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  1. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: The good news and the bad news for Boston's offense

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    As the Celtics look to move on from their Game 3 loss, they can find some redemption in how much they were able to accomplish with so little going right. As much as I’d like to say that Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were smothered by the Lakers’ defense, that doesn’t quite do justice to…

  2. NBA finals Lakers Celtics: Putting Ray Allen's dismal night in context

    Jun 9, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    0-13 from the field, 0-8 from the three point line. Whew. There’s really no way of getting around that. That’s a pretty terrible performance. It’s so bad, it deserves some cliches. Here are a few for you to use around the office today! “Ray Allen couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat!”…

  3. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 3: Blogbook had as many field goals as Ray Allen

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    A collection of thoughts on Game 3 between the L.A. Lakers and Boston Celtics: So here’s the trick. I need to somehow convey that the Celtics and Ray Allen didn’t fail tonight necessarily without sacrificing the respect the Lakers’ defense earned in defending Jesus Shuttlesworth. You see, to say the Lakers shut him down would…

  4. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: If Boston wins tonight, history would giggle with delight at their chances

    Jun 8, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    At some point, playoff game descriptors seem to get a bit ridiculous. There’s the crucial Game 1, the decisive Game 3, the tide-turning Game 5, and sometimes a winner-take-all Game 7. Our apparent affinity for odd numbers aside, it’s all a way of disguising one ever-important fact: every playoff game is essential. Game 7s may…

  5. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 2: Where did the Laker offense go wrong?

    Jun 7, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    All things considered, the Lakers’ Game 2 offense was not a failure. Their free throw rate was off the charts, their offensive rebound rate was stellar, and the turnovers were completely manageable. It was L.A.’s drop-off combined with Boston’s improved offensive execution that tipped the balance, which makes assigning specific blame a bit tricky. Sure,…

  6. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: How rare is it for a shooter to nail seven straight threes? Not as rare as you'd think.

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Ray Allen’s shooting performance last night was positively scrumtrulescent, but leave it to the hard data to put a damper on things. In light of Ray’s finals record-breaking evening (and some prodding in a piece by Henry Abbott at TrueHoop), Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference.com dug into history books to ascertain just how often three-point shooters…

  7. 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…

  8. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 2: Allen's triples versus Bynum's ferocity versus Rondo's triple double

    Jun 7, 2010, 1:32 AM EDT

    In Game 2, we saw the series we hoped we would get. Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics put in huge performances in a back and forth affair that featured tremendous individual efforts on both sides of the green and yellow divide. Unfortunately, this meant that one team was going to be left…

  9. NBA finals Celtics Lakers: What happened to Tony Allen?

    Jun 6, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Oh, it was all going so well. Tony Allen was the hero of the first two rounds of the playoffs. Largely considered an afterthought coming into the season, and a no-show for much of the regular season until Marquis Daniels’ injury history popped up, Allen developed into a huge component for the Celtics off the…

  10. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 2: Can Pau Gasol keep it up

    Jun 6, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Talking to a Celtics blogger last night, he was pretty candid about how Gasol-Garnett I wound up. “(Gasol) murdered him.” Reds Army was still confident the Celtics would rebound naturally (both literally and figuratively), but the cold hard facts can’t escape even the most stout Boston fans. Pau Gasol railroaded Garnett on his way to…

  11. Ron Artest is excited about the World Cup. Even if he doesn't know who he's cheering for.

    Jun 5, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    There are a lot of interviews, too many interviews, during the breaks in the NBA Finals. And only so many times you can discuss rebounding or defending Paul Pierce. So the odd questions come, and every once in a while you get a great answer. Like when a reporter asked Ron Artest if he was…

  12. NBA finals Celtics Lakers Game 2: Adjustments are still the key

    Jun 5, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    It’s just like any playoff series Game 2. Both teams have been in them a hundred times. Except losing this one cripples your chances for winning the series. No pressure. Even with LA completely dominating Game 1, and prompting a ton of media to abandon the good ship Boston and run towards the “S.S. Lakers…

  13. NBA finals, Laker Celtics Game 1: If the power forward matchup is key, Boston is in trouble

    Jun 4, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol may not have the force or vast defensive impact of Dwight Howard, but his Game 1 performance provided a convincing case that Gasol is one of the best all-around bigs in the game. Put him in the high post, and he set up plays for his teammates while pulling Kevin Garnett away from…

  14. 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…

  15. NBA finals Celtics Lakers Game 1: Pau Gasol tears the Big Ticket in half

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:40 AM EDT

    The spirit was willing. The body was not. Kevin Garnett reached up with the ball to dunk and found it just.. wasn’t there. In Game 1 of the NBA finals, there were many reasons the Celtics fell to the Lakers by 13 (at one point down 20). But it cannot be overstated the level of…

  16. NBA finals Lakers vs. Celtics Game 1: Top 5 celebrities from Game 1

    Jun 4, 2010, 2:37 AM EDT

    City of Angels. Hollywood. Staples Center, where all the stars come out to play. And by play, we mean act like they have any concept of what’s going on on the floor, enjoying seats they paid inordinate amounts for just to be seen. And the Boston Herald has the run down. Here’s our list of…

  17. NBA finals Lakers Celtics Game 1: Your pre-emptive hyperbolic headlines

    Jun 3, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    So here we are. It’s go time. Time for the dance. Ready to rumble. A June for all the marbles (until November, at which point it starts all over again, especially if your team loses in which case you will disavow this season behind an excuse). It’s the NBA finals! And it’s Lakers-Celtics! OMG! So…

  18. 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…

  19. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics Game 1: Swelling back in Bynum;s knee, he'll play anyway

    Jun 2, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Andrew Bynum’s knee will not get better until he has surgery this summer. Before that, it’s going to hurt and swell and everything else. Two days after taking about 70 cc (think almost three shot glasses) of fluid out of his knee, Bynum said today at…

  20. What drives an NBA player?

    Jun 2, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    We’d like to think it’s the love of the game that motivates a player. More realistically, money does. But Phil Jackson had a more interesting answer today at his press conference. I think joy is in the competition, and if you are a player that relishes competition, I think this is what you consider to…

  21. 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…

  22. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtics: Can Bynum make a difference?

    Jun 1, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

    For all the differences between the 2007-08 Lakers, the 08-09 Lakers, and this year’s Laker squad, one thing remains the same: The Lakers are hoping that they can get a significant contribution from Andrew Bynum, but aren’t sure he’ll be healthy enough to make one.  Bynum missed the 2008 NBA Finals due to knee surgery,…

  23. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Rajon Rondo's defensive impact could be minimized

    Jun 1, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo should be relieved. After facing a few games’ worth of staggered screens set by Orlando’s bigs, L.A. will assuredly not be employing a similar strategy to wear down Rondo in the finals; running an offense centered around Derek Fisher’s dribble penetration would be both baffling and hilarious, akin to ignoring the finer works…

  24. For Lamar Odom, this may not be "bring your family to work day"

    May 31, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Lakers players remember two years ago, when Boston fans rocked the team bus and pelted it with whatever they had in their hands after Game 6. They remember the hostile crowds. Lamar Odom remembers his kids hearing it from Boston fans. So understand that he is a little hesitant about his new, celebrity bride to…

  25. Ron Artest regrets "bailing out" on Pacers; now in place of redemption

    May 31, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Ron Artest is a complex person. We tend to try to fit players into simple two-dimensional pictures, but some players burst outside those lines. Ron Artest is one of those. He is also a person and player who has matured, but we often dismiss that maturation process in players. Now Artest, dismissed by so many,…

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