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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. 


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.



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Vladdy traveled on that last play........He stopped dribbling at the half court line.


You're right........I got a little carried away.......I apologize

God this is a beautiful comeback -- if we get this -- omg

Relax, Relax. It is going 7. Officials, Stern, Jackson will see to that. By the way, I've been a fan of the NBA since 1980 and this is the worst!
Oops! Referees forgot the fix is in. Who knows! and the ABC announcers are shocked! just shocked!
Think someone hearing the sound of TVs being turned off with the pathetic officiating (and I hate people who complain about officiating).


1:03 LEFT

If we end up losing it's going to hurt more than losing by 20s. Damn...





Posted by: troy | June 08, 2008 at 08:42 PM



No worries. Heat of the moment. I appreciate the apology.


F$#!! Boston

We can do this

We will win LA

Looked clean to me.

The Celts always tire in the 4th. The refs are stunned.

Oh waddya know, terrible call as Fish gets all ball on the Pierce "foul"

And they get bailed out in the end also??????

I am proud of the Lakers!!!

they just had no answer for the reffs

DAMN IT. Turned tv back on, and pierce gets for me again :(






Win or lose, this Celtics team will be one of the biggest chokers in playoff history.
Lakers will blow them out in LA!.

no everyone turn your TVs off. The ratings will plummet.

Actually here something to tell you. This is what the game would be like if the refs stayed out of the game. There were no fouls called on the Lakers this quarter. Those steals and so forth that they have been getting have been there all day, except for the refs have taken them out.

The NBA will find a way to make Boston win. dont worry

Turned it back on.


24-35 10-10....that's all I have to say...The ref's never let us play our game and we still came back

Win or Lose, this means momentum for LA. And these Celts can't beat us FIVE games in a row.

Remember, the Celts always tire in the 4th.



The momentum has just changed in thew series....


Another bail out call by the Refs...negating the great effort by the Lakers...

No quittin' in these Lakers.

I'm proud of my Lakers.


25 more mothermucking freethrows than us? 25 more freethrows? Are you fricking kidding me?


I've never witnessed anything like this.




Hey want to know how biased ABC commentators are? This is potentially the greatest comeback in the history of all sports. This is like coming back from a 0-7 deficit in the 8th inning of the World Series, coming back from three touchdowns down in the Super Bowl, or going last to first in Indy 500. But yet Mike Breen, Marc Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are downplaying this.

AARRRRRGGGHHHHHHH.......22 seconds ...freaking referees...

Mob Bandwagon Prez


why didn't they give the ball to kobe

Kobe should hve taken tha shot not Sasha...big mistake

Still, I'm proud of this team!!






If the refs hadn't screwed us, we'd have had chance at winning.

Buss, PLEASE use your money to "fix" this problem with the refs. You know what I mean...

gotta be super proud of the effort at the end...

hope is still alive

Wow. That was ugly. We'll never know what the outcome might have been if the game had been officiated fairly. The Lakers never had a chance to find their rhythm at either end of the floor.

That said, Phil really needs to re-evaluate his match-ups. Neither VladRad nor Walton are getting the job done defensively. While Ariza may not be a major scoring threat, SOMEONE needs to focus on cutting down the Celtics' shooting percentage, and reducing their offensive options.

As helpful as Gasol's offense has been, he's still not effective enough on the defensive end against Garnett. Turiaf is even worse.

In Game 2, the Lakers still failed to finish on makeable baskets. Yet, their comeback attempt in the final minutes demonstrated that they are still a team to be reckoned with.

I woke up on Sunday morning, totally confident the Lakers would win Game 2. Little did I know the league and the referees conspired to fix the game. I have already sent the NBA an email protest. Every Lakers fan owes it to themselves and their team to do the same.

Neither we fans nor our team should lose heart. A lot of character was displayed in this phenomenal comeback attempt. There are no moral victories, but the final minutes make this game as close a moral victory as there can be.

We must still be proud of our team. There are still five games left in this best of seven. We must win four of them. We can do it. This is still our team. This is still our year. Go Lakers!

Like I said I respect Kobe like no other. F all his doubters.

A good lesson for the Celtics. Never take this Laker team lightly. They're pretty good.


"I'd like to hear Laker fans acknowledge and commend the Boston Celtics for some lock-down play"

There are a few voices crying in the wilderness.

Based on the first two games, it appears that the first couple of playoff series the Celtics played were the aberration, not their regular season.
We'll see if the Lakers run at the end of the game carries some momemtum over into game 3.

Celtics are in serious trouble in LA. They were exposed tonight in a big big way.

One stat tells the whole story of this game, and it has to do with those guys with the whistles, or the comeback, or the Celtics "defense" (chuckle), it has to do with getting the most one-sided calls in NBA history period.

Without the refs help, the Celtics don't stand a chance. Not a chance.

I'm so angry right now.

Not at our team and the way they played, nor at the Celtics.

I'm angry at the refs.

Something is seriously wrong here.


We're going to win this series unless the refs take it from us.

We are the better team.

I am so angry right now.


Oh, and you Celtics fans continue your streak of classless, tacky blogging. I've never been to a Celtics blog.... ever. Why come to ours?
Posted by: Sad Laker Fan | June 08, 2008 at 08:36 PM

For the same reason they need help from the refs to win, they're from Boston.

Good call troy, Lakers have the momentum for game 3!

Despite the worst officiating in Finals history, Lakers almost stole it. The refs certainly accounted for more than the six point difference.

yep the refs cost this one no doubt look at the end of this game those jokers barely won the game

yep the refs cost this one no doubt look at the end of this game those jokers barely won the game

Phil Jackson Sucks! Doc Rivers out Coach Him!

I love the lakers

Hello Staples center

38 to 10 FT's

Hey want to know how biased ABC commentators are? This is potentially the greatest comeback in the history of all sports. This is like coming back from a 0-7 deficit in the 8th inning of the World Series, coming back from three touchdowns down in the Super Bowl, or going last to first in Indy 500. But yet Mike Breen, Marc Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are downplaying this.

Posted by: The Lake Show | June 08, 2008 at 08:48 PM

Stern+"the network"+the Mafia...

As long as we don't play scared, we have a chance.

I hope the refs help us out. There were some blatantly bogus calls against the Lakers.

Like I said I respect Kobe like no other. F all his doubters.

At least we went down guns a blazin...

our warriors are coming back home...

Go Lakers...

SADHKJ almost. i felt it


Nice play call Phil....



The Lakers are a better team when the reffs let them play

Well I am proud of my Lakers, they never gave up. Too bad they were never allowed to play for 3 quarters and 6 minutes.

But yeah so since the game ended close lets check out that out that free throw disparity again....?

Im not even gonna talk about the refs...just wanna ask why phil doesnt have Kobe on PP?

perfect ending (foul on pierce) to this game

the refs should be ashamed of themselves. they were plum awful

but way to go, Lakes. ...they never gave up

at least we didn't fall down and die

Lakers in 6

Lakers Blog,

Does anyone want to agree now with my statement after Game 1 that the Celtics are just, plain and simple, the better team?

For those of you who think the Lakers will win the next 3, forget about it. It's only happened once in NBA history (Pistons won 3 at home in 2004 to clinch the title).

WOW... your are right...

All you doubter suck..

we lost the game but i feel like we won... We can do this... 3 games in LA

We can do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have faith

cant blame the any of the lakers..its 5 versus 8 (boston + 3 refs) Im still proud of our team! we're very here!!! bring out your best, boston!!

God*amn it that hurt. Bad. Night y'all.



I am so proud of the Lakers. The fight and the passion was there. I almost started crying. They left it all on the floor. Radman had a bad game but he gave it his all. Kobe poured every ounce of his passion on that court. We fight till the death.

I tip my Laker hat to my favorite team for not giving up when it appeared hopeless. Come on home boys. We still love ya (Luke, eh, not so much)


nba just lost itself a fan

AAAUUUUGHhhhhh crap



We made it good, on the road, without the refs. No way Boston feels good after this.

No excuses. Credit (and props) where credit (and props) are due. The Celts played better than the Lakers. They some serious ballers on their team. KG and Pierce are two of the greatest to play the game. Allen and Posey are experienced veterans who know when to choose their spots. Rondo is incredibly skilled, and Powe has incredible talent. This isn't the washed up Spurs, the unskilled brute force of the Jazz, or the uninspired talent of the Nuggets. These guys deserve to be there. But we almost beat them down. Almost. And we did it without help, on their court. And now we have three in our house.

Let's do this



The Lakers can carry this mommentum back to LA and win all three games! If Phil keeps Luke out of the game and plays Ariza, And Activate Newble he has finals experiance from Clevland!

I like how we came back..there are no moral victories..but this MAY be one..if we play like we played the last 5 minutes we can BEAT this team three times in a row..then we would win ONE in boston....


i am still baffled by the 38 to 10 ft disparity.

I want Phil and Kobe to let them have it at the press conference!!!!!!

This is certainly a slap in Kobe's face.
What are you goin' to do Mr MVP?
Can you take it ?
Are you going to be man enough or you'll just whine and throw tantrums again?
It's your call Mr. MVP.
The ball is in your hands now and we'll see what you have.

That was a great comeback. In the end, the foul disparity made the difference. Now back to staples. we can take the next three....we have to believe. A split in
boston gives us the championship.

Our team never gave up, which is more than I can say for some of the posters. This is a best of seven series, and to say the Celtics are a better team after the first 7 quarters and to declare them the champs is just not understanding this team or the game.
Let's get some homecooking going, and show Beantowm what we can d

I don't want to start this crasy TRADE talks, but we witness Lakers comeback with LO sitting all entire 4th. Does mean anything? Yes, to me we can survive with LO, mark my words, if Lakers loose this serie, LO will be traded offseason

can we get rid of vlad rad? the dude doesnt have heart.

he traveled and got away with it. good job. hahahahaha!

kudos to the lakers for not giving up.

but please get rid of vlad rad.

It looked like Sasha was fouled on that last 3 point attempt.... but anyway..... i digress... at least we built some momentum towards Game 3 back in LA - GO LAKERS!!!!!

The Refs cost us this game.

Why haven't we heard much about the ref who was on the take? Because Stern and his underworld cohorts control the media too. Notice how they buried that story? Just like the eastcoast mafia buried the cheating scandal involving the Patriots. Ever notice that every other commercial on TV is about the Cetlics?

Sports is a multi-million dollar industry, and anything recreational event that deals with that type of money has corruption all over it. God bless him, but do you remember what happened to M. Jordan's father after he got caught up in gambling? You don't think the mafia had a hand in any of that?

There's more to this than meets the eye. I'm sure Charles Barkley would agree...


No. and nobody wants you here either.

Kobe had to make a LEFT HAND RUNNER becuz Pierce fouled him in the 4th....

no AND 1!!!

I dont care what anyone says.. I'm proud as hell how no bullets were left in the chamber!!! This is a helluva lot better than this time last year and I'm STILL expecting a title THIS year.. nonetheless I'm pissed.. I'm not happy not winning one of these games and I dont care.. I'm gonna sulk now.. stay mad at the world until Tues.. ALL shiney happy people stay the F away from me !!!!!


anything can happen


Big hand for our team tonight, they kept their focus and composure against the most one-sided officiated game in NBA history, and still almost stole it at the end. Imagine if the refs had allowed them to play like that from the beginning, it would've been a Laker blowout. The first 2 "fouls" on Kobe had to be the most blatant example of game fixing ever. EVER.

I'm thankful actually that I have the game on TiVo, because I can digitize all the BS and put it on YouTube - it needs to be documented for all eternity as a major blemish on the face of the NBA and just how corrupt the refs can be. It'll be called Tom Donaghy II - Electric (chair) Boogaloo.

can we get rid of vlad rad? the dude doesnt have heart.

he traveled and got away with it. good job. hahahahaha!

kudos to the lakers for not giving up.

but please get rid of vlad rad.

Having already said this...

I don't believe in moral victories. But if there ever was one...this is it.

We came back down 19. We made a game out of it.

It may not be a moral victory, but it's certainly a stepping stone, and momentum for the next 3 in Staples.

Go Lakers!

I wonder why all those Celts fans here? How unsecure they are if they need to get here in order to prove what?Bunch of green idiots

Study those ref calls in the last minute of play.
They made absolutely sure they gave the win to Boston despite the biggest choking act in the NBA.
There's no shame in this loss bec. the refs really teamed up on this one, and there's no way they were going to make the Celts lose.
Where were their orders coming from? Vegas? East Coast Mafia? David Stern?
This series is scripted to go 7 with the final game in Boston.
Biggest question is, what's on the script for game 7?

Paul Pierce should have stayed in LA. The acting with his injury is the best performance I have ever seen. If the Celtics best offensive player really was hurt he would not be in the game when his team is up 20 in the fourth quarter. Kobe has played all season with a torn ligament in his shooting hand and Paul Pierce gets a bruise (maybe) on his knee and it is all they talk about on ESPN. Give me a break. Lakers better get their defense together back home.


I disagree.

Let's see how the Celtics play on the road, then we'll see.

It's okay, we all have our bad days. They will come back... They always do...

GtownJJ knows NOTHING.

THREE times in league history a team has won all 3 games.

twice in the last 4 years (Detroit and Miami).

Not to wear this down, and I hate to bring this up, but remember when that woman who accused Kobe of rape was threatened by the mafia? You don't think they had a hand in here settling the case?

Big money = mafia. The NBA is dirty. One of their refs already proved that.

Even though we lost, it feels like we grabbed the momentum because of the way we fought back. 41 points in the fourth quarter? Whew...impressive.

The refs should be ashamed. The Celtics should be ashamed for winning. That was one of the ugliest games I've ever seen. Nice work, NBA.

Lakers have 5 games to beat the refs. Oh, and the Celtics.

Lakers in six.

Go Lake Show!

G Town JJ

you know what you are talking about thats for shure what about the heat against the mavericks?



spokanlakerfan (and others),
it doesn't matter how bad or how well celtics play on the road. They can win at home and they have home court advantage. Its up to Lakers to make changes and Lakers players to step up, but I dont see it happening.

NO way in hell they should attempt THREE TIMES MORE FREE THROWS THAN US!

there's a word for this...


delaney, crawford, mauer... they should all be forced to resign... seriously.

I was beyond happy to see the heart of this team. At first it was only Kobe busting his ass when we were down by 24 but then everyone else followed soon after. I don't like making excuses but thre refs were bad. Everytime they drove to the basket. Foul. Everytime we drove. Nothing. The comeback was HUGE though, provided us some momentum and more importantly some much needed confidence. As long as we take care of business at Staples I still think we win this series. We can be up 3-2 in a week. Lets work hard and make it happen. Proud of my Lakers no matter what the outcome is.

Lamar prolly not Finals MVP


For those of you who think the Lakers will win the next 3, forget about it. It's only happened once in NBA history (Pistons won 3 at home in 2004 to clinch the title).

Posted by: GtownJJ



Let's see, which team were the NBA refs betting on tonight?

Lakers shoot 10 free throws.

Celtics shoot 38 free throws.

Is that balanced officiating? Or is that outright and blatant cheating by the referees?

Case closed. Except for the pending investigation by Commissioner David Stern and the NBA powers-that-be.

Another point,

One of the refs tonight was that former mafia informant. Just how is a former mafia informant and snitch able to do all that, send wiseguys to jail, sell a book about his experiences and CONTINUE to be a ref in the NBA? You'd think this guy would be afraid to show his face. But no. He's obviously being "protected". Wonder why?

He was a mafia insider for the police. Is he now a mafia insider for the NBA?

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