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Celtics 92 Lakers 86

Posted on: June 11, 2010 12:00 am
Edited on: June 13, 2010 11:03 pm

BOSTON -- The blame for the Los Angeles Lakers throwing away Game 4 -- yes, tossing it into the garbage -- along with a chance to put a stranglehold on this series comes down to two men: Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

In 82 minutes the two bigs combined for two offensive rebounds. If that doesn't get a team beat, nothing will.

Gasol and Odom were symbolic of the Lakers' 96-89 loss to Boston. The Lakers looked soft and at times uninterested in matching the Celtics' fourth quarter intensity especially on the critical offensive boards. Boston had 20 second chance points to the Lakers' 10.

Gasol and Odom may have been effective scorers but with Andrew Bynum clearly hurting they needed to be more physical inside particularly since Big Baby Davis was putting a clown suit on them.

As a result the series is tied at two games. It's certainly not time for Los Angeles to panic but the pressure, squarely on Boston before this game, now shifts back to Los Angeles.

Category: NBA
Tags: NBA Finals

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 2:13 pm

Celtics 96 Lakers 89


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 3:05 am

Celtics 96 Lakers 89

Wow, the tears are flowing in SoCal today!  USC gets a slap on the wrist, Lakers phone it in -- and the best you can complain about is 2-3-2 formats???  Geez, I bet the Celtics would have happily accepted the "disadvantage" of getting the 2 and 2 at home if the Lakers didn't want it!  Maybe we should just stop the finals now and hand the Lakers the trophy so they don't actually have to go out and EARN the darn thing.  What fun would that be to actually make them play the game?  The facts are that there has been virtually NO difference in outcomes for the team with homecourt advantage in the 25 2-3-2 series vs. the 25 2-2-1-1-1 series played before that.  It's all just something for La-La fans to whine about.  Go get some Botox or something so we don't have to look at all those wrinkles from your crying.

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 2:37 am

Celtics 96 Lakers 89

The format is fine either way. a 2-2-1-1-1 schedule would just jet lag the heck out these teams spread apart by 3000 miles... how much more fair of a series does that make it.
You can always delay each game so that the format wouldn't affect the jetlag that much.

The format this way gives the lower seed an advantage because you get 3 full games at home. Where you should be able to win if you step up. It's not only disheartening to lose. but by chance that you lose 3 in a row on the away court, you get edgier and makes more mistakes later in the series.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 2:33 am

Celtics 96 Lakers 89

I disagree... the 2-3-2 format gives the opportunity for the home team to win two games at home, and with 1 out of 3 games won on the visitors side...the home team get's TWO chances in a row to win the series. However, if you lose a game early on during home court... with just 1 victory on the road, you're assured the chance to try to recover the series with the last two games at home. No excuses for the Laker's...they lost game 2 and game 4 with really bad and poorly executed 4th quarters... now they made their bed and lay in it. The biggest problem facing the Lakers is not the Celtics or the format, but the health of Bynum...because Bynum tips the scales in the paint to the advantage of the LAkers...without him...the Celtics have the ability to dominate against the lighter bodies of ODom and Gasol. You couldn't ask for a sloppier offensive game by the Celtics...but the Lakers countered with being uninterested in rebounding and hustle plays. The format is fine either way. a 2-2-1-1-1 schedule would just jet lag the heck out these teams spread apart by 3000 miles... how much more fair of a series does that make it.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 2:15 am

Celtics 96 Lakers 89

If you win the first 2 it is a great advantage because it's hard for the other team to win all 3 home games in a row, you're likely going back home up 3-2 worst case scenario with 2 chances to win at home.
But of course everyone agrees that 2-2-1-1-1 is better. 
If the teams are evenly matched(which doesn't often happen in the finals), I think the 2-3-2 can favor the team with the lower seed.  

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 2:14 am

Celtics 96 Lakers 89

Lafatman, U R 1000% CORRECT. The 2-3-2 shjould not exist. Period.

Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:50 am

Celtics 96 Lakers 89

This is why I hate the 2-3-2 format in the NBA Finals, The Lakers have home court but have to play the pivotal game 5 on the road.  This is not just cause I'm a Lakers fan, but for any team that has home court i the finals.  You lose one of the 1st two at home your put at a disadvantage.  The 2-2-1-1-1 is used at all other times, why not in the finals?.  All of the pundants agree with this too, like Charles Barkley.  Even if you win the 1st 2 games at home you have to then play 3 straight on the road, what is the use of home court in this format.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:48 am

Celtics 96 Lakers 89

Lakers broke free of the 2-2 situation with the would have been interesting to see what might have happened had the Suns boxed out and possibly took a 3-2 lead on the Lakers.
Now let's see what happens if the Celtics are able to take a 3-2 lead. If Bynum is finally done for, and since the Celtics have already shown they can win in LA, it could get real interesting.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:32 am

Celtics 96 Lakers 89

I was at the game and I am not sure how you can say the Lakers should have won.  Kobe threw in an amazing array of off-balance 3 pointers, which usually don't go in at the percentage he shot tonight.  The game I saw had the Celtics getting lots of open looks and lots of drives to the basket.  They must have missed 5 or so shots from point blank range.  I thought the Celtics should be up by 10 at the half.  The Celtics defense & rebounding wore down the Lakers and hopefully this continues on in Sunday's game.  Eventually, Pierce is going to have a break-out game.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:25 am

Celtics 96 Lakers 89

all i hear is a ton of crying by lakers fans on this board. plain and simple the celtics second squad made the lakers look foolish.  don't whine about tony allen or big baby.  Look at your team and just admit they failed to show up.  Go Celtics

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