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I've been meaning to chime in here for a while. I gave up on the NBA a solid decade ago after being a hard core Celtics fan forever. As you can imagine I'm right back in the mix this year, but it goes beyond the Celtics doing well. As has been mentioned, something just seems better about this playoff season. I can't really put my finger on it, but my schedule is now completely revolving around the playoff schedule.

 

And let me also add a decades old gripe I've had about the Celtics: They are the worst team in the history of teams when it comes to blowing huge leads. Nothing is worse than being a Celtics fan going into the 4th quarter with the Celtics up by 20. You just know they're going to play like 3rd graders until it gets really close, then maybe pull it out of the fire. I was about to put my head through the Bravia last night when it was a 2 point game late in the 4th.

 

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. I know there's a 45 point Kobe game coming eventually, but the Celts are looking strong overall.

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You must not have been too happy last night huh? ;)

 

 

I've been meaning to chime in here for a while. I gave up on the NBA a solid decade ago after being a hard core Celtics fan forever. As you can imagine I'm right back in the mix this year, but it goes beyond the Celtics doing well. As has been mentioned, something just seems better about this playoff season. I can't really put my finger on it, but my schedule is now completely revolving around the playoff schedule.

 

And let me also add a decades old gripe I've had about the Celtics: They are the worst team in the history of teams when it comes to blowing huge leads. Nothing is worse than being a Celtics fan going into the 4th quarter with the Celtics up by 20. You just know they're going to play like 3rd graders until it gets really close, then maybe pull it out of the fire. I was about to put my head through the Bravia last night when it was a 2 point game late in the 4th.

 

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. I know there's a 45 point Kobe game coming eventually, but the Celts are looking strong overall.

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You must not have been too happy last night huh? ;)

 

I hate to say it but I fully expected the Celtics to lose last night; I never got too much into the game since I just felt like LA had one coming. Hopefully Garnett and Pierce actually show up for the next game... ;)

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They should just hold games away from either teams home city..

 

I hate to say it but I fully expected the Celtics to lose last night; I never got too much into the game since I just felt like LA had one coming. Hopefully Garnett and Pierce actually show up for the next game... ;)

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Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson are the best commenting duo I've ever heard, which is part of what has made these playoffs so great. The other tandem featuring Doug Collins was just about as good. Think back a few years to Bill Walton, Snapper Jones and those low-lights. I almost turned off the sound.

 

So Van Gundy and to a lesser degree Mark Jackson are both on the 'Rondo Problem.' Van Gundy won't let it go. But he's right, Rondo makes life hell in a 7 game series with a great coach like Phil Jackson on the other side. If Rondo takes this summer to learn to shoot, he'll become a really good player, maybe someday a Tony Parker-type player, because it was only a few years ago that Parker couldn't shoot a lick and was the weakest link for the Spurs. But for now they're stuck playing offense 4-on-5 because the Lakers won't guard Rondo. That just makes Ray Allen's life too hard especially, and kills Garnett in the post because they'll double him ruthlessly off of Rondo.

 

So was Pierce ever really injured in game 1? The same delusional paranoid conspiracy-monger in me that partly buys the Donaghy story also thinks it's a shade convenient that Pierce left and came back just when the Celtics needed a big emotional boost...

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Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson are the best commenting duo I've ever heard, which is part of what has made these playoffs so great. The other tandem featuring Doug Collins was just about as good. Think back a few years to Bill Walton, Snapper Jones and those low-lights. I almost turned off the sound.

 

So Van Gundy and to a lesser degree Mark Jackson are both on the 'Rondo Problem.' Van Gundy won't let it go. But he's right, Rondo makes life hell in a 7 game series with a great coach like Phil Jackson on the other side. If Rondo takes this summer to learn to shoot, he'll become a really good player, maybe someday a Tony Parker-type player, because it was only a few years ago that Parker couldn't shoot a lick and was the weakest link for the Spurs. But for now they're stuck playing offense 4-on-5 because the Lakers won't guard Rondo. That just makes Ray Allen's life too hard especially, and kills Garnett in the post because they'll double him ruthlessly off of Rondo.

 

So was Pierce ever really injured in game 1? The same delusional paranoid conspiracy-monger in me that partly buys the Donaghy story also thinks it's a shade convenient that Pierce left and came back just when the Celtics needed a big emotional boost...

 

 

I agree to an extent about Rondo. He's showing flashes of brilliance which hint at a lot of potential but he still makes rookie type errors in every game. If I see one more of those floating lob passes that get picked off 90% of the time I'm going to take a hostage. You're certainly right about his shot; if he starts hitting that consistently it's a totally different ball game. Kobe was giving Rondo 12 feet of free shooting space most of the time he was guarding him.

 

I don't buy the Pierce acting stuff. He's a bit of a flopper anyway and seems to exaggerate every foul and potential injury (he'd fit right in with the current soccer matches) but there's too much potential downside of planning something like that out. The Lakers could have easily gone on a tear while he was out; you could feel the air go right out of the building when he was carried off. Sure, the re-entry came off as overly dramatic, but that was mostly the crowd's reaction. Hearing some Laker fans comment over that last few days makes it sound like they should have snuck Pierce back to the bench in disguise just to be fair. In the end I take Pierce mostly at his word; he felt a pain that seemed serious at the time so he didn't take any chances. Once he got his cortizone shot he felt better and came back to the game. I've played enough sports to know the feeling that you've been hit and it feels like your leg is hosed, only to walk it off and feel 100% 5 minutes later.

 

I'm obviously biased, but I think the Lakers could be in trouble. Garnett and Pierce didn't show up at all in the last game, and LA only won by a few points, even with Kobe pretty much making everything he wanted to. I will pause now so you LA guys can tell me I'm full of shit. :)

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It'll be a better game overall when players on both sides actually show up..

 

New yorkers should be taking Los Angeles side in this matchup as well I reckon ;)

 

 

I agree to an extent about Rondo. He's showing flashes of brilliance which hint at a lot of potential but he still makes rookie type errors in every game. If I see one more of those floating lob passes that get picked off 90% of the time I'm going to take a hostage. You're certainly right about his shot; if he starts hitting that consistently it's a totally different ball game. Kobe was giving Rondo 12 feet of free shooting space most of the time he was guarding him.

 

I don't buy the Pierce acting stuff. He's a bit of a flopper anyway and seems to exaggerate every foul and potential injury (he'd fit right in with the current soccer matches) but there's too much potential downside of planning something like that out. The Lakers could have easily gone on a tear while he was out; you could feel the air go right out of the building when he was carried off. Sure, the re-entry came off as overly dramatic, but that was mostly the crowd's reaction. Hearing some Laker fans comment over that last few days makes it sound like they should have snuck Pierce back to the bench in disguise just to be fair. In the end I take Pierce mostly at his word; he felt a pain that seemed serious at the time so he didn't take any chances. Once he got his cortizone shot he felt better and came back to the game. I've played enough sports to know the feeling that you've been hit and it feels like your leg is hosed, only to walk it off and feel 100% 5 minutes later.

 

I'm obviously biased, but I think the Lakers could be in trouble. Garnett and Pierce didn't show up at all in the last game, and LA only won by a few points, even with Kobe pretty much making everything he wanted to. I will pause now so you LA guys can tell me I'm full of shit. :)

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It'll be a better game overall when players on both sides actually show up..

 

New yorkers should be taking Los Angeles side in this matchup as well I reckon ;)

 

was watching the game the other night at south... and overheard some chick saying " I'm actually rooting for both teams!" wtf?

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ok, i thought rondo would be the x-factor of the finals - thinking that he would have to be real good in order for the Celts to beat the Lakers. He has looked decent for the most part IMO in the finals thus far, but now with the injury and everything they say he might not play how does that change the game?

 

does it even matter if Odom and Gasol don't show up?

 

The Lakers won but if they play like they did the other night they might be lookin at being down 3-1...

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I'm dead-even. Lifelong Celtics fan, but these Lakers are too much fun not to root for.

 

All I have to see is one camera pan past the douchebag contingent among the fans at Staples to go back to rooting for the Celtics though. More fake tans there than in all of porn combined.

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I'm dead-even. Lifelong Celtics fan, but these Lakers are too much fun not to root for.

 

All I have to see is one camera pan past the douchebag contingent among the fans at Staples to go back to rooting for the Celtics though. More fake tans there than in all of porn combined.

 

I'm envious; I can't help but get pissed off when the Celtics are playing like crap; it would be nice to appreciate the game for what it is without a few generations of New England sports history welling to the surface every time someone misses a foul shot.

 

Anyone else sick of that giant ass golden basketball logo wipe they use before the instant replay? See, this IS relevant to mograph...

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That awful O'Brian trophy on the floor of the court is killing me. It's also caused a couple of bad calls because the refs can't see the mid-court line.

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