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X_men_4More blog-off action with our Boston Globe Celtics Blog compadres. The initial discussion centered around whether or not the Celtics can stop Kobe Bryant.  Then came the question of which team should  capture America's heart.  Tonight, we examine the Lakers and Celtics rosters beyond Kobe and the Big Three to determine which of the "lesser" names could most affect the series.  Ladies and gentlemen, join us for a rousing round of Pick your X Factor guy!!!

Gary Dzen: Boston Globe

Rajon Rondo. The end.

No, but seriously, as Rondo goes, so go the Celtics. Paul Pierce is going to score. Kevin Garnett is going to score. Ray Allen might score. Maybe. But Rondo is the engine that makes the Celtics go. There are two reasons for this.

The first is that Rondo by himself is an impact player. He has only one speed: frantic. Rondo will pressure Derek Fisher and make it difficult for the Lakers to get into their offense. He's the only Celtics perimeter player who can even hope to disrupt the Lakers in the backcourt. On offense, the 22-year-old Rondo is inconsistent. And this has nothing to do with his outside shooting, which has been blown way out of proportion. Rondo will hit the midrange shot. He won't hit threes. It's that simple. This is NOT a storyline. But the way Rondo runs the offense IS a storyline for Boston. When Rondo is aggressive and takes it to the basket, the Celtics are much better off. When he's tentative, watch out.

A couple of examples:

  • Game 5 against Cleveland: 20 points (9 of 15), 13 assists in a Celtics win.
  • Game 6 against Cleveland: 2 points (1 of 5), 5 assists in a Celtics loss.
  • Game 1 against Detroit: 11 points (5 of 9), 7 assists, 5 steals in a Celtics win
  • Game 4 against Detroit: 4 points ( 2 of 8), 4 assists in a Celtics loss. 'Nuff said. The second reason the

    Celtics need Rondo to be successful is because the alternatives are scary. Sam Cassell is way past his prime. He's a liability on defense because he can't stay with anybody, and he's a liability on offense because he is a black hole. He doesn't know the plays. And he shoots every time down. Eddie House is the other PG option for the C's, and he's the much preferred option in my opinion. He's deadly from three, and although he's undersized, he gets into the passing lanes and gives a solid effort on defense. But Rondo he is not. Rondo is the X factor. Is that a lot of pressure to put on the scrawny shoulders of a 22-year-old? Sure. But so was handing him the keys to the Bentley that is the 66-win Celtics. Pressure's on you, young fella.

    GD

    Andrew Kamenetzky: LA Times

    Picking a Laker "X Factor" for this series isn't the easiest task, since this team's enviable depth has created a scenario where everyone's two cents make a mark.  You could offer a solid "X" argument for anyone in the rotation garnering at least 15 minutes of consistent PT.  But a man's gotta make a choice, and with that, I'm selecting Sasha Vujacic. 

    He's not the most important guy on the roster, nor is he the most talented.  But the sharp shooter's production affects the Lakers in a variety of ways.  He's been the playoffs' most consistent Bench Mobber, which plays into a potentially big element against the Celts.  The Lakers bench has been considerably better than Boston's during the postseason.  As the purple and gold standout reserve, Sasha could be a big part of either burying Boston when their starters rest or simply allowing Kobe a rest without his own squad getting a dirt nap.  On nights when he's clanged Spalding (like the 1-11 Game 5 against Utah), he's offset that lousy aim with relentless and effective defense.  And while he may be a reserve, when it comes to the fourth quarter, Sasha's got starter's clout.  Odds favor him on the court down the stretch, often saddled with a difficult assignment.  Save perhaps Lamar Odom (who often joins the mob at the top of the second/fourth frames as Kobe catches a breather), no Laker may play as big a role with the first and second units as Vujacic.   

    There's also another wrinkle with Sasha pushing him over the top.  We've seen him act the fool a few times during the playoffs.  Getting a dumb tech jawing at Kyle Korver during Game 5's final (and tight) minute.  Canning a wholly unnecessary three as the Lakers and Spurs were ready to shake hands upon the series' conclusion.  Michael Finley looked like he was about to kick the crap out of him.  And as much as I like Sasha, that shot was nothing short of "bush" (his own teammates weren't even thrilled) and a pop to the chops would have been justified.  Both scenarios, however, underscore The Face's ability to annoy foes, which is why I'm genuinely curious to see which Celtic ends up hating him the most. 

    Bugging the hell out of opponents has always been a Vujacician talent, but an ability to spark reactions doesn't mean much if you're getting used by the player in question.  In the past, Sasha would irritate whomever he guarded on a possession or two, then get lit up on the rest.  Not so much anymore.  Throw in the fact that he's not one to back down and this could get interesting.  And by "interesting," I mean, "entertaining."  I can easily picture Sasha residing inside the skin of a few green soldiers.  Eddie House is nothing if not easily excitable.  Rajon Rondo might be down for an epic "skinny dude battle."  Sam Cassell may cut to the chase and initiate the smack (if that happens, be happy, because it means Sam-I-Am is playing, which can only help the Lakers).  But the best bet could very well be one Kevin Garnett, who's wound waaaaaaaayyyyyy too tightly to find Sasha anything less than nails on the chalkboard.  If Vegas offers a prop bet for "first Laker elbowed" (and I have to imagine some casino must), the safe money is on Slovenia's Favorite Son.

    Of course, this all goes out the window if Phil finally comes to his senses and begins running the offense through DJ Mbenga.  That, my friends, will put the "X" in "X Factor."  But until that day arrives, I'm sticking with Sasha. 

    AK
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    What's standing between the Lakers and grabbing this series by the throat?

    Another 22 hours.

    Well said AK...I too am waiting for the day when Phil runs the offense thru DJ...

    The Machine?? Hmmm...not in love with that pick. X-Factor seems to be a little less predictable than that...OK, OK, I know he's not actually a "machine." But, he's still pretty consistent. He's annoying on D and shoots and flops:) Go Sasha!

    Anywho, I'd go with Fish's shooting as a possibility. Of course, he's quite consistent as well in therms of attitude, effort, etc. but his shooting is streaky. If he gets it going (and we know he can REALLY get it going) the Celtics are in big, big trouble.

    Vlad has similar traits, but is less consistent when not shooting and has less upside (I think Fish can and will really bother Rajon, whereas Vlad's scale on defense on Pierce is from "terrible" to "surprisingly not terrible").

    Ronny is also a possibility. I think Simmons said in a chat that he's our week link. Piffle. He could really play great and make the sports guy eat crow.

    But the point of having a really deep team is that someone can step up and be the X-Factor not only game by game but half by half and even quarter by quarter. Kobe's the only know quantity on this team. Everyone else has huge X-Factor potential.

    GO LAKERS!

    "Of course, this all goes out the window if Phil finally comes to his senses and begins running the offense through DJ Mbenga. That, my friends, will put the "X" in "X Factor." But until that day arrives, I'm sticking with Sasha."

    HAHAHAHA. I would prefer that to running the offense through Kwame Brown. At least DJ Mbenga has a sweet midrange touch.

    This is an SI article from 1998 about Kobe: http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1012689/7/index.htm . Interesting to see how much has happened since then.

    Lamar needs to have a huge series and have near triple double performances. STAY OUT OF FOUL TROUBLE. I don't know if I would call Lamar and X factor but if he has a really bad series it could be hard for the Lakers to win. With that being said...

    Lamar = Finals MVP

    GO LAKERS

    This is sort of a risky pick for X-factor, considering he might not get many minutes, but still it's interesting to think about: Trevor Ariza. If he could guard Pierce aor even Allen, he could be really important to the success of the team. On offense, his athleticism getting to the basket could also be helpful. If I was Phil, what I would is let Ariza take Walton's or Radmanovic's minutes if either of them is ineffective. Just a thought.

    I think Vujajic is a pretty good pick for X-factor though, btw, for all the reasons mentioned by AK.


    Sasha better be the X factor since, as you said, he'll undoubtedly be on the floor in the tight end games.

    Thank god we're finally going to stop scribbling and play the game. When presidential politics pops up on the blog, you know it's time to jump it up.

    I agree with this AK. Before I read your post, I decided that my XFactor would be Sasha, and was pleasantly surprised to see you agree. I think Sasha's growth as a player has been really tremendous. He used to be sort of a fun guy to see late in games and running joke of sorts. He was never someone I saw as a possible serious contributer. But this year has been a revelation for me. We always knew he could shoot, but he has stepped up his consistency this year. His biggest improvement has really been defense though. And I agree, he does always seem to get in the heads of opposition players. Who knows, he could get KG or Paul Pierce tossed from a game, he has done it with Melo.

    What's the over/under on how long tomorrow' s work day will seem like? I've got 22 hours.

    If Rhondo is the key for the Celtics, that makes me feel at ease. Fish and Sasha will eat up that young boy. I like the Sasha X factor also. Sasha will have a great defensive series and a few key treys.

    Go Lakers...Smack the ubuntu out of the green fairies.

    Lakers in 5.

    No more time for talk! Lets get it on!!!!!!!!!!

    I don't know about this series. The Lakers have beaten a Utah team that I happen to think was tougher than the Spurs, and of course they beat the former world champs. Boston has struggled against Atalanta of all teams, Cleveland, and Detroit, but they've proven they can play under pressure, having won two game 7's.

    The Celts have home court advantage, but they've also proven they could be beaten on the road and the Lakers have been a good road team.

    The Celts have the best defense in the playoffs, but the Lakers have the best offense.

    The Lakers have played quality games solidly, but they tend to lose big leads and have been lucky in a few of their victories. The Celts haven't won against any true competitors like the Jazz and the Spurs, but...they have been wining.

    On paper, the Celtics have better players, but the Lakers seem to have a better system.

    The Lakers have one player than can beat you, the Celts have 2, possibly 3. But yet the Lakers are deeper overall.

    The 2-3-2 format definetly favors the Lakers; win one in Boston and they can rap it up at home, where they've been deadly. But the Celts killed the Lakers twice this season.

    Ray Allen has sucked all playoffs, but he always gets up for Kobe. Pau has played like a sissy since the Utah series, but he still seems to get a lot of rebounds, key blocks, and scores at least 15 points.

    Pierce on any given night can score 45, but Kobe can score 50.

    The Celts had the better record, but none of their players have finals experience. There's more pressure on the Celts because they're an old team and this may be it for them, while the Lakers are only going to get better next year with Bynum. But the Celts have those darned 3 all-stars...

    In mind, this is the epitome of a toss up series. I have no idea who will win it.

    In my heart, it's the Lakers in 5 games.

    My choice is caramba Monumento de Catalan - Pau Gasol

    He is the pride of Catalunya, the decendant of King Philip and Queen Isabela, Antoni Gaudi, Joan Miro The eyes of every Spaniard is on Pau Gasol. He is the X factor that the Celtics have not gauged with his latest stints as a Laker. He is the secret weapon at the post, in every pick and roll plays with Kobe or with Odom or with Fish or with Vlad any combinations will do, Pau will put in whatever they will provide. He is the towering Monument a Colom, a replica of the huge tall statue of Columbus at Port Vell in modern Barcelona. As a monument of the Lakers, he will lord on KG and deprive him from getting any ring, frustrate Perkins as a vengeance to what he did to Socks in last meeting, retire permanently P J Brown. Pau will score no less than 25 points, 15 rebounds in Game #1. Viva Pau, Viva Espanya, Viva Lakers.

    Let the games begin and chart our destiny.

    just wanted to ask the guys on here: which celtic player do you hate the most?

    I'll give my answer: Hermann Munster - clotheslined Rambis, there's a few clips of him bumping and trying to initimidate magic (who pointed a finger in his face after dunking on him), and he's still a jerk for trading Garnett to the celtics instead of the lakers when the lakers had a better offer (again, that turned out ok, but his intentions were rotten).

    i may be one of the few people who was amused with sasha's last trey, so i'm kinda surprised that he's been getting a lot of flak for it, to this day. if the lakers were on the other end of the stick and manu shot the trey, i wouldn't have given a rat's heinie. of course, that's just me.

    i watched game 5 again on tv and noticed that, in the lakers' final possession, the spurs were still trapping and hustling. heck, parker just shot a trey in the preceding play. so they weren't really conciliatory until the final 3 or 4 seconds. the spurs only have themselves to blame by not laying down and dying in the final 10 seconds.

    if sasha shot the ball for the hell of it, he did the right thing by sinking it. if he did it for the tacos, his heart was in the right place. if he did it to build shooter's momentum going into the boston series, then why would laker fans be against that?

    Here is accompanying video of Barcelona. This will be the inspiration of Pau Gasol, 10 minutes show. I hope it works, enjoy.

    http://gospain.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.
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    AK/BK,
    I hate Boston Globe guy, Dan whatever. Please get him to read this post.

    This guy is UTTERLY delusional.
    I mean, why are all his comments soooo biased like the Celtics are the ultimate team.

    Did he really just say this:
    "Rondo will hit the midrange shot. He won't hit threes. It's that simple. This is NOT a storyline. "

    How the hell is that NOT a storyline. Oh, because Mr. Dan Boston Globe guy say it's not a storyline.

    To say, that Rondo's midrange shot ISN'T the storyline for BOSTON especially when he'll shoot 5-6 uncontested shots every game is dumb. ESPECIALLY when more than likely in a close game Rondo will be the one to make/miss and decide Boston's fate is dumb.

    You Know, He knows, and I know at the end of the game we are rotating off of Rondo and he'll have to beat us. If he wants to drive in to the land of Pau Gasol and Odom after turning down an open jumper that is just dumb.

    Mr. Boston Globe then says:
    "But the way Rondo runs the offense IS a storyline for Boston. When Rondo is aggressive and takes it to the basket, the Celtics are much better off."

    That's not true. If this guy is going to turn down every open jumper like he did in Detroit the Celtics are going to lose. It's not about him being "aggressive", it's about him shooting open shots and making good decisions.

    So yea, Boston guy is talkin out his arse.

    If Rondo is hitting his mid-range shot CONSISTENTLY, this is a different series.

    But we know he wont, which is a main reason Derek Fisher will play great help D and use timely doubles to annoy K.G. on the block.

    Where's that analysis Mr. Boston Globe guy?

    It's not there... what a terrible mis-informed blog they have over there...

    Insanity Plus.. Let it begin... (In this case it works...)

    Here's the thing...

    According to Bio-Chrono rhythms...

    Here are the X-Factors, at least for the first two games

    Sasha Vuljacic
    Jordan Farmar
    Luke Walton

    Bench Mob.

    Bench Mob.

    Bench Mob.

    Yep. Watch the Bench Mob.

    By the way, my lucky bar is closed on Sunday--Game Two. I bribed the bartender to let me into the bar on Sunday to watch the game at my lucky barstool.

    Let''s be positive.

    GO LAKERS!

    I look at Sasha as the role player that will complement with Mr. MVP and PG Farmar or Fisher. Celtics will try to put off the machine, kill the annoying bug but the man from Slovenia is on a mission. His mission in the past:

    Round One - AI
    Round Two - Deron Williams
    Round Three - Manu Ginobli

    His mission in the Finals - Why not Ray Allen?

    Edwin Gueco,
    Can you make the link in your post shorter please.
    Anyone know how to setup firefox to display the page normally that has a long link ?

    I will give the Boston guy the thumbs up on his pick. And AK, I am okay with yours but disagree. I would have gone with D-Fish. He will be a difference maker - it just won't be points. It will be all the intangibles the Lakers need to beat the C's and win the championship.

    4 to 15!

    GO LAKERS!!!!

    I'm glad Sasha hit that 3 at the end of game 5.

    YOU PLAY UNTIL THE BUZZER SOUNDS.

    You guys better bring it tomorrow! March to Game 1victory, no doubters and bleed the Purple and Gold!!!

    I hate long links like the one posted in Ed Gueco's post. It causes errors in my browser. The whole center blog column with all the posts gets pushed too
    wide. And part of the paragraphs disappear way off to the right into limbo and I can't read them.

    Mr. Blank Poster,

    Sorry for the inconvenience, did you like the Barcelona sights and sounds? I just cut and paste. I did not set it on a firefox. Wish you can teach me how?

    for long links, use
    www.tinyurl.com
    just paste your link into the box and it will make a new, shorter link!
    easy!

    I think Sasha and Rondo are interesting X-factors. Though I think Sasha has gotten much more dependable so you can guess what he will do in each game. But Lamar and Gasol tend to be more variable than Sasha. So I think they are the Laker's X-factors.

    But I do think Sasha is the Laker's secret weapon. The league seems unaware that this kid, who can be annoying and can do the dumbest noobie moves (like a layup in the final seconds when you are THREE points behind), is also a hidden defensive force for the Lakers. This is the kid that spends year after year guarding KOBE BRYANT in practice all season long!! And he's picked up a few tricks.

    Sharp shooters Ginobli and Kyle Korver learned that the hard way and were kept fairly unproductive during their games with the Lakers. And I suspect Ray Allen is going to have problems too from Slovenia.

    Rondo on the other hand is the guy that helps keep the Celtic's offense running smoothly. He finds the holes in the opposing defense when they double KG and/or Pierce. However, he's not a great three point shooter. He's mostly a layup guy with a medium range shot. So that will play well to Derek Fisher who may not be as fast, but is STRONG and can deny Rondo from shooter where he want to shoot. Fisher will probably UTAH this kid. Push him around, block him out of his sweet spots, put him out of his game. Rondo will have problems penetrating into the post. Rondo may be faster, but Fisher did well against Tony Parker who was a much more difficult assignment. And anything Rondo can do Parker does better.


    I think the game will depend upon who matches up with KG on defense. If KG requires a doubleteam, then there will be a whole somewhere that the Celtics can expoit. And they are a good passing team. And KG is like Gasol- tall, long, with a good shot. But KG can shoot a three, and is much better at being physical in the post than Gasol. But technically, he's not a center. So Gasol may not be matched up against him. Technically, I think Radmanovic is the matchup by position, but that would be a disaster. I like Vlady, but this is KG!!!

    Wither way, they got nobody who can stop Kobe. So we'll see how it goes.

    :D

    Ed Gueco, just use the direct youtube link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLNLFStyvAI

    It's the same video.

    btw, with youtube links you can delete everything after and including the ampersand(&).

    Here's a shorter link for Edwin's Barcelona video:

    http://tinyurl.com/5qp4ua

    Ed Gueco,

    If Gasol peaks those numbers, then it,s all over, Lakers in 4.

    Go Lakers.

    GD, I don't think so. I agree that if Rondo does play well, the Celtics are in good shape. But I just don't think he will. I think the young guard will crumble under the pressure of the Finals. The X-factor is Pierce. I know he will get his points, but for the Celtics to win, Pierce must be brilliant, neutralizing Kobe's offense and scoring 32+ points in each of the Celtics victories. He's surely capable (Game 7 vs. Cleveland), but I doubt he has the focus to do it 4 times.

    AK, agreed, agreed and agreed. Sasha's confidence is sky high, especially after his last shot, earning tacos for the Staples crowd and wrecking the spread, What the heck was he thinking? LOVED IT. Though he did deserve to get punched. HaHaHaHa. He should play an important role in PJ's defensive strategies, get some extra minutes, taking his turn defending, bothering and otherwise annoying Pierce. And in 4th quarter crunch time, when Kobe locks in on Pierce, Sasha slides over to shut down Allen. All the while, spacing the floor and knocking down some meaningful 3s once the Celtics realize they need to double Kobe. Should be fun. Pierce might even teach Sasha the "Blood, Sweat & Tears" mudra.

    I don't know why the Lakers are picked as the favorites. If I'm not mistaken, the Celtics are the ones with a better record and home court advantage.

    Win or lose, it's been a great season for the Lakers.

    Lakers 3-15 when they fail to score at least 100 points...they`ll be lucky to crack 90 even once against Celts!

    Garnett vs. Pau?

    Get serious, KG will have Pau "Gasshole" in major foul trouble within six minutes!

    You can also go to - view - page style - no page style in the top of your Firefox browser. It looks funky, but at least you can read it.

    The X factor is easily Lamar Odum

    Lamar has the most to lose if he doesn't have an exceptional series.

    LO's inconsistency throughout his career has labeled him an underachiever. This label will either be confirmed or disspelled in the Finals. Simple as that.

    A Laker victory and a great performance by LO will ensure he remains a Laker for life. A disappearing act will guarantee his exile.

    I expect Lamar to rise to the occasion, his personal trajedies have been well documented, and I hope a victory would, to some small degree, ease his pain.

    Here's to you Lamar, I am rooting for you as much, if not more than Kobe.

    Great interview with Bill Walton on ESPN:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/dailydime?page=dime-080605

    He thinks the Celtic size, Pierce's offense/Garnett's D, and home court will get them the Championship. He doesn't think the Lakers will be able to run with the paint being clogged with Celtic big men and he advises the Celtics to go at Kobe to get him tired playing D.

    He makes a lot of good points.

    Suddenly I'm not so upset that I have to work and wont be able to watch the game live; it's gonna be a doozy.

    Wes

    Good Morning, Lakersville.
    Happy Game Day to all!

    I just woke up from the most vivid dream - my missus TiVo's a bunch of shows, and then stays up to watch 'em after I fall asleep. One of her "girlie" shows must have snuck into my dream. Weird...

    What Not to Wear, N.B.A. Finals Special Edition:

    (Ray Allen steps into the 360 degree mirror. He looks old, fat, and out of shape.) "Man, oh, man! Ray-Ray still gots it. Uhhh-huhhh! Still gots it. Yeah!" (he pivots repeatedly, checking himself out, smiling.)

    (The door opens, and Clinton & Stacey step into the 360 mirror.)
    Clinton: "Ray-Ray? What are you, like twelve?"
    Stacey: "A twelve year old death-row inmate in the deep south? Seriously, Ray. One 'Ray' is plenty. But this does bring up something important that we need to talk about."
    Allen: "What's wrong with Ray-Ray?"
    Clinton: "Because it's not age-appropriate. Because...CLEARLY...you're not twelve anymore."
    Stacey: "So, Ray, why don't you tell us...and America...just what in the hell is that you're wearing?"
    Allen: "It's called a 'Slovenian,' I think."
    Clinton (to Stacey): "This man needs help."
    Stacey: "Okay, Ray, the theme of our show could be called 'I've fallen and I can't get up,' but more to the point, it's about age-appropriateness."
    Clinton: "You see yourself wearing a Slovenian like a cheap suit, and while you may think ridiculous things like 'I still got it,' what America sees is a washed-up ball player who is not aging gracefully. It makes you look old, and slow, like you couldn't get this Slovenian off of you, no matter how many screens you run it through."
    Stacey: "Here. We'll help scrape the Slovenian off of you, so that you can try on something that is a little better suited to a man of your age..."

    (Cut to studio shot, Allen standing in front of dressing mirror, wearing Celtics warmups.)
    Clinton: "Now, Mr. Allen, doesn't that feel better?"
    Stacey: "And, much more importantly, doesn't that LOOK better?"
    Allen: "Yeah! With these warmups back on, it's like, I can move easier, and breathe better!"
    Stacey: "Because that Slovenian was on you way too tight! Tell me I'm right, Ray! And now, back on the bench where you belong..."
    Allen: "I see what you're saying. I AM too old to be wearing that kind of stuff. But once you get a Slovenian on you, you just kind of lose your head, and then it's not so easy to get it off you again. Thanks, Stacey, and thanks, Clinton. You guys are real life savers!"
    Stacey: "Another fashion faux paux set strait! Our job here is done."

    Great Morning Charles
    Great Morning, Morning Maniacs JohnnyP. Bozz, Toad, Pig Miller, Fearless
    JustAnotherMambaFan, Edward Gueco, EastCoastJessie, PsychedLakerGirl
    Today seems like a lovely day to kick the crap out of a Celtic.
    BOSTON CELTICS YOU CHANTED "BEATLA, BEAT LA", WELL
    MOFO's HERE WE ARE LET'S GET IT ON.
    Roll call in 2 hours. DISMISSED!!!

    The X-Factor for the Celtics has to be Kendrick Perkins. If he can throw Gasol and/or Odom off their game with his energy and size and mean streak, the Lakers may be in for a long series and the C's can win the title. None of the Big 3 scare me because they'll all have their moments and all get theirs. But if Perkins gets off, the C's will win this in 6 or 7.

    Our esteemed Edwin Gueco is right. Pau is the X-Factor in this series, as he has been since he donned a Lakers jersey. I'm no roundball expert, but it seems to me that, with his length and passing ability, the offense tends to glide. Guys are moving and cutting instead of waiting on 24 to run the offense. Garnett and/or Perkins are going to try to woof, bang, and posterize him to take him out of his game. But if he plays his average, the Lakers will make a run at a split of the 1st 2 games. If he plays an above-average series, the Lakers will win this in 5 or 6. If he plays a great series, this thing could be over in 4 or 5.

    The C's camp puts too much stock in what they did during the regular season. We Lakers fans, well, we're a tad overconfident because of the team's postseason run. But with a week off, and 4 months since the teams have last played, Game 1 is up in the air. It could decide the series.

    I'll be on a plane while it's going on.

    Final prediction: yes, I'm a little overconfident, but the Lakers will win 2 in Boston. The C's will get lifts from unlikely sources throughout this series. KG and Pierce will alternate as the Man. But Kobe, having absorbed the lessons of his only Finals loss, and having hungered for this moment all his life, will play an effective, smart series. There will be one loss in Boston and one loss in LA. Collectively, the team will stay focused and together, and the coaching staff will make the correct adjustments.

    Lakers in 6.

    Go Lakers.

    Finally! Today begins the home stretch on the path to
    redemption for Kobe & the Lakers after losing to
    the Pistons.

    I've re-watched the final game with the Spurs about
    3 times so far. Jonesing for the Lakers.

    Go Lakers!
    Go Kobe!

    BTW,

    On NBA TV last night at a Lakers shoot around, I saw Bynum on the court. Any news on that front?

    Good morning LAL friends!
    And to make the day even longer - the LAT has a clock counting down to tip-off. TORTURE.

    But it's finally game day!!! The blog team has gotten through these past few days fairly unscathed although you could tell we were all nearing the end yesterday - tensions so high politics finally got the best of us.

    It's GAME DAY! That means we muster up every bit of energy to trounce out all trolls and their final words of discouragement and disdain. We have taken down three sets of trolls already and the newest ones won't be able to hange here much longer either.

    It's GAME DAY! I am ready to roll Mamba. Hello everyone - gather round the circle to cheer our team and let them steal a game in the fake Garden.

    It's GAME DAY and we have AK/BK to lead us through and get us ready for G1.

    GO LAKERS!!!!

    Good morning Laker family around the Globe,

    GAME DAY, at last. No more analysis. No more predictions. (Stephen A. Smith may still pop a vein, though.) The countdown is on. I'm ready. This is our team. This is our year. Go Lakers!

    Good Morning Lakers Nation!

    What an awesome day it is to be a Lakers Fan!

    Let's go Lakers!

    Game Day.


    GO LAKERS!

    Thank you Zoilesque and Pslakerfan for the rescue, I was about to ask AK to just delete the link. Sorry to others who were harmed by the huge file, this oldie here is low-tech.

    Good morning Mamba24, Rick, Psyched, Edwin, Fatty and the rest of the MORNING CRUE & GREAT LAKER NATION!!!!!!!

    FINALLY - IT'S GAME DAY BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YEEEEEEEE FRICKEN HAAWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!

    I didn't think some of us would make it - it's been a very rough few days! But it's finally here - our opportunity to kick some Greenie Weenie butt & take names! Let's go Lakers - show these suckers what it means to have the heart of a champion!

    Stomp these guys - smother 'em - pumch 'em in the throat - kick 'em in the weenies - crush them....(I hate the Celtics - can you tell?) ARRRGGHHH!!!!!

    Mamba24 - I am sooooo ready for ROLL CALL!

    ALREADY DONE!

    4 to O'Brien.....

    Good morning Mamba24, Laker Nation!

    Is there something going on tonight? I wasn’t aware…

    Rondo as their X Factor? Pshaw, Fish could bench press that little punk. I do have to agree with Sasha as our X Factor. The dude brings energy, hustle, determination and attitude, and I believe it’s contagious. Just watch when he starts to crank it up, the rest of the team follows him. He has that leadership quality which has steadily grown over the course of the year and I think these Finals could be his coming out party.

    -bozz-

    I guess Gunner and I performed some Navy Seal dangerous mission by posting on Boston Globe C's blog. However, I would post hereunder what Gunner said to them.

    YOU GUYS ARE LUCKY TO BE IN THE FINALS!!! IF YOU WERE IN THE WESTERN CONFERENCE, YOU WOULD BE OUT ALREADY. LAKERS DON'T NEED KOBE TO SCORE ALOT OF POINTS. WE HAVE A MORE TALENTED BENCH THAN YOU GUYS AND YOU CAN TRY TO SAG ON DEFENSE BECAUSE EVERYONE IN THE LINEUPS CAN SHOOT FROM THE OUTSIDE!

    THE GREEN WEENIES ARE GOING DOWN! YOU'RE LOSING 1 OF THE 2 FIRST GAMES AND THEN GOODBYE BOSTON! YOU'LL NEVER HAVE A CHANCE TO COME BACK BECAUSE THE SERIES WILL BE OVER!

    LAKERS IN 5!

    Posted by Gunner June 5, 08 02:08 AM

    ************************************************************
    So for all the impressions and harsh depiction of Gunner, when the rough gets going, Gunner is indeed a true laker fan.

    Prayer at 10:30 AM on the K-Bros Game Day Thread.

    I can smell the beauty of an upcoming roll call!


    Good Morning Family!

    Boston Blog Near Sighted?

    He forgot to mention that House is a poor ball handler as a back up point guard.

    The Boston GANG GREEN is a most potent and lucky franchise. They nearly always get the breaks and win whenever facing their favorite dish, the overconfident and popular kids from LA.

    Perhaps the reason why the lakers and their fans fear Paul Pierce so is that he is just as arrogant, talented and pretentious as their mvp bryant. Pierce is salivating at the chance to exploit the spongy laker D and realize his dreams fostered long ago in the shadow of the Forum.

    This series is in Ray Allen's hands more than kobe's. Since neither of them is quite a Steve GNASH, they must duel with their merely mortal talents. And this puts the lakers at a disadvantage - if RA gets hot in a few games, Phil Jackson's last title will indeed remain his last.

    And if so, America will smile as the popular, arrogant kids from Pollutionville, CA leave the court with heads hung low. The SUNS will own the lakers next season and more proudly represent the WC in the Finals, making this fleeting chance at a title all the more painful and visceral for laker fans.

    A new chapter in Laker History begins.

    Red`s Love Child

    "Get serious, KG will have Pau "Gasshole" in major foul trouble within six minutes!"

    And how is he going to do that? By taking jump-shots? Gimme a break.. the scariest thing about garnett's his chest-beating frenzies. The guy's soft.


    We'll be glued to our sets here in Prague, Czech Republic, hoping the Lakers get off to a killer start to this rumble!

    I personally hope, by the way, that Ariza gets a crack in there at some point...while I don't want to see our mostly excellent play interrupted, I think he's a potential spark on D and in transition offense.

    But I leave that to PJ and the rest.

    I just love how Kobe's never, ever, ever intimidated by playing in somebody else's arena, by the way...I think, ultimately, that that attitude (and his teammates' ability to follow his lead) will translate into a Lakers...and I should whisper this...W-I-N.

    An OT in Utah, a W in Utah, and a W in San Antone? You gotta be kiddin' me. These guys are hitting on all cylinders right now. Even Pau is gonna have a break-out series!

    LET'S GET THIS STARTED!!

    Folks I'm just finishing up Roll Call and it is Long
    as hell. I apologize in advance. Be back in
    a few

    Cant believe its finally Thursday, time to man up and kick the celtics ass for that BEAT LA chant!!!

    GAME DAY!!! FINALLY!!!

    I'm so anxious about tonight's game... I'm not going to get any work done today!

    As to the topic, my X-Factor for this series is VladRad. I really think that he will
    contribute on a better pace than he has throughout these playoffs. I think
    that he will average 12-14 points a game and have one breakout game of 20.
    On top of that, he is crucial to us winning the battle of the boards. He is that
    third guy that if Pau and L.O. do their job of boxing out KG and Perkins, will
    be there to get some easy rebounds. I'm thinking he averages about 6 a game.

    Lakers in 5. They win tonight, lose Sunday, and sweep the 3 in L.A.!

    GO LAKERS!!!

    PEOPLE PEOPLE
    I can't believe what I am hearing in Laker Nation. Doubt, worry and even out right fear.
    The only thing in life you should fear is THE LORD GOD ALL MIGHTY.
    Be of Good cheer for the Lakers will win this game by at least 20 points. If it were not
    so do you think I wouldn't tell you. I am not a Basketball fan, but from time to time I
    like to check in on one of my most perfect creations...The Los Angeles Lakers

    PsychedLakerGirl:"We have taken down three sets of trolls already and the
    newest ones won't be able to hang here much longer either."

    NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!! Soldier you have gone on and
    beyond the call of duty. Report to General Toad for a battlefield promotion
    to Major PsychedLakerGirl. LOL!

    Perkins completely dominated the hapless byenumb in two games this season, and O-dumb reverted back to his psychological jelly nerves when faced with the vastly superior KG.

    I guess ga-shawl is way better than byenumb and therefore the matchup is diff? Nope.

    The fact remains: Outside of GNASH and SHACK (and the Trailblazers - without Oden!), the Celtics are the worst matchup in the league for the lakers.

    __________________________*
    Andrew "The Beast" Bynum We dedicate
    this Championship Run to you - Bandwagon
    *___________________________________*
    (01) Edwin Gueco – Owner
    (02) Laker Tom - Driver
    (03) Milo Rambaldi – Team Prophet, Bynums personal Soothsayer
    (04) Mamba24 – The Beasts Advance man.
    (05) #4 – Director of WCF win number 4.
    (06) Jon K. – Made Bynum get a second opinion.
    (07) JustALakerFan – Was called in to consult on Dr. Choices
    (08) Never – Told Bynum to have surgery immediately
    (09) BronxLakerFan – suggested NY doctor for Bynum
    (10) Bozz – Director of WCF win # 1.
    (11) JustAnotherMambaFan - Director of WCF win #2.
    (12) Caliphilosopher – Will participate in Socks Rehab
    (13) Jay Jay – Purchased a Shaq punching bag for him
    (14) PsychedLakerGirl – Director of WCF win # 3.
    (15) Stockton Showtime _ believes Socks deserves more credit
    (16) #4 - Director of WCF win #4
    (17) Pig Miller – Will chauffeur “Beast” to the Victory Parade
    (18) Rick Friedman – Personally found a Dr. for Socks
    (19) SamLL – Director of Victory Parade
    (20) KobesBad – made Kobe apologize to the Beast
    (21) Hmrhed – Director of the confetti concession.
    (22) Fearless – Will personally give Socks his championship ring
    23)Juno-- KB24's Videographer last year "That wasn't Kobe that was Paul Pierce with a Kobe Mask"
    (24) Keifo – Helped Kareem tutor socks
    (25) LakerNorth – Has secret healing formula for socks
    *_______________________________*
    "Punch KG "The Big Ticket" bandwagon.
    *_______________________________*
    (01) EastCoastJessie – CEO – TKO’d KG twice
    (02) Mel - Driver
    (03) Bozz - Owner
    (04) Complex_Brotha - Sparring Partner, Knocked him out
    (05) Mamba24 - referee
    (06) JustAnotherMambafan - Cut Man
    (07) LakerTom - Turned KG's roar into a Meow!
    (08) Happy Camper – The reason KG talks to himself
    (09) Erik True Laker Fan - Shaved KG’s head
    (10) Janaya – put itching powder in KG’s shorts
    (11) PsychedLakerGirl – Reason KG wanted to become a Laker
    (12) Edwin Gueco – Made a citizens arrest of KG
    (13) Keifo – Beat KG at Horse.
    (14) Bozz – Convinced KG that he had a career as a Troll
    (15) Jon K. Taught all Lakers the deadly throat puncjh
    (16) Happy Camper - Made Daany Ainge unhappy
    (17) MagicMan – Made the Big Ticket Punch himself….twice!
    *_______________________________*
    I HATE The CELTICS BANDWAGON
    *_____________________________*
    (01) EastCoastJessie – Owner & Driver
    (02) FEARLESS – Co/Driver
    (03) LAKER TOM – CEO – Made an offer they couldn’t refuse
    (02) Milo Rambaldi--Team Prophet.
    (03) Mamba24 – East Coast Jessie’s BodyGuard
    (04) LakerFaze – Taught KG how to Dunk
    (05) TOAD – Once beat Larry Bird in a game of horse
    (06) LakerMan420 – Told Red Auerbach where to put his cigar
    (07) HmrHed – Blocked KG’s hook twice
    (08) SIimLakerGirl – Reports directly to Jeannie Buss
    (09) LakerLegacy – Made Red Auerbach bow down to 9Rings
    (10) PigMiller– sent LARRY Bird back to French lick IND.
    (11) JEFF - Was born hating the Celtics.
    (12) #4 Not only born hating Celtics but will bequeath the hate to his heirs
    (13) MarkyTheArky – Director of Mirrors and reflections
    (14) JustAnotherMambaFan – Hates them
    (15) THE_D – Thinks Celtics fans should go to AA meetings
    (16) JON K. - Put the chokehold in the Celtics choking
    (17) FLOYD – Fought with Jerry west over who hated Boston most
    (18) NEMAIA FALETOGO - Fan of the Purple Hulk - No not K.G.
    (19) KEIFO - Riding ShotGun
    (20) CBuck - Played Horse with McHale and made him retire
    (21) BZAR - Painted the Parquet floor Purple and Gold
    (22) KOBESBAD - Put exploding cigars in Red Auebachs Humidor
    (23) EDWIN GUECO – Shaved Danny Ainges hair while he was asleep
    (24) JAMIE SWEET - Is not so sweet when it comes to Celtics
    (26) JustAnotherMambafan - Cut Man
    (27) LakerTom - Turned KG's roar into a Meow!
    (28) Happy Camper – The reason KG talks to himself
    (29) Erik True Laker Fan - Shaved KG’s head
    (30) Janaya – put itching powder in KG’s shorts
    (31) PsychedLakerGirl – Reason KG wanted to become a Laker
    (32) Bozz – Convinced KG that he had a career as a Troll
    (33) (17) MagicMan – Made the Big Ticket Punch himself.
    (34) LakerNorth – Put itching powder in KG’s shorts.

    *______________________________________*
    "Win it for Jon K, who gives his all, all day,
    everyday, tangling with Russian mobsters and
    trolls, fighting for truth, justice and the Laker way."
    BANDWAGON
    *_______________________________________*
    (01) VMAN - Owner
    (02) Mamba24 - Driver
    (03) JustAnotherMambaFan - Director of Justice
    (04) LakerTom - Will arrange for JON K. to lead parade
    (05) Keifo – Volunteers to fix Jon K’s car
    (06) Edwin Gueco – Has a secret BioFuel for Jon’s car
    (07) MagicMan – Created Magic BioFuel Formula which is missing

    Celtics are healthy, have home court, and what's more - they are underdogs. Everyone is predicting lakers sweep and that is why the Celtics should win.

    Don't you think it might be just a little bit of motivation for the best reg season team and three title-starved stars to hear over and over how they can't possibly measure up to the golden boy kobe and his penguin coach? Keep the purple and yellow koolaid coming, media and fans! It's only making the GANG-GREEN more resolute and ferocious by the minute.

    AK/BK - 2 hours for an update on a game day?? Give us the email address of who to complain to so you guys can get more help!!!!! This is unconstitutional!!!!

    bryant is almost as good as a motivated pierce, so I expect those two to cancel each other out. The laker front line however, will now face a superior collection of athletic (unlike the clumsy jazz), young (unlike the aged spurs), and intelligent and well-coached (unlike the nuggs) Boston bigs who have an instinctive thirst for yellow-purple heartbreak.

    O-Dumb blows except for every 5th game, and ga-shawl would rather wrist-flick than bang.

    The results of this serious imbalance of interior power became evident in the 2 reg season games, when the lakers had a more physical center than now.

    LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE..........................!!!!!!!!

    GO LAKE SHOW!!

    KNOCK 'EM OUT!!!

    Vlad's the x-factor. Didn't someone just do an he's an x-factor article this week. If Vlad can continue to play better D like he has been then Pierce will be forced to take lower percentage shots. I'm not saying Pierce wont get his points of course he will, I'm saying play him like he played Melo in the first round and Manu in the WCF, hang back a little a dare him to shoot more outside shots, that's what the Celts are going to try and do with Kobe. Plus in the first game this year in Boston it was only Vlad and Kobe who showed up, for some reason Vlad didnt get any minutes in the second game because Ariza was around I think that was a mistake, I do think it's a mistake to play Ariza right now. Look at the matchups again vs. Pierce only Vlad is big enough and quick enough to keep up with the 6'8" Pierce, Sasha is too skinny, fast enough but to skinny, Kobe can in spurts but it would take al lot out of him he's better served on offense. Luke's foot speed is too slow and Ariza is not ready and if he was I think Pierce would post him being to heavy for Ariza. Depends on the refs (xfactor?) if they let Vlad put his hands on Pierce to slow him down like they've allowed through out the playoffs then Vlad will hang tough, if they call a bunch of touch fouls it's going to be hard. One thing about Vlad is that he has picked up his physicality in the playoffs, been laying in to screens and pushing and shoving under the basket for offensive rebounds in the key a lot more. Watch when they run that pick under the basket and he turns and seals his guy for the layup, I think they'll try that against pierce to see if they can get him in foul trouble early.

    GOOD MORNING LAKER NATION!

    GAME DAY!

    A GOOD DAY!

    A RED DAY!

    ONWARDS TO VICTORY!

    GO LAKERS!

    Paul Pierce threw up 41 vs. LeBrawn in a Game 7. Pierce is a superstar.

    And considering how poorly kobee fares vs. LeBrawn, I expect Pierce to be capable of 50 vs. bryant this series.

    Pierce has an apt last name - he will penetrate the laker paint for those game winning shots.

    Good game day family!!!!

    Mamba, the Magic Man is present and accounted for SIR!
    I'm prepared to do battle with the mildly retarded greenie trolls. I'm ready to scream my lungs out and cheer on my team. READY TO WIN BABY!!!

    Man that felt good.

    On to the topic. I'm good with AK picking The Machine. I've heard some Pau Gasol. I'm good with that too. But for me, Vladdy is my X-Factor.

    If Vladdy can hit some bombs early, it will help with that whole lane clogging BS we've been hearing so much about. This will help Lamar immensly by opening up some cracks for him to slither through. Also, if Vladdy can move his feet and funnel his man to the right spots on the floor on defense, it will make a biggggg difference for us. If he doesn't space out (pun intended) on the defensive end and lose his man, it will go a long way in solidifying our overall team defense.

    "Punch KG "The Big Ticket" bandwagon.
    *_______________________________*
    (01) EastCoastJessie – CEO – TKO’d KG twice
    (02) Mel - Driver
    (03) Bozz - Owner
    (04) Complex_Brotha - Sparring Partner, Knocked him out
    (05) Mamba24 - referee
    (06) JustAnotherMambafan - Cut Man
    (07) LakerTom - Turned KG's roar into a Meow!
    (08) Happy Camper – The reason KG talks to himself
    (09) Erik True Laker Fan - Shaved KG’s head
    (10) Janaya – put itching powder in KG’s shorts
    (11) PsychedLakerGirl – Reason KG wanted to become a Laker
    (12) Edwin Gueco – Made a citizens arrest of KG
    (13) Keifo – Beat KG at Horse.
    (14) Bozz – Convinced KG that he had a career as a Troll
    (15) Jon K. Taught all Lakers the deadly throat puncjh
    (16) Happy Camper - Made Daany Ainge unhappy
    (17) MagicMan – Made the Big Ticket Punch himself….twice!
    *_______________________________*
    I HATE The CELTICS BANDWAGON
    *_____________________________*
    (01) EastCoastJessie – Owner & Driver
    (02) FEARLESS – Co/Driver
    (03) LAKER TOM – CEO – Made an offer they couldn’t refuse
    (02) Milo Rambaldi--Team Prophet.
    (03) Mamba24 – East Coast Jessie’s BodyGuard
    (04) LakerFaze – Taught KG how to Dunk
    (05) TOAD – Once beat Larry Bird in a game of horse
    (06) LakerMan420 – Told Red Auerbach where to put his cigar
    (07) HmrHed – Blocked KG’s hook twice
    (08) SIimLakerGirl – Reports directly to Jeannie Buss
    (09) LakerLegacy – Made Red Auerbach bow down to 9Rings
    (10) PigMiller– sent LARRY Bird back to French lick IND.
    (11) JEFF - Was born hating the Celtics.
    (12) #4 Not only born hating Celtics but will bequeath the hate to his heirs
    (13) MarkyTheArky – Director of Mirrors and reflections
    (14) JustAnotherMambaFan – Hates them
    (15) THE_D – Thinks Celtics fans should go to AA meetings
    (16) JON K. - Put the chokehold in the Celtics choking
    (17) FLOYD – Fought with Jerry west over who hated Boston most
    (18) NEMAIA FALETOGO - Fan of the Purple Hulk - No not K.G.
    (19) KEIFO - Riding ShotGun
    (20) CBuck - Played Horse with McHale and made him retire
    (21) BZAR - Painted the Parquet floor Purple and Gold
    (22) KOBESBAD - Put exploding cigars in Red Auebachs Humidor
    (23) EDWIN GUECO – Shaved Danny Ainges hair while he was asleep
    (24) JAMIE SWEET - Is not so sweet when it comes to Celtics
    (26) JustAnotherMambafan - Cut Man
    (27) LakerTom - Turned KG's roar into a Meow!
    (28) Happy Camper – The reason KG talks to himself
    (29) Erik True Laker Fan - Shaved KG’s head
    (30) Janaya – put itching powder in KG’s shorts
    (31) PsychedLakerGirl – Reason KG wanted to become a Laker
    (32) Bozz – Convinced KG that he had a career as a Troll
    (33) (17) MagicMan – Made the Big Ticket Punch himself.
    (34) LakerNorth – Put itching powder in KG’s shorts.


    Posted by: Mamba24 | June 05, 2008 at 09:03 AM

    Mamba24

    Please add me to both these bandwagons.

    On KG you can say I bent, folded and mutilated big ticket after punching.

    Free reign to anything hatefull regarding Hate Celtics bandwagon.

    My criteria for an x-factor guy is someone impacting the momentum of the game signifcantly but unexpectedly - like Brent Barry did for San Antonio.

    I don't think that LA has that guy for an entire series. Sasha's a good pick because he's the most consistent bench player and the least likely to be rattled...b/c he doesn't know any better.

    I don't think any of the SFs (Vlad, Luke, Ariza) have the potential to be that guy. I just hope they contribute and aren't liabilities.

    Ronny could be that guy but only as a result of Pau or LO getting in foul trouble consistently.

    The reality though is, we can all hope that any of these guys (throw Farmar in there too) will have at least one game each where they play out of their minds and are difference-makers.

    Machiavelly:"Get serious, KG will have Pau "Gasshole" in major foul trouble within six minutes!" And how is he going to do that? By taking jump-shots? ''
    ROFLMAO!!!! HAHAHAHAHHHAHAHA!

    1. Our Bench is the X-factor. We can rest our big 3 and possibly extend the lead, while Bostons big 3 will need to play almost every minute of the Finals to stay close.

    2. Celtics Defense is good because its an aggressive help defense. Against the best passing team in the league, this will hurt more than help them.

    3. They have no answer for Odom other than to have Garnett on him. Which would mean they will need to double Gasol. When they do, he will find the open man in the corner for an open 3 or a cutter.

    4. Doc Rivers vs Phil Jackson, come on now.

    5. Fisher has to much experience for Rondo.

    Lakers in 5. Six, only if he Celts get lucky.

    LAKER NATION,

    Let's get this party started..... It's been waaaaayyyyy to long a wait.

    Lakers in six, definitely!!!!

    Butler,
    "The Boston GANG GREEN"

    Excellent choice of nicknames - gangrene stinks horribly, and will kill the host (City of Boston) if not removed.

    The Lakers are just what the doctor ordered!

    Lakers 3-15 when they fail to score at least 100 points...they`ll be lucky to crack 90 even once against Celts!

    Garnett vs. Pau?

    Get serious, KG will have Pau "Gasshole" in major foul trouble within six minutes!

    Posted by: Red`s Love Child | June 05, 2008 at 12:19 AM

    Ger serious, just a reminder.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nHAuZdEH9Q#

    Paul Pierce threw up 41 vs. LeBrawn in a Game 7. Pierce is a superstar.

    And considering how poorly kobee fares vs. LeBrawn, I expect Pierce to be capable of 50 vs. bryant this series.

    Pierce has an apt last name - he will penetrate the laker paint for those game winning shots.

    Posted by: BUTLER | June 05, 2008 at 09:30 AM

    Did you see the press conference when Pierce was saying how he grew up in LA and loved the Lakers and Garnett was hanging his head.

    I think Pierce was still trying to lobby for trade because he knows the Celtics are done.

    Never to early to want out since he knows where the rings will be for a long time!

    BUTLER!

    you should get busy shining the MACHINE's sneakers!

    Make sure he's got enough clean undies, as well, after all that's what you get paid for....being a butler.

    Otherwise you'll be punished when we turned you into a SUNS fan, a fate worse than death!

    Thanks for all comments post thus far. Ijust read an article posted on the boston globe website today where oneof the staff writer predicts that the C will win the series 4-3 based on comperized game on X-box 360 with KG led the C on game 7 with 37 pts and 18 reb.

    Go Lakers!

    Spurs vs. Celtics;
    Duncan/KG=Duncan is better he actually performs in the clutch
    Oberto/Perkins=who cares both role players, Manu/Pierce=even,
    Bowen/Allen=even unless old Ray breaks out of his slump he looks tired, and can't guard Kobe
    Parker/Rondo=huge edge to Parker.
    So why do Smeltic fans think we can't break out a major can of whoop ass on them just like we did to the Spurs? I'll take the Spurs big 3 over the C's big 3 any day.

    Only LA fans would cheer for someone named Sasha and call him the man. He's a spaz and moves his feet too slowly. If he tries to guard Rondo/Pierce/Allen, dunk on him. Nice win, but not very good play by the Celts.

    Hello LA, LA Land:

    As you wake up from what I'm sure you'd hoped was just a bad dreeam, I'm sure you're starting to realize that this is reality now and indeed the Fakers are down 1 - 0 to my Beantown brethren. Just like my old team we continue to mercilesssly pound out win after win. It's been three games on and the Lakers haven't been able to lose by fewer than 10 points.

    I remember when Heinson and Cousy used to play for me and we'd always joke around after the game over a nice cigar how it was great to play the Lakers because we always knew we'd beat them. In a way it's too bad for you that Detroit didn't win the last series because that would have been the only way you could have made it a series.

    Boy it was great to see the next Big Three play so well last night. KG was good, Ray was terrific against Kobe (he went 9 for 26 last night, did I mention that?) and Paul "I'll play through the pain" Pierce WAS, THE TRUTH

    Kobe was pretty bad last night. That's a tough thing for a premier player who's used to having his way in the NBA and to shooting 50% plus. The Celts as you know have kept him (and will continue to) at sub 40% shooting. And then you have to depend on a bunch of predominantly no-name 2nd stringers and some guy named Lestoil from Spain (lol).

    At any rate, after Sunday's game, we are looking forward to heading out to the lesser coast to eat at your fabulous restaurants, see the Hollywood glitterati and take home another banner.

    Hey, we take a lot of grief out in Boston for being snobby, for thinking that our sports are the center of everyone else's universe and for just thinking too much of our personal universe. While that may be true, I'm not going to come up with any crazy stats and preach down to anyone why we may win.

    I'm going to give you hard scientific fact why we will win and when I do...
    I'll type really slowly so you can understand.

    Johnny Quest is the 'X' Factor & why we'll win. To wit:

    - At the prompting of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, P.J. Brown joined the Green at the end of February this year.

    - From 1996-2000 P.J. was coached by Pat Riley at the Heat. Riley also coached Kareem Abdul Jabbar of the winning Lakers team in '87.

    - Kareem starred with, among others, Barbara Billingsley in the movie 'Airplane' (you'll remember, she spoke jive).

    - Barbara Billingsley was best known as Mrs, Cleaver in Leave it to Beaver.

    - A young actor know as Tim Matheson appeared in two episodes of the show as a friend of the Beav.

    - Tim Matheson (pre Otter days in animal House) voiced the character of the original Johnny Quest.

    Johnny Quest never loses a battle.

    My quick thoughts:

    Gasol - too soft, short attention span, didnt play with much intensity, Garnett ate him alive, not enough offense, stayed at home for too long

    Farmar-just plain sucked, too many mental erros, not agressive at all

    Kobe-off night, due for one, hopefully the last time we see this from him

    Lamar-inconsistent, not agressive enough, faded out mentally

    Luke-sucked, he seemed out of place on the big stage, he is pretty important to the Lakers to move forward because of the little things that he can do at the most impt segments of the game

    Fisher-played pretty good and without him it would have been a whole lot worse

    Radman-sucked, he really is not a cerebral player

    Turiaf-played well, still brings a lot of heart every game

    Vujacic-played ok, hit a big three, he will adjust to playing better more consistent "d" on Allen

    WHERE is ARIZA???? He can give us some good energy and "D". I dont understand why Phil doesn't put him in the game.

    Thanks to the "C's" for putting Cassel in the game because he looks old and tired. No longer the man. He actually helped us out by missing so many ill timed shots.

    This would be a no contest if we had Bynum. Gasol could then be "soft" and give us some offense. KG would have to go up against Bynum and what a big diff that would make.

    Lakers will pound the Celtics on Sunday. Please give Ariza some time on the court. We may be pleasantly surprised. he may even give us some offense.

    Next year:

    What about a sign and trade for Arenas or Artest?

    Laker fans are comical. How can this team be a favorite in this series. You have 1 player and a bunch of cast offs from other teams. The west was nowhere as good as the pistons/cavs/celtics this year and the finals will finally convince people of this fact. Remember the old adage offense wins games, defense wins championships!

    i live in so cal and grew up during the magic laker days, and i never thought i'd say this, but i am cheering for boston to win. kobe bryant is a selfish loser who will never win a championship without shaq. the celtics are class which is more than i can say for the kobe bryant lakers. when he is finally gone, i'll be cheering for the lake show again.

    Its raining GREEN in Boston. ESPN predictions were way off in la la land. The puss on Kobe's face shows what a poor loser he is. The refs. were getting fed-up with his dirty looks.

    WOW!!!! Another parade in Boston.

    Laker fans - you lose. The western conference sucked compared to the east. Why are you people so stupid in L.A.???

    Now I understand why Boston wins at home? Imagine Boston 38 FT vs LA's measely 10 FT? Boston can only win with the 3 Zebras on their side. The NBA and David Stearn should be embarrassed! If they want the Celts to win, why even play the finals, just hand it to them. The Boston Celtics are Losers if they can only win with the officials paid off in their favor!!!

    Lakers in 5. - Posted by: MambaMVP08
    In my heart, it's the Lakers in 5 games. - Posted by: troy
    all over, Lakers in 4. - Posted by: lakerlandspain
    LAKERS IN 5! - Posted by Gunner
    Lakers in 5. - Posted by: Bzar
    Lakers in 5. - Posted by: Marcus

    WOOPS! HAHAHAHA

    With love from beantown

    I am a Celtics fan and watched game 2 from beginning to end. I have never seen such a disparity in foul calling in my life. Again I want the Celtics to win but the Lakers were screwed last night when it came to fouls being called. Makes you wonder a bit about the NBA?????

    Do your homework before you talk aboutBoston and the FT. IF you go back and lok atthe Atlanto and Cleveland series you'll see Boston had the same issue, Atlanta and Cleveland were getting all the FT while Boston got just a few. Check the stats on those games. We still won - no excuses.
    I expect the Lakers to play better at home.

    Game 2 was decided by the referees. If the referees going to make calls, even the calls on both sides. Boston is the best defensive team but, come on who can play a whole game without any fouls? ??? I just feel that referees should let them battle the series out, instead of making them look like they are picking sides. Either sides of Fan would be upset with what went through game 2. Both team are good, but don't let the referees make the decisions of the game. If they are going to call tic-e-tac fouls, make sure you do it on both sides. I think that if Lakers played more aggressive, the whole team would have fouled out!!! I guess its all about $$$$

    The refs have to decide on a consistent way to call the Finals games and stick to it. If the LA Lakers are only going to shoot a grand total of 10 free throws as a team, then Boston should not have nearly four times the number of trips to the charity stripe at 38. If you're calling Everything, then call everything consistently. If you're going to let the fellas bang, bump, shove, push, reach - which I would suggest - then let them play. If was clear that by the 3rd quarter LO, Gasol, and Fisher we're hesitant on D. They would actually look around for the whistle after a stop. The NBA Finals! cannot be decided by the Zebras. After all, The Lakers and Celtics like every NBA franchise are privately held - but the refs work for corporate. Hmmmmmmm

    "If the LA Lakers are only going to shoot a grand total of 10 free throws as a team, then Boston should not have nearly four times the number of trips to the charity stripe at 38" - from TS

    Well, let's see, if one team is playing physical and owning the paint, and the other is dancing around the perimeter (exactly what happened last night - thats fact, not my opinion) then it stands to reason that one team would get a lot more fouls.

    Look back at the C's last too series and you'll see that they got in a lot of foul trouble. It's preposterous to suggest that the refs have been conspiring all along to give them a championship. And I don't think they won 80% of their regular season games by standing at the free throw line.

    The whining is really making LA look bad. The series is going to LA now and, guess what, I expect some calls to go LA's way now for the next couple of games. It's probably not going to be Celtics in 4 (as much as I'd like it to be), but Celtics in 6 looks really good right now.

    There are no excuses with regard to the refs. The Lakers simply did not show up to play a tough eastern team the last 2 games, they have one more chance to get things right on tuesday. How about coming out with energy to start a game, guarding your man on defense (Vlad, Pau, you know who we mean) and playing with intensity throughout. Otherwise, we are looking at the Celtics winning the title at Staples (it does not get worse than that) and Pierce accepting the MVP trophy in his hometown. That is the reality of the situation. If the Euros can't play with intensity on tuesday, than Mitch needs to take a good look at the make up of this team and bring in some Bruce Bowen types who will get in the other teams face, ala Michael Cooper. If he is available I would draft Luc Richard Mbah Obute out of UCLA and stick him in the rotation. Get Ariza more minutes and Turiaf, the only way the Lakers win this series is to match the Celtics intensity with some of their own, and Farmar needs more minutes too, especially since he plays much better at home. Right now, the one play that sticks out in this series is Leon Powe driving the length of the court with the Lalers just waving the the white flag as he blew by. Unacceptable. That play just summed up their effort for the last 2 games.

     
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