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Kurt Helin

  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Ron Artest leading the break in slow motion

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    When Kobe was cold in the first quarter (and the second, and the third and…) the one Laker that stepped up consistently to make plays was Ron Artest. Here he is in the second quarter with the steal and layup to tie the game at the time. Artest made a number of plays this series…

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: The coach's perspective

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    After the game, a relaxed Lakers assistant Brian Shaw was talking to reporters about what it is like to coach in an this but intense game like Game 7. “You just want to stick with what you know and what you been preaching all year long. We kept on saying that we’re playing into their…

  3. Quote of the day, where the Shaq/Kobe feud lives on

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    “Just got one more than Shaq. You can take that to the bank.” –Kobe Bryant after Game 7, on what winning his fifth championship means to him individually.

  4. If this was Rasheed Wallace's last game, he went out being the full Sheed

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    In Game 7, we got the full Sheed. There was Sheed the good, the long-arm defender that kept Pau Gasol at bay during the first three quarters of Game 7. There was Sheed the bad, the guy Gasol was outworking for rebounds at the end, the one that missed key stretches of the game when…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Boston closed their eyes and it slipped away

    Jun 18, 2010, 1:51 AM EDT

    It’s a very bitter taste for a team that remembers the sweet taste of champagne. It’s made worse by knowing that they had a 13-point lead in the third quarter. Worse by knowing that this team may never be together in this form again. Worse by knowing that Ray Allen went 3 for 14 in…

  6. The Lakers are your 2010 NBA Champions

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:57 PM EDT

    The Lakers had one more fourth quarter come back in them, outscoring Boston by 8 in the quarter to claim their second consecutive NBA title, 83-79. Kobe Bryant had 23, but Ron Artest may have been the hero with 20 and he was the only efficient Laker shooter all night. Pau Gasol finished with 19…

  7. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7, halftime, Celtics lead a sloppy but fun one 40-34.

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

    Both teams are feeling the pressure. Combine that with some defensive ball pressure and you have one sloppy half of basketball. It’s not the Game 7 everyone dreamed of, although it has been pretty entertaining. But Boston will take another half just like it. They lead 40-34 at the break. The Lakers are shooting just…

  8. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Sheed will start for Boston and other pregame notes

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Some notes we jotted down before the game while walking around Staples Center watching Derek Fisher’s pregame ritual of shooting flat-footed jumpers: * Rasheed Wallace will start for the Celtics. * He said that Sheed creates some spacing problems for the Lakers, pulling the limping Bynum away from the basket and forcing him to move…

  9. Chris Bosh playing the free agency poker game

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh is basketball professional, not a poker professional. But right now he is a little of both. And there are a lot of chips in play. There are a lot of free agent variables — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and whether or not he can lure a running mate to Miami, what Chicago has…

  10. Legendary Game 7s: In 1988, Worthy was worthy

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    In the 1998 NBA finals, the Lakers were down 3-2 coming home and needing to take two to get the title. That sounds oddly familiar…. In Game 7, “Big Game” James Worthy lived up to his nickname with a triple double, and the Lakers got their back-to-back rings Pat Riley had promised everyone.

  11. Report: Sixers trade Dalembert to Kings for Nocioni and Hawes

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    In what likely would be the first domino in a series of moves, the Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly made a trade to start shaping the roster more to the liking of new coach Doug Collins. Samuel Dalembert will be traded to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni, according to ESPN.com’s…

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: The time for strategy is past, now is about execution, desire

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Formal game plans have been drawn up. Film has been broken down and shown to the teams. Xs and Os will be on the greaseboards in the locker rooms. The coaches will go through the motions because they are creatures of routine and structure. But by Game 7 of the NBA finals, it is no…

  13. Want Game 7 tickets? Well, are you rich?

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    Ronald Regan would love this, basic supply and demand at work. Plus, he was rich so he could afford them. There are Game 7 tickets to be had if you want to go tonight. And consider dropping $2,4000 for two seats high at the top of Staples well within your budget. StubHub.com says this is…

  14. Legendary Game 7s: The Willis Reed game

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    Maybe the most famous Game 7 of them all, with Willis Reed draging his leg out on the court for a few minutes and a couple of buckets to inspire the Knicks to an NBA title. (Not often I get to type “Knicks” and “NBA title” in the same sentence.) Fun things to notice include…

  15. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Is losing Kendrick Perkins that big a deal?

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    They’re done for, right? Boston’s defense without Kendrick Perkins in the middle — that’s a donut. A donut the Lakers are eying like Homer Simpson. Right? Not exactly. If the Lakers could roll out a healthy Andrew Bynum then yes, no Perkins would likely mean a dunk fest. But Bynum is dragging around his own…

  16. Legendary Lakers/Celtics Game 7s: 1969, when the balloons never dropped but Don Nelson's shot did

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    This is awesome, mostly because of the fantastic background music, the kind of tune usually reserved for 1970s porn movies. Not that we have seen any of those, it’s just what we were told. Moving on. We talked about this legendary game yesterday. The highlights don’t get into the balloons hanging from the rafters, but…

  17. Byron Scott to get second interview in Cleveland, but Cavs not moving fast

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    After tonight, Byron Scott has nothing to do for a while. His duties as an analyst with ESPN will be done and he will have a lot more free time on his hands. Enough time to squeeze in a second interview with the Cavaliers, according to Brian Windhorst at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. But while…

  18. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: In Boston's own words

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

      Doc Rivers knows somebody needs to step up and be the man tonight with Kendrick Perkins out (Sheed, we’re looking at you). Paul Pierce loves him some pressure. And Kevin Garnett loves everything but playing point guard.

  19. Stoudemire done in Phoenix, if you believe one source. Or logic.

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    We were all thinking it. But nobody was saying it. Admit it, even those of you in Phoenix were thinking it, even if you couldn’t admit it to yourself. Amare Stoudemire is done in Phoenix. That’s what a source told JA Adande of ESPN. “Amare’s done,” according to the source. “He’s gone.” Stoudemire has made…

  20. Legendary Lakers/Celtics Game 7s: 1984, when Cornbread swallowed the Lakers

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    Beating the Boston Celtics in the Garden in Game 7? Good luck. Even a dose of Magic was not enough to overcome the Celtics in 1984. What people forget — the Lakers were swallowed up by some Cornbread in that game.

  21. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Let the mind games begin

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    When the Boston Celtics walked out on the Staples Center floor for their final practice of the year yesterday, Laker management had already started the mind games. Up on the usually blank scoreboards over the court, the score read 89-67. Just a little reminder, a little dig. As was noted in the Boston Globe, “Sounds…

  22. Tonight the end of an era for Boston

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    It’s never going to be the same again. This era of the Boston Celtics — The Big Three era — comes to an end tonight. Win or lose. Things will be changing in Boston, evolving. When the Celtics went out and got Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, everyone knew this era…

  23. Phil Jackson expects to have a decision on his future before the draft

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:46 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson said before that he wanted to have a decision back to the Lakers in about a week after the end of the season. Well, the season is gong to end Thursday night, one way or another. Phil Jackson said he would have a decision before the draft, which takes place June 24. Exactly…

  24. NBA finals remain highest rated since Shaq and Kobe tolerated each other

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:01 PM EDT

    America loves it some Lakers and Celtics. Of course, America also loves Dancing With The Stars and McDonald’s, so maybe we shouldn’t really trust the collective tastes of our nation. Still, these finals have been well watched. As we have been telling you throughout the finals, television ratings are up. According to ABC, the Lakers/Celtics…

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