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  1. Celtics Lakers: Choose your own finish as Celtics out-draw Lakers late

    Jan 30, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The talk this week was all about clutch. And in the closing minutes, the Celtics were a clutch beast of unstoppable force, coming together for the most cohesive showing in a big game setting they’ve shown this season, right when they needed it most, at the same time as the Lakers came unraveled, possession by…

  2. 10 things about Modern Celtics-Lakers XX

    Jan 29, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    There are regular-season games, there are important regular-season games, and then there is Celtics-Lakers. On Sunday the two contenders will meet for the 20th time since the start of the 2007-2008 season, when the rivalry was truly renewed as Andrew Bynum emerged and the Lakers became good enough to justify trading for Pau Gasol, and…

  3. 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…

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

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

        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…

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

    Jun 16, 2010, 8:10 AM EDT

    “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…

  6. Kurt Rambis on Pau Gasol: "He just looks tired."

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol is not soft. He is tired. That is what former Laker assistant and current Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis sees, and what he told Dan Bareirro on KFAN in Minneapolis. Gasol looked good in the first two games when he was getting help from Andrew Bynum, but with Bynum fading and Odom…

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

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 11, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    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…

  9. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Why the 2-3-2 format?

    Jun 8, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    For the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs, Game 5 returns to the home court of the higher seed. Game 6 is at the lower seed’s building, then the teams travel again for a Game 7, back to the higher seeds home court. The 2-2-1-1-1 format. But not for the NBA finals. Then the…

  10. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: For the sake of watchable basketball, referees stop blowing the whistle

    Jun 7, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    One hundred and thirty four. That is how many free throws we’ve gotten to witness through the first two games of the NBA finals. That is 67 free throws a game. The league average was about 48 a game during the regular season. That is a 71 percent increase in foul calls for the NBA…

  11. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Milk cartons, desert islands, and Kevin Garnett

    Jun 7, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    After Ray Allen was plagued by foul trouble in Game 1, it was Kevin Garnett’s turn to fade into the background as the calls piled up against him in Game 2. KG’s final stat line — six points, four rebounds, and six assists — is probably too rosy a representation of his overall impact; Garnett…

  12. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2, halftime: Ray Allen is an inhuman, three-point making cyborg

    Jun 6, 2010, 9:38 PM EDT

    Welcome to the Ray Allen show. Ray-Ray started out 7 of 7 from three, and he finished with 27 first half points on just 14 shots. Until his last three (a pretty open one) rimmed out, most of the crowd at Staples Center was convinced he is not human. The Lakers did not close well…

  13. Off-season knee surgery may be in Kobe Bryant's future

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant isn’t going to talk about it. He gets a bit surly during the playoffs, the media questions are just another distraction in his way. And he doesn’t talk about chinks in the armor on the best of days. But USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo told the New York Post that he doesn’t expect Kobe…

  14. David Stern says NBA tickets are affordable

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Proof positive that David Stern has not had to pay for an NBA ticket for years: He defended the price of tickets. He then walked into a game where the average seat being resold was $610 a seat. And you can bet a lot of people close to the action would love to have paid…

  15. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: L.A. made statistical anomalies look easy in Game 1

    Jun 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Even if the Laker lead in Game 1 never got completely out of hand, there’s no question that Los Angeles was in control. L.A. was in sync both offensively and defensively, and their offensive balance and defensive resistance offered the Celtics a challenge they’ve rarely faced in these playoffs. It was a bit odd to…

  16. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1, halftime: Lakers pound ball inside, lead foul-filled half

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:32 PM EDT

    The Lakers had said they were not going to back down, that they would go right at the Celtics. And they did. The result is a 50-41 lead at the half, with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combining for 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Lakers have 28 points in the paint, the Celtics…

  17. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: ProBasketballTalks' prediction post

    Jun 3, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Apparently nobody in Boston will be buying the team on this blog a beer next time we visit. They’ll be all too happy to serve us crow, however. We’ve decided to put our predictions out there, to make them official and public and all that. And for possibly the first time ever (well, outside of…

  18. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Boston players already $100 richer for making it to the finals

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Back on Feb. 18, a Celtics team that had been showing the drain of a long regular season came in to Staples Center and looked young again for a night. They beat the Lakers by a point, ending a four-game winning streak for L.A. The Celtics locker room was loud and boisterous. Then Doc Rivers…

  19. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Rajon Rondo has come this far without a jumpshot, and that's damn impressive

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Henry Abbott of TrueHoop has a debunking piece of sorts regarding Rajon Rondo and his supposedly improved jumper. Just two years removed from being something of an offensive liability due to his inability to knock down the open J, it’s been assumed that Rondo improved his shot without any real evidence supporting that fact. From…

  20. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Slowing Kobe Bryant

    Jun 3, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Against Orlando, the Celtics were willing to let Dwight Howard score. They single-covered Howard so perimeter defenders could stay home on the Magic’s shooters. They thought (correctly, it turns out) that Dwight Howard could not beat them alone, even if he went off for a big night. Try that with Kobe Bryant and he will…

  21. Jerry West on Kobe Bryant: "He's the greatest Laker"

    Jun 2, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Jerry West is a man to listen to. Not a man given to hyperbole. A man of perspective. As competitive an NBA player and general manager as there ever has been (read the book), but a man with an eye for the bigger picture. There are a few people around — Bill Bradley, Bill Russell,…

  22. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Boston's defense may come as a shock to the Lakers system

    Jun 2, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    Orlando thought they were ready — they were a confident team coming off two playoff sweeps, their offense was clicking. Then reality hit hard — Boston’s defense was overwhelming at the start of Game 1 for Orlando. Long arms and quick feet were everywhere. The Magic were coming off a long layoff, and there just…

  23. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Los Angeles incentivitzing players to play intelligently

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

    The Lakers’ methods of motivating their players to make hustle plays may seem unconventional, but it actually makes a ton of sense. According to Shelley Smith of ESPN Los Angeles, Laker players are compensated for taking charges while they’re also docked money for “illegal defense” (or defensive three-second) violations: Last series, Phil Jackson called his…

  24. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Doc Rivers expects Kendrick Perkins technical, suspension

    Jun 2, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins got a stay of suspension last round — the league rescinded one of the two rather ridiculous technicals on him in Game 5 against Orlando. But he lives on suspension row. He has six technicals in the playoffs. Seven and you are suspended for a game. What are the odds that he can…

  25. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Top 10 plays in the rivalry

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:19 AM EDT

    When the Lakers and Celtics get together, things just seem bigger and more important. So many amazing plays with titles on the line. The NBA TV folks compiled a Top 10 plays in the series. You can argue it, if you want. But better to just enjoy it and dream of what might be.

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