-0, having Ariza in rhythm when the series gets to Staples Center will be huge.

Leave the Bench Mob in to start the 4th. It's the starters who haven't been able to make much happen with the exception of Gasol. Odom has 5 fouls. He won't be able to help until the last five minutes.

There's only one day off between games. Burning out D-Fish and Kobe with this kind of deficit is a waste. Let's start over when the series gets back to LA.

DON'T FORGET LUKE STEPPING ASIDE FOR THAT DUNK

NO HEART, NO RINGS

AS much as the refs were bogus..our team just isnt in it...we are making them LOOK better than they are..


Have I told you guys have much RIVERS annoys the #@$#@ out of me?

I HATE EVERYTHING THAT IS GREEN.....yes..everything...i will throw everything that is green out today..even pee on my yard..so that it turns yellow..

The only reason the Lakers ain't going down by 30 tonight is out mercy.
I guess tonight's excuses are the refs.
Is it time for trade talks, yet?
How can a team go from next champion to next chump so quickly?

I stopped watchin, this is awful!!! Another two days to wait for another dissappointment.

Lake Show,

I actually said they needed Walton out there to handle the ball with that unit (Farmar was the only other guy), not that they need him out there at all times.

That Walton hasn't been spectacular isn't the point. I'm not trying to say he's playing better than he is. But you still have to play the lineup that makes sense. And given the circumstances with the foul trouble and the other people out there, Walton being out there made sense. The odds don't favor throwing Mbenga into that mix and good things happening.

AK

Walton can't guard anyone..
HE SUCKS

Don't worry folks, we'll win games 3-4-5 , Fool Jackson, oops Stu Jackson (Ilived through the Vancouver Grizzlies era-fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on you!) and Stern and teh referees will see to that.
This is the reason I don't watch Wrestling!
Who is more irritating than the announcers- Jackson, Van Gundy, Breem.

No trip to the foul line....

That's how the refs controlled the game in favor of the
leperchauns...

F*** celtics...

The Lakers had no chance to win this game from the beginning. Those two early bogus fouls on Kobe took away any chance he had to be aggressive, and all the ticky-tack fouls took away the lakers ability to play D. Everything the lakers did in the 1st half was a foul, while the lakers could not pick up any calls (see Pau Gasol, garnett clearly fouled him on the alley-oop as did rondo when he basically ran right through Pau). This also doesn't include all the late whistles.

What's really sucks is because the Lakers played so poorly, no one will remember the bogus officiating that took the lakers out of the game early.

games like this really lead me to question whether there Tim Donaghy was the only ref on the take.

WAlton should be left in boston.
I hope he never goes back to la.

AK

Luke is on Powe again.......Phil is being exposed in his sick bias for Walton

this game is over ....but please dun humiliate urself lakers...

It is really hard to hate someone. But walton I HATE HIm.

Did they miss my post about defending the three? Cost a championship, but what do I know?

28-4 free throws leon pow with 11

Ill have my uzi ready in LA for those refs...

Can someone tell me why Luke is in this game?

Too bad the Suns and Hornets weren't there to soften up the Celtics like they did with the Spurs?

What you gotta say about that Faker fans?

The Luxury of the 1 seed in the west is no longer paying dividends....

Let me tell you something about how NBA refs work.

It's a good ol boy network full of refs that have been working for several years. There is no fresh blood amongst them. You have to "pay your dues" just to get a chance at one game. Every ref in the playoffs has at least 10 years in the league. They are heavily influenced by the business aspect of the game. Remember last year when Davy Stern had "his" refs call everything for a tech? The players finally started complaining and they backed off. Basically, Davy dictates how the refs handle their calls, and that proved it.

No way these refs, many with 10-20 years in the NBA, can escape being influenced by outside pressures, particularly in these trying financial times. To Stern, the NBA is a business. He doesn't want 18 year olds in the league anymore, he doesn't like hiphop played at the arenas, he hates on the tatoos, and he wants all the players to wear collar shirts and ties.

Davy Stern selects one player that he'll feature as the "face" of the NBA. Wade was that player before, and he got every touch foul imaginable during the Heats run. Nash was his great hope, but his team could never get to the finals. Now Garnett and Boston is the face he wants.

Revenue comes moreso from the east. The east needed a strong team to keep Stern's financial connections in tact. The west is too strong, the NBA needed a balance to keep the league viable. The Celts were able to secure 3 allstars with little effort. That Celt team was the east coast balance the NBA needed.

The Celts were destined to win the NBA Championship. Lets hope next year, Davy Stern choses our Lakers as his favorite whipping boy.

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THe Lakers only have one real offensive threat; the rest of the offense feeds off of Kobe. If the Celtics can neutralize Kobe, the Lakers have problems scoring. The Celtics have three offensive threats, plus a couple on the bench. The Lakers have young players that might grow into it. The Celtics, with their offensive balance combined with their defense right now, appear to be a better team than the Lakers. The Lakers are certainly capable of beating the Celtics, but it is going to take more than just the home court switch. They need to play a LOT better than what they are

Series is over folks;

See you next year. Maybe with a healthy Bynum back (assuming he gets back that is) and some other personel adjustments next year, it will be a different story.

But right now Boston completely owns us this year. We are unable to do a thing against them. Totally inept performance.

How dreaful living under Boston's Celtic domination once again.

Simply put, I cannot recall such an incredible disparity in freethrows in a game, especially when the team that doesn't get the freethrows is a "finesse" team.

Something's wrong.

I talked to a guy at the bar. Bookies in New York picked the Celtics tonight. Interesting.

GO LAKERS!

We are absolutely outclassed here , lets admit it. To expect to beat this team 4 out of 5 is laughable. We have not even sniffed at the win in 4 games.

This series is going to a 7th game in Boston.
How could it not?
There's money to be made!

and we were supposed to sweep these guys? in what universe? we will be lucky to win one game at the rate this is going.

I dont know if its just me but it looks like the referees are giving these games to the Celtics. Its sad to say but we kind of look hopeless. All the BS calls against us, it looks like the refs have favorites.

what kind of P&R defense is this...

STOP LEAVING KG UNCOVERED...

wow.

Well that's it for the first 2 in Boston.

Let's hope we can take all 3 in LA!

The Celtics have made one more field goal than the Lakers, and the three pointers are Celtics 8, Lakers 4. The refs played for the Celts. I'm so pissed I can't stand it!

I'm pissed. Turning in. Good night.

Our guys just didn't show up tonight. No heart. No fire. Nothing. They gave us absolutely nothing. Boston deserves to win this thing, and they're going to do so in 6. I

I said it before, I'll say it again. It's not my fault, and yes, I'm a fan, but...

The Celts are just a better team than the Lakers. I love my Lakers, but it's true. The Celts will be the NBA champs this year.

Now, lets not get upset, lets just accept it and hope we get a win or 2 in LA to at least be competitive.

28 to 4 FT's

Phil Jackson here. I left the game and blogging from the dressing room. Anyone have any ideas for Kurt?

Is this the same team I saw playing through the mighty Western Conference?

Who are you,

I'm calling you out, how about that?

I'm not a hater, but there is absolutely no justification for having Walton in this ball game. He is being eaten alive, just like Vlad was.

Agree with comments regarding the fix being in for this game. Could'nt be more blatant and Stern is in the audience. Doubt he'll investigate.
This is why the NBA has lost so many fans.

* * THE MAILMAN ALWAYS DELIVERED ON SUNDAY ! !

THE END
"The game is in the refrigerator, the door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard, and the jello's jiggling!"
Celtics in 4
Go Celtics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The thing is... some players would give up because they were down 0-1, or 0-2.

Kobe won't. Down 0-2, 0-3, hell, 0-4, Kobe won't give up. And if Kobe won't give up, then the rest of the Lakers can't give up either. They know (or should) that they are playing to be worthy of being his teammates. So, whatever you say about Kobe, he has this over every single other player in the NBA. He might take stupid shots that he has no chance of making, but he will never give up, and nobody else can say that. That's why we still want him.

GO LAKERS

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

4 freethrows to 28? ARE YOU FRICKEN KIDDING ME?

EVERYONE HERE HAS WATCHED BASKETBALL. THAT DOESN'T FRICKEN HAPPEN! IT DOESN'T HAPPEN!

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE!?!?!?!??!

Sickening.

GO LAKERS!

ok now there not getting any loose balls, might as well walk off if your going to play like that they were down by 9 now down by 20, after game 3 we'll know for sure were this team is going!!!!!! despite the bad reffing a lot of guys really looking lost out there, there giving us nothing. the tals been on kobe but so far he's not even take 20 shots and he's at a good #. so far odom has vanished and a few others.

OK, men. We give up this game. Let's go back to LA and stop learning mode. We are down by 2 now. Hope we have a fair treat at Staples Center.

TO CHANGE YOUR OFFENSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GAME SHOWS YOU THAT PHIL DOESN'T REALLY KNOW WHAT THE HELL HE IS DOING OUT THERE.

NO ADJUSTMENTS IN THE DAYS OFF.
BAD SUBSTITUTIONS

AK, I HAVE TO DISAGREE WITH YOU. HAVING LUKE OUT THERE BECAUSE OF HIS PASSING ABILITY MEANS NOTHING WHEN YOU HAVE AN AGRESSIVE TEAM LIKE BOSTON.

WE NEED BEST DEFENDERS OUT THERE FIRST.

AND TO OTHER BLOGGERS, DID YOU SEE HOW LUKE MOVED OUT THE WAY FROM POE'S DUNK?

THE DIFFERENCE IS THE CELTICS STICK IN THERE AND DRAW CHARGES, THE LAKERS MOVE OUT OF THE WAY AND TRY TO REACH FOR THE BALL.

Fans, we just have to take this defeat. Yes, I hate Boston, but not as much as I did during the 80's. Lets hope we Bynum back so we can move Odom to the small forward, and finally trade the likes of Walton and Vlad Rad.

That Powe guy again. Kobe still missing.

I actually said they needed Walton out there to handle the ball with that unit (Farmar was the only other guy), not that they need him out there at all times.

"That Walton hasn't been spectacular isn't the point. I'm not trying to say he's playing better than he is. But you still have to play the lineup that makes sense. And given the circumstances with the foul trouble and the other people out there, Walton being out there made sense. The odds don't favor throwing Mbenga into that mix and good things happening"

AK

This statement makes it official.........You are a freakin' idiot!!

It's no wonder Vanessa cussed your azz out!!.

Lakers have no heart.

The free throws and fouls broke our back tonight. I hope things will be different in LA. This is hard to watch.

Our guys just didn't show up tonight. No heart. No fire. Nothing. They gave us absolutely nothing. Boston deserves to win this thing, and they're going to do so in 6. I

Posted by: Mike | June 08, 2008 at 08:19 PM


BS! They weren't given a chance to show up!

Garnett shoots well in blowout games but disappears in close ones.

Wow. That coast to coast dunk from Powe might be a good candidate for the "Worst Defense Ever" award.

BK

30-4 free throws

13 by Leon Pow

Stay classy, Pfunk. Stay classy.

AK

Haha, No D!!! Where's the D?

Go Celtics!!!!

Lakers will always be the Celtics b!t(#!!!

 
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