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Running Blog For Game 2 Of The 2010 NBA Finals

Kobe Bryant is obviously PUMPED for Game 2 tonight

You can talk about key players and who needs to step up for tonight’s Game 2 between the Lakers and Celtics, but every fan, no matter their rooting interest, should collectively hope for one thing tonight, for the sake of their enjoyment: Less whistles.

I couldn’t watch Thursday’s Game 1 live, but I could certainly hear it. I don’t just mean the broadcasters calling the game on the radio. Every minute, a whistle could be heard. Fifty four fouls?! That’s just pathetic. When I got home from a Dodgers game that night, I watched the ESPN middle-of-the-night replay and was just stunned at how tightly that game was called.

I understand that the officials don’t want the game to get too physical, but they need to let the physical nature of playoff basketball come out.

4:55 p.m. Nice tribute from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton to John Wooden before the game. It still sucks when someone who is such an icon dies, no matter the age. But Wooden knew death was coming and was completely at peace with himself. We should all be so lucky when we the time comes.

4:56 p.m. Hey, Lee DeWyze! Everyone’s going to forget about you in less than a year! Seriously, how did Crystal Bowersox not win American Idol?? She was clearly better than this fool. She must have been homosexual. I mean no offense, but that’s basically the reason why Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert didn’t win American Idol when they clearly deserved it.

4:58 p.m. I don’t have a confident prediction on this game, but I know this: It will be much closer. There is no way Boston is going to get dominated again. This should go down to the wire.

5:03 p.m. Unfortunately, I don’t have picture-in-picture on my TV. I would love to watch Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. But why is it on at the same time of the Lakers-Celtics finals???

And baseball is on too.

But this is the most important game of the night. To me, at least. If I wasn’t a Lakers fan, I’d probably give equal viewing tonight.

5:07 p.m. Nice shot by Garnett to start this game and off we go …

5:08 p.m. Fisher had about five or six shots that went all the way around the rim and out on Thursday. It almost happened again on his first shot, but it dropped.

5:10 p.m. Nice touch by Kobe on that “pass” to Bynum. Lakers working very well in the paint early.

5:12 p.m. See, that’s a horrible call by the refs on Garnett there. Less than three minutes in and he gets two fouls, the second of which is a little bump with Gasol? That really changes the game and there’s just no reason to call it. The officials really want to make themselves a part of this series.

5:14 p.m. I’ve never seen the illegal screen out of bounds call ever before. That’s a new one.

5:14 p.m. And another offensive foul. That’s three in the past four possessions.

5:15 p.m. Back to actual basketball, Andrew Bynum is showing up early once again tonight.

5:17 p.m. Is it me, or this quarter just flying by? We are already under the five-minute mark and this game is about 10 minutes old.

5:20 p.m. So far, it’s Ray Allen’s ballgame. Nine Ten points on 4-of-5 shooting. That’s great news for Boston as he really has been up and down this postseason offensively.

5:22 p.m. That big underhand floater by Rondo is a thing of beauty.

5:26 p.m. It looks like we’ve reached a little streetball phase to the game. All 10 players just running all over the place right now. John Wooden is rolling over in his grave.

Too soon?

5:28 p.m. I made some John Wooden jokes yesterday and I caught a bit of flack from my friends, but I don’t see the big deal. The man knew he was dying. He was ready to go. He was so pleased to meet his lost love again. We shouldn’t be too somber about his death after the initial reaction. If people make fun of me after I die, I’ll feel bad that I won’t be around to laugh with them. At least I’ll be remembered.

Anyway, back to the game …

5:33 p.m. That’s two on Lamar Odom. Not great news for the Lakers, who are being beaten on the boards now after that fast start.

5:35 p.m. If Rasheed Wallace is going to hit that shot from the corner, you have to give it to him.

And that’s the last you’ll see of Lamar Odom for this first half. That’s his third personal. Yikes.

5:35 p.m. That’s good change by the officials. That is certainly Celtics ball with 4.1 seconds remaining.

5:37 p.m. Boston wins the first-quarter battle on the boards and at the free-throw line. The Lakers have to sink those freebies. The Celtics get more contributions from their bench, which isn’t saying a lot because the Lakers got absolutely nothing from Odom.

5:40 p.m. Seeing Farmar put up that 3 at the buzzer made me think of something: Isn’t it kind of in the cards for a UCLA player to make a big play in this game, less than 48 hours after Wooden’s passing?

Or maybe something comes from Bill Walton’s son.

Or maybe neither occurs and this is just wasted space.

5:43 p.m. After that first quarter, we are on pace for 52 personal fouls. Meh. I’m gonna stop complaining.

5:44 p.m. Ten consecutive missed shots for the Lakers. They should feel somewhat fortunate to be trailing by only nine.

5:45 p.m. During the basketball commercial break, the Chicago Blackhawks scored the first goal of Game 5 with 7:43 to go into the first period.

5:46 p.m. Jordan Farmar should not attempt another dunk. Whatever that last basket was, it was not pretty.

5:51 p.m. Boston certainly looks quicker right now. In the last two possessions, Rondo just ran past defenders like they were standing still. Of course, 50 percent shooting will always make your offense look good.

5:51 p.m. I refuse to see Prince of Persia. How can a movie studio exec expect anyone to take Jake Gyllehaal as an action star seriously?

5:54 p.m. Someone lit a fire under the Lakers’ defense in that timeout, and Kevin Garnett has three fouls as well.

5:56 p.m. The Lakers’ offense is a different story. It looks pretty lost without Kobe on the floor.

5:57 p.m. Ray Allen is making the business of shooting look way too easy. He’s been doing that for about 12 years. The Lakers are giving him a bit of help tonight.

5:59 p.m. Admittedly, I don’t quite understand the continuation rules in the NBA. That looks like a three-point opportunity for Bynum.

6:00 p.m. Blackhawks now up 3-0 after the first period! That just seems to happen to the Flyers’ goalie, whose name escapes my mind. At least twice previously in this series, I’ve seen Chicago score and then follow it up with a soft goal or two soon afterward.

6:03 p.m. My dad says he’ll be happy if the Lakers are to within seven points of the lead at the half. That would be quite an accomplishment with how Ray Allen is just unconscious right now.

6:05 p.m. Pierce, Rondo and Garnett have combined for just 12 points and the Celtics are up by 14. Wow.

6:07 p.m. In non-playoff sports, the Cardinals are trailing the Brewers, 3-1, in the fourth inning as it looks like Jaime Garcia is hurting my fantasy team’s WHIP.

6:10 p.m. Leonardo DiCaprio obviously bro-dating down with Kevin Connolly.

6:12 p.m. Speaking of hanging out/dating/marrying people outside your league, here is Sheldon Williams, Mr. Candice Parker.

6:13 p.m. That’s not a foul whatsoever. But three fouls on Bryant isn’t too concerning. He knows how to play with fouls.

6:13 p.m. The NBA: It’s Foul-tastic! That wasn’t an offensive foul on Allen either.

6:14 p.m. Ray Allen is putting on an all-time great performance.

6:15 p.m. Let the record show that I typed that previous sentence before Mike Breen stated similar praise.

6:17 p.m. Watching Artest handle the ball just makes me nervous. He looks like he has no idea what to do with it more than half of the time.

6:18 p.m. Six players now have three fouls, but that was quite a move by Gasol.

6:19 p.m. Allen finally misses a 3-pointer and of course, it was probably the most open look he’s had all night.

6:22 p.m. OH MY JESUS!! KOBE BRYANT IS JUST NUTS!

A crazy offensive rebound leads to a 3 from 25 feet for Bryant, then he nearly hits another one as he intercepts the inbounds pass in mid air with .2 seconds left. After all that, the Lakers are only down by six at the end of the first half.

6:24 p.m. If you are Boston, you can look at it like this: Garnett played just six minutes, Pierce and Rondo were 3-for-13 shooting combined, Celtics had 10 turnovers … and are still up by six in Los Angeles at the half.

6:27 p.m. Blackhawks now up, 4-2, early in the second period. An offensive fest has broken out all of a sudden in Chicago.

6:28 p.m. And in baseball, the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez just fouled a ball off the same foot on two consecutive pitchers. That’s adding insult to injury.

6:29 p.m. Now that we’re a halftime, I’m going to spend the time watching that hockey game. I’m sorry, but I think I’m too full of John Wooden tributes.

6:32 p.m. Defense not of huge importance right now in this hockey game. Yeah, there are a lot of goals being scored, but there are a ton of wide-open shots on goal. Chicago is now on the power play.

6:36 p.m. Only one shot on that power play for Chicago as many of its shots were either whiffed on or deflected by opponents’ sticks.

6:41 p.m. Philly’s power play is almost as successful (or unsuccessful, really). But this is pretty freaking exciting.

6:42 p.m. My dad bought a big high-def TV a couple of months ago and I’ve learned that hockey is the best sport to watch in HD. It has something to do with the white ice and the bright lights above blending together, but it’s such a crisp and amazingly sharp picture.

So, to recap, I don’t like to watch hockey much and I don’t really follow it, but I do think it’s one of the best sports to watch live and it is probably the clearest HD sport to watch. I should like it more, right? I just … don’t. The Kings need to become really good again. Then I’ll jump on the bandwagon. And they are getting there.

6:45 p.m. The second half begins with a foul on Perkins just 18 seconds in. That’s his fourth!

6:46 p.m. Then Artest hits a 3, forces a turnover and another questionable foul sends him to the line with a chance tie the game … but he misses the second free throw. Suddenly, 54-53, Celtics.

6:47 p.m. I don’t know if Pierce had his last shot blocked by Bynum or he was just way too light with it. Either way, the Lakers come down and a Gasol jumper gives LA its first lead since early in the first quarter.

6:51 p.m. That’s a damn quiet 16 points for Gasol.

6:54 p.m. Another horrible looking shot from Pierce. What the hell?

6:57 p.m. Derek Fisher picks up a few quick fouls, but now Garnett also has four with 6:52 left in the third. He will stay in for now. I kind of disagree with the move. 63-61, Lakers.

7:00 p.m. Man, I know I said I was done complaining. But these last two fouls on Bryant and Glen Davis were just a sad display of officiating. I know they have called some fouls when little contact is involved, but those last two have come with absolutely no touching!

7:02 p.m. How will the Celtics play the middle with Garnett, Perkins and Davis all sporting four fouls?

7:03 p.m. Allen breaks a finals record with his eighth 3-pointer. Celtics had a short-lived lead, but now it is tied up at 68 with 3:28 to play in the third.

7:07 p.m. As we’ve moved along, you can feel the game really picking up. I think we are getting ready for a 100 MPH fourth quarter.

7:10 p.m. Rajon Rondo can do some spectacular things with a ball in his hand.

7:12 p.m. You can credit fatigue, but how can Boston grab so many rebounds with Gasol and Odom on the floor? Jeez.

7:14 p.m. Anyway, let’s take a breath and get ready for the fourth. 72-72. The Lakers have to realized they gained more ground on the Celtics in the quarter, but I think Boston would take the score as is if given the option before the game.

7:16 p.m. Boston has committed seven more fouls — 25 to 18 — but it’s led to 37 free throw attempts for LA. Just 14 for Boston. That discrepancy flew over my head.

7:17 p.m. As far as foul trouble goes, Bryant has four fouls. He’s on the floor to start the fourth …

7:18 p.m. I mean, five. That is a problem now. He can play with fouls, but we’ve still go 11 minutes left.

7:19 p.m. For Boston, Perkins, Davis, Garnett and Wallace all have four fouls.

7:20 p.m. And Sasha Vujacic says hello! He’s only seven 3s away from Ray Allen’s finals record. What the hell is he doing out there on the floor anyway???

7:21 p.m. And then Nate Robinson comes in and gives the Celtics five consecutive points. You’ve got to love ninth and tenth men coming cold off the bench to make an impact in a pivotal NBA Finals game.

7:25 p.m. Oh, that’s what we need on TV. More vampires. We’ve really been slacking on that lately.

7:27 p.m. Farmar makes a big 3, but those are some bad shots from he and Artest.

7:28 p.m. Jordan Farmar needs to take a seat. He is going to give me a massive coronary.

7:30 p.m. With the likes of Gasol and Bynum, the Lakers should be able to do that lob junk all day.

Kobe back in with five fouls and 6:15 to play.

7:31 p.m. Kobe Bryant: You can’t teach that.

7:32 p.m. Tiger Woods PGA ’11. You know like how on other games, you get to play in secret levels if you accomplish certain feats? In this game, do certain feats unlock certain mistresses? If EA Sports wants to be realistic, it better do that.

7:35 p.m. That last fadeaway included, how many shots does Bryant take in the final 5:30? I say seven.

7:37 p.m. I don’t think you can taunt a player who has made eighth 3-pointers just for one bad shot.

7:38 p.m. Rajon Rondo is just a freak.

Also, that KG foul was a clear make-up call for the Artest foul on the other end.

7:40 p.m. Back on the ice, Blackhawks lead, 5-3 with about 7 minutes left. The game looked to be over, but the Flyers got a goal and then a power play that Chicago just killed off. So, it’s not quite done yet.

7:43 p.m. A point a minute for the Lakers, basically.

7:44 p.m. With how this game is being called, that should have been No. 6 on Bryant. But he gets the star treatment.

7:45 p.m. How can the review get that call wrong???? That is clearly Lakers ball!!

7:46 p.m. Just bad defense by the Lakers as Rondo nails an open jumper. Celtics ball with 1:30 left and up by five. One more basket will put this game away.

7:48 p.m. I still don’t understand how replay review, since they can use it on the possession call, could get it so wrong between Gasol and Garnett.

7:49 p.m. And there is your basket. This is going to be a 1-1 series going to Boston.

7:51 p.m. I like how ABC’s drop button came in a bit too late for that Rondo “shit!” at the line.

7:53 p.m. And then “Myyyy nigga” can’t get stopped by the censors. They are almost as bad as the officials.

I am not trying to stress family values. I think it’s pretty funny. But there are more people not doing their job well at all.

7:54 p.m. And this is the problem I have with the 2-3-2 finals schedule. If you can get a split in the first two games, it’s just a tremendous home-court advantage. Screw the world media because they don’t want to travel one or two extra times. It really becomes a detriment for the “favored” team.

8:00 p.m. Boston completes the oh-so-wanted split, 103-94.

8:01 p.m. For Boston, you obviously have to talk about: Ray Allen’s record performance, Rondo’s great play in the final minutes to seal the win, Doc Rivers running for the timeout and the fact that the Celtics won without much offensive production from Garnett and Pierce.

8:05 p.m. For Lakers, you’ll hear a lot about: Andrew Bynum’s solid game and what it means if the Lakers can continue to get that kind of performance from him, how the Lakers can go with just one shot from Pau Gasol in the final six minutes when they have such an advantage inside, how the Lakers were statistically beaten on the boards.

8:07 p.m. And I better hear some people with valued opinion rant on these officials. It’s just too much. At the start of this blog, I said that all I wanted were fewer fouls. And considering that there were 54 called in Game 1, that seemed very reasonable.

There were 59 fouls called in this game. Oh, and that botched replay review.

The refs aren’t tilting victory for one team or the other, but they are killing the pace of this series and have made themselves a factor to a nauseating point.

8:12 p.m. But I don’t want to make much of one game. I thought the Lakers would win this series in seven. So I expect them to go to Boston and win two games, most likely. We’ll see how things go on Tuesday, but I think Boston is going to win. I just don’t see them losing their first finals home game.

8:14 p.m. I’ll stop this blog right here. I’ll write another running blog on Tuesday, which should be a little exciting. I am going to make it a bit of double feature with a running blog for Stephen Strasburg’s first MLB start and continuing it with a running blog of Game 3 of these finals.

Thank you to all of those who read this tonight and have at any other time. Please come back on Tuesday night.

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  1. June 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I agree that this will be closer, but a Game 5 has to be more “important” than a Game 2, right?

    Even if hockey is not as “important” a sport.

    • spokes310
      June 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

      I have since qualified it.

  2. June 6, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    By the way, apparently Bud Light is sponsoring the power play in the Stanley Cup Final.

    What the what?

    • spokes310
      June 6, 2010 at 5:32 pm

      Sounds like a drinking game brought to life.

      “Hey, everyone downs a beer for each power play.”

      Light bulb!

  3. June 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    People who should not be able to be blocked by Glen Davis.

    Andrew Bynum.

    • spokes310
      June 6, 2010 at 7:07 pm

      Oh, but it was a foul, right?? So, it doesn’t count.

      /sarcasm.

      Officiating is worse than Game 1.

  4. June 6, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Things I hate: Nate Robinson.

    And it sucks, because my family thinks he is a wonderful and charismatic young man.

    When, in reality, he is just ass hat full of douche juice.

    • spokes310
      June 6, 2010 at 7:35 pm

      He does yell and pose after every shot.

      If I was a supporter of him, I would just say he’s so happy to be having an impact after being buried on the bench. He is showing that he can contribute and he is just excited.

      But yea, it just comes off as really tired self-indulgence.

  5. Ken
    June 6, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    With the way the officiating has been today, are you surprised that they can’t get the replay right?

    • spokes310
      June 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm

      I am, because they have as much time as they want to look at it. And still got it wrong. Just atrocious. Above and beyond the level of bad.

  6. Ken
    June 6, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    So what are the takeaways for the Lakers after tonight’s loss?

    • spokes310
      June 6, 2010 at 8:19 pm

      Well, I don’t know how many positives there are.

      The biggest takeaway for me considers Gasol. What happened to him? Why did he fall out of the offense at the end?
      A lot will be talked about how the Lakers will “regroup” for Tuesday’s game, but they just need to run their offense. With Bynum, Gasol and Odom, they should absolutely be killing in the paint. The fact they got outrebounded tonight on both ends of the court is so disappointing.

      By the way, thanks for reading, Ken. Good to hear from you.

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