Preview & Chat: The Boston Celtics

Kurt —  January 31, 2010

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Records: Lakers 36-11 (1st in West) Celtics 29-15 (3rd in East)
Offensive points per 100 possessions: Lakers 109.5 (9th in league), Celtics 107.6 (13th in league)
Defensive points per 100 possessions: Lakers 102 (2nd in league) Celtics 101.7 (1st in league)
Projected Starting Lineups: Lakers: Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum
Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins

Lakers Coming In Today — or more likely Monday in Memphis — Kobe will become the Lakers all time leading scorer. He goes into this game 47 points short of Jerry West.

Here’s a note from the ESPN’s statistical research gurus (who rock):: Kobe shot 49.1% before the finger injury, 44% since, and he is taking two more shots per game since.

Celtics coming in: Check out yesterday’s post, an interview with Zach Lowe or Celtics Hub, or check out the roundtable we all were part of over at Land O’Lakers. But know that all those

Here’s another fun note from the ESPN’s statistical research gurus: KG is essentially the Pau Gasol of the Lakers in that their record with and without him is dramatically different. Without, 5-6, with they are 24-9.

Celtics blogs The Celitcs are loaded with good blogs. Jeff and Celtics Blog remain the OG and one of the best ever. You’ve met Zach from Celtics Hub. But checkout their links, there are a lot.

Keys to game: With just about every game, we say the Lakers need to exploit their advantage in the paint. Today’s game will be won in the paint as well, but for a different reason — the Celtics can match the Lakers in the paint. Gasol and Bynum got pushed around by Cleveland, the Celtics will do the same thing. Bynum needs to stay out of foul trouble and protect the rim like Perkins will. Gasol has to match what KG will bring. The front lines will be where this game is won and lost.

The Lakers can’t be passive, they have to go at those guys. Run the offense inside out. That said, the Celtics shut down isolation, one-on-one offense better than any team in the league, because it’s not really one-on-one — three players at any time three guys have responsibility for stopping the ball. They anticipate where the ball is going to go better than any team is out there. The Lakers have to counter that with passes and cuts out of the triangle offense.

Basically, the isolation offense that the Lakers resort to too much this season is going to cost them this game, but if they run the triangle offense and move the ball they will get good looks. Facilitator Kobe most make an appearance.
Where you can watch: 12:30 start on ABC. Plus, ESPN radio 710am out West.


Kurt

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317 responses to Preview & Chat: The Boston Celtics

  1. Looks like Bynum is winning his battle with Perk

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  2. Kobe isn’t making the best passes out of the double either. He needs to pass out while the double is still coming towards, not after he gets away and the doubling man is leaving back to his original man. Kobe needs to know where the double is coming from and make the pass early, as well as our bigs have to be in position to receive the pass when the double comes. This should be something we should be able to exploit.

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  3. Phil Jackson has figured Drew out if you ask me. He slights him and Drew comes out playing like a monster because he has to prove himself.

    Then Phil can go back and tell Drew, “Play like that all the time, and you’ll get the minutes when they count.”

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  4. It seems people are either holding the ball too long, dribbling too much, waiting too long to make their moves or taking too much time to pass it into the post.

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  5. There is not enough ball movement yet to make this a win. There is however enough aggression… judging by Bynum’s play, he’s not the least bit scared of Perkins. I like that.

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  6. @209 – probably the team trying to follow orders and cut down on turnovers.

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  7. When was the last time Phil let Bynum close the game and not Pau? Has this ever happened before? This kind of shows which big man has shown up today

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  8. JVG is right, I can’t remember the last time we had a Bynum-Odom-Artest closing lineup.

    Bynum’s earned it, and Artest is needed against Pierce. I’m more surprised at Odom being out there.

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  9. Why isn’t Gasol on the floor again?

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  10. that offensive rebound by the celts hurts

    i take it back the celtics got a break…it was out of bounds

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  11. Cant give up offensive boards at this point of the game.

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  12. Gasol has already played 40 minutes tho

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  13. #213,
    Last time we played the Celtics?

    Also, the refereeing has been unusually incompetent this game.

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  14. very satisfied with Bynum’s play, no matter what happens, this gives me confidence we will have a primetime Bynum this postseason.

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  15. glad to see the refs are on top of this game today

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  16. Mimsy last time we played Boston Bynum was hurt and it was in Boston.

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  17. I love Ron artest, lucky fip in and great job forcin the offensive foul

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  18. WOW ron ron coming up big on offense and defense

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  19. I know Lakers 8884. I was being fecetious. 🙂 I can’t remember the last time of this line-up either.

    STOP! Kobe time!

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  20. Clutch Shot!!!!

    One point lead!!!!!

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  21. OMG

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  22. KOBE!!!!!!!!!

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  23. Dont get cocky……this is far from over.

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  24. My first contribution to this thread:

    Stop! Kobe time!

    Just need a stop now.

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  25. Kobe!

    *whew*

    Allen had a great look at that last shot… I think that was the very definition of a 50-50 chance, and we got the dice to fall in our favor.

    *whew*

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  26. fantastic shot by Kobe, but i am soo impressed with ray allen’s defense…i have never seen him play D like this

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  27. Oh sorry Mimsy didn’t sense it, KOBE Big time

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  28. Bynum is beasting Perkins…why wasn’t he doing this to Shaq???

    And Kooooobe!!!!!!

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  29. Whew!!!!!!!!!!
    Laker’s win.

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  30. Lakers win! Very entertaining game.

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  31. LAKERS WIN!!!!!

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  32. YEAAAA!! EAT IT CELTIC FANS…EAT IT!!!

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  33. WE WON!!!

    I told you we could win!!

    Come on. Give me this moment of “I told you so”. 🙂

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  34. The Celtic’s seem to have some trouble holding fourth quarter leads. Is it because they’re so old?

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  35. LO’s switch onto Allen really tied that 4th quarter together.

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  36. Kobe Bean.

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  37. Great win hard fought, a more consistent 2nd quarter and this would have been an easier win but a heck of a win. This is probably the biggest win of the season so far. Would LOVE to see a rematch of these two teams in the Finals because it would be a great series and great for basketball and the NBA

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  38. We didnt even remotely play our best and we still won lol

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  39. I feel like a kid again.. what a fantastic way to wrap up an awesome week (for me)!!

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  40. 244. i cant believe we won this game, is rondo carrying the celtics?

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  41. dave in hillsboro January 31, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  42. How many fouls did Ray Allen commit on that play before Kobe hit the shot? Beautiful shot, but the whistle should have been blown long before then.

    Wasn’t it a 1-point game in Boston last year too? Deja vu. Still, not our best game, and we were able to steal this one. Lots of places to improve.

    Most impressive game winner by Kobe this year.

    I’m terrified Artest’s last shot will convince him he needs to take end-of-game out-of-control drives every close game.

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  43. I wonder if Kobe heard Bill Simmons raving about how clutch Bird was. Bird was great. MJ was great. Magic was great. But Kobe is ridiculous. His Black Mamba nickname is so fitting. SO DEADLY!

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  44. Bynum was a beast and Kobe had it when it mattered.

    A strangely sloppy game at times, that Fisher cross court pass right into the hands of Rondo wasnt exactly veteran stuff (but Fisher did have a couple of back to back baskets at another key stretch of the game).

    The Boston team we saw today was quite different from the those of last year. This was Rondo´s team, and he was impressive.

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  45. Why not run a play for Rondo?

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  46. Great defense on the final possession.

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  47. 244 Joe, I totally agree with you. Very soild W against a tough team on the road, but we didn’t even come close to playing our best! And that’s what frustrates me so much, even in a win, because we all know that if the Lakers play their best, nobody can come close to hanging with them. So the question is, when are we going to start to consistently play our best, and what’s been keeping us from doing that so far this season?

    But great W in a tough environment today. We at least showed a lot of grit and determination, which we haven’t always shown.

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  48. I forget – how did we get the ball right before kobe’s shot?

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  49. by the way guys im not sure the celtics are such are good team, theyve lost 7 of 11 i think

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  50. 243 Lakers8884- I think a great legacy for the NBA would be a rematch between these two teams this year and then Lakers/ Cavs next year. If the finals rematch doesn’t happen this year it will most likely never happen for these lineups again. The NBA desperately needs Lebron to start his title collection but not until Kobe’s done with his!

    Edit: Oh yeah, almost forgot… KOBE!
    very entertaining win. Great way to cap off the week.

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  51. 253. Pierce pushed on artest, offensive foul

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  52. The Dude Abides January 31, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Big screen LCD TV: $900.00
    Cable internet, TV, movies: $147/month
    Watching multiple Celtic fans do facepalms after Kobe hits the go-ahead shot with 7 seconds to play: PRICELESS

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  53. Celtics fans crowing over the offensive foul on Pierce, as expected.

    We need to blow these guys out next time…. but I think they’ll still find some other reason to blame that on the refs as well.

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  54. James – wasn’t that right before his out of control drive to the hoop?

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  55. a total team effort, the bench was 9-14

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  56. 260. wiseolgoat:

    Nope, it was right after that shot.

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  57. thanks…my memory isn’t what it used to be

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  58. @BurningBalls
    In their defense, the refereeing this game was even more incompetent than usual.

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  59. At work,so didn’t see the game.
    But ESPN boxscore has one of the great lines:
    Sasha 0-1 in 6 minutes and no other stats-no rebounds,assists,fouls,anything-but a PLUS 11 for the game! Way to do all the intangible stuff Sasha.

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  60. I looked like a crazy person on the freeway listening to this game on 710. Pumping my fist after Kobe hit the game winner. 18 points in the paint for the lakers in the 4th, 0 for the celtics.

    Couldn’t really gauge, but was bynum good today? If so, a few people here need to say that bynum did a good job. (few threads back, everyone wanted to see bynum do it against a good team.) Lets give the team props! Good win. Lets finish memphis tomorrow for 6 – 2.

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  61. I turned off the livestream after Kobe hit the last shot b/c my nerves couldn’t bear to watch – how did the last possession of the game play out?

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  62. The Dude Abides January 31, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    259. Yep, that’s to be expected. Sure looked like an offensive foul to me, and all three announcers thought it was the correct call. They have no reason to complain, as they got an extra possession on the Perkins offensive rebound that he first deflected off the camera behind the basket before controlling it…then they scored two points on the extra possession. Plus, Kobe’s offensive foul in the first half was a 100% phantom call, while Pierce extended his arm fully in pushing off Artest. If they’re going to call a foul on Kobe for zero contact, then they have to call a foul on Pierce for extending his left arm completely on his drive to push off on Artest. All in all, though, this is about the best officiating one can expect in Boston.

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  63. The Dude Abides January 31, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    267. Ball inbounded to Pierce, I believe, then a Celtic big set a screen to free up Allen on the left wing. LO switched off Garnett to make a great contest on Allen’s shot. Fish got the rebound right before the buzzer sounded.

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  64. 264. Mimsy:

    No denying that, but that inconsistency went both ways anyway.

    That said though, the “real” Celtics showed up at the Garden to give a great struggle throughout. Gotta give them props for that.

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  65. @ray,
    Bynum was great. He owned the first quarter, he was fearless against Davis and Perkins, he dunked over Garnett… in short he played fearless and aggressive basketball. I think he proved himself this game. And yes, you’re right. There are some commenters who owe him an apology 😉

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  66. if you’re Doc Rivers, and you’re down by 1, and your all-star PG has been on fire all game, and the Lakers are in the penalty, what do you do?

    if you guessed “draw up a play for a 3 pointer 25 feet from the rim,” you win!

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  67. 268. The Dude Abides:

    Exactly. Not to mention the customarily uncalled illegal screens they set with their bigs almost every other play they make also.
    I’m pretty used to it now actually. >_>

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  68. The Dude Abides January 31, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    273. Burning, I do believe you’re acknowledging the refs for doing a better job than usual on Boston’s home court, right? I think you’re saying that they usually don’t make that many calls on Boston’s illegal screens, but they did so this game. If that’s what you’re saying, I agree.

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  69. Ahem. We won in Boston. We can either chose to moan and complain about illegal plays, or enjoy the sweet bitterness of Boston fans who now hate us even more for once again proving that they haven’t been true champions since the 60’s.

    I know what I’ll chose. 🙂

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  70. You cant draw up a play for Rondo because he isn’t a dependable shooter and he didnt hit an outside shot in the 4th quarter. Pierce is their closer I am surprised he didnt take a shot because usually they run an iso for Pierce on the elbow and he takes his signature step back jumper. That is their go to play when looking to close out games, that’s why you saw both Kobe and Ron jump after Pierce when he was driving and Doc knew they would double him so they ran a play for Ray to shoot the final shot, it was good execution but he just didn’t hit the shot and Lamar did a great job contesting the jumper

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  71. I wrote this morning:

    We are the team to beat, therefore, let’s make them adjust to US.

    Let’s hope:

    Pau shows up and doesn’t let KG punk him out; Pau played well in the first half and when he began to soften, PJ subbed in Bynum.

    Bynum uses his “length” and size against an undersized Kendrick Perkins; He did it in spades. He had a great game.

    Ron Ron shows us what a healthy stopper actually looks like; Job well done. Pierce only 4-11 for 15 points.

    Kobe plays like Kobe in both halves; He helped carry us in the first half and then hit the game winner.

    Fish doesn’t get beat too badly every time down the floor and forces Rondo to his left; Didn’t work.

    Lamar bucks his daytime blues habit and gives us some offense and plays good defense against whatever “mobile” BIG he guards; and He had the best defense play by closing out on Ray Ray. Garnett and Rasheed 13 points, Lamar 7.

    The “Bench Mob” makes more than a cameo appearance. Bench 9-13 for 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and only three turnovers!!! Extremely effective.

    Lastly, lets hope for a Laker victory. Even though I am one of the main ones saying it, let’s hope we shed the “SOFT” label. We beat the bullies in their home.

    Thanks Kurt, I hope we send you out a winner!!!

    Thanks Kurt, I hope you enjoyed the Lakers goodbye present.

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  72. The Dude Abides January 31, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    258. I urge everyone to watch for the crowd’s reaction on any replays of Kobe’s game-winning shot. Multiple facepalms, with some fans even doing double facepalms. It really will warm your hearts.

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  73. Is there any question as to who our “bench” is, it’s 3 players Lamar, Farmar and Shannon. I would say Luke too but he has yet to contribute as much as those 3 have (due to injury)

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  74. Had something I wanted to check by the basketball historians on this site – is it true that the hand check rule was outlawed in 94-95? I always assumed it was later. I only ask because some (David Thorpe, for one) have claimed Jordan would have averaged 45 a game without hand-checking. So I always assumed the rule change was after 98.

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  75. It’s funny how if a person didn’t follow the NBA at all, and then checked the comments during games on different sites (unfortunately here too from time to time), that person would surely believe that the Lakers are among the worst teams in basketball. I mean Kobe is a ballhog, Pau is soft, Lamar is inconsistent, Drew is a black hole, Artest has no lift whatsoever, Farmar is a bonehead, Fish can’t play if his life depended on it, the Machine is totally broken…and so on, and so on.

    It’s also funny how that collection of losers managed to win the title last year, and have the league’s second best record this year.

    (If you detect a touch of sarcasm, you might be correct.)

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  76. Rondo is one of the most annoying players, but wow, did he pick apart our team. But I loved how Kobe started attacking more at the end of the game, especially with Ray Allen on him. Great win…love it. Hope this catapults our team versus the truly elite foes…

    And for Bynum, do NOT play in the Memphis game (he can pick either of these excuses: “flu-like symptoms,” “slept in again and missed the flight and no commercial planes could accommodate him,” “got jumped by the dudes from Southie in Good Will Hunting…”)

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  77. Nice pic of the aftermath of the Laker win. What makes this pic is sadface KG.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/photos?photoId=415138&gameId=300131002

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  78. LOL DY I was thinking the same thing, but the Lakers will need Bynum, the Grizzlies are one of the underrated teams in the league. They have talent galore and can beat any team in this league and they have been on a roll lately.

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  79. My respect for Bynum also increased tremendously today. He came through in a tough Finals-like environment, and exorcised one demon (Celtics) with his play today. He deserved playing in crunch time today and if he continues to play like that, should be rewarded with more opportunities. No entitlements (except for Kobe of course) here…just reward the best players with crunch time minutes.

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  80. thisisweaksauce January 31, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/photos?photoId=415138&gameId=300131002#photo_415141

    That is the most lift I’ve ever seen from Artest. Haha.

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  81. If Artest can keep this up, Lakers will be hard to beat. He should do this to lebron james

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  82. At this point the two teams that I am most worried about are the Nuggets and Cavs. (and of course the Bobcats!). I think Boston will have a really hard time getting to the finals.

    Glad for the win. We needed it. Good to see Bynm get some crunch time run. I liked the balanced scoring though Kobe took too many shots to get his number.

    I am not much of a fan of Shannon Brown right now. He just doesn’t seem to fit the offense very well. I guess he’s all we got, though.

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  83. can’t remember the last time we came back to win against a good team. great win.

    the last shot by Kobe points out something to me: we complain about Kobe’s shot selection but I think he almost has to take those tough (read: bad) shots so he can take and hit that last shot. Pau will wisely pass the ball when he doesn’t have the high % shot, but Pau is not likely to take and hit that game winner for you. Kobe will. Vive la difference.

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  84. Wow, I thought this game was over when I went to work out with us leading like by 9.

    Now, next up, the Gasol Wars.

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  85. The Dude Abides January 31, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Yeah, harold. I hope there aren’t many complaints about Pau. He played a subpar game, but if his subpar games consist of playing the other team’s best player to a virtual standoff (like today), then I’ll gladly accept it.

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  86. Next up: Third time’s the charm for Andrew to beat the Memphis jinx.

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  87. Good to see Celtics finally being called for some illegal screens. No team gets away with more of those.

    Pau had some lobster claw hands tonight. Flashbacks to Kwame.

    Can someone give me some technology input? ABC’s transmission of the game came across as sputtered on my Sony HD any time there was motion by the players. I didn’t get this on any other station, and I noticed it on the Christmas day game. Is ABC shooting on some different HD cameras that my HD can’t handle? It’s a 720 p.

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  88. I can’t express how happy I was to see the Lakers pull this game out. You have to think winning this kind of game will give us the confidence we need to win games like Portland at the Rose Garden, and Charlotte.

    I’m not even going to bother to be negative by pointing out our flaws in this game. We beat a tough team on the rode today. I hope Kobe’s ankle will be okay for him to lead us to a win tomorrow against Memphis. Lets go Lakeshow.

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  89. TB: ABC broadcasts in 720p, so it should be great for your set. could be an issue with your local affiliate or cable/sat company. could be their camera too, but I did not notice a problem (KABC, Verizon Fios, 1080p LCD)

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  90. I am quite glad that I did not follow the site during the game today. Talk about your roller coaster ride. My personal favorites are: Lamar should not have been re-signed, Kobe does not deserve an extension, and Phil Jackson can’t coach.

    I understand we want the Lakers to do well, but I feel so many fans require perfection from the Lakers on a daily basis. We expect everyone to play perfect on an everyday basis. It’s not realistic. I mean, are we perfect everyday we go to work? Every day? for every minute?

    The Lakers played well enough to win, and in the end that is all that matters.

    I was wondering how this site comments would have been during the Western Conference Finals in 00 v. the Blazers. “AC Green is too old to be in this game right now! he can’t handle Sheed. Shaq is not playing well.” Probably worse than that. then a whole lot of “OMG SHAQ!! KOBE!!! SHAW!!! HORRY!!! OMG!!!

    I haven’t watched the game today so I can’t give my thoughts on the play, but hell we beat boston at boston which is always a tough place to play (unless you’re atlanta) and we won. Tomorrow’s goal should be a win 6-2. I am expecting Bynum to either get sick or if he does play to get only 2 rebounds because he wont want to be around the post/paint at all in memphis. AND I WONT BLAME HIM.

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  91. Bynum had better be on a plane to LA right now and kept in solitary confinement at his house for 48 hours.

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  92. The kobe extension thing was sarcasm

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  93. How about Lamar rotating out to Ray Allen to challenge the last shot attempt?
    Great play on both sides of the ball for the Lakers in the last 2 minutes.

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  94. Lakers did a better job on defense in the 4th Q and held Boston to one field goal over the final 6:32.

    And Kobe hits another game winning shot. Hopefully Kobe will be a few points from the Lakers all-time scoring record and break it in LA.

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  95. Yusuf,

    I was hoping it was sarcasm, but on this site, you can’t be sure!!!

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  96. ray – If you’re referring to my comment, it was 100% sarcasm. There was earlier talk of a bunch of contracts – Lamar, Brown, Artest, whatever – and how much we regret them or something, so I added Kobe to the list. I thought the sarcasm part was fairly obvious, but I guess you’re right, it’s hard to tell sometimes.

    And AC Green was pretty damn old, not gonna lie.

    283 – Awesome pic. Pau sure is an affectionate fellow, isn’t he?

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  97. I’m glad we have this site as a common thread as Laker fans but if I could be honest there was too much negativity from a lot of you during that 2nd quarter lull.

    Critcism of PJ and everyone on the roster kind of validates we have fair weather fans. I understand being passionate but have some faith in our guys. I’m glad we won otherwise it would have been a blood bath on here.

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  98. Snoopy, i was reading through the posts fast so I didn’t see who wrote it. If I knew it was you, I would have known it was sarcasm. But sometimes on the iphone, you go through a lot and then miss out.

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  99. Great win by the Lakers. Its always a great win when the Celtics lose.

    Bynum should be told that the flight is leaving at 8 then everyone else knows that the flight actually leaves at 6 and he misses the bus to the airport and then can’t make it to Memphis. Or it should have been part of his contract, a no games played in Memphis in January/February clause.

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  100. Guys think Bynum was in to finish because of matchups, confidence booster, or teaching moment from PJ?

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  101. The refs were pretty bad in this game. I’m so glad we won. There were several bad calls. Fisher hit a 3 pointer with the score at 50-58. The ref is looking at his feet but he is a full 6 inches behind the line but he calls it a two. If you taped it, watch that play. I was screaming at the TV and my friend who is a Boston fan said it was a three and laughed. TIVO it. Kobe was fouled by Allen on several plays that were not called. The TV camera out of bounds play and even the ball hitting the rim on Sheed’s errant 3-pointer. I am surprised that these guys were chosen for such a high-profile, important game.

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  102. ray – No worries. I’m too poor to afford an iphone myself, but I understand – there were a ton of comments today.

    Don – I’ve given up trying to read Phil Jackson’s mind. There’s been so many times Drew’s played well and he’s gotten the shaft later on. And Drew missed enough rotations that I can’t say he played a perfect help D game.

    If I had to guess, it’s the latter two (of your reasons). I’d say Phil wants Drew to understand if he plays this way – rising to a physical challenge, working on the boards, and getting his offense at the right times, without hurting the flow of the offense – then he’ll play. He probably also wanted Drew in because of Rondo’s penetration.

    Maybe the question isn’t why Drew was playing – he definitely earned it tonight – but why Gasol was sitting. Odom didn’t earn much tonight. (But I don’t think there’s any hidden Philism there. Gasol played well overall).

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  103. Ron showed some toughness out there, Pierce is a tough cover (even for Lebron) and he did an excellent job, as much as we miss Ariza sometimes this is what Artest was brought here for. His defense against Pierce (who killed us in the 2008 Finals) or the Defense he can play on Carmelo Anthony is what will pay dividends come playoff time, he may not always shoot well but we need him for defense more than anything. While he may not be able to guard Lebron like he used to that seems to be more of a problem of team defense, instead of letting the rest of the Cavs players beat you the Lakers should force Lebron to beat them. Just like in the Eastern Conference Finals last year the Magic played team defense and allowed Lebron to shoot 30 times a game and he may have scored in the 40’s but he took everyone else out of the flow of the offense on his team, the Magic shut down everyone else on the Cavs team and just let Lebron get his.

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  104. That was a great win, the Lakers can beat Cleveland to they just have to play intelligent basketball the mismatches against both of these teams favors the Lakers IMO

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  105. Fun win and congrats to Kurt on the NBC gig and to Darius on getting ready to play Vlade Divac to Kurt’s Kareem. Just kidding.

    And no, I still don’t like Kobe’s going 45 minutes in regular season games. I’d like to see him at 38-40 and Walton at 10-12.

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  106. Oh, the refs also missed the Perkins’ goaltending Artest’s shot, the ball off Perkins that they called off Gasol, numerous fouls, etc….

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  107. This game confirmed some seriously noticeable facts. Take this list with two asprins and abut of ESPN.

    10. Phil is always outcoached as for as plays and substitions go. But because he knows how to manage egos (often keeping them in check while riding the pine)and has the Mamba-he wins!

    9. Lamar needs tone incorporated in the offense. He feels better when he thinks he contributing. He’s emotional don’t u guys watch The Kardashians?

    8. Ron plays better when it’s a street fight

    7. Fish will have to turn his attentions to teaching the youngins. He’ll be more effective ad a mentor player than a starter. They pay u for that too!

    6. Phil looks bored at times. He mixes the game up with weird substitutions so he can stay awake!

    5. Pay is not soft. He’s just not hard!

    4. Can Shannon pleasssse get more pt?

    3. Sasha is on the trading block as I speak

    2. Last 3 mins of game the ball must always be in Kobes hands. Always!!!

    1. Lakers only play well under duress! If the game is too easy they will blow it. Boredom is the lakers main competitor.

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  108. I’m sorry. I just need to get this out of my chest….

    CELTICS SUCK!!

    There you go.
    I think I know why Phil played Bynum till the end…. cause he won’t get any tomorrow!!

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  109. Great win for the Lakers. This stretch of games will reveal a lot about this team. They get a tough Memphis team. Then they go home to meet the always troublesome Bobcats. Then they get the Nuggets, back to Portland, the Spurs again, and one last trip to Utah before the All Star break.

    These are all character games. And if the Lakers come through on most of them like they did today this team is will be on its way. Kudos to the guys for staying strong and finishing off the C’s.

    Also, the Celtics organization needs to be concerned. As much we complain about the Lakers they have not lost three games in a row in two years. The C’s, on the other hand, are on a three game losing streak and are 6-11 since Christmas. Let us stop using Boston as a metric when assessing the Lakers. The Lakers are their own metric.

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  110. 314 –
    Phil is always outcoached?? Was that sarcasm that i missed also? I hope so.

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