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NBA 2K10 simulation predicts Lakers will lose NBA Finals against Boston Celtics in five games

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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant might want to withdraw his endorsement for NBA2K10. With Bryant touting the game for its attention to detail and realistic game play, I figured the game would serve as a great tool to predict how the Lakers would fare in the playoffs. The simulation proved correct in predicting the Lakers would soar past the Thunder in the first round, though it slightly underestimated OKC's ability to give the Lakers a challenge. The game's assessment that the Lakers would beat the Phoenix Suns in five games in the Western Conference finals might have left out the fact the Suns would battle back from a 2-0 deficit to find a way to limit the Lakers' post presence. But by and large, each simulation proved mostly correct in how things would play out.

That's why I have some news to report that certainly won't sit well with Lakers fans. When I ran the simulation on how the NBA Finals would turn out between the Lakers and Celtics, it predicted Boston would take the series in five games.

So much for the Lakers avenging their 2008 Finals loss to Boston. So much for keeping your schedule open for a championship parade for the second consecutive year. And so much for gearing up for what has gotten you so giddy this last week as it became more and more apparent that the Lakers and Celtics would meet in the Finals for the 12th time in NBA history.

Before you dismiss what NBA2K10 predicts could become an unfortunate reality for the Lakers, consider this another motivating tool that the Lakers can use beyond their 2008 Finals loss to Boston. They still have enough time to reverse their fate, because the breakdown below appears far from pretty for the Lakers.

Game 1: Lakers lose, 99-98

Lakers' top performer: Kobe Bryant (34 points on 12-of-24 shooting and six assists in 42 minutes)

Celtics' top performer: Rajon Rondo (22 points on nine-of-11 shooting and four assists in only 23 minutes)

How the game was decided: The Lakers started off the game building false confidence and ended the game in a state of confusion. After the Lakers stormed out to a 41-24 first-quarter lead, the Celtics responded with a 37-19 second quarter. Though the game went nip-and-tuck the rest of the way, it became clear the Lakers' backcourt could not keep up with Rondo. Lakers guard Derek Fisher entered the NBA Finals shooting at a prolific 45.9% this postseason, but shot only two of 10 in Game 1. The rest of the Lakers' backcourt provided little help with Jordan Farmar going zero of five from the field and Shannon Brown going scoreless in 14 minutes. The Sasha Vujacic-Goran Dragic episode in Game 6 of the Lakers' Western Conference finals against Phoenix irritated Phil Jackson so much that Vujacic didn't play a single minute. No one had any answer to stop Rondo, who scored a ridiculous 22 points in only 23 minutes, proved he's more than a feeder and showed those muscle spasms he endured against Orlando don't bother him. The Lakers' series-opening loss became especially head scratching considering Bryant's dominance (34 points), Ron Artest held Paul Pierce to five-of-14 shooting and Pau Gasol's 23 points eclipsed the production from Celtics frontline of Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace, which combined for only 22 points.

Game 2: Lakers lose, 97-90

Lakers top performer: Andrew Bynum (19 points on nine-of-15 shooting and nine rebounds)

Celtics top performer: Kevin Garnett (20 points on eight-of-17 shooting and seven rebounds)

How the game was decided: Instead of allowing the Celtics to slash away at a sizable lead like they did in Game 1, the Lakers left the locker room in the second half apparently forgetting to lace their shoes. The Celtics entered the fourth quarter with an 83-67 lead after outscoring the Lakers, 32-22, in the third quarter. They orchestrated a late-game comeback by outscoring Boston by nine points in the final period, but it was too little, too late. Bryant had a rare bad showing, scoring only 17 points on six-of-21 shooting, marking the first time in five games that he didn't score at least 30 points. Bynum revealed afterward the torn cartilage in his right knee no longer bothers him, but his 19 points and nine rebounds essentially offset Garnett's 20 points.

Game 3: Lakers lose, 118-100

Lakers top performer: Bryant (26 points on 12-of-26 shooting and seven assists)

Celtics top performer: Pierce (22 points on eight-of-16 shooting)

How the game was decided: You'd think the Lakers would display a stronger effort facing a 2-0 deficit. But the Lakers lost this game from the very beginning, allowing Boston to outscore them in the first three quarters after falling behind 34-24 in the first period. Bryant rebounded from his poor showing in Game 2, but very little else went right for the Lakers. Artest played poorly both offensively and defensively, shooting four of 12 from the field and two of eight from three-point range while allowing Pierce to have a breakout game. The Lakers' backcourt continued having trouble defending Ray Allen (22 points on eight of 16 shooting) and Rondo (21 points on seven of 15 shooting and 10 assists). The Lakers also had trouble getting the ball inside, with Bynum, Gasol and Lamar Odom combining for only 29 shots.

Game 4: Lakers win, 103-83

Lakers top performer: Bryant (33 points on 12-of-27 shooting and six assists)

Celtics top performer: Allen (21 points on seven-of-14 shooting and four of seven from three-point range)

How the game was decided: Well, at least the Lakers didn't get swept. But the performance suggested more that Boston took a night off than the Lakers finally showed up. Pierce and Garnett combined for an 11-of-28 clip from the field, the Celtics committed 22 turnovers and the Lakers outscored the Celtics in the first three quarters. Bynum had an efficient 16 points and 10 rebounds on seven-of-eight shooting, but Gasol and Odom disappeared with a combined eight-of-22 effort from the field.

Game 5: Lakers lose, 118-113

Lakers top performer: Bryant (32 points on 13-of-23 shooting, 12 assists)

Celtics top performer: Allen (24 points on six-of-12 shooting)

How the game was decided: The Lakers actually put up a better effort in Game 5 than Game 4, but Boston increased its intensity knowing that it didn't want the Lakers to creep back into the series like Orlando did in the Eastern Conference finals. The Lakers had very few answers for Allen (24 points), Pierce (23 points), Garnett (22 points) and Rondo (18 points), whose 16 points and 10.6 assists a contest earned him the Finals MVP. Bryant continued his dominance. Artest improved his shooting for 25 points by making nine of 14. And Farmar provided a boost with 16 points in 18 minutes after Fisher went scoreless in 32 minutes. But the Lakers couldn't match the Celtics because they didn't utilize the post enough. Gasol had 16 points and 13 rebounds, but got only eight shots. Bynum had only eight points because he took just five shots. And Odom continued to remain ineffective with only six points on one-of-three shooting. The Lakers now enter the off-season filled with many questions, ranging from Jackson's coaching future, free agency and whether the organization will re-sign Farmar, Brown and Adam Morrison. There is no simulation available for what will transpire in the off-season, but it will likely be a long one.

Photo: A simulation in NBA2K10 predicts Paul Pierce and the Celtics will win in five games. Credit: Brian Snyder / Reuters

 
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Really can't see either team winning in 5. I'm thinking 6 or 7 (Lakers).

Phred and others,

In case you missed it below on the previous thread, our wise blog god Mark Medina has spoken:

"Mike T is banned."

Really? A simulation that can predict how Artest will play? Guess that throws a monkey wrench into that analysis.

And that, boys and girls, is why they PLAY the games!

Mike

This banning of Mike T . . . what exactly does that mean?

Mike

well I played game 1 myself last night on 2k10 and the lakers won 164-94...Kobe had 58, 14, and 11...

I think the lakers have a better chance this year than 2008 for the following reasons:

1. Home Court
2. Ron Ron instead of Space Cadet
3. No more Posey, House (who was the most frightening in '08) or Cassell. Nate Robinson might pick up some of the slack from House and Cassell but not all of it.
4. Bynum's presence although limited is better than no Bynum.
5. Kobe is still pissed.

Assuming the refs aren't too bad, I like our chances. I really hate how everytime Pierce gets bumped while dribbling around a screen he flings his head and shoulder back as if someone just shot him in the face. Sometimes the NBA resembles the WWE.

I'm hoping for Lakers in 5. I want them to celebrate on the Gah-den's floor.

I'd be shocked if any of the games went down remotely like this clearly worthless game predicts.

Especially Bynum dropping 19 and that being the top performance for the Lakers in any game Kobe Bryant plays.

We should try to get blog god Mark Medina, of Syracuse and lacrosse-lover, to organize a Lakers Blog meet-up. He can agree to hold something like "office hours" at a trendy coffee shop at a certain time and all blog followers who are interested in meeting him can come by and talk Lakers.

Anyone down?

-- D J Wags

Isn't that odd?

I've played out a series simulation in my mind and in every one the Lakers win it, in either 5 or 6 games. Even when I spotted the Celtics 7 points per game and let Larry Bird come off the bench for the 4th quarter.

Fatty predicts: I see green in this one. Lots of the green stuff in my pockets from Celtics fans foolishly picking their team to win and handing over their money to Fatty.

What's NBA 2k10 simulation? Does it takes in consideration that the Celts have almost the same team and the Lakers are way better than 2008?

LAKERS IN 4, yeah, you read it right: LAKERS in 4!

Cheers.

Yeah, Rick --it was like music. Kudos to MM.
I hope Phred sees it, he took a lot of unnecessary crap today.

Video game predictions? At least the Celtics can win over and over this summer
on their play stations.

So Princess Jimmy and Little Stevie (boo hoo) Nash will be watching THE REAL MVP, Kobe Bryant in the Finals, ha, ha!

PS-Sorta kidding on Nash (tears, I remember Kobe a few years back and see that as great emotion). I actually like Nash!

ROFLMFAO!! OH SWEET JESUS..PLEASSSSE!! WHERE DO THEY FIND THIS NONSENSE!!! CELTICS BEAT LAKERS? OH THE HUMANITY!!
HAHAHAHHAHA!
MAMBA24

M2,

Kudos on presenting the simulation. Others may bark but I find all of the above perfectly plausible. The reality for both teams is that there's zero margin for error. A single space cadet moment can change the outcome of every game. I don't know how many times the simulation was run, but it is also worth noting that apparently Las Vegas odds makers run such simulations thousands of times.

It's interesting that the simulation gave Kobe Bryant only a single bad game. If I were Doc Rivers, Kobe would be my single focus and I'd let any four other guys on the floor try to beat me.

The post I've lacked the energy all day to write centers around the theme that it will be every Lakers player NOT named Kobe Bryant who will determine the outcome of the series.

Whatever Andrew Bynum can give us will help; he just needs to be mentally in every game and physical limitations can be offset. My big concern right now is Pau Gasol. Whether the Lakers use CHP Amber Alerts or his photo on milk cartons, the Spaniard the team relied on for 20+ point double-doubles must be found immediately. Artest and Odom are essential also.

Any two of our five guards besides Kobe must be prepared to slow down Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo. I don't care who. Fish will be Fish. But whether it's Jordan, UPS or Sasha, one of them needs to step up in every game. No matter how angry anyone is with Sasha, there are no Slovenians on the Celtics, so he shouldn't be banished to the end of the bench.

And lest I forget, there's DJ Mbenga. Doc Rivers counts bodies as fouls-to-give. For this series, Phil needs to do the same. The Celtics will attempt to get our A-Team in foul trouble and be willing to sacrifice their bench players in the process. Hacking Rasheed Wallace should be part of the Lakers game plan.

There's a reason the artificially inseminated Kobe vs LeBron Finals showdown was stillborn. The Celtics as a team and the Lakers as a team is truly the perfect match-up. Series simulations have a limited life expectancy. The real deal starts Thursday. I can't wait. Go Lakers!

Hey Laker Fans,

Was scrolling through the TV guide looking for something to watch and came across Spike Lee's documentary from 2008 called, Kobe Doin' Work on Showtime Movies on Demand (free) section.

Was great to watch it again after so long, especially right after the Suns series.
If you haven't seen it or it's been a while, check it out, Kobe narrates the whole thing. Most of it goes through a game with the Spurs in 2008, great to hear all the comments and insight Kobe provides during the course of a game.
A fun watch to tide you over til the finals.

Steve Nash is a great warrior and I salute him! I also salute the Valient Phoenix Suns who have been our sparring Partner to prepare us for the fight of the Decade against Boston. To Steve Nash, the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Suns fans, you have nothing to be a ashamed of. No team could have defeated the Freakin World Champion Lakers this year in a 7 Game series. You gave as good as you got. Stand tall Be Proud. You too Butler!
MAMBA24

Who the NBA 2k10 simulation predicted will win the championship? I bet the Cavs, right?
Everybody predicted the Cavs.
Well, so far I'm the new clairvoyant of my family. Well, is just me and my step-dad, a guy that watches the NBA since 1968. He was amazing during the 80's, he actually predicted the Lakers in 85 and 87, even being a Celts fan.
But this season, I'm beating him. I predicted OKC would be the hardest series for us and I was right. Take out the refs and we could have win PHX in 5. He predicted the Cavs over his Celts. He was happy to be wrong.
Now I say Lakers in 4, I mean...can be 5.
He says Lakers in 6. His reason is that the Pierce was good in 2008, 2 years is a lot of time. And he knows how Kobe is feeling right now.
Cheers.
Let's see who is right.

MM,

Have no idea what the Times is paying you but it aint enough. In a class all of your own.

One last observation from the Suns/Lakers series.......(sorry, forgot this earlier)

Wasn't that a wimpy Western Conference Title celebration? Being held in some back room of the Arena like the NBA was ashamed of the Lakers win.

Honestly, I don't get it.

Why wasn't it held on Phoenix's main court where we won it? We deserved a complete humiliation of the Suns, didn't we? We earned that right, no?

It reduced the loyal Lakers fans left at the arena to celebrating with Earnie, Chuck, Kevin, and Reggie on the post-game show. That was good, but we were owed something MUCH better.

And isn't the NBA trying to name brand the Western Title and make it something more than a semi to the Finals? A puny trophy presentation surely did not help their cause. It was so quiet in that closet of a room, you could hear someone clearing their throat. And I did, Michael Coopers.

To the NBA. Why did you allow the Suns management (I know they did this) to rob us Lakers fans our full moment of glory on THEIR court?

Fatty - Who sees a conspiracy story in this more compelling than Mike T's banning from the blog.

Man, just looked over all the blogs since the end of game 6.....

to Mike T......KWAME BROWN SUCKED......

to all the Pau bashing, he has one off game and people want to send him back to Memphis....back off....there's work to do.

Here's to seeing Bill Russell face again award the MVP to Kobe after Lakers win it all.

Mark Medina.

It's a stimulation.


Enough said.

"Assuming the refs aren't too bad, I like our chances. I really hate how everytime Pierce gets bumped while dribbling around a screen he flings his head and shoulder back as if someone just shot him in the face. Sometimes the NBA resembles the WWE.

I'm hoping for Lakers in 5. I want them to celebrate on the Gah-den's floor.

Posted by: icelaker | May 30, 2010 at 04:41 PM"

icelaker,

Actually about Pierce, his expertise is in getting stabbed in the face, head and neck ... 11 times on 9/25/2000 ... just another night out at the bars... that musta felt interesting.

P ang - Russell's face?

It won't happen. Bill will conveniently disappear for the ceremony, feigning a heart attack to avoid giving it to Kobe. Then leaving the job to someone like Magic Johnson, who will be just as equally disappointed to hand it over to Kobe.

You know, I just have this picture in my head of Bill Russell running off with the trophy like 'Shooter' did in the conclusion of 'Happy Gilmore'.

Amit,

Yikes, that's a touchy subject. It's one of the knocks that's been made about his defense and to be honest, I've made this criticism of him myself. The common critique is that he plays centerfield/cheats too much on D, and doesn't close out on 3 point shooters. In fairness, I don't think it's ever been an issue during the playoffs, certainly his play has been near perfect in these playoffs. I do think it's a criticism that tends to be made more in the regular season. TBH, I don't see a point in arguing about it because it doesn't seem to be something that's easily subject to statistical analysis. You just have to watch the games and decide for yourself. I think someone like Hobbit would point out that Kobe has been voted umpteen times to the All Defensive Team, by coaches mind you not by fans. If the critique is valid, how does Kobe make so many All Defensive Teams? (Hobbit I'm sure would also make other/stronger arguments)

You didn't ask me about Rondo but I saw your post about him. I'd respectfully disagree with phred about Rondo. IMO he's key for the Celtics. I do think he makes the Celtics go and tho he might not be their best player skill wise, he's probably their most important player. It's true that his J is suspect, but he finishes well around the basket, and he's an annoyingly good offensive rebounder. If I'm not mistaken, he also led the league in steals. On a purely subjective note, he seems to have that certain intangible "something" that the great players seem to have. If he has been over-hyped, I don't think it's been by much. To me, one of the really interesting questions of this series is how will the Lakers deal with him. I think most people feel like Kobe will check him at least some of the time, but if you do that, who chases Ray Allen around all those screens?

humanomaly (29 minutes) ,

I don't think anyone critical of Pau diminishes his value and importance to the team. But the reality is, he was MIA defensively for most of the series and only had two offensive performances up to the level the team counts on him for. Pau Gasol is an important cog in the Lakers wheel and he'll need to make a max contribution in the NBA Finals.

Fatty,
"I've played out a series simulation in my mind and in every one the Lakers win it, in either 5 or 6 games. Even when I spotted the Celtics 7 points per game and let Larry Bird come off the bench for the 4th quarter."

My sims predicted a similar outcome to yours laker bro, except in mine a couple of celtics lost a limb or 2 as well.

MM,
Dude I got to give u kudos for how u're running the blog but u'z still a hater. Like wow really? Next time your sim spits out a result like that shred it to bits for fear of the blog eating u alive. Not to worry though, a couple more championships from the lakers and u'll be crying foul when a sim predicts an all-star squad training in tibet mountains for 7 months can win a game against the nu new laker dynasty.

Mamba24,
Yeah men the suns put up a good fight but hey their coach is a mamba faithful, they were doomed from the onset. I'm guessing after the grief of being beaten he lit a cigar to celebrate the fact that mvp mamba just floored fugazy mvp Nash. Still Nash now gets a pass after his comment about those weren't a scorer's shot, those were superstar mvp best in da league shots kobe was making.

Laker Nation,
Yo words can not describe how proud I am that we're returning to the finals for the 3rd year in a row. We started the 55 win bandwaggon when we were running with smush parker, we believed so hard in our team and they laughed in our faces. They gonna respect us yo cuz we ain't asking for it, we're here to work for it, to fight for it, to cement our place in history. I love this team yo. And shout out to our PGs for their play last game, y'all know we keep calling u d weakest link but nobody's happier when u prove us wrong. Fish u d man.

Our time is freaking here and the next series is against our arch enemies, the green weanies from the east. In the words of 300 ... we're gonna take everything from them and give nothing back ... F the celtics and anyone who loves em.

Fatty,

"You know, I just have this picture in my head of Bill Russell running off with the trophy like 'Shooter' did in the conclusion of 'Happy Gilmore'."

Just died laughing!

Mamba24,

OK granted I know beans about poetry, but I thought the poem was pretty !@#$ing good!

Just curious...

How did the celtics fare in this simulation against the cavs and then against the magic?

I loved seeing the hate and intensity in Michael Cooper's eyes when he told Boston "You wanted us, here we come!"

These Lakers are angry right about now. I really fear for the celtics come thursday. I know Pierce needed a wheelchair in '08. He's gonna need a stretcher once Ron Ron is done:

"If you're not strong enough, you shouldn't be fighting with me. If you can't match my strength then why would you try to pick a fight and test me?"

Not only is BSPN provably biased against the Lakers. They're not even apologetic. I just watched 15 minutes of BSPNews.

Number of features on the Celtics..... 2
Number of features on the Lakers..... 0

This is just 15 minutes of television. They didn't even promote that a feature on the Lakers was coming up. Probably because there is none.

Being a Celtics fan, I watched only one half of the entire Lakers-Suns series and it was what I expected: a lot of run-and-gun threes and little to no defense. You Lakers fans are entitled to have a little pre-series fun gloating--the Cavs and Magic fans did the same--but you guys don't know what you're in for. No more games for you over 100 points and a lot of banging inside. You think your team is better? Rondo has gone from a part-time playmaker to a bona fide all-star. Magic himself called Rondo the best player in the playoffs. Glen Davis better and Rasheed Wallace will post up any of your bigs. As for your gratuitous shots at Bill Russell, gimme a break. Eleven rings, baby. The workhourse Celtics over your candy-assed showhorses in six games.


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CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
You hoped you pleaded you asked for this, Well dear Celtics you got your wish
What was that chant? We want LA, Well old men Boston, you got your way
It’s one thing to ask, another to get, What you got for the Lakers, Aint worth Spit.
You got a star named Rondo yes he’s good, but this is the BIG TIME not the hood.
We are the Lakers you call us second best. Cause 17 Rings fly on the celtics Crest
Well Septics that is well and good, but there’s a new Sheriff in the neighborhood
15 Rings aint shabby at all, and that 16th will look so pretty in Staples hall.
But to show you what gentlemen are we, We’ll let you attend the 16th Ring Cermony
You aint got no excuses when you fall, You just met your better’s in Basketball
Tell Paula aint no shame in defeat, Put away that wheelchair and get on your feet
Tell the Green Bald Headed Lunatic to calm down, He aint got a chance to win the crown
Tell Doc we respect his class and grace, But he aint got a chance in this Finals Race
We got the Baddest Player in history, Scored more points than the Opponents you see
In one game he scored 81, coulda scored more but winning Rings is more fun
We got the Former Defensive Player of the year, One look at him and you’ll breakout in Fear
We got the MVP of International Play, Some say he’s soft until they see him play
We got Mr 0.4, that’s right Dfish, Don’t blink for a second or the ball he’ll swish
So I think Boston you might as well quit, Cause compared to the Lakers you aint got SPIT!!!!!
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LAKERS vs. CELTICS - THE FINAL PAYBACK, ARMAGEDON HAS ARRIVED - BANDWAGON
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(00) JON K. - OWNER – Mike T will you apologize when the Lakers destroy the Celtics? Bring on the Celtics!
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER
(02) FATTY - RIDING SHOTGUN - Roses are Red Violets are Blue Lakers to the Celtics
(03) ZairaAmaterasu - ENFORCER/BLOG GODDESS - To have BSPN keeping playing Lakers out is just a point in favour AND a point of honour. Those are the same fools predicting Crabs unbeatable and the glory of the Biggest Loser of all time. They simply are delusional and so out, out, OUT of reality ;) Just saying. 2010 it's revenge year. Such a sweet, tasty, awesome year for us ;) I can feel it, coming in the air of night... ;) It's the Make it or Break It moment and champions don't have to overthink that blissful push at stepping further. Champions come and at a sudden point, all that had to start working to take them (and the team) at the next level START to work. But it's not miracle. As someone smarted pointed out earlier, it's out from all the failures, mistakes, adjustements previously made also in rusty ways. That trials create the best bet possible after. Fatty - Let the war begin. First on the blogs, then on the court. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKmS_IGw_s4&feature=related
(04) #4
(05) MR.NANO – PATH FINDER - Only a few thoughts: 1- I've said it: Lakers in 6. Sorry stevie, i've told you.2- We haven't won anything -real- yet. 3- Slovenian players are anoying even between them.
4- Lakers v/s C's, Lakers in 6 (although, they can win in 5). Now: THE PAYBACK
(06) ADRIAN PALOMAR - RIDING SHOTGUN2
(07) XYZ – SEARGENT AT ARMS - I watched the trophy presentation and the team looks like it's very focused and ready to go against the celts.......Phil said that they are looking forward to this series with great intensity........what a great line.......coop even chimed in, saying "Boston, u wanted us.....we're coming for u".......and if u saw magic's commentary on espn, u can see that the old competitive juice started flowing within him........as a die hard laker fan, I'm all lathered up and ready for this classic finals matchup......
(08) FEARLESS - SECURITY -
(09) OUTLAW - SECURITY 2 - To all my fellow Lakers fans: This is what we've been waiting for. Thursday, baby. It's gonna be fun. Go Lake Show!
(10) BABY OUTLAW - SECURITY IN TRAINING – You Heard Dad!
(11) WES JOE NIXON - MORALE OFFICER - Someone must have given this speech last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYzt1ao81jU
(12) FAN OF THE MAMBA - Is it Thursday yet? Cause we ain't seen nothing yet!
(13) JOHNNYP – DIRECTOR OF WIN # 1 OF FINALS - WE AARE GOIN' TO THE FINALS!!! OUR DYNASTY IS CEMENTED. 3 out of 4 years !! HOW GOOD IS THAT??? WHOOOOPIE !!!
(14) VMAN – THE TERMINATOR - THe coming war is the reason Ron Artest is a Laker. His basketball career was aimed at this purpose. Pierce is about to visit Ron's park, where it's hard to breath and legs are heavy. Just 4 mo' blog bros.
(15) BRONXLAKERFAN – REFEREE - Art-FL Lakers Fan....Kudos, my friend. That adaptation of "Casey at the Bat" was clever and extremely well done. I'm printing it to save as a memento of the Laker's 2010 playoff run which will hopefully end with the C'ship. Thanks!
(16) Nemaia Faletogo - LAKERS IN 6
(17) LAKERFANIN OKC - DIRECTOR OF WIN #2 FINALS -
(18) RICK FRIEDMAN - Michael Jordan was the NBA's White Knight, whose glorious journey put the sport on the map. Kobe Bryant is its Dark Knight, who takes wonderment to its most breathtaking and leaves us gasping while moaning for more. Kobe Bryant. Laker. Greatest of All Time. Ever!
(19) YELLOW FEVER - COACH -
(20) Ruud van Nistelrooy - STATISTICIAN –
(21) Nemaia Faletogo – Lakers in 6 Nuff Said!
(22) CARLOS DEEP – Make room for me. I BELIEVE THEY WILL DESTROY THE CELTICS AND SEND THEM BACK TO THEIR CAVES FOR ANOTHER TWO DECADES – BANDWAGON The Celtics may be good but LAKERS are the defending Champions and are ready to defend home court and their rightful place as reigning Champions. Bring it on! LAKERS in 6
(23) HUGO BOSS - We'll, we made it to the Finals and that's great. Time to celebrate with a bar-be-que in the summer day and a few bevarages of my choice.
(24) WALLACE - You know that I'm good for Jon K's bandwagon!!! It's payback time! I agree with Red that "enuf said" on the topics and let's focus on the game itself instead of spitting poison at one another. It's the NBA Finals in heaven. Good against Evil! Two best NBA franchises are at in the Finals once again. But this time, we will WIN!!! It won't be easy. The Celtics has a good coach in Doc Rivers & a great defensive guru in Thibodeau. We have the Zen Master & the best player in the NBA period, Kobe - The Black Mamba! It's a NBA version of "Clash of the Titians!" Lakers in 7!!! It will be a classic!!
(25) EJK - While sweeping Boston would be nice, I kinda want the Lakers to celebrate winning the championship at Staples. First, Boston fans take after KG, so they're generally a low-class, vile bunch whose capable of despicable things. Second, it's been 10 long years since we've won the championship at home...there's something special about winning it in front of your home crowd.
(26) ART-FL LAKER FAN - BLOG POET LAURETE
(27) SHE-KOBE - HELLO GUYS, REVENGE, REVENGE=LAKERS IN 6, Don't worry, our team will be CHAMPION this year period. Kobe knows best and he will motivate the rest of the team to keep their focus for that challenge against the Celtics.2010 is our destiny & nothing & nobody can take it from us.
(28) D(EREK) J(ETER) - If I am not too late for the Laker Bandwagon, put me on board! do think it's funny about all this sweep talk on either side. I think it will be 6 or 7. Of course I am with the Lakers. I thought Suns would lose to us in 7, but 6 was much nicer!
(29) INFAMOUS EL GUAPO – GRENADE TOSSER - Put me on the Armageddon Bandwagon!!! I don't need a seat I'll Be ridding on the roof Tossing Grenades, Manning the 50 Cal Machine Gun, The flame throwers and swinging El Guapo's Pair Machetes named "Death" an "Doom"!! And I'll be picking off every little green leprechaun zombie all the way to the Larry O'Brien!!!!
(30) TIM-4-SHOW - No Mercy. Back2Back Payback! YEAH!! A few weeks ago I pondered if we would see more of the former Kobe or more of the struggling Kobe. Three weeks later and Kobe has most definitely answered it. Not only is he himself again, but he's currently putting together one of the most impressive playoff runs in the history of basketball. Should he pull this off in the next round, what you have just witnessed has been nothing short of spectacular. Mbenga on Perkins would be AWESOME If they want to get rough, put in the black belt that defied death. LOLOLOLOLThis is going to be epic great. I truly believe you're witnessing the crowning achievement of Kobe and the Lakers.
(31) RDLEE – MERCY DISPENSER - 12 down, 4 to go. No mercy!
(32) DWNTWN ATTY - As we all know, the real question is whether the Celtics' defense will be stiff enough to hold us back. I'm think it won't be, but our bigs will need to come out angry and determined -- our shooters hitting shots. and Kobe -- well we know Kobe is going to show up! that was a kobe performance for the vault. Close out game, closeout shots. No chance was Kobe going to lose this game.
(33) New Mexico Laker lifer - Lighten up and enjoy the JOURNEY. Lakers in 6
(34) RON – I still remember clearly the pain and anguish of the 39 pt drubbing like yesterday and have always dreamed of the day when we would face Boston again. "If only" we had homecourt two years ago I was thinking...well we have it now....and now it's nervous time. The key is to contain Rondo and Pierce. For all those people who criticized getting Artest over Ariza, this is why we made the move! Pierce was able to dominate Orlando because no one could guard him--he won't have that luxury this time around. But the biggest key will be if Pau and Lamar show up big in this series. Bynum is the big question mark but his presence alone in the middle already helps the Lakers out tremendously. Kobe will have a much more difficult time against the Celtics' defense, but he will be clutch when it matters, you can bet on that. It is time to exorcise those demons once and for all and to rid ourselves of this lingering ghost once and for all. If the Lakers are to win back-to-back titles, who better to defeat than the Boston Celtics? We hate the Celtics with a passion and winning it all against Boston will be the sweetest thing since '85. 'Nuff said.
(35) ALLNET - Remember when, after the game 6 loss to the Celtics in the ’08 Finals, Artest got into the Lakers’ locker room and made his way over to the showering Kobe? Recall what Artest reportedly said? “I want to come help you. If I can, I’m gonna find a way to come to L.A. and help you win the title.” Well, Ron-Ron, your big chance is about to arrive. And against that same evil nemesis, the Celts. May your words – and the defense to back them – prove ever true!
(36) LAKERTOM - Once again, my prediction is the Lakers to win in 6 games, taking the first 2 at home, 1 of 3 in Boston, and then closing out the Celtics in Game 6 in LA. That’ll set the stage to win our 17th title in 2011.
(37) LAKERMIKE - This single point of maturity is in my opinion a VERY significant element in The Finals. It would seem to be a low-risk prediction to say that at least once a big lead will be lost in the end, with either Celtics or Lakers grabbing a great come-from-behind victory. I like what I have seen. I am anxious for that series-determining comeback game to unfold!

(38) TOM DANIELS
(39) FAITH
(40) LAKERGURL(THE ONE AND ONLY)
(41) EDWIN GUECO
(42) EASTCOASTJESSIE – TEAM LAWYER
(43) MAMBA24 – I RIDE WITH THE PRINCESS
(44) ICELAKER - I loved seeing the hate and intensity in Michael Cooper's eyes when he told Boston "You wanted us, here we come!" These Lakers are angry right about now. I really fear for the celtics come thursday. I know Pierce needed a wheelchair in '08. He's gonna need a stretcher once Ron Ron is done: "If you're not strong enough, you shouldn't be fighting with me. If you can't match my strength then why would you try to pick a fight and test me?" I'm hoping for Lakers in 5. I want them to celebrate on the Gah-den's floor.
(45) SEGEBOY- THE SHERIFF - Yo words can not describe how proud I am that we're returning to the finals for the 3rd year in a row. We started the 55 win bandwaggon when we were running with smush parker, we believed so hard in our team and they laughed in our faces. They gonna respect us yo cuz we ain't asking for it, we're here to work for it, to fight for it, to cement our place in history. I love this team yo. And shout out to our PGs for their play last game, y'all know we keep calling u d weakest link but nobody's happier when u prove us wrong. Fish u d man. Our time is freaking here and the next series is against our arch enemies, the green weanies from the east. In the words of 300 ... we're gonna take everything from them and give nothing back ... F the celtics and anyone who loves em.
(46)

I watched Celtics a couple of games against Orlando and they are worst than suns. The bench of suns were superb, the best one in the playoffs so i don't even think these Celtics can win a game at stapples.

Kobe, Pau, Artest, Bynum playing at 50% can sweep Celtics. Kobe and Artest played at 80-90%, Bynum at 30% and Pau at 10% against Suns.

Can't wait thursday!!

Go Lakers!!!

Dave:

You wrote: As for your gratuitous shots at Bill Russell, gimme a break. Eleven rings, baby.

Response: Yes, indeed 11 rings but against no competition. Not possible in this ea because of "parity".


sege - Hey man. Why would you say I'm a hater. I'm just trying to have fun with this. Obviously you take a video game for what it's worth. It's a video game. But it's all just for good fun and to keep ourself entertained before Game 1.

MM

joon - I didn't run the simulation with Cleveland and all that. I set the format so it went through the NBA playoffs as it happened in real time. Then I simulated the final round.

MM

DOC RIVERS told Nate Robins back in April that one day he was going to help win Celtics "a" game and he did help win game 5 against the Orlando Magic.

When Mitch signed Ron Artest told him that he was going to help Lakers win the Title and not just one game.

THE KEYS TO THE SERIES
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Nothing could be finer than the Lakers and Celtics once again playing for the NBA championship, nothing more enthralling than seeing the most storied franchises in NBA history square off again in their reigning battle for the most NBA championships, with the Celtics currently leading 17 to 15.
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For the Lakers, this is their shot at redemption for their 2008 Finals loss to the Celtics and chance to win their 2nd straight championship to shrink the Celtics’ championship lead to a single title. For the Celtics, this series is most likely the last shot for their aging Big 3 to win another championship.
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This is the ultimate matchup that Lakers, Celtics, and basketball fans in general as well as the TV networks and national sports media have been praying for all year. It’s the rubber series between the last 2 NBA champions with overall NBA supremacy and franchise bragging rights on the line.
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So without further adieu, here are my keys to the series and why I pick the Lakers to win in 6 games, taking the first 2 at home, 1 of 3 in Boston, and then closing out the Celtics in Game 6 in LA:
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(1) WHICH MVP WILL SHOW UP? Simply stated, the 2010 NBA Championship will go the winner of the marquee matchup between 2009 Finals MVP Kobe Bryant and 2008 Finals MVP Paul Pierce. If Kobe continues what so far has been the best playoff performance in his illustrious career, the Lakers will likely prevail and win their 2nd straight championship. But if Pierce repeats his great performance from the 2008 Finals, then the Celtics will likely win their 2nd title in 3 years.
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While Pierce clearly outplayed Kobe to win MVP in the 2008 Finals, the Celtics’ loss of James Posey, who did such a great defending against Kobe in the series, and the Lakers’ addition of Ron Artest, who has always been a strong physical defender on Paul Pierce, has changed the dynamics of the series. Look for Kobe to have a field day against the Celtics without Posey’s presence, forcing the Celtics to scramble and double and probably even have Pierce sacrifice some offense to try and guard Kobe.
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On the flip side, look for Ron Artest to take Pierce out of his game and turn him into a volume scorer. Where Ariza did not have the toughness or physicality to slow down Pierce, Artest has proven before that he can clearly bother him defensively, reducing his shooting percentage and points per game. This series will vindicate Kobe Bryant’s greatness as a player and leader and elevate him even higher in the pantheon of super stars whose jerseys inhabit the upper reaches of Staples Center.
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(2) WHICH PAU GASOL WILL SHOW UP? Bottom line, the Lakers will have an extremely difficult time winning this series if the Pau Gasol that shows up is the player we all suffered through last night, a player who played his worst game of the season in his team’s most important game yet in the season, a player who played so weakly and poorly that you could see Kobe Bryant deliberately avoid passing him the ball in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter in last night’s triumph over the Suns.
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I have not yet read all the media reports of the game but anybody watching me watch the game must have thought that my mind had been taken over by ouchhhhhhhhh as I kept begging for Phil Jackson to put Andrew Bynum back in the game as the Spaniard played his usual matador defense and missed chippie after chippie at the rim. I’ve been a strong supporter of Pau Gasol and have actually called him the best power forward in the NBA on several occasions but his soft play is again a big concern.
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Fortunately for the Lakers, this year they have Andrew Bynum to matchup against Kendrick Perkins, which means that Pau Gasol will be able to play power forward against KG, a better matchup for him. The Lakers need Pau to remember how KG punked him in the 2008 Finals and look for redemption and commit himself to turn around his recent soft play and display the toughness of the 2009 Finals. Otherwise, they’ll find themselves in a struggle like last night where Pau Gasol was “disappeared.”
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(3) WHICH ANDREW BYNUM WILL SHOW UP? With Gasol playing soft, the Lakers need Andrew Bynum to suddenly become the dominant beast of we’ve seen tantalizing glimpses of so many times. Unfortunately, I think that will have to wait again until next year but we still need a strong, physical, and active presence from Drew to win, especially on the boards and protecting the paint and the rim. We need Drew to outplay Perkins and maybe to make up for Pau getting outplayed by Garnett. If we get the passive, hesitant, and indecisive Drew we have seen on occasion, then we’re in trouble.
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It has become painfully apparent throughout the playoffs that the Lakers interior defense suffers greatly whenever Drew sits down. The shots he blocks, alters, and deters anchor the Lakers’ defense. While Drew needs to show a little better judgment and not challenge every single shot at least he does not run for cover like a scared prima donna afraid of picking up fouls like it seems Gasol does lately. Drew is going to be our enforcer because this is going to be an extremely physical series, much more than anything we have seen the last few years. It is going to be like the Lakers-Celtics of old.
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Ironically, the main thing that the current knee injury has taken away from Drew is much of his terrific low post game. The Lakers need to take a close look at how the Magic got Dwight Howard easy baskets by setting up passes to the rim. That is how they have to take advantage of Drew rather than having him struggle to post up Perkins. Penetrate by pass or dribble and put the ball up by the rim. That is how even a hobbled Bynum can dominate the paint against Perkins and the Celtics.
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(4) WHICH TEAM CONTROLS THE PAINT? Make no mistake, both the Lakers and Celtics will be looking to control the paint on both offense and defense, to get easy shots for themselves and prevent their opponents from doing the same. How the two teams score their points in the paint is by playing inside-out basketball. In the case of the Lakers, it’s the Triangle Offense and pounding the paint with their quintet of talented post up players that produces inside-out basketball. With the Celtics, it’s the dribble penetration by Rondo forcing doubles that generates their version of inside-out rhythm.
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This means that the Lakers need to stop penetration from Rondo and the interior assists and open 3-point shot attempts that such penetration entails. For the Celtics, it means they need to be able to defend Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol one-one, like they did Dwight Howard in the Eastern Finals, so that they do not have to double and open up the Triangle’s lane for cutters and open 3-point shooters. Which team is able to control the paint will in the end have a huge advantage in this series.
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Finally, the Lakers need to take advantage of their speed and quickness advantage over the Celtics and push the ball in transition to beat the Celtics half court defense. Fast break points also count as points in the paint and a big key to this series is going to be the team that can get out and run, especially on turnovers and long rebounds. For the Celtics, it’s about turning Rondo loose and having him attack the Lakers before their half-court defense is set. For the Lakers, it’s about running the older slower Celtics at every opportunity in order to cause fatigue to be an issue for them in the fourth quarter.
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Once again, my prediction is the Lakers to win in 6 games, taking the first 2 at home, 1 of 3 in Boston, and then closing out the Celtics in Game 6 in LA. That’ll set the stage to win our 17th title in 2011.
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TOM

Wonder who did the programming for NBA2K10? Probably a Celts fan; just kidding. Even if the computer has never, ever been wrong as a Lakers fan I would not loose sleep over this prediction.

Thanks, FCM, everybody. I want to be clear that i didn't want Mike T banned because of anything he said about me, I really don't care that much. I just didn't think that his comments had any place anywhere people go to have conversations. If I was in a room and someone started talking like that, I would leave. If i had a friend or family member that talked like that, I would consider an intervention.

I am completely serious about the love that I think every human being deserves and I think that most people come to this blog because of sincere desire to be part of a community. I also have a degree in psychology, and I have learned that mental disorder cannot be diagnosed based exclusively on statements made over the internet, so i'm just not going to talk about mike t anymore, even to make fun of him.

If me making fun of it encouraged anybody around here to feel like i approved of the stuff he was saying, I hereby apologize.

Again, I wasn't upset because of anything anyone said about me, I really don't think those opinions are worth anything. But I feel that I have a pretty clear line where I will leave the room.

Thanks for the support.

Guys, For what it's worth. I played NBA 2K10 today against a friend with me playing as the Lakers and my friend playing as the Celtics. The game was physical. Fouls were called left and right. Both frontlines struggled to score inside. And Boston was able to create a double digit lead. Before you go charging that I'm just horrible at playing video games, I managed to come back in the game thanks to some Black Mamba drives and pull up jumpers as well as some Derek Fisher clutch three pointers.

I led by one with 10 seconds to go, but they called a foul on Gasol against Garnett. He made two free throws leading me to inbound the ball. I thought I saw Kobe flash to the nearside almost similar to Game 5 against Phoenix, but it actually was Artest. Not knowing it was Artest and thinking it was Kobe, I pulled up for a baseline J but it hit the back iron. So much for redemption. Also, I need to get better at NBA 2K10

MM

Phred - No problem. I'm sorry he made those comments to you. But let me be clear, I didn't ban him upon your request. He made inappropriate comments that were personal in nature and absolutely had nothing to do with basketball in any sense whatsoever.

I agree about your view on the what this blog community should be about. We're going to disagree on opinions, critique each other and players and make fun of stuff. But at the end of the day, this is supposed to be fun.

MM

re the actual topic at hand- I don't think there has ever been a computer program anywhere that can simulate the heart of a champion. And even if it could, it wouldn't be able to take into account what our experience in 2008 taught us. All basketball analysis aside, if I had to say why the Celtics won in 08 I would say because Kevin Garnett wanted it as much or more as anybody has ever wanted anything. But I don't think he wanted it nearly as much as Kobe wants it this year.

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
You hoped you pleaded you asked for this, Well dear Celtics you got your wish
What was that chant? We want LA, Well old men Boston, you got your way
It’s one thing to ask, another to get, What you got for the Lakers, Aint worth Spit.
You got a star named Rondo yes he’s good, but this is the BIG TIME not the hood.
We are the Lakers you call us second best. Cause 17 Rings fly on the celtics Crest
Well Septics that is well and good, but there’s a new Sheriff in the neighborhood
15 Rings aint shabby at all, and that 16th will look so pretty in Staples hall.
But to show you what gentlemen are we, We’ll let you attend the 16th Ring Cermony
You aint got no excuses when you fall, You just met your better’s in Basketball
Tell Paula aint no shame in defeat, Put away that wheelchair and get on your feet
Tell the Green Bald Headed Lunatic to calm down, He aint got a chance to win the crown
Tell Doc we respect his class and grace, But he aint got a chance in this Finals Race
We got the Baddest Player in history, Scored more points than the Opponents you see
In one game he scored 81, coulda scored more but winning Rings is more fun
We got the Former Defensive Player of the year, One look at him and you’ll breakout in Fear
We got the MVP of International Play, Some say he’s soft until they see him play
We got Mr 0.4, that’s right Dfish, Don’t blink for a second or the ball he’ll swish
So I think Boston you might as well quit, Cause compared to the Lakers you aint got SPIT!!!!!
Posted by: MAMBA24 | May 30, 2010 at 06:13 PM
GENIUS!!!!!!
PS: Why I'm not in the THE FINAL PAYBACK, ARMAGEDON HAS ARRIVED - BANDWAGON
LAKERS IN 4!

hey phred, my degree is in psychology as well (Jung).
I agree with you 100%. I didn' read the "final" post (the one that made him banned) but we can't judge anyone based on internet posts. But, as you said, this is a community, with rules, and we must follow them. Period.
Cheers

FCM- yeah, I got that. I'm not going to be running around asking for people to be banned left and right, and I don't think you would if I did. I just wanted people to understand why I left.

Believe me, I respect your judgment (mostly) and I apologize for even putting you in a place where there was even an appearance of you doing anything because I asked you too.

I am now sort of embarrassed about what I said about banning him. I guess everybody has at least a couple of buttons that can be pushed, and I don't feel bad about telling the nutcase off, but if I had to do it again, I wouldn't put you in a place where it looked like you were forced into doing anything.

Well, except I guess I don't feel bad about forcing you to remove his actual comments, that just needed to happen. But the banning and the cussing thing, i feel bad about.

thanks again.

er, almost left.

To MM

I think almost 90% of the posters hate Pierce...why his picture? :P

ok, the (mostly) was not serious, and I don't think you removed the comments because I forced you to either, I figure I just called them to your attention. anyway, i'm going to stop talking now.

haha phred the mostly comment was subconscious. you were thinking of all the times i talked about the lakers' lacking a sense of urgency

BreakfastSausage - lol it was only Celtics picture I could find on our site! :)

MM

haha phred the mostly comment was subconscious. you were thinking of all the times i talked about the lakers' lacking a sense of urgency

BreakfastSausage - lol it was only Celtics picture I could find on our site! :)

MM

Will the two mayors make their typical "friendly" bets?

If the Celtics win...the Boston mayor wants a "date" with one of Antonio Villaraigosa`s TV newscaster girlfriends!!!

Paging, KTLA`s Lu Parker!

Stop that Red! Stop that right now! Lol!
Mamba24

Fatty,

About the celebration not being held on the Sun's floor: I don't think it's about the Suns' front office not letting the Lakers do it. I think the NBA makes a call on whether it's "safe" for the players to do it on the main floor. Remember when the Lakers won the championship on Philly's floor back in 2001? They held the championship celebration in the locker room because the Philly crowd could not be trusted. They probably would have started tossing things as the trophy was presented.

As for the simulation outcome, I'm not surprised. At the beginning of the season there were a number of NBA analysts that picked the Celtics. (I recall going on a trip and picking up the current SI issue at the airport. I opened it on the plane and went directly for the finals prediction: the Celtics over the Lakers. I never opened the magazine again.) The games have to be played. And I like the Lakers chances.

I hope our players came to the blog to sneak a peek.
I hope our players have the 131-92 video in all their electronic devices, just to remember.
I hope our players change their ringtones to "Beat LA!"
I hope our players changing room papered with that 2008 finals (like Farmar did with Morrison, but with real effects).
I hope that a green 2008 champions watch our team practices from now on.
I hope they remember, because we remember.
Now only the glory is enough!!
We will prevail!!
For the championship: GO LAKERS!!!!!!

GLARING OMISSION: The game's Lakers/Jazz series prediction. You've Lakers/Thunder and Lakers/Suns, which were accurate. Why not Lakers/Jazz?

Did you, per chance, leave it out *intentionally* because it INACCURATELY predicted that the Jazz would win, and that inaccuracy would de-dramatize the picture you wish to paint with this silly post about what a VIDEO GAME "thinks"?


Mamba24,

His first choice was Ann Martin...until I informed him she was now collecting Social Security!

The only reason I omitted the Jazz was that I frankly didn't have time to do the simulation. There was a one day turnaround between series and I was busy getting coverage from practice.

MM

MM - Could you please tell me the input this simulator takes ?? Thanks

Amit

Mamba24, His first choice was Ann Martin...until I informed him she was now collecting Social Security! Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | May 30, 2010 at 07:31 PM
ROFLMFAO!!
MAMBA24

@MR.NANO, Do I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!
MAMBA24

"humanomaly (29 minutes) ,

"I don't think anyone critical of Pau diminishes his value and importance to the team. But the reality is, he was MIA defensively for most of the series and only had two offensive performances up to the level the team counts on him for. Pau Gasol is an important cog in the Lakers wheel and he'll need to make a max contribution in the NBA Finals.

Posted by: Rick Friedman | May 30, 2010 at 05:29 PM"

I absolutely agree....have the slump now...that's why I say forget about the sasha deal, it's time for the team to focus. Peace.


MM,

Yes, I agree that this is supposed to be for fun. Kinda think it's a privilege to Blog here, not necessarily a right. Thanks for all your hard work!

LakersRule(Amit) - What do you mean by input? I'm not sure if this answers your question but basically NBA2K10 makes the evaluation based on the team's success this year as well as the injuries each player has. It has been lauded, Bryant among them, for the realistic game play as well as how accurate they are with player characteristics.

MM

D(erek)J(eter) - Thanks for the love. I'm glad you're part of the community.

MM

The only things I am afraid of are a wheelchair and a miracle...

M. Medina -

I don't think you would purposely fix the Playstation game. But perhaps 'sub-consciously' you were wanting the Lakers to lose. Sort of like that crooked ref did to win his bets? I mean, passing to Ron at the end of the game? Can we say a Donaghy-Fruedian slip of the control?

I really do think it depends on the version you play with and who is at the controls.

Version 2008 (The NBA fixed edition) has the Celtics winning in 6 games. Are you sure you were not playing with the old and out dated one?

The newest Version 2010.06 Special LA Times Lakers Blog Finals Edition. The one I have, not only has the Lakers winning in 6 games. But has Kobe winning the MVP and breaking several NBA records.

And I heard when Kobe plays it, the Lakers win the Finals in three games, with the Celtics quitting and forfeiting game 4.

So Mike T. got banned, I would love to read the post that got him banned, any you can e-mail it to me, Mike Medina, god of Blogs?

I had noticed he was just posting more and more, nonsensically, still in love with Kwame, this is a case where a person deserved to be thrown out. Looking up this page, I see a buncha Boston fans, mind your manners or we'll just Jedi-mind trick you and you'll be wearing gold.

Hey E!!!!.... about SI, I stopped reading that smut about 30 years ago, they are like the Car & Driver of sports. Car & Driver will pick whatever new Chrysler or Subaru car and make it car of the year, totally biased, probably paid off.


Phred- I don't know what happened, but because of you, we don't have to read garbage from a guy who obviously is sick. Very mentally sick.

The game did not take into account that Paul Pierce's wheelchair lost a front wheel leaving him vulnerable on defense....

I was thinking...1 1/2 month ago, I'd have this dream of not playing Dallas, Denver, Cavs, Spurs or OKC. Those teams had a chance agains the Lakers (a chance only...) and they didn't make it. We had to deal with one of them...And it wasn't easy...But we made it.

What a dream situation we're right now. Boston is a great team for sure, they have a chance against us, but the road could have been way more difficult than it was. The pressure is on us, we're not the underdog, with all the respect for the Celts, they are. The Lakers is a much better team than it was in 2008. A true GOOD team.
Now we just to go there and claim what belong to us...the rings!
Cheers.

erm...typo:

Now we just NEED to go there and claim what belong to us...the rings!

Thanks Larry!
:-)

Well Red, Congratulations! the C's are the NBA2k10 Champions!
Be happy about it, because is the only championship you'll get this year.

human- it wasn't about me, I just wandered by, read a couple of his comments and brought them up. then he went off on me, but frankly it was his own comments about unrelated stuff that were offensive. If FCM hadn't deleted the comments, some lawyers probably would have called the Times to bring it up.

anyhoo, enough about that.

FCM- it's not about basketball, but there was an article at NYTimes about the oil spill in the gulf, and they quoted the governor of Louisiana as saying that the government 'lacked a sense of urgency' in dealing with the crisis. I actually laughed. I think it has hit buzzword status. You were just at the front of the movement.

no, i don't want to discuss the oil spill with anybody. Oil spills are bad, we can leave it at that.

Huh. I was reading the various threads this morning and then went out and did some stuff for the day. Came back and decided to catch up a little... here and elsewhere. A couple of you may know that I spend some time at that "other" blog these days, mainly because I like hanging out in quiet little places where I'm not blitzkrieged by so many comments and threads that my brain turns into a toad. Seriously, my lousy old laptop takes a couple minutes just to load a new Times page. Then, there's actual reading to consider, which sometimes requires an excedrin drip for reasons of sheer trollosity and general volume (turned to 11). So FIRST, I go over to the Kbros house of blogging pleasure where you're usually lucky to get 5 comments on a thread and we mainly just try to be clever. And, there's 165 comments on their latest thread, just amassed in the last few hours! WTH?! And the thread before that had 70-something and the one before that had 0. Which is the case more often than not. So I'm just feeling lost. I don't even know who these names are. And then I switch over to old faithful and read that Mike T was banned. Whatever, he's gone a little Kurtz in recent years. Sorry to hear he was giving grief to someone as excellent as phred though. And this business about 2Ksomething sim predicting a Celtics win? Really? That's like a video game, right? Do people have to push the buttons or something or does it just run all on its own? I'm getting too old for this foolishness. Oh, and this morning somebody posted under my name and didn't even have the decency to be annoying. Just some innocuous sentence that I couldn't remember five years later. Sorry if anyone's still reading this, I would have skipped ahead long ago. Oh, and I predict the Lakers will win. Cause we're better than they are.

The world better prepare for when we 2peat ... for when we 2peat ... we wanna 2peat so freaking bad ...

Can't wait till thursday!!!!

dave m-

hey, glad you are still stopping by. I saw that the K Bros blog was going nuts this morning, too. I don't know if it's why they are getting comments, but ESPN.com linked to their article from their mainpage blurb on the Lakers game, so they are probably getting a lot more readers. Bad for the loyalists, but good for them, I guess.

Frankly I don't know why they have taken so long. Adande has been their go to guy for Lakers stuff, but he hasn't been readable in years. McEnamin or whoever is ok, but the K Bros are better. I mean, i might be prejudiced, but then again it was because of them I started reading this blog however many decades or whatever ago.

man, i am talking a lot today. Too many days off work and too much Lakers in the freakin finals. I'm just prowling the internets reading basketball stuff, but after a while it just gets repetitive, even now that they have stuff in the NYTimes and SI instead of just the usual suspects and/or gang of idiots, depending on how you feel.

This is why I don't play NBA 2K10.

Magic PJ -

I do feel this story has been played out before.......in a Galaxy, far, far away.

In the Classic book 'Star Wars', young Sky Walker needed to learn the Jedi ways to defeat the Evil Empire. Too soon, before he mastered the good side of the force, he confronted the extra evil Darth Vader alone, by himself, and was defeated......

With more training and maturity. And accompanied by his now trusted comrades, together, they united to beat and destroy the evil Empire for all time, by blowing the crap out the Death Star, this time with the Emperor in it!

For the understanding to this deep and meaningful story, look for my next future comment, "Episode 2010: The Day of the Green Death Star is over"

The world has turned upside down! phRED and Fatty are being logical and being the comedic straight men. As our favorite blogger would say- oh, the humanity!

BLöG CЯüE
I'm flying into L.A. on Friday for a wedding on Satürday, then twö days at the beach before making my way back to The 'Rado! LAKE SHOW, make it happen.

Colorado loves our Wörld Champiön Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stern is reviewing Mike T`s ban from this blog...might be rescinded

Wow. TJ Simers found a new punching bag. The Angels! That's fine with me, just lay off the Lakers.

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THE ANGELS win a regular-season game, and understandably surprised, in the celebration Kendry Morales broke his leg.

Happy to report the Lakers know how to win, and so no one was hurt.

MM
Thanks for the response.
My question was a result of not knowing the nature of this simulator at all.
Let me explain a bit.
I am assuming the game has complex ways to quantify/represent various facets of every player's persona /profile and their digital selves are pitted against each other in a game based on relative individual and team strengths.
Now, there must be pre-programmed variables which can be tweaked using information on things like injuries and form based on recent performances/results.
My question was about what happens before a simulation is run...I meant to ask whether you get to choose and feed in the data ( player/team statistics of all and sundry kind) you think is most relevant and modify their "weights" depending on factors a machine/program couldn't possibly interpret/understand on its own OR is it that the simulator just uses a latest set of predetermined variables from data it has available online/offline ?
Is there a portal which this simulator uses prior to a simulation where the raw numerical data on team/player performances is changed in meaningful ways by humans ??

If you are tired of reading through the nonsense above, please just tell me how you "prepare" the simulator before a test run.

I am intrigued by the accuracy of its predictions thus far and am trying to wrap my brain around the way it works.The latest one ( Boston in 5 ) is just a little bit scary and am hoping I can somehow prove it is nonsensical :) Just kidding !


Amit

MM, so what's NBA 2k10? A video game, from EA Games/EA Sports?

Parting comments on the Suns series:

1. I wonder why Nash was crying. At first thought, "is he retiring?"
2. Where's Butler?
3. What is Dudley saying now in his tweeter?
4. Robin and Brook Lopez should have been twin girls.
5. You cant guarantee a win unless you're the Lakers.
6. I didnt see Amar'e shaking hands at the end of game 6. He went straight to the locker room. Unless someone else saw it otherwise.
7. Alvin Gentry looks like a Kobe fan.

C'mon MM, your better than this..

LakersRule(Amit).

theres a reason our kobe is first team all defense every year last 7 of 8 years.. depending on his matchups or what he thinks best serves the team's need he'll play lockdown defender or oftentimes play a rover defender... against a team like phoenix it was oftentimes the latter... kobe defense is the last of this teams concerns (trust me) so to try and extrapolate he hurts overall team defense based on a couple handpicked possessions is just outright ludicrous...

dont knwo where you found that link but if its on youtube its probably crap... sounds like this guy doesnt understand laker basketball and is just another hater... if anybody wants to pick on our defense they better start with our defensive weak links dfish or gasol.. pick ur poison.

Wow, Mike T is gone again? I have always enjoyed reading his posts. He is one of the very few bloggers whom I usually agree with. He shares my ideas of being a realist fan, and not a cheerleader fan. His offerings were brilliant, arrogant, comedic, antagonizing, and informative. But they were always fun.

Some of you guys take this blog waaaaayy to seriously, and more than a few of you are thin skinned and get your feelings hurt too easily. This blog should not only be informative, but entertaining. Sports, in its very nature, is competitive, and there's nothing wrong with us fans enjoy a bit of competitive trash talking every now and then. We do it in sports bars, amongsts family and buddies, at work, where ever...you'd think we can do it on a blog.

I know it's your blog, MM, but please take it easy with all these bannings. I don't know if you're issuing clear warnings first, or if you just pull the trigger (I'd like to think it's not the latter).

And for any blogger that comes on this public blog crying "it's him or me..." like some kind of drama queen, get over yourself and have some fun. If you get someone who you disagree with, engage in a little trash talking instead of whining to MM about someone, or maybe just ignore it. Most importantly, just cheer on our Lakers. We need every fan we can get on this blog...we're in for a tough fight with the Celtics.

Mike T. is a fun and informed writer, and more than a few of us old timers know that this blog is not nearly as good without his commentary (although few will state it).

I hope you can, MM, re-consider his banning and bring some fun back into this blog.

Did I read this right

Someone was banned for calling another person an idiot.

Thats ridiculous
and the person who defended this banning is a moron

and I have said moron and called people on this blog many times and I have been called a moron SO WHAT

if its the moderator, MM, come on there are certain things that cant be said but IDIOT? please

Was it because it was Faith? that shouldnt make a difference, why because she recites Chicks in the refrigerator ?

I got an idea, lets just make this into a Sunday Service Church blog

I ended back in the hospital acouple more days but I got to see game 5 in hospital and got hope in time to see game 6 at home.

Conratulations for a well deserved win.
Now some observations for improvement if PJ can take his Homer doh face off and coach.

So many fouls not being called like Lopez pushing Pau in back which should have been an and 1.
Kobe made a bank shot and replay shows he ws hit on elbow but no an 1.

That flagrant on Sasha was the most bs call I have seen. Replay shows Drg queen was saying stuff to Sasha and he got close and shoulder bumped Sasha making contact. Sasha raised his arms and barely made contact with Drag queen who the flopped to the floor like he was killed.
If a tech was to be called it should have been one of those stupid double technicals and play on.

Pau was gassed with all the minutes and ineffective. His arms were down not up and his rotations slow or next to none. Maybe PJshould have given Mbenga a few minutes run to spell Pau. But no and he almost lost us the game.

so mike t is banned and he comes back as LakerMike with his signature

lol

troy- you haven't been around lately, have you? Mike T's comments over the last week have been him saying that he wanted the lakers to lose so that he would be proven right that the Lakers shouldn't have traded Kwame Brown for Pau Gasol. A ridiculous statement, but not one that offended me.

Let me say this, and I don't know if it's defending FCM or me, but Mike T was not banned for anything he said about me, mike t was banned for making libelous attacks on jerry buss and then personally attacking several people who disagreed with him, repetitively. I did not threaten to leave the blog because i intended try to force Mark Medina to ban mike t, I stated as a fact that I wouldn't be reading the blog because of mike t's comments and the discussion that they caused. I did respond to mike t directly, and while I am not proud of the language in which I did it, I do not apologize for giving my honest opinion of his behavior to him, directly to him, and in detail. He couldn't handle it.

I do not care if anybody attacks me personally, i never have, and I never will. I think that those statements invariably reflect more on the person who makes them than they did on me or anybody's opinion of me.

now lets talk about some basketball.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

AND SO WHEN FACED WITH DOUBTERS, DID KOBE BACK DOWN??? NO !!!
He turned and shot them a knowing look of disappointment in their failure to understand his greatness elevated and PUT THE DAGGER IN !!!

All of you who join the doubters, you know the look. I throw it at you and hurt for your regret in advance.

LAKERS IN 4, 5 or 6.

GOOOOOOOOoooOOOO TEAM GOOOOooOOOOOOO !!!!!!

hey phred, forget about mike t, we all know that MM didn't ban him because of you.

Greetings Lakeshw Fans,

Just watched Sportscenter that featured a clip with the "Three Amigos" of Pierce, Garnett, and R. Allen.

I find it quite interesting that when they conduct interviews, especially with ESPN/ABC, they always have to be hip to hip, tongue to tongue (in a literal sense) with one another. I guess they want/need to "validate" their existence AGAIN with a purpose to intimidate those who despise them.

Just wondering...Should ESPN/ABC likewise invite KB24, Gasol, Fisher, and Artest to their studios in LA to keep the "rivalry" from being too ONE-SIDED and biased via Boston's location in the east coast (where ESPN's headquarters is located at)? Hmmm...Do you see what I see?

For the sake of being a good sport, as always, I personally see no reason why the Lakers need to counter Boston's BULLYING tactics via the "triplet show" (invited or not)that most media outlets adore like a brand new baby diaper.

You know it's ON when KG said during the interview regarding a question involving the rematch with the Lakers..."Getting another shot at them? Or, getting another shot at us? Just keeping it REAL (with a smug look on his face)..." As a Lakers fan, that's what makes this year's Finals that more interesting to watch...Seeing players BACK UP their talk...

BTW, no matter what happens in the final analysis (which I BELIEVE will be a Lakers REPEAT), KB 24 will STILL have more rings than the three of KG, R. Allen, and Pierce individually. That's a FACT!

To wrap this 2010 FINALS in a bow, here's the deal...as long as the Lakers PLAY HARD, INSPIRED basketball for 48 minutes each game on both ends of the floor, with a heavy dose of patient INTERIOR play (making their bigs MOVE and FOUL prone) and "consistent" perimeter defense (chasing guys like Allen, Wallace, Pierce OFF the three-point area via Fisher, Artest, Odom, and Kobe), they will hang their 16th NBA Championship banner.

Most of all, win it ALL with a CHIP on their shoulder, injuries, adversity and all, for the debacle in 2008. The Lakers SURELY need no MOTIVATION!

Go get em' Lakers like you did in 2009..Back to back!

Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY!

That pile of crap predicted that the Lakers will lose to the Suns in Game 6...

first of all, the constant disrespect by the media towards the Lakers is unbearable already. If I see one more stupid highlight about the 08 Celtics I will explode. THIS ISNT 08 ANYMORE, the celtics are NOT the champions, i repeat NOT the champions. I don't know where most of you dumb celtic fans do for a living, but please go read a book or something and gain some knowledge.


The most arrogant, narcissistic franchise ever. They refuse to give ANYONE credit but themselves. Even when they lose, they act like they won. I don't understand how anyone can liek their franchise. All I want to do is own them and celebrate in front of them ON their home floor ( or ours). I'm disgusted by them.


I don't understand how the media can go from saying they will be eliminated, to crowning them the champs. Lets face it, they are a bunch of babies whose prime is over. They will not be the 10 champs, and I hope they never get close to a championship again!

 
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