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  1. Ron Artest isn't buying what Doc Rivers is selling

    Aug 25, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    We told you yesterday Doc Rivers said the Lakers “still have not beaten our starting five,” implying that if Kendrick Perkins had been healthy for Game 7 the outcome would have been different. The Lakers were quiet on that. Phil Jackson probably didn’t notice, Kobe Bryant probably mentally filed that away in the “anger/motivation” file…

  2. NBA finals Game 7 draws biggest television audience since Jordan retired

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    That sound you hear is David Stern opening champagne bottles at NBA Headquarters. Nielsen Co. reports that 28.2 million people watched the Lakers repeat as NBA champions in an ugly but entertaining Game 7. The last time that many people watched an NBA game Michael Jordan was pushing off Byron Russell to hit the game…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Captain Obvious is reporting that Boston missed Kendrick Perkins

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:58 AM EDT

    It’s not all that difficult to figure out how the Lakers won the NBA title while shooting an impressively awful 32.5% from the field. With the Laker bigs as active as ever on the offensive glass, L.A. managed 12 more field goal attempts and 20 more free throw attempts than the Celtics. Those are free…

  7. NBA Finals Lakers Celtics Game 7: "Crazy Pills" Ron Artest validates loonies everywhere with championship performance

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:55 AM EDT

    In his uniform, with confetti raining down upon him in his first moments as an NBA championship, Ron Artest thanked his therapist.  Of course he did.  The man known as ‘Crazy Pills’ became something more in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, knocking down clutch shot after clutch shot, playing within himself, and finally obtaining…

  8. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: How Boston blew the championship

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:31 AM EDT

    It was the type of the game the Celtics wanted. It was an ugly game, dominated by defense and sloppy play. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined to shoot 12-40 from the floor, and the Lakers shot 32.5%/20%/67.6% as a team. The Celtics had their game plan, and they executed it to a T. Kobe…

  9. 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…

  10. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 7: Kobe Bryant and a legacy at war

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:36 AM EDT

    That’s one for the thumb.  Kobe Bryant won his fifth title in 2009-2010, nesting a clutch jumper and a series of icing free throws. The storybook ending was written, with Bryant further cementing his legacy as one of the truly great players in NBA history. His veteran leadership and indomitable will to win is second to…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  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. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. Kendrick Perkins out for Game 7

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jun 16, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

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