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  1. Kevin Garnett has special shoes just for the Lakers

    Jan 28, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    Garnett Beat LA shoe

    It’s how the league rolls now — big star in a big game, then you need the special edition shoes. Lakers vs. Celtics Sunday, that is big. So Kevin Garnett, what you got? KG and Chinese shoe company Anta teamed up for the subtly named “Beat L.A.” shoe. Notice on the tongue of the shoe…

  2. Lakers and Celtics, from the new Lakers championship DVD

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:35 PM EST

    The new Lakers 2010 NBA Champions DVD is out this week — get your copy at the NBA store — and as always the production value is outstanding. Like this great synopsis of the Lakers and Celtics rivalry.

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

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:40 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:37 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:53 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:55 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:11 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

      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.

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:23 AM EST

    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.

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

    Jun 17, 2010, 8:57 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:01 PM EST

    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…

  13. Kendrick Perkins out for Game 7

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:22 PM EST

    Tragic news for the Celtics and their fans — Kendrick Perkins is out for Game 7. He arrived at Staples Center today with his teammates, walking on crutches and with a heavy brace on the knee. Looking very down, he said he suffered a torn MCL and a partially torn PCL in his knee. An…

  14. Andrew Bynum says his knee sucks but he can play one more game

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:04 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum’s knee injury is old news — Kendrick Perkins knee injury is the new black. Everybody is talking about it. But Bynum’s knee is not feeling better, as was evident watching Bynum try to move in the second half of Game 6. It still is swollen and painful. But he is going in Game…

  15. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Talking Game 7 with a guy in a Lakers poncho

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:01 AM EST

        The top video, pretty much straight forward. That second video, for those of you who have been watching the post game press conferences on NBA TV and wondering “who is the nutjob in the Lakers poncho?” the answer is Vic the Brick Jacobs. He is a Los Angeles sports talk radio legend, now…

  16. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Jordan Farmar dunks on Kevin Garnett

    Jun 16, 2010, 10:16 AM EST

    Things we did not expect to see in Game 6: Jordan Farmar dunking on Kevin Garnett. But he did in the second quarter to bump the Lakers lead up to 20. While the lead was big, this ended up still being a big play, giving the Lakers bench that had been basically nonexistent for five…

  17. Quote of the Day: Big Baby's motivation speech

    Jun 16, 2010, 8:10 AM EST

    “We went through too many ups and downs to lose like this,” Davis said. “Out of all the teams in the league we were the one that struggled. We were the one that went through the bumps and bruises. We went through the, ‘we’re old.’ We went through the ‘oh, they can’t play, they’re going…

  18. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Perkins goes out, Celtics go down. But is it for the count?

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:23 AM EST

    Boston did not lose this game at the 5:30 mark of the first quarter. When Kendrick Perkins went down the Lakers were already up 6 points, L.A. had been dominating the boards, they were shooting better, they were playing with energy and getting to the 50/50 balls. But that moment may have cost them Game…

  19. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Pregame notes

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:22 PM EST

    A few notes from inside Staples Center to tide you over until game time — and our live chat. Which you are coming back for, right? Right?!? * Phil Jackson said to expect some action with Kobe moving off the ball to get free, and less pick-and-roll action. That is smart. * He also said…

  20. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: For Lakers, it is back to the beginning

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:27 PM EST

    What do you do when things aren’t working? Because things are not working for the Lakers. In a series that was going to be decided inside, Boston is wining the war. The Lakers shot just 47 percent (8 of 17) at the rim last game. That is 47 percent on layups and tip ins. The…

  21. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: For Boston, it is win now or never

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:20 PM EST

    There’s the math, and then there is the reality. The math says Boston needs to win just one of the two games in Los Angeles to win the title. They won Game 2, they’ve proven they can win on this floor. History says they can do it — the won a Game 7 in Los…

  22. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: Lamar Odom has the flu

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:49 AM EST

    This time, there may actually be a reason for Lamar Odom’s quiet night. Odom started feeling sick with flu-like symptoms on Saturday and did not feel better during his 8-point performance in Game 5 Sunday. He hoped to be felling better for Game 6, he told Lisa Dillman at the Los Angeles Times. “I haven’t…

  23. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Who is the MVP?

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:41 PM EST

    Usually five games into an NBA finals, we have a pretty good idea who is going to get the finals MVP award. This finals? Good luck. You’d have an easier time naming all 11 starters on the Slovenian national soccer team. Really, the only consistently good player on both sides has been Kobe Bryant. The…

  24. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Lamar Odom knows his vodka bottles

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

    Late in the fourth quarter of Game 5, Kobe Bryant stepped away from the free throw line when a fan threw something on the court almost hitting Lamar Odom. Stay classy, Boston. So what was it? The Riverside Press-Enterprise asked Odom (via SLAM). “It looked like a vodka bottle,” said Odom, indicating that it was…

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