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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 7 of Lakers-Celtics series

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Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan looks at Lakers Coach Phil Jackson's contention that an NBA Finals victory won't influence his decision on whether to return next season.

--The Times' Broderick Turner credits the play of Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic in Game 6.

--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues that a Lakers championship now will determine whether they stay together long enough to win two more.

--The Times' Sam Farmer takes a look back at the 1962 NBA Finals.

--The Times' Mark Heisler reflects on the 1969 NBA Finals.

--The Times' Joel Rubin and Patrick J. McDonnell report on the LAPD's efforts to prevent rioting and looting should the Lakers win Thursday night. The Times' editorial board appeals to Laker fans, urging them not to engage in violence, theft and destruction.

-- I highlight the increased ticket demand for Game 7.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore thinks Kobe Bryant's body of work will keep him established as one of the all-time greats but believes another title will add more to an already storied legacy.

--Fox Sports' Todd Behrendt believes the outcome will come down to who wants it more.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins expects big things to happen in Game 7.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers must play poised.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer calls Lamar Odom tonight's X factor.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky predicts a Lakers win.

--Former Laker Magic Johnson and former Celtic Kevin McHale recall what it's like to play in a Game 7 of a Lakers-Celtics Finals.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins lists key factors to tonight's game.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen explains what this title would mean for the Lakers. Lassen also has a suggestion on parking for fans attending the game.

--Fox Sports' Mitch Lawrence thinks a lot is at stake Thursday night for Bryant's legacy.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi charts how Andrew Bynum has matured through injuries.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues the Lakers' bench needs to replicate their Game 6 effort in Game 7.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller appreciates Bryant's thirst for winning championships.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen gives his 10 keys to Game 7.

--NBA.com's Sekou Smith explains why Bryant would consider the season a failure if the Lakers don't win the title.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears believes legends will be made tonight.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights the challenges the Lakers must go through to win the title. Teaford also has an injury update on Bynum.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker thinks Lakers guard Derek Fisher is in for a big night.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius provides some quick-hit thoughts on Game 7.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark breaks down Game 7.

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Celtics links

--The Times' Baxter Holmes looks at how Kendrick Perkins' injury will affect the Celtics.

--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow details how the Celtics plan to compensate for Perkins' absence. Benbow also believes Celtics guard Rajon Rondo needs to have a big night.

--The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley appreciates that  Celtics guard Ray Allen's  life doesn't revolve around his job.

--The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett look at the increased roles Rasheed Wallace and Glen "Big Baby" Davis will have in Game 7.

--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg believes this is a big opportunity for Wallace .

--The Boston Globe's Marissa Lang and Alex Katz talk to Celtics fans about Game 7.

--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel predicts the Celtics have a shot to win if they play as a team.

--ESPN Boston's Peter May argues the Celtics' performance will affect the team's place in franchise history.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix believes the Celtics' reserves need to have a huge night.

--The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy details how the Celtics are trying to cheer up Perkins.

--The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy believes Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will never get to another Game 7 in the NBA Finals.

--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan argues the Big 3 need to have big performances in Game 7.

--The Boston Globe's Peter Schworm and Milton Valencia looks back at how past Celtics teams have handled Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen explains why the Celtics will win Game 7.

--Celtics Blog's tenaciousT looks at Boston's journey to the Finals.

Tweet of the Day: "Love that Rasheed Wallace is walking thru L.A. Live with a Flyers cap & t-shirt that says "I AM THAT DUDE" as MMA fans just stare" -- DuranLA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Not only will the Lakers win tonight giving Phil [Jackson] his eleventh ring. But Phil will have surgery in the off season to add an 11th finger so he can wear all rings at the same time. Immediately after the game, Pau Gasol will fly off to South Africa and become Spain's goalie for their next match trying to become the first person in history to win a Title in two major sports, in the same month. Anyone can predict Kobe will be the series MVP. But only Fatty will predict that no one will present it to him because of jealousy. Bill Russell, Magic, and Stern will all refuse to do the ceremony, leaving the NBA to just wrap it up, put it into a box, and UPS it to his home. -- Fatty

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, tries to slap the ball away from Celtics guard Ray Allen during the first quarter in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times.

Photo: Lakers guard Jordan Farmar, left, goes up for a shot against Celtics forward Kevin Garnett during the second half in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times.

 
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LATEST UPDATE ON CAPTAIN JACK, TARUGO, 131-92 & KEVIN TULLEY:

These patients are going under treatment and are under the care of Nurse Ratched and her vigil staff, 24x7. They are all wearing a long sleeve white jacket for their own safety, and are semi coherent and seem to be asking only one question repeatedly, that is what happened on Tuesday, June 15th. Today was another set back for these patients, one of our staff member Zaira an assistant to Nurse Ratched had yellow and purple outfit, which seem to trigger fear in these patients and made them cry uncontrollably like little girls. We are trying to determine the cause of their reaction to these two colors and are at total loss.

Forget the history. That was then, this is now. We make our own history...TONIGHT!
We can't let up or back down. We must go full throttle from the opening tip-off. I think it will be a dog fight. I think the C's will have added motivation w/o Perkins.
But in the end, I still believe in our team, especially at home. Lakers 94-87.
Title #16 is hours away.

Fatty - pinch me - you just won RCOTD!!! Congrats!!

REPOST OF AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE...
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LAKERHOLICS !!!
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The thing about being a junkie is that you’re always thinking about your next fix, making sure your supply is uninterrupted. For basketball junkies, the playoffs are a mixed bag. On the one hand, it’s great that the second season has started and that the games count. On the other hand, your junkie instincts quickly recognize that the season is soon going to come to an end and you will have to go cold turkey until next October with no basketball. So while every game and series grows in importance so does your junkie anxiety about the coming off-season but don’t let that anxiety suck the joy out of these last dozen Laker wins. Relish and savor every one, Lakers fans, because soon it will be all over. And we will have the only thing that makes it easy to go cold turkey – another NBA championship.
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We all have our addictions for better or worse but think about how lucky we are to be Lakerholics rather than addicts of another team. I mean if you have to have a jones, why not have a first class one with some hopes of redelivering that initial shot of ecstasy that was what hooked you in the first place? Why not keep shooting up hoping to recreate the great thrill of the Wilt and Jerry championship or the Magic and Kareem Showtime Lakers? Any fool knows your chances of repeating nirvana are a better than those of a Clipperholic, so why not take the plunge. Let the confidence of our storied history and the tantalizing prospect of our current team ignite your endorphins and free your mind of blown leads and lost opportunities. As Mamba reminds us, we are the Freaking LA Lakers.
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Lakerholics are like alcoholics drinking Dom Pérignon, potheads smoking homegrown, or cokeheads snorting pharmaceutical while the rest of basketball’s addicts basically sniff paint thinner, suck up cough syrup, and down cheap beer. I mean, the thing about an addiction is how it drives to keep coming back trying to recreate whatever hooked you. So how do you become addicted to the Clippers or the Cavaliers or the Suns, teams that have never won anything, never tasted the sweet pleasure of winning it all. The answer is the same as to why people would ever seriously sniff paint thinner, suck in cough syrup, or drink cheap beer. Basically, they don’t know any better. They’re lost in their ignorance, blissfully unaware that their addiction has doomed them to a life of mediocrity.
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You may not be what you drive, what you eat, or what you wear but the team that you choose as your jones still says a lot about you, especially if the choice is not demographic or inherited. We all know a lot of Yankee and Cowboy fans who are bandwagon winners. And Raiders and Celtics fans who think they are outlaws and tough guys against the world. And I suppose even a few Clippers fans like Billy Crystal who take pleasure and relish in rooting for the underdog, although the term Yankees-Clippers fan is surely an oxymoron. But Lakers fans are special. We want basketball that is played and choreographed like a ballet and not played like a football game or rugby scrum. We want teams that win by playing the game the way it should be and by sharing the ball and playing as one team. That’s why God is a Lakers fan and why being a Lakerholic is the best addiction of all.
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TOM

Great news! 6 out of 8 bspn nba analysts have picked celts over lakers tonite... That may have just sealed the deal.. Woohoo!

Nobody pls talk celebration and parade yet.. I love all enthusiasm but pls make no predictions.. If u do pls knock on wood immediately.. Sorry I'm highly superstitious

And troy...think positive when I read ur posts I feel like slashing my wrists.. I don't like all this lakers have advantage and premature ejaculation talk myself... Can't taste my lunch today and had the runs all day.. But please positive thoughts!!

Ps.. If lakers win and I emphasize IF pls show camera on magics face.. I wanna see fake joy and his big fake smile! But I will forgive him

GO LAKERS!!

To my Lakers Blog family:

I wouldn't have enjoyed this awesome ride without you. Thanks for being here, every single day, no matter the outcome of the previous night.

Tonight is our chance at redemption. These chances don't come along often. We must seize this opportunity and master it. Forget about the last game, the last title, the last season, and all the ones preceding. Tonight is the night to write our own history, to vanquish this hated, hateful foe once and for all. Let's send them back into another 20 years of obscurity, and let's do it with conviction.

It's time to leave it all on the court. May the best team win.

Go Lake Show!

Marc B (With a 'C'):

I might amend . . .

Pass the ball and trust abounding
Want a ring? Then keep rebounding.
Posted by: Allnet | June 17, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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Ya Marc B, loved the Aquarias rendition with the Lakers!!! Awesome!!!!1

Posted by: 22 AKA longtimelakerlover | June 17, 2010 at 12:02 PM
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>>>Marc B (With a 'C')

groovalicious lyrics.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | June 17, 2010 at 12:33 PM
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THANKS ALL (INCLUDING THOSE THAT I MAY HAVE MISSED--BLOG POSTS MOVE SO VERY FAST)!!!

"LET THE BLING SHINE, LET THE BLING SHINE IN!!!!

"WE ARE BASKETBALL, WE ARE LAKERS FANS!!!"

GO LAKERS!!! ONE, TWO, THREE, DOMINATE!!!

Tomorrow Morning, Kobe Wakes Up on the Staples Center Court.

Breathes Deeply, Looks Around at the Charred Remains of Keltics.

"I Love the Smell of Napalm in the Morning..."

Kelt-ocalypse Now!!!!
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"WE ARE BASKETBALL, WE ARE LAKERS FANS!!!

GO LAKERS!!! ONE, TWO, THREE, DOMINATE!!!

Tonight...the Lakers have to endure the darkess before the dawn. The Celtics are gonna be ready to fight. And I believe that literally, I think they are gonna try to "fight"...so we gotta be ready to KILL!!! We need crazy Ron tonight...we need intense Kobe tonight...we need equalizing Fisher tonight...we need Queensbridge projects Lamar to be in the building...we need intensity, pride, passion, and attitude...

But most of all...we need that 16th banner!!!

As the Magic Man would say: "It's WINNIN' Time!!!!"

Game Day.

Currently, I am fraking out. Just read the LAT Sports section. Do I really need to say it? This is the biggest game of your lives, Lakers. Now is the time to excel, to play above what you had previously thought possible whilst remaining within the team's most excellent system.


Now is the time to soar, stop, defend, rebound and shoot as you always dreamed you could shooting hoops at the playground or in front of your house. The excuses are gone, no longer needed. The two best teams, one game, one LOUD arena. One victor.


We believe.

I'm anxious, excited, nervous, all out of sorts. But I BELIEVE!

LET'S GIVE THE CELTICS AN EPIC BEATDOWN!

It's time. Give him the sword of the King.

Did anyone catch Perkins' comments this morning on 710 (don't know when they were actually said) that he only brought enough clothes for one game! Of course that one game was lost.

If that's not telling of the C's psyche right now -- don't know what is.

Fatty, excellent RCOTD!

Let's do this Lakers!!!

I honestly hope the game is as anticlimactic as game 6, in the Lakers favor of course.

No need for legends to be made, dramatic tension, or anything like that. Just end the current iteration of the Celtics. Usher them out as abruptly as they came together. And get ready for the 3peat next year.


ALL ABOARD THE LAKERS DYNASTY BULLET TRAIN
Next stop...Figueroa Station...for the LAKERS #16 Parade

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ll l - --> LAKERS DYNASTY EXPRESS <----- l----- l---|-----}
L___Jl(0)____Jl(0) ____Jl(0) ____Jl(0)___Jl(0)____J
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LEWSTRS
MAMBA24
Rick Friedman
Joe_ Corad
Laker Tom
Jon K
justanothermambafan
Edwin Cueco
HalosAnt
Mark G
Lakerlady
EastCoastJessie
FAITH
complex brotha
FEARLESS
The Outlaw
BABY OUT LAW
LAKERLASS
Purple & Gold Reign
LongTimeLakerFan
Tom Daniels
Ludwig
FAR SIDE
t_sensei
The Infamous El Guapo
PsychedLakerGirl
JohnnyV
JovBatz44
BEANTOWNBUMS
Jolly Rancher
Caliphilosopher
DaxxMD
WintonDupree
Magia32
LAL_Fan
hobbitmage
Fatty
beepbeepimajeep
justafan
hiltontown
lurker (window seat up front)
Ice
VMan
2Phatt
dewey
BEANTOWNBUMS
22 AKA longtimelakerlover
lakalova
Art - FL Lakers Fan
Jeanette
Magic Phil
Rocky
ouchhhhhhhh
LakerRepeat24
troy
Marc B (With a 'C')
jayden24
Ricky
ZairaAmaterasu
NewMexicoLakerLifer
RRG101
Noah
LAKER TRUTH
yellofever
wesjoenixon
FVbruin
utzworld - THE ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER
Frankie B
Bunny Hop in the Pea Patch
Bakari Tajuddin
Joshua
WintonDupree
xyz
DaxxMD
D. Black
VTLaker
rdlee
Jamie Sweet
J24
HmrHed

Looking at the world through the sunset in your eyes,
Traveling the train through the Staples Center skies
Kobe, Fish and Pau call,
Ron-Ron, LO play some ball
American ladies wearing Purple 'N Gold.
Sweep the Utah Jazz and play with Nash's mind,
Had to get away to see what we could find.
Hope the days that lie ahead
bring us back to where they've led
Number #16's waiting just for you!

Don't you know we're riding on the Dynasty Express,
Don't you know we're riding on the Dynasty Express,
The LA Lakers are the best.
All aboard the train.

Fatty,

>>> Bill Russell, Magic, and Stern will all refuse to do the ceremony, leaving the NBA to just wrap it up, put it into a box, and UPS it to his home. -- Fatty

Congratulations on RCOTD. A perfect capstone to your recent vacation.

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LEWSTRS,

Please allow me to echo Laker Tom on what a great addition you are to the blog.

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Laker Tom,

>>> being a Lakerholic is the best addiction of all

A beautiful post. Amen.

-- Wow, recognition from the blog master, Thanks Mark Medina.

Any new Lakers wrinkles or surprises for the game?

Or is there nothing left to talk about and just play the D*** game?

Are you ready for the game?

This is a multiple choice test to gauge how much of a Lakers fan you really are and how much you are prepared for tonight's game. This test is for self-evaluation only and no final score will be given.

1. What color is your urine on game day?

A. Yellow
B. Blood Red
C. Purple and Gold, and it glows in the dark

2. When do you eat your game day dinner?

A. Before, but its light
B. At half time, but I usually throw it up during the 4th quarter
C. I don't eat food, just drink lots booze

3. Have you ever experienced an orgasm during a Lakers game?

A. No, its all basketball for me
B. I don't know, what's an orgasm.
C. Yes, once, when Shannon Brown dunked in game 6

4. Does the outcome of the game affect your relationship with God?

A. Yes, if they win tonight, I promise to go to church on Sunday
B. Yes, if they lose tonight, I will lose all faith in God.
C. Not really. I'm agnostic and am not sure if there is a Lakers god or not.

5. Do you wear the Lakers colors during the game?

A. Of course I do. Every thing down to the jock strap is Lakers stuff
B. Yes, but just an old back to back T Shirt my cousin gave me
C. Yes, but I watch the game naked with purple and gold writings all over my body

6. What percentage will you be standing while watching the game?

A. 10% - I only get up to go to the bathroom during time outs
B. 50% - I'm standing during every Lakers position
C. 100% - I feel if I sit, I will miss something

7. How many times will you curse during the game?

A. Only a few, and that's only when Luke is in the game
B. Only when we get a bad call, maybe 50-60 times
C. Every exhaled breath


There are no wrong or right answers on this test. The fact that you even read this shows you are a hopeless Lakerholic and are well prepared for maximum enjoyment during the game.

Enjoy the game. You have deserved it.

Posted by: Fatty | June 17, 2010 at 01:25 PM

Thanks all for the kind words and making me feel at home...

Yes, anytime I am with my Lakers brethren, I am at HOME...

Now let's get this party started...and keep the Trophy in LA, where it belongs...

Besides, there is no refunds for the Lakers Dynasty Bullet Train...

:)

With Perkins down, you may have a shot, especially if the refs give you a few timely home-court dimes. You, after all, are the Lakers. And we've seen how that goes. Good luck just the same, because you'll probably need it to win this one.

You're playing against (almost) an entire team of past and present All-Stars, superstars, faces of franchises, and Hall-of-Famers. I suspect they want it as bad as you do, if not more. It is an exciting time for Boston and La La fans for sure.

Unfortunately, I have to make one final Burma run in a few hours, and am likely to miss the game...at least while it is happening. Fortunately, with the World Cup on these days, it is unlikely that anyone will even know it is going on, much less be able to reveal the score.

Go U.S.A. Soccer! Gotta thrash any team representing a country who names its boys Sasha.

Sonnybelfast

I have no idea what to write. This game's gonna be so epic.

With basketball about to wrap it up, many of you will start preparing for your fantasy football drafts.

I do believe the storied 49'ers will be back at, or near the top this year.

By the way, how is that L.A. football team shaping up?

Sonnybelfast

LakerTom - thanks for the repost. I shudder to think this is the last day of basketball until October. Ugh - just threw up a bit in my mouth there....

Your posts are always timely, well-written and thoroughly enjoyable. It's always a pleasure!


Fatty - it's Game 7. I'm UBER-competitive today. What the hell do you mean no score will be given out???? :)

Seriously - is anyone getting anything done? Yikes - 4 more hours..... an eternity away.....


Spare me the Perkins excuse. We've been playing with half a Bynum for the whole series, and now he's down to about 12 minutes a game.

Deal with the problem, we did.

Rick - my BFF - what's the name of that guy that posts those great Laker-centric articles? Was he from the Washington Post or something?

Congrats to Fatty for winning the Friedman!

Mark Geezy - do you feel like Boston is ready to pull out the green asterisk?

If we play like we did n game 6 we will dominate 2nite. GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sonny -

I heard the Niners might be moving to LA.......

Fatty,

Yea. They'll have to commute all the way up to Santa Clara to play in their new stadium.

Sonnybelfast

Justa,

I'm afraid of saying how confident I feel about this game for fear of raising the dreaded "Reverse Jinx," factor. Oops did I just do it anyway?

I heard this from someone I can't remember who she was, but she was kinda funny, "WE GOT THIS!" :)

Dam I'm funny.

Justa,

I'm afraid of saying how confident I feel about this game for fear of raising the dreaded "Reverse Jinx," factor. Oops did I just do it anyway?

I heard this from someone I can't remember who she was, but she was kinda funny, "WE GOT THIS!" :)

Dam I'm funny.

Sonny -

Santa Clara? That will be their new practice facility and be used for pre-season games....

M Geezy - you're really not as funny as you think you are.

You're really not...

LMAO!

LEWSTRS,

Got room on the bus? :)

It may not be easy, but we look good for the win.

Justa,

Do you think Celtics should have to give back the 2008 Trophy?

Justa,

>>> what's the name of that guy that posts those great Laker-centric articles?

His name is Mike Wise. The Post has been limiting its Finals coverage to Wilbon, as there's no other series in progress right now. He might be on vacation, as he hasn't written anything this week.

His most recent article (from June 2) is definitely worth reading: Phil Jackson's ability to turn malcontents into champions makes him the greatest. Here's the link:

http://bit.ly/awiY4G

Enjoy it.

I can't ever remember the hours of the day going by so slowly. Gonna hit the gym to try relieving the tension. See you on the chat.

Yikes! 4 hours to game time!

Okay, I'm going out and staining a horse coral fence to get my mind off the game.

Someone give me a shout out when its on...

Fatty - Who's so nervous his hand is shaking as he types this.

And Laker Tom. Thanks for the timely re-sharing of an old blog classic.....

Lakers win 40+
Lakers hold C's under 53
Kobe has 10 3 pointers.

is that too much to ask?

just trying to be modest!

Fatty,

Measure J. Passed in Santa Clara June 8th. For a new stadium. Wiki it. Pretty awesome plans. Ready for the 2014 season.

Go Niners!
Go U.S.A. futbol!

Uh oh...Spain lost for Gasol
Slovenia will lose to the U.S.A....for Sasha.
How about the rest of the Laker team. Who are they going to lose to?
Don't things usually come in threes?

Sonnybelfast

Rick - FEELING YOU. I can't decide if I need to puke or bust a move!


Thanks for the link too.


See ya tonight!

GO LAKERS!!!

Nothing but another title will suffice - Kobe Bryant

Has Larry said when his last day on the Blog is?

Anyway 2 for Larry:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3t9htxbIAc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RmKBFND9SY&feature=related

It has been Funky, and I mean that in the good way.

As much as I would love a grind out, edge of your seat game...

I could live with a total smackdown, beatdown of the Chowds...

Besides, my neighbors think I'm a nut, running around the pool, cheering and swearing...

LMAO

JUSTA!,

I Def vote for busting a move.


PS: you really are funny.

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

Ouchhhhh, you and modesty, not so much.

Just sayin'

Laker Tom & Fatty

Nice post, great test!


Maybe this game can end in a tie after 7 OT's and we can play a game 8 on Saturday.

Just hate to see the end of the season, but then, having to wait for yet another game would probably cause a rash of nervous breakdowns leading to a total disruption of activity of all kinds throughout the country.

Geesh, I hope this one isn't a nail biter, too much stress already!

M Geezy - GREAT song - perfect for this occassion!

Ugh.... T minus 3 1/2 hours and counting.....


Art- FL

I'm already feeling a little nostalgic about the season and the game hasn't even started yet. Weird.

Keys for the Lakers:
Defense
Rebounding
Execution

That's it!

Go Lakers!!!

Mark G,

LOL, yep, just what I meant.

Need to get back in tune with that whole enjoy the journey thing.

* = good one!!

Justa this is old, but you should check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOg_8hCC4u4&feature=related

I'm just killing time.

How to win game 7.


Let Rondo shoot perimeter jump shots THAT HE CAN NOT MAKE. Every lay up of roNDO SHOULD GET A Hard FOUL AND MAKE HIM SHOOT FREE THROwS.


It also means limit the shots for Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.


Defend, rebound, Post up Gasol!!! See u in the celebration tonight!!!

Hey everybody,

Just whan I thought I'd spend the day blogging with you guys, I had the busiest day at work ever.
Anyway, now that that's over I just can't wait for this game to start. At times I feel confident and at times I feel sick to my stomach. I just want this to start so we can get a feel of how it's going to go.
I'm so hoping the Laker fans are as loud as ever tonight. We've gotta help energize our team just one more time so we can celebrate later.

LET'S GO LAKERS!!!!!

A tad over 3 hours till tip off. phil is relaxed. kobe is relaxed. we;re at home and the crowd will be amped up tonight! I like our chances to repeat. Besides, Kobe knows how bad the Celtics want to win and rub it in the current and past Lakers faces - NOT IN OUR HOUSE!!! This ain't 1969 - there are no ghosts, there is no mystique. The best 2 players on the court are wearing purple and gold tonight. Let;s go Lakers and keep the trophy in LA where it belongs!

I want the Lakers to win so bad tonight. I'll take it anyway I can get it.

Let's go Lakers!
We can do this!

what time does the live chat start?

MM, START NOW, PLEASE!!!

i'm very anxious

let's go lakers!!! WE'VE GOT THIS!!

utzworld,

Thanks for the prayer. Go Lakers!


BD

Wow, you guyas are pretty confident for a team that has lost half the finals they have been in. Let me see, 9 losses to the Celtics alone. How many 7th games have your guys played in? I think that Hacker Artest has 1. Ooh the pressure. Even if you get all the calls like last game (that was really lopsidsed no call even on the Perkins takeout wher I saw 3 fouls)you need to get 10+ rebounds and even assists to win. Have you won two in a row against the Celtics? Not this year. The Celtics make great adjustments due to better coaching. Nice win in game 6 though. I think that was you game 7.

This anxiety is too much to bare. I wish I had Phil's meditation handbook to help me through this.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3t9htxbIAc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RmKBFND9SY&feature=related
It has been Funky, and I mean that in the good way. Posted by: Mark G ( 2008*) | June 17, 2010 at 02:18 PM
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Old school back in the day huh? Cool though. Thanks bro!
Acrosss 110th street wasn't Bad either. Bobby Womack is a very unappreciated singer and the brother been around forever. Thanks again

@EASTCOASTJESSIE, Calm down Princess. Take deep breaths lol!
Everything is going to be alright. You know why? Cause...WE GOT THIS!
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@Justa, This is for you my sister. That's my sign off. Take care Justa.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBV-t86N7OM


Had to wear a suit for a business meeting. Still displayed my fandom by wearing my Lakers cuff links. Turns out everyone at the meeting were Laker fans.

Lock N' Load Baby!!!!!

I believe the Lakers already played their toughest game of the serie. That was game 6. Game 6 was hard because the Celts had the momentum after winning two straight ( game 4 and 5) with the last one a very convincing win. The Lakers did not have much chance to regroup and passed the only day off flying across the country.

Game 7 tonight should be anti-climactic, especially after the royal beat-down of game 6 PLUS the fact that the Celts will be missing one of their key defender, the one that normally provides large part of their toughness.

The momentum should be on the Lakers' side for game 7 AND despite the tough talk on the outside, the Celts must be feeling insecure if not somewhat desperate.

The one and only DANGER to the Lakers thus is this: COMPLACENCY!

To be more specific, there is NO DOUBT one guy who is not going to be complacent: Kobe.

After Kobe, we can count on Gasol and Fish to bring their consistent games. Artest can also be counted on to play hard -only thing is whether or not his shots will fall. Bynum, whether he plays a little or a lot or not at all is not expected to have major impact due to his knee.

This means you, Lamar Odom as the X-Factor. If Odom becomes Odumb at this very worst time and turns passive instead of seizing the moment when Boston is at its most vulnerable (without Perkins) to attack aggressively then that will be the only reason for Lakers to fail.

As it's a home game, the bench should be able to at the very least hold its own if not thrive like in game 6.

The table is set. All signs point to an anticlimactic finish. The only thing that can possibly derail destiny is named Lamar Odom. If Lamar can at a minimum repeat his game 6 performance, the Lakers will win comfortably.

PS: I know Shrek did not score in game 6 but still, he grabbed 9 rebs, 4 offensive. That was UN-acceptable. Davis is no Dwight Howard so there should not be any reason that he thrives under the board, especially on offense. Be a man and box the friggin' fatso out Lamar!

Anyone ever wonder why it takes Boston and their fans two decades to win a championship?


Because their all happy continuing to talk about all the championships they won in the 60's while everybody else lives in 2010.

Half those players and fans aren't even alive but these idiots still pump their chests. Please, it's 2010, new players, new coaches, and the game is played much differently.

I think for tonight's game, after Lawrence Tanner announces the starting line ups, they need to have Michael Buffer come out to mid court and have the mic lowered to him from above:

"LLLET'S GET RRRREADY TOOO RRRUUUMMMMBBBLLllLLLEE!!!!!"

It's just one game...
last game of the season (2009-2010)
across America and the world...
fans await... who wins tonight?
the great rebounders, the silky scorers..
the hard-nosed defenders...?
Bynum, Gasol, Bryant, Fisher, Artest
your names are called...
win one for the Lakers diehard !

LOL HalosAnt...that would be awesome!

UNITED WE NEVER SHALL FALL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mPt3Zz_xLc

ALL ABOARD THE LAKERS DYNASTY BULLET TRAIN
Next stop...Figueroa Station...for the LAKERS #16 Parade

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ll l - --> LAKERS DYNASTY EXPRESS <----- l----- l---|-----}
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Jon K
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complex brotha
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22 AKA longtimelakerlover
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ouchhhhhhhh
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LAKER TRUTH
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xyz
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Jamie Sweet
J24
HmrHed
ross
#4
Robert Loya
Benjamin
SamLL
Staples24
dingostar
BD
The Snake
ChicNstu
Psycorp

IMO, given that the history doesn't play these games, but players do, the fact that Kobe, Fish, and Phil have shared so many battles together, Gasol has not only played for a check but for his country, that Ron been the focal point at so many stops in his career, I don't think you can discount the Lakers like many of these so-called analysts do. I still think they are living on this 'street' or 'tough' label they've given Celtics. They've all but willed them to win, because, lets face it, most of the former NBA players/analysts are homies with the Old 3. To say that they can lose is like saying they can't suit up anymore.

Simplistically, ignoring all that Celtic boys arguments that rely on mystique and history (hey Rome was a superpower once), if effort is equal, talent and physical attributes will win out. The lakers are longer, have been to 3 finals with this team, and everyone knows they aren't taking this lightly.

I think they're probably more amped but less anxious than all of us to be honest. We all know, there are no more words, no more history, no more stats vs. stats....its time to do work....

Mamba24 - thank you. And remember what I said.

Snake - Laker cuff links huh? Nice. Funny but with a name like Snake I didn't take you for a suit & tie kinda guy!

chicknstu!!!!


WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN??????!!!!!!!!


Tonight we rejoice as LAkERFANS!!!


This is our night !!! Our year!!! Our decade!!!

Psycorp - "Be a man and box the friggin' fatso out Lamar!"

Funniest line I've seen come by me today and so very true.

I feel the balance of the game could tip either way on Davis's and Lamar's play. It could be that close.

My bet is on Lamar to have a stellar game like last years game five. His game 6 was very good and even though he was only shooting 3-9, his shots looked good.

Tonight they go in and the Celtics go down.

JAMF!!!!!!

Ive been real busy since the EC Finals. But im here for the BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON!!!!

HEY LAKER FAMILY!!!!

Its is so awesome to see so many of the faithful come by today and share a thought......even if a brief one.

In the words of the immortal Mamba24, "That's what we are talking about!"

hey Lewstrs, thanks for putting me on that bullet train!

Lewsters, LOL great job on da Buss.

Welcome to the best Blog on the Net.

After tonight everyone in the NBA WORLD will kneel, bow down and say, HAIL TO THE KING of his generation!!! KOBE BRYANT 5th CHAMPIONSHIP RING!!!!!!


@ChicNstu - Thanks for the welcome my brother...

And yes this Blog is the best on the Net...

It is OUTSTANDING!!!!

All I hear from Boston fans are: BEAT LA, but, deep inside their hearts they all want to: BE LA! :)

Let's get this bling baaaaaaaaaaaaaby! LET'S GO LAKERSSSSSSSSSS! :)

Lewtrs,
lemme be in that bullet train. :)


BRYLLE

EVERYONE that has doubted WILL BELIEVE!!! EVERYONE that has critize will APPRECIATE his greatness, the whole world WILL WITNESS HIS GLORY!!!


The GLORY of the BLACK MAMBA!!!!!


EastCoastJessie.............They live in the past cause that's all they have to remember...........and it really does get old when they keep talking about the Celtic beating us in every 7 game series when most of our Laker players are to young to remember. I'm wondering where all the green weinie bloggers are today. SOOOOOOO nervous....2hrs to go...Laker Nation UNITE. We got this. 15 down and 1 to go. UTZ, Thanks for the Prayers..OUTSTANDING

lakers

Lakers

LAkers

LAKers

LAKErs

LAKERs

LAKERS

GO LAKERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

JOURNEYS END
Just one game, Just one chance, Laker Nation welcome to the Last dance
Been a hell of a ride you know it’s true, Thru it all the Lakers came thru
Stomachs are churning, throats are dry, Can’t concentrate & we all know Why
Some are putting brave fronts on, But when you turn around that front is gone
Some of us doubted, some of us were sure, we all stood together & Endured
Endured the critics & Magic too, Magic what the hell is wrong with you
To pick another team just aint fair, Your’e a Laker Legend don’t you even care
Kareem. Big James & West stood tall, Asked who’d win, Lakers was their call
Really doesn’t matter what anyone say, It’s all up to the Freakin Lakers today
But I put my faith in just one thing, The words of a legend named Kobe Bean
When asked if the Lakers might be slipping, Kobe said I AINT TRIPPING
Just those 3 words removed all doubt, How the results of Game 7 would turn Out
You can believe in statistics, believe in Odds, I believe In Kobe The Basketball God
I also believe the words from one young Miss, again 3 words WE GOT THIS
WE GOT THIS, This I believe, What can be imagined can be achieved
THIS IS IT, Yeah that’s right, Freakin Lakers are going to win the title tonight
That’s it for me, Lakers It’s up to you, You’re the Freakin Lakers winning Titles what you do

Tonight Kobe makes a serious statement as to who's the G.L.O.A.T.

About a year from tonight, he leaves no doubt.

GO LAKERS!

STOMP THE GREEN SLIME!

@Brylle - got you covered broham...

Look for next post...

IS IT GAME TIME YET....

LAKERS LAKERS LAKERS!!!!

A mere 90 minutes away. I'm trembling with excitement!!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A look into the teams pre-game meetings....It shows clearly the difference between the two organizations philosophies.

The Lakers -

The lights are out in the locker room. The aroma of incense fills the air. The entire team, including the coaches, the players, and even the towel boys are meditating. Phil is sitting on his specially designed soft cushion with his legs crossed, arms outstretched, and humming, "Ah ummmm..." It is so quiet that the only other thing you hear is deep methodical breathing, and in the background, Jordy is giggling softly as Luke is tickling him.

After the Dali Lama says the pregame ritualistic prayer, the Lakers break with a soft, said in a whisper, "Let's go get this one. The ring is ours for the taking"

The Celtics -

The Celtics forgo the usual in the locker room meeting and crowd into the teams bathroom. The echoes sound better and promotes closer team unity.

Paul Pierce is sitting down in the middle stall because he is the captain. Doc Rivers is not present, its a players only meeting.

PP speaks first from his throne. "Who is going to win?!"
The team answers, "We are!"
PP. "I can't hear you, you maggots. Who is going to win?!"
The team responds louder, "We are!!"
PP: "And who is the greatest player in the world?!"
The team, "You are!!"

Now Kevin Garnett stands up, head pointed to the ceiling and screams at the top of his lungs. "AAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!"
"Good, now that I have my throat cleared, its time to whip you boys into KG game shape. With Perk out, we need Sheed and Big Baby to carry his load."
Kevin is now looking for Sheed but doesn't see him anywhere.
"Sheed, where are you?"
"Right here KG" As he yells from the last stall with its door closed. Smoke is rising from the stall. "I'm just taking care of my pre-game business, you know..taking my back meds.

KG now notices Big Baby Davis is not in the bathroom. "Baby! Get your big butt in here right now!"
Sobbing is heard from inside one of the closed stalls. "I'm not coming out, because you will hurt me" Baby is heard crying.

KG demands he come out now or be killed. The stall door slowly opens and Baby peeks his head out. KG slaps him in the face. "Don't you let me down tonight!"

At this point Ray Allen says, "Its time to get some Celtic Pride fellas" He then pulls out a large green paddle and orders the whole team to bend over and face the Staples center.
First to get whacked is Rondo, "Thank you Ray, may I have another?!"

After the Celtic Pride treatment, a dummy is thrown into the room dressed like a Lakers with the number 24 on its chest. KG grabs it and starts to punch it first, then the rest join in punching, kicking, ripping its arms out in a total frenzy, all yelling and screaming, "Kill, kill, kill the beast! Kill, kill, kill the beast!"........

The Celtics are now ready for the game of there lives.

ALL ABOARD THE LAKERS DYNASTY BULLET TRAIN
Next stop...Figueroa Station...for the LAKERS #16 Parade

-==------ === ------==--==---===-- -====--===-===-===
/_____\______\_____\____\____\____\_ _____\
ll l - --> LAKERS DYNASTY EXPRESS <----- l----- l---|-----}
L___Jl(0)____Jl(0) ____Jl(0) ____Jl(0)___Jl(0)____J
`````````````````````````````````````````````````````
LEWSTRS
MAMBA24
Rick Friedman
Joe_ Corad
Laker Tom
Jon K
justanothermambafan
Edwin Cueco
HalosAnt
Mark G
Lakerlady
EastCoastJessie
FAITH
complex brotha
FEARLESS
The Outlaw
BABY OUT LAW
LAKERLASS
Purple & Gold Reign
LongTimeLakerFan
Tom Daniels
Ludwig
FAR SIDE
t_sensei
The Infamous El Guapo
PsychedLakerGirl
JohnnyV
JovBatz44
BEANTOWNBUMS
Jolly Rancher
Caliphilosopher
DaxxMD
WintonDupree
Magia32
LAL_Fan
hobbitmage
Fatty
beepbeepimajeep
justafan
hiltontown
lurker (window seat up front)
Ice
VMan
2Phatt
dewey
BEANTOWNBUMS
22 AKA longtimelakerlover
lakalova
Art - FL Lakers Fan
Jeanette
Magic Phil
Rocky
ouchhhhhhhh
LakerRepeat24
troy
Marc B (With a 'C')
jayden24
Ricky
ZairaAmaterasu
NewMexicoLakerLifer
RRG101
Noah
LAKER TRUTH
yellofever
wesjoenixon
FVbruin
utzworld - THE ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER
Frankie B
Bunny Hop in the Pea Patch
Bakari Tajuddin
Joshua
WintonDupree
xyz
DaxxMD
D. Black
VTLaker
rdlee
Jamie Sweet
J24
HmrHed
ross
#4
Robert Loya
Benjamin
SamLL
Staples24
dingostar
BD
The Snake
ChicNstu
Psycorp
Brylle
htj

Looking at the world through the sunset in your eyes,
Traveling the train through the Staples Center skies
Kobe, Fish and Pau call,
Ron-Ron, LO play some ball
American ladies wearing Purple 'N Gold.
Sweep the Utah Jazz and play with Nash's mind,
Had to get away to see what we could find.
Hope the days that lie ahead
bring us back to where they've led
Number #16's waiting just for you!

Don't you know we're riding on the Dynasty Express,
Don't you know we're riding on the Dynasty Express,
The LA Lakers are the best.
All aboard the train.
All aboard the train.

******************
Be back before tip off...There will be one last post of the Dynasty Train...So make your RSVP before you get left behind...

I got a nubie question...

Is this the thread eveyone is on during the game...

Or did someone mention a live chat during the game...

Lewsters,

Scroll up to the top of the page and it will direct you to the *Next Thread* which already exists. The live chat should be the next thread or two.

Statistics in the finals
points
1 - Kobe Bryant 177 pts
2-Pau Gasol 111 pts
3 - Paul Pierce 108 pts

Rebounds
1 - Pau Gasol 63 (26 OFF)
2 - Kobe Bryant 41 (8 OFF)
3 - Lamar Odom 32 (7 OFF)

AST
1 - Rajon Rondo 43
2 - Kobe Bryant 25
3 - Pau Gasol 22

BS
1 - Pau Gasol 16
2 - Bynum 9
3 - Kobe, Pierce, Garnett, Allen 5

Pau first in rebounding, first in blocks, second in points, third in assists.
What does this mean?

That OUCHHHHHHHH is a greaaaaat CLOWN
CLOWN OUCHHHHH Next year we meet again

TO ALL THOSE WHO CALL PAU SOFT

AHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH
AAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH
AHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHA

LEARN A LITTLE BIT OF BASKETBALL
SPEAK TO NEXT YEAR


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