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  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Boston's signature play

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:53 AM EST

    If Boston closes out this series — if they just keep playing like they have been — then this late-game inbound play will become the constantly-replayed signature plays of the series. Another one in the long history of amazing Celtics plays.

  2. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Phil Jackson plays good cop, Kobe Bryant plays bad cop

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:26 AM EST

    Walking into the locker room after a crucial Game 5 loss, Kobe Bryant could be heard going on an expletive-filled tirade at his team. His comment later to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski was telling. “We’ve regressed since Game 1,” Bryant confessed to Yahoo! Sports. “Our defense belongs on milk cartons in the last two games.” A…

  3. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Note to Phil Jackson, the Celtics can win games in the fourth quarter, too

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:00 AM EST

    This is what Phil Jackson (wearing a mic) told his team during a fourth-quarter time out, as the Lakers were making a fourth-quarter run. “(Boston) loses more games in the fourth quarter than any team in the league. They know how to lose games, and they’re showing us that now.” They also know how to…

  4. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Lakers problems all stem from their defense, or whatever you call that

    Jun 14, 2010, 12:31 AM EST

    Phil Jackson was wrong after the game. He was doing what he had to do — he needed to build up his team’s confidence, not tear them down — but that doesn’t mean he was accurate. When questioned about the Lakers defense he did not seem all that disappointed. “They scored 92 points,” Lakers coach…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5, halftime, Celtics 45, Lakers 39

    Jun 13, 2010, 9:21 PM EST

    Boston’s defense showed up big time — holding the Lakers to 39 points on 33 percent shooting. Meanwhile, the Celtics are shooting 66 percent and they are getting out in transition. Rajon Rondo has 10 points, Paul Pierce had 15 and the bench did well again. Yet the Celtics lead only by 6, 45-39. That…

  6. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: What happens if Bynum is not right, again?

    Jun 13, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum is going to play. He had his knee drained of more fluid, and he is in the full “I will play through the pain” warrior mode we fans expect from athletes. He will be in the Lakers starting five tonight. But he was out on the court Thursday night, too. For all of…

  7. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Phil Jackson throws some love toward Doc Rivers

    Jun 11, 2010, 3:35 PM EST

    History is not going to record Doc Rivers as the same level of coach as Phil Jackson. Because he’s not. But right now, with this team, Rivers is every bit the coach he has to be, every bit the match for Jackson. And Jackson knows it. Today at his press conference he threw some love…

  8. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 5: Phil Jackson wants Andrew Bynum to play

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

    Phil Jackson talked with the media today — there were no practices, both teams had the day off — and he said that Andrew Bynum still gives them something even when he is dragging his leg around.

  9. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: The Big Baby and Nate show

    Jun 11, 2010, 10:12 AM EST

    Here’s a clip from the best press conference of the playoffs — the Big Baby and Nate show. Also Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson talking about the Celtics bench and their energy.  

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: If he's going to play like that, Big Baby can drool all he wants

    Jun 11, 2010, 9:36 AM EST

    Make no mistake — Big Baby slobbered. He drooled. Just like a baby. On national television. For all the cameras to catch. He doesn’t really care. And if he can play like that again in Game 5, the entire city of Boston will drool right along with him. (I think the Southies already do.) “Let…

  11. Quote of the day, where the Celtics are doing movie promos

    Jun 11, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    “We’re like Shrek and Donkey.” –Nate Robinson on him and Glen “Big Baby” Davis.

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Bynum sits, game gets physical and it feels like 2008 again

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:01 AM EST

    These Lakers were different. It’s what we heard, it’s what we saw. These Lakers were not soft, they would not roll over for the Celtics like two years ago. Right? And they didn’t. For three games. Then Andrew Bynum sat, his knee clearly worse for the wear. Then Game 4 got physical. Then for the…

  13. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4, halftime: Lakers lead after ugly half of basketball

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:24 PM EST

    There comes a point in a seven-game series when the games get ugly. Teams have watched the film, lived the other team for a few games and they now anticipate everything. They know where the next pass is headed, the next cut is going. They can stop things before they happen. We are there in…

  14. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Andrew Bynum will play, now much remains to be seen

    Jun 10, 2010, 7:44 PM EST

    UPDATE 7:44 pm: Andrew Bynum is out warming up with the team and is going to start Game 4 for the Lakers. However, there are questions within the Lakers staff and locker room about how long he can go and how effective he can be. The Celtics may want to expose him and attack, although…

  15. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Can the Celtics keep Kobe Bryant from beating them?

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant has not had a great NBA finals. Sure, he put up 30 points in Game 1 and 29 in Game 3, but he is shooting just 39.4 percent. He is not efficient. He got 29 points last game, but it took him 29 shots to get that. Boston’s defense is giving Kobe problems.…

  16. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Celtics minority owner confronts David Stern after Game 3 over officiating

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:53 AM EST

    Plenty of people watching the NBA Finals have wanted to yell at NBA Commissioner David Stern about it. Celtics minority owner Jim Pallotta did just that after Game 3. He confronted Stern and said the officiating was an embarrassment to the league. That likely means a fine is on the way, and maybe a healthy…

  17. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Doc Rivers complains about officiating, dabbles in irony

    Jun 9, 2010, 5:46 PM EST

    Let’s be clear up front: The officiating during the NBA finals has not been good. Fans from Boston to Los Angeles have been complaining as games have been called tight and stars have been in foul trouble. Wednesday it was Doc Rivers turn to flirt with a fine from the league, as reported by ESPN’s…

  18. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Talking Derek Fisher, the day after

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

    After practices on the off day, everybody was still talking Derek Fisher. Even Derek Fisher.  

  19. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: Bynum "tweaks" knee, says he is "questionable" for Game 4

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:57 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum has been key for the Lakers this series, occupying and scoring some on Kendrick Perkins on offense (so Perk isn’t pushing Pau Gasol around) and protecting the rim on defense. He is the key reason the Celtics are shooting below 50 percent at the rim — on layups and putbacks — in the…

  20. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: Talking Derek Fisher's makes, Ray Allen's misses

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:25 AM EST

    Phil Jackson sounds like most coaches after one of his players goes one on four — good thing he made it. Doc Rivers sounds frustrated and you could tell the Lakers won because Kobe was back to using full sentences in his press conference.  

  21. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: Derek Fisher does what Derek Fisher does and the Celtics pay

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:17 AM EST

    Here is the basics of the scouting report every team gets on Derek Fisher: Don’t let him catch and shoot, particularly late in games. Make him shoot off the dribble, hit pull up jumpers, do that and he will miss. So what did Fisher do in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA…

  22. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: It's all about the paint

    Jun 8, 2010, 2:36 PM EST

    Ray Allen got all the love last game, well deserved love at that. The man with the pure jumper was shooting it as well as anyone ever has. It was beautiful basketball. But he’s not why Boston won. The Celtics won because they took back the paint. On offense the Celtics got 46 shots in…

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