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As Big As It Gets: Game 5 Open Thread

 

There’s really no need for a prelude to this game, is there?  This is as big a non-elimination game as there can ever be in the NBA. 

Consider this your Game 5 open thread. Tell us what you’re seeing. 

Let’s hope the last game in Boston this season ends happily.

  • dont_drink_the_koolaid

    going to be epic. i’ve been AMPED for this one since thursday. hoping kobe tries to be ‘the man’ and the celtics continue to be ‘the team’. i don’t think the lakers can take the celtics 2 out of 3 with a gimpy bynum. hoping crawford doesn’t T-up sheed or perk….but if celtics win tonight they got a game to give anyways so i don’t really care so much. but what the heck do i know, anything could happen tonight!!!!

    prediction: celtics win tonight and take the series in 7.

  • JMM

    From dont_drink’s keyboard to God’s monitor.

  • crizik

    Celtics 96, Lakers 91

  • go celts

    I hate to say it but i think this is a laker win. 104-89

  • Kevin

    Definition of a Los Angeles Faker: Derek Fisher, arms flailing behind and above, tottering, pretending that a minivan just struck. When I see this move tonight, my TV is in great danger.

  • sacbobv

    @Kevin – And how safe is your TV with Gasol doing it too?

  • go celts

    Oh I hate when they do it, but man we do set some great moving screens. I hope Bynum doesn’t play because if he plays then kendrick can’t push pau all over the court. It’s amazing that they don’t call fouls on him when he does that.

  • complexity

    Or consider this game 1 out of a best of 3 series.

    Either way, Doc should have got a bigger reaction than that because his masterful coaching won that game.

  • DRJ1

    The pattern so far has been no back-to-back wins for either team. Let’s see…..

  • go celts

    doc usually does a good job working the refs. i have seriously never seen a coach yelling at the refs more than doc does.

  • Truth

    Lakers win on last second shot by Ron book it.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Hopefully, KG’s 20-footer will be on tonight as a result of that first make.

  • complexity

    Wow. The passing has been great. Hopefully we keep that up.

  • Shooter

    I hate flopper Fisher

  • Shooter

    Come on Ray,i think one Ray 3 will get him going tonight.How bout Bynum eh

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    How many crazy shots has Fisher hit in this series?

  • DRJ1

    Refs are against us. figures…….

  • Shooter

    Winner of this game wins the series………..smoke it.

  • go celts

    drj1 they are always against us. we are the poor poor celtics. wah.

  • DRJ1

    No, go celts. They helped us in game 4. But so far, looks bad in this one.

  • RBD

    Those calls should turn around as the game goes on.

    Can’t imagine the refs will decide this one.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Ahhahah Van Gundy calls out Fisher for flopping on every single possession.

  • Shooter

    Looking at that replay on that block on Fisher by Pierce……….clearly a block..REFS F***D that one up.
    What about Kobes face on that foul……..”who me WHA”
    WT heck KP playing the point LOOOOL

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Ahhahahahah I don’t think I’ve ever seen Perk run. I was really hoping it would end well.

  • Shooter

    Good sub by Doc going with TA early to guard Kobe

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    So, Perk, you haven’t brought the ball up on a fast break this entire season, and you’re going to try it now, in Game 5 of the Finals, with one foul already?

    Come on.

  • Devon

    JUMP BALL!!! WTF!

  • complexity

    When he was moving that fast with everyone behind him it was hard to pass, can’t fault him too much. He also is desperate for some offense.

    Bet Kobe tries to prove something by scoring on Tony Allen right now.

  • RBD

    If we don’t win this series, I so want Perk traded this summer.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    If everyone’s behind you, and you’re Perkins, you just have to stop, hold and wait.

    Between that and the fake foul on Fisher, and it’s ornery in the Lowe household right now.

  • DRJ1

    Guess Perk lost his mind there for a moment….

  • Shooter

    Artest trying to get going on offense………….GREAT SIGN…..0-4 already

  • go celts

    drj1 they helped us in game 2 that’s for sure. but tonight there was a bad call on pierce but it was a bad call, not a time for conspiracies. Watch what Allen does to Kobe when he dribbles, he mauls him and never gets called for it. the refs don’t hate the calts. stop whining.

  • RBD

    Underplayed story? Ray hitting that midrange jumper.

    Makes me think he might have a game.

  • go celts

    for instance, how do you explain what we clearly see is a bad call on the charge on odom? that should have been pierce’s 3rd foul.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    PP iso. Of course.

  • complexity

    MISS J. If that would have went to nate a second earlier, I would have been happy with that play.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    4 ORBs for LA already. Refs got nothing to do with that.

  • RBD

    Celtics are the worst last-possession team in the league. Feels like it anyway. Always ends in a desperation shot.

  • RBD

    @Zach

    Agreed. Gotta control the defensive boards. Our one big flaw in the first quarter.

    Everyone notice KG played 10:20 in that first quarter?

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    @complexity — I agree. I was actually kind of pleasantly surprised that it went to Nate.

  • go celts

    seems to me bynum is the key to the series again. if he’s healthy baby doesn’t have the game he had and we’re probably down 3-1

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Thing not to do: Foul Vujacic at half court.

  • complexity

    Wow. Celtics are playing great!

  • dslack

    Love the bench.

  • RBD

    Is this ever a fun game.

    coupla dodgy calls early but they’re letting them play.

  • pam

    some funny plays today. perk trying to emulate rondo (badly), nate trying to take the game ball with him to waltham.

  • DRJ1

    go celts… it’s not a whine, it’s an observation. stop preaching.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Bos shooting 63 percent, LA 30 percent. But 6 ORBs for the Lakers. Oy.

  • DRJ1

    But somebody PLEASE explain to TA that he’s not a point guard. Please.

  • RBD

    Two more:

    Kobe checked back in with 9:42 left in the second. He was cooked in the fourth quarter of game four. Watch his minutes.

    Never, ever isolate TA.

  • DRJ1

    @Zach… 2 of those ORBs were on that one play where Cs thought the ball was going out of bounds. Cs are playing with a lot of energy….

  • go celts

    drj1 zach lowe observes. you whine. seriously, give it a rest

  • DRJ1

    go celts– who the hell are you, anyway? i never whine. now leave me alone please.

  • RBD

    Bucher twitter.

    Perk draws foul running 1-man fastbreak.

    Pierce to Perk: “What are you doing?”

  • DRJ1

    @RBD… Good question. That was ridiculous.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Hey, we’re all on the same side here.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    So what’s our turnover count? Seems like a lot, on consecutive possessions.

  • go celts

    sure drj1, you never whine.

    anyway, celts are getting very sloppy

  • complexity

    @Zach Lowe, not to mention 8 turnovers.

  • pam

    this looks like typical celtics offense (for good or bad). good shooting percentage, too many turnovers. clean it up guys

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Yahoo’s got it at 7 turnovers (they might be missing the shot clock violation), but regardless: 7 Tos + 6 ORBs allowed = Boston’s flaws killing them today.

  • pam

    this looks like typical celtics offense. high shooting percentage, too many turnovers. clean it up!!

  • RBD

    @go celts

    What is your problem? Get with the program here.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Ack! No techs!

  • Shooter

    Way to go Rondo…….no seriously, love it

  • pam

    hahaha who loves jvg right now? i agree with him though. if you flop you dont get any call. meanwhile guys what the hell is up with the turnovers??

  • go celts

    what’s the problem? should I slobber on the celts? they are playing horribly and they just showed a lack of poise.

  • Shooter

    BIG 3eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • DRJ1

    If Cs lose this game, it’ll be Rondo’s fault. Terrible ball handling…

  • http://celticshub.com Dee

    This is Bullshit!!!!! Kobe pushes Rondo and then Gasol mauling Perk underneath and no calls!!!. Come on…if they want the Lakers to win just give it to them tonight; why waste the gas back to LA.

  • DRJ1

    Btw… I have to watch it again, but it looked like Artest’s foul on KG should have been a flagrant… didn’t he push him down with both hands?

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Just FYI, between the Pierce non-foul on Fisher and the Artest flop, that’s 4 free points for the Lakers. I guess some of it is made up by the shaky ODom charge on Pierce, but still.

  • Shooter

    Yeah what’s the verdict on that Artest push on KG…….has to be a flagrant at least doesn’t it?

  • complexity

    Wow. Them 8 threes really put some crazy pressure on Ray Allen, maybe they should offer him a contract for next year at half time.

  • RBD

    L.A. is trying to get Boston to lose their cool.

    Need a good stretch to close this quarter.

  • RBD

    Bullshit call on Rondo.

  • dslack

    BS call on Artest, too.

  • go celts

    I guess it even out because celts just got a make up call with the off foul on artest

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Man, Pierce should’ve been paying attention.

  • go celts

    celts have to be the worst last second offensive team. that has to be a testament to pp being overrated, though he’s finally played well tonight

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    But he shot like mad this half, so I guess I’ll let it slide.

  • RBD

    I’ve never seen Rondo so psyched out by a big game. He looks really out of sorts tonight.

    Pierce is having a throwback game.

  • Coolin

    Are you kinding me, Rondo is the worst. The guy is maybe the dumbest player in the NBA. His in game decisin making is beyond awful. The guy should dress up for the Lakers, he is their best player this game.

  • Shooter

    Pierce is beautiful to watch when he’s on.BS call on ROndo……………if Ray can give us 10-12 points that would be considered a good night.

  • Sophomore

    Very sorry about the missed opportunities down the stretch. We could easily have gone up 8 or 10 at the half but missed our chances.

    Very, very happy about the defense. Best I’ve seen.

  • http://celticshub.com Dee

    Rondo missed Pierce on the wing on the break at the end of the half. Instead forced a pass to Garnett which he should have had but it led to a turn over. But you need to feed the hot guy. I think that’s why Pierce turned his back to himn at the end of the half regardless what he said to Doris Burke.

  • pam

    eeesh cmon pierce dont throw a tantrum on court.

  • RBD

    @Coolin

    Are you a troll?

  • Sophomore

    @Coolin – have you watched any of the playoffs? Cs would not be in the Finals without Rondo. No question, not even close.

  • DRJ1

    Rondo is disgusting tonight. Horrible play. Paul making up for it, but this has gotta change… that Rondo… too much adulation for his tender young brain I guess

  • Shooter

    Rondo missing layups too………..sheesh

  • Sophomore

    @pam – yes. Ubuntu, dammit.

  • RBD

    Doc needs to do some serious work at halftime.

    Ray is spaced out again tonight on offense.

    Rondo is agitated and making bad plays.

    Perk is mostly useless but he’s keeping his cool.

  • Coolin

    Rondo is the most self fish player on the Celics, he really has a hard time making the correct decision.

  • DRJ1

    Looks like Perk thinks he’s Rondo (cross-court drive), and Rondo thinks he’s Perk (picking fight with Artest). Suspect body-snatchers at work….

  • DRJ1

    @Coolin– today that’s true. Not usually. But they’ve got to talk to that kid……..

  • RBD

    @Coolin

    Sorry – you call Rondo the dumbest player in the league and your credibility is shot.

  • Allen

    Did anyone NOT else see Ron Artest knock the ball out of Rajon Rondo’s hand when Kobe got the offensive foul?
    I think that, more than knocking KG down was the reason for the “shove.”

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Anyone else liking Sheed’s groomed-facial-hair look?

  • Shooter

    Rondo has 4 TOs…….. gotta do a better job on the defensive boards in 2nd half.

  • DRJ1

    Rondo Assist to TO ration = 3/4. And a tech. Maybe Nate should play the 2nd half……….

  • Coolin

    Yep, I’m a troll because I have negative stuff to say about Rondo. You guys thinking Rondo is playing anything close to ok are just lying to yourselves.

    This Celtics team will not be back to the Finals and I don’t want to see them loose because of Rondo. If they do loose I would like the Lakers to earn it, not by Rondo just giving it to them.

  • I love Green

    Perk can’t catch the ball to save his life, he decided to be point guard for one possession, Rondo has been making some bad decisions, we’re getting pounded on the boards, a man named sasha scored on us, and we have a lot of stupid turnovers.

    Should be up by double digits.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Rondo is off today—not making easy transition kickouts he usually makes and forcing things. He needs to settle down.

  • RBD

    Turnovers and rebounds – yup.

    Win that, we win the game.

    Because our shooting is gonna cool off in the second half.

  • http://celticshub.com Dee

    By the way Ray Allen had a horrible half on offense…dribbling off his foot, turnovers. bobbling the ball. If this was boxing I’d say this is an example of a someone suddenly showing their age. I HOPE this is temporary as they need him to open the floor.

  • RBD

    All problems aside – our intensity is off the charts.

    They really came to play tonight.

  • Sophomore

    @RBD – yes about Rondo – I mean, Ron Artest and TA have both played IN THIS GAME!

    I blame this game on Magic Johnson. I think he worked some kind of spell on Rondo during the interview.

  • soby

    Rondo will get it together… MVP

  • DRJ1

    Agree, RBD. Intensity = great. Maybe TOO great… maybe that’s why Rondo’s lost the ball so many times, and why he and Perk seem to be trading brains, etc.

  • RBD

    I think as we sit here and fret, Doc is calming Rondo down. I have confidence he’ll pull it together in the second half.

    I’m more worried about us starting to miss shots.

  • RBD

    @DRJ1

    BTW – meant to mention… I’m TheOutletPass on CB.

  • Sophomore

    Biggest shift in the series – Pau Gasol’s offensive production drops off the table the last 4 quarters?

  • I love Green

    @DRJ- Rondo has made some dumb passes, I don’t think his intensity is the problem, he’s just not thinking.

  • Coolin

    With the bashing I have done on Rondo, I am really pulling for him to play one of the best halves of his career this second half.

    Rondo, please prove me wrong in that I think your not as good as eveyone says you are.

  • RBD

    Rondo is usually so emotion-less. The big moment is defining him tonight, rather than him defining the moment (to quote Kevin Costner in Tin Cup).

    Paul is advancing his Finals MVP case.

  • Devon

    Fisher is a stand up guy. Tack on those crazy degree of difficulty makes and I have nothing negative to say. I wish the Finals would go on for another week. I find it truly cathartic and substantial to bear witness to this. Go C’s!!!

  • DRJ1

    Lol RBD. Lol.
    And here…. we usually AGREE. Lol. Hey… it’s all good, all good.

  • dslack

    Wow, 66% for Celtics, 33% for Lakers in 1st half. That can’t continue all game. Hope the 3′s, TOs, and ORBs even out too.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Love how the guys on our bench seemed to want to grab that loose ball from Kobe.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Uh-oh. Kobe’s waking up.

  • joe

    If kobe starts missing we will blow the game open, barring TO’s.

  • Coolin

    Paul Pierce is the MAN, always has been and always will be. Just give him the damn ball, that is all I ask.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Ummm….Boston is shooting 70 percent. What the hell is going on in this game and this series in general?

  • joe

    pierce is taking the same shots he took the first 4 games, the difference is that he’s making them which is why it was ridiculous to say artest was shutting him down.

  • Sophomore

    Just awesome first few minutes by the Cs – and Doc or Rondo outthinking Phil. Great passes for layups to Ray and KG. If the Lakers want to counter with Kobe taking off balance 20-footers, I’m good with that.

  • RBD

    Kobe can’t beat us with jumpshots.

    Oooh – Kobe’s gonna guard Paul.

    Time to get Ray going.

  • RBD

    Rondo’s back under control this half.

    Phew.

  • dslack

    @Soph — If the Celtics have to lose, I want it on Kobe taking awful shots. Can’t do anything about that.

  • Sophomore

    @Zach – true that Pierce is out of his mind tonight – picked a great time! – but the other shots the Cs are getting, by and large, are very good.

  • joe

    @Zach, these are the same shots boston got last game, they just missed. LAL’s D the last two games has been poor.

  • Sophomore

    @dslack – I think we’re agreeing. I love the way this is going – us getting high percentage shots, Kobe having to make circus shots to keep them close.

  • RBD

    Big stretch out of this timeout.

    Can we keep the lead, beat them down some more?

  • dslack

    Uh oh, might I get my wish?…

  • dslack

    @Soph, I agree.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Whoa wait, hold on, what happened with that double-tech? And where was the foul when Pierce made that shot?

  • dslack

    Kobe’s last 3 was insane. 7-7, 17 pts this quarter.

  • joe

    I will give kobe these shots all night long, he’ll tire and start to miss. Combine that with LAL’s poor D and I see a blowout.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    I am terrified.

  • joe

    Love what Doc said. Let kobe get all the shots & stop everyone else.

  • RBD

    Wow – Kobe is nuts.

    Nice that our offense is clicking so well.

  • joe

    @Zach, i would be terrified too if LAL was defending better

  • dslack

    @Zach, aren’t you always terrified when the C’s are up less than 30? (Not that it’s not justified.)

  • YOYO

    kobe getting frustrated with his team now

  • YOYO

    nobody goes 30 for 30 so let kobe go off

  • complexity

    We’ve seen Lebron, we’ve seen Wade. They can’t beat us with a one man show. I don’t know why you are terrified Zach. We want this, 19 to 0. His team isn’t going to play as hard defense because they are relying on the one man show. Yes. Go Celtics!!

  • RBD

    This is an incredible game.

  • DRJ1

    Great quarter for the Cs, withstanding a near-superhuman onslaught by Kobe… and still maintaining, even stretching the lead. Great stuff…. except, of course, for Rondo, who continues to stink

  • Sophomore

    At some point the Laker bench has to come in.

    Seriously, not to claim too much credit, I’ll go back to my comment that Pau’s disappearance is the biggest development in this game. Where’s the Laker’s second offensive threat?

  • dslack

    Reminiscent of the DWade 46-point game from Round 1.

  • complexity

    By the way, you should always be scared about a lead, this is the NBA, if the Celtics completely dominated every night, and didn’t go through the struggle, it wouldn’t be half as fun to watch or follow.

  • RBD

    Kobe’s gotta be getting tired.

    Is Phil gonna leave his starters in for the start of the fourth?

  • Sophomore

    I blame myself for Pau waking up. Apologies.

  • complexity

    By the way, I wasn’t saying that the Lakers couldn’t come back. It wasn’t going to be on KOBE alone though.

  • Sophomore

    Kind of a letdown, I think, after they weathered the Kobe onslaught so well.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Can we please hold on to this lead? Please?

  • YOYO

    sophomore what you thinking? LOL

  • Sophomore

    Disappointing to be up only 8.

  • RBD

    We’re fine if we keep playing the same way.

    Effort and intensity.

  • YOYO

    not really disappointing we just withstood a kobe onslaught

  • Sophomore

    Tony Allen, thank you for bailing me out.

  • DRJ1

    Wow… Rondo is so out of it. I’m surprised Doc isn’t taking him out of the game. He’s much worse than useless now. Did you see him mistime that last shot of the 3rd? Something is very wrong with that kid tonight

  • Coolin

    We win if we don’t turn the ball over in the fourth. Too many unforced turnovers is just unexceptable.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Emotional status update: Still terrified. Wish they had no shot clock so C’s could just dribble around for 12 minutes. 8 points is nothing, and LA starts 4th with ball.

  • DRJ1

    Yeah, this is nerve-racking

  • RBD

    @DRJ1

    Well, he made a lot of good entry passes and lobs and so on in the early part of the third.

    But yeah – not his finest hour.

    KG terrific tonight.

  • http://celticshub.com Dee

    This is scarrrry! Shooting so well, great defense (minus Kobe out of his mind) win the quarter by two! Can they continue to shoot this well…will the Lakers continue to struggle offeensively. I am having flashbacks to the re. season of all the leads lost. Scarrrry…

  • RBD

    Nice job by Kobe. He got like four fouls on Paul on one play.

  • YOYO

    tech on kobe no doubt, just rewound it wow

  • RBD

    Gotta say – great job by the refs tonight.

  • Sophomore

    Great play by Pierce there, drawing the horse-collar from Kobe. Wasn’t sure he still had that first step. Late help from Odom, considering where they were on the shot clock.

  • Sophomore

    @RBD – yes. Games 4 and 5 completely different than first 3.

  • YOYO

    yes better reffing for sure

  • Shooter

    Daaaaaaamn what a 3rd quarter from Kobe………only player in double digits for Lakers

  • Shooter

    Daaaaaaamn what a 3rd quarter from Kobe………only player in double digits for Lakers
    And that block on Gasol by TA WOW

  • Sophomore

    Kobe knocks down a crazy fallaway – and we get an uncontested layup.

  • Shooter

    DAAAAAAAAAMN Kobe what a shot

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Kobe on fire. But Doc’s right. We gotta just play through it, not get disheartened or affected by it.

  • Shooter

    I HATE FISHER SOMEONE FLOOR HIM PLEASE

  • dslack

    Lousy missed layup for Pierce.

  • Devon

    I love this. “Yea, I don’t give a shit about Fishes daughter, he’s being a dick” says my wife…. Gonna have to take back my previous statement.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Aaack. Good timeout.

  • RBD

    This is just unbearable tension.

  • Sophomore

    Cs’ getting a little tight? I didn’t see the end of Pierce’s drive – was really surprised to see him miss. Did he get fouled?

  • YOYO

    no offensive rebounding by rondo. He should follow that up instead of watching. The whole team is watching right now

  • RBD

    Need to push this lead back up to 8.

    Six makes me queasy.

  • pam

    anyone feeling really nervous right now? i would be more at ease if ray ray someone drains a 3. the crowd would come alive.

  • YOYO

    both those guys have had issues with children but they are definitely playing ray tight to make sure he never gets a rythm

  • Shooter

    ARGH Pierce what the hell he hits tough 20 ftrs and misses a layup………come on.Need to start going to KG in the post

  • Sophomore

    Simmons thinks Pierce got creamed, but he’s not always objective…. obviously.

  • DRJ1

    Crunch time comin…. very scary now… Kobe’s gonna go nuts, and we gotta answer….

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Too much standing and watching PP on offense. Good timeout by Doc for one his “trust each other and move the ball” speeches.

  • http://celticshub.com Dee

    The tension is unbearable…the Lakers has stepped up their D. We MUST control our defensiuve boards. i trust opur D…no second shots.

  • Sophomore

    I think Doc’s number for putting the bench back in might be six.

  • Shooter

    There you go……. KG

  • Shooter

    A 3 by Ray would make crowd go nuts

  • YOYO

    3 here

  • Sophomore

    Like the traps on Kobe. Nice job, Doc.

  • Sophomore

    I love me some Rondo hustle plays right now.

  • Shooter

    And i don’t thin Lakers D has anything to do with Rays ice cold % since game 2,his release is just off i’m sure he knows it but Ray being Ray would give credit to Lakers ROOONDOOOOOO

  • Sophomore

    Thank you, Ron Artest, basketball genius!

  • Shooter

    And i don’t thin Lakers D has anything to do with Rays ice cold % since game 2,his release is just off i’m sure he knows it but Ray being Ray would give credit to Lakers D ……..ROOONDOOOOOO

  • DRJ1

    Thank god Rondo woke up for the last minutes of the game. Whew

  • YOYO

    3 minutes to go and up 12 (probably 10) not bad I will take it right now

  • RBD

    I will not be comfortable until ten minutes AFTER the game ends.

  • RBD

    Ray has been making good decisions on offense all quarter.

  • YOYO

    right now, rondo needs to drive it to the basket and find pierce for 3 or garnett for the outside 18ft

  • DRJ1

    I always said Artest would make some critical stupid error(s) at some point in this series. He really is not too bright that guy

  • complexity

    Celtics are amazing. And I’ll bet Ray really lights it up next game when they pressure is on the Lakers and he is off the homecourt. As long as nobody works too hard to try to get MVP. Celtics should be the champions in 2010? I’m not saying its over, but if they play anything resembling this.

  • YOYO

    @rbd, I agree totally but if I had a choice of being closer or down, I will take this

  • soby

    There you go… rondo’s steals… that’s why he’s MVP

  • YOYO

    who thinks kobe gets off next game, I do not think so

  • DRJ1

    Well, we got 2 of the Big Four playing great (Paul and KG), Ray playing well (though not in his shooting) and Rondo, finally, waking up. If all FOUR are going for the last 2-3 minutes, this game’s ours…….

  • complexity

    Oh. Just looking at twitter and a lot of the lakers are complaining about refs, funnily enough we are not?

  • Sophomore

    Dang.

    Dang.

    Dang.

  • YOYO

    gachoke there

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Let’s keep playing now. No clock-watching please.

  • YOYO

    wow go joe crawford

  • Shooter

    Hack a Rondo?

  • Sophomore

    They need 2 more buckets to ice this.

  • dslack

    Refs are whistle-happy now.

  • Sophomore

    C’mon Perk. Hit one.

  • YOYO

    come on perk

  • YOYO

    1.40 to go, sweating bullets

  • complexity

    Bye Perkins! Thanks for the help, now let’s get someone who can shoot foul shots better than me.

  • dslack

    Brutal 0-2 by Perk. Front-rimmed both.

  • RBD

    We need ONE more basket. I think one does it.

  • DRJ1

    Man, it’s so PATHETIC that a professional ball player, making millions of dollars, cannot hit a damn free throw. Disgusting.

  • YOYO

    put rasheed in right here, with rondo, we need to take away the hack a perk or rondo maybe

  • Sophomore

    Come on Cs. One stop. One bucket.

  • YOYO

    RBD you are right, right now pierce needs to do it

  • dslack

    Hang onto an 8-pt lead with 1:40 to go?

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Nice foul Ray.

  • dslack

    That was awful by Ray Ray.

  • DRJ1

    Is it too much to ask that a guy like Perk LEARN HOW TO SHOOT FTs? I know 8-year-olds that do it better than he does.

  • Sophomore

    That is not a good call.

  • YOYO

    bologna

  • YOYO

    watch there will be a foul on celtic and “no call” will happen

  • Truth

    Can’t get classier than Boston.

  • dslack

    That could be a tech on the crowd. F’ing idiots.

  • YOYO

    yep truth the best thanks

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Oh boy.

  • RBD

    5 points. I’m gonna have a heart attack.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Lucky break on that one. I mean, wow, that lead got so small so fast.

  • YOYO

    basket here to win please, hope they do not reverse. No data to go either way for sure

  • complexity

    The refs are conspiring against both teams! They are trying to make them both win. Oh No!

  • DRJ1

    Is this the WEIRDEST series ever? Ray goes from breaking records, to barely being able to HIT THE RIM on a critical shot.

  • dslack

    Who is this Zombie-Ray?

  • YOYO

    @ RBD, had my second already, 5 hour energy helps! really pumps up the flow of blood

  • Sophomore

    Wow. What do you think? 24-second call a makeup?

  • YOYO

    we got a gimme thanks joey crawford

  • YOYO

    jackson is cocky WOW to say that knowing the mic is on

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Ouch. Phil’s timeout message. Painful but not exactly untrue.

  • Sophomore

    One. More. F*ing. Basket.

  • RBD

    This is so not a done deal.

  • YOYO

    KG what are you doing

  • YOYO

    choke artest but boxout please

  • dslack

    Fisher just beat KG on a jump.

  • YOYO

    pierce is hurt now

  • RBD

    Only four seconds to get it across half court.

  • spencer_66

    how in the fuck do you lose that jump ball

  • DRJ1

    And the weirdness just keeps on comin. Fischer outjumps Kevin Garnett. Wow

  • YOYO

    why doesn;t kobe get a T for animation, come on refs blow it

  • soby

    Come on garnet you can’t lose a jump ball to fisher… lucky ron bailed us out at the line

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    This game is a lot closer than it needs to be.

  • Sophomore

    Have there ever been two teams that were so good in general, but so bad in the last minutes of big games?

  • DRJ1

    I just KNEW Sheed would miss that 3. They GOTTA give us heart attacks. Gotta

  • YOYO

    great play rondo and especially pierce

  • Sophomore

    OK. Pierce and Rondo just made me eat my words. I have the anti-jinx tonight!

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Rebound dammit!

  • YOYO

    pierce is holding his hand

  • YOYO

    wrong guy to foul there LALALALA!!!

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Good job running a ton of time off the clock before getting fouled!

  • dslack

    At least he didn’t forget how to shoot FTs.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Get the damn defensive rebounds and just end this already!

  • YOYO

    phil eat your words buddy, and I think Doc will replay that for the team

  • DRJ1

    It’s a good think Artest is so stupid.

  • complexity

    Hey. Phil can say that, because it was true many times. That doesn’t make him cocky.

    Great win for the best team in the NBA.

  • RBD

    Artest really has made a ton of stupid plays this game.

  • YOYO

    anyone see if paul is seriously hurt or a stinger

  • YOYO

    8.9 no fouls please

  • RBD

    Paul Pierce had an all-time game tonight.

  • Sophomore

    YYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!

  • YOYO

    1 more please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  • DRJ1

    I mean, really. How can a team that starts Bynum AND Artest — dumb and dumber — beat the Celtics? Not gonna happen.

  • YOYO

    kobe is pissed, he was kicking the floor

  • Sophomore

    Pierce was great tonight – and, let us note, shot a higher percentage than Kobe. Also, no turnovers.

  • dslack

    Bynum is dumb?

  • YOYO

    bynum is just young, not dumb. Artest on the other hand is the gingerbread man.

  • Sophomore

    This telecast led the series in bleeping out player curses.

  • YOYO

    1 more game for rasheed and perk to keep clean, please

  • YOYO

    @sophomore LOL

  • dslack

    Hey, Pierce is handling Artest much better than Durant did. Very impressed.

  • sacbobv

    @Sophomore – There’s still game 6, could be even more then.

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