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(Delayed) Running Blog For Game 4 Of The 2010 NBA Finals

So, I was all set to write another one of these running blogs for the NBA Finals on Thursday night. When I tried to access this site, imagine my surprise when I saw a white screen that said: “WordPress.com will be back in a minute.”

Uh-oh.

So, the site — and thus this blog — was out of order for about the first quarter. I’m sure this development ruined your night. But fear not. I used a Word document to act as if I was writing as actual blog during the game. Man, I’m lonely. Anyway, enjoy this stream of consciousness of a game that was completed about four hours ago. Here’s hoping that WordPress won’t mistakenly unplug its server right before Game 5 on Sunday night.

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If the Celtics lose tonight, their backs will really be up against the ... floor?

Talk about a pivotal game? Game 3 was nothing. This is a truly pivotal game! Lakers win, series is all but over. Celtics win and we’ve got a new series. This is that must-win, must-watch game. So please, watch it along with me as I write a running blog for Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

5:59 p.m. Eddie Rush is the lead official tonight. Kendrick Perkins better be fully aware or he might pick up a cheap technical – that will be rescinded tomorrow.

6:00 p.m. I think the Celtics are going to win tonight, just because they HAVE to win. Celtics by a few to even this series back up.

6:01 p.m. Paging Paul Pierce. Please show up, Paul Pierce.

6:02 p.m. Derek Fisher certainly won’t be as much of an impact and Ray Allen won’t be as bad as he was in Game 3. But the Lakers still have a lot of room for improvement on the offensive side. Gasol and Bryant should be more efficient and productive tonight.

6:05 p.m. Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks for winning the Stanley Cup last night and for not making me feel guilty that I don’t watch enough NHL hockey for another four months.

6:06 p.m. Seriously, these locker room pep talks from the coaches – do they ever say anything that you couldn’t have thought of yourself?

6:07 p.m. Ridiculous fade-away basket from Kobe starts us off. Completely unguardable. The dictionary has no suggestions for that word.

6:08 p.m. Allen is going to get his points tonight. Tuesday was just one of those averaging-out nights.

6:10 p.m. Lakers with a couple of turnovers, but Celtics also with a couple of blocks playing – obviously – desperation defense.

6:12 p.m. Lakers can’t stand around and wait for rebounds. They have to play as if they need this game, too. But early on, they don’t look very aggressive on the defensive end.

6:13 p.m. Bynum doesn’t look good so far. But I was surprised that he re-entered Game 3.

6:14 p.m. Anyone noticed that we are more than five minutes in and we have only two fouls called? I like it.

6:15 p.m. You look at Artest shoot 3-pointers and you wonder why Phil Jackson wants him to stop that. He looks so good from that range.

Oh, and if you couldn’t tell, I was being sarcastic. What masonry.

6:16 p.m. Unlike Game 3, the Celtics reach the midway point of the first quarter without a big lead. The Lakers have done a nice job of withstanding that first rush, which is mostly created by the high level of emotion in the building.

6:18 p.m. Yeah, so the World Cup starts tomorrow. And a bar in my area is opening at 7 a.m. to accommodate people who want to watch it. Food and all types of beverages will be available at 7. I totally want to go.

The downside is that the bar is a Hooters. Now, I like looking at ditsy girls in hot pants, but their drink prices are way too high and their food quality is way too low. I’ll probably just stay at home.

6:20 p.m. Celtics pick up their first team foul with 4:42 left in the first quarter.

6:21 p.m. Two early fouls on Fisher, but that’s nothing new. He’s been in foul trouble for the entire series.

6:23 p.m. Ten points from Artest in the first quarter. Reminiscent of KG’s start in Game 3.

6:23 p.m. An early Sasha sighting!

6:28 p.m. Right now, you have to feel pretty good if you are Boston. Paul Pierce has 10 points, you aren’t shooting a good percentage and you have a two-point lead. But it’s only two points, so …

6:29 p.m. Paul Pierce just slapped Eddie Rush. “What do you mean that’s not continuation?!?!” *BAP!*

6:31 p.m. Nice foul by Rasheed. Not dirty, but there is no way someone can get up for a layup if you put your 230-pound body on their back.

6:32 p.m. That’s not even close to a foul. Wallace didn’t touch him. That’s two free points for Gasol.

6:32 p.m. I am a bit surprised that the Lakers didn’t work quicker on that possession and try to set up a two-for-one scenario.

6:33 p.m. I want to say that’s a big basket from Nate Robinson, but:

  1. It’s only the end of the first quarter.
  1. I think every shot by Nate Robinson is seen as big because it’s so unexpected. Pure gravy points.

6:37 p.m. I think Phil could hear Doris Burke; he just wanted her to go away.

6:39 p.m. Another 3 for Nate Robinson, but here’s the most important point:

Is he wearing NBA regulation shorts? I don’t know if it has anything to do with his (lack of) height, but those things look like a parachute attached to his waist.

6:40 p.m. Jordan Farmar. One unexpected 3-pointer deserves another.

6:43 p.m. God, look at the five out there on the floor for each team:

Davis, Robinson, Tony Allen, Wallace and Pierce

Brown, Bynum, Odom, Farmar and Artest.

WELCOME TO THE NBA FINALS!!! WHERE THE BEST COME TO SHINE —

Or take extended rests.

6:45 p.m. Pretty standard game finals right now. Good defense, low scoring. Kind of waiting for a big moment. Right now, it just feels that both teams are content to feel each other out.

6:46 p.m. Garnett still on the bench as we come out of the timeout around the eight-minute mark. He’s been out for the entire second quarter.

6:50 p.m. You’ve got to hate how Rasheed reacts to each foul. Sure, he was victim of a bad call earlier in the game, but you would think he just picked up the first foul of his career every time.

6:53 p.m. According to ESPN’s on-screen scoreboard, the Celtics are up 29 to … um … blank.

6:54 p.m. Man, let’s just get this game to halftime and reset everything. Defense is good, but it hasn’t been THIS good. 32-31, Lakers, with 4:30 left in the half.

6:55 p.m. And as I say that, we are starting to roll. Kobe is feeling it right now. Eight consecutive points.

6:57 p.m. Considering that the Lakers don’t necessarily have to win tonight, I like how they are competing.

7:03 p.m. Wow, Ron Artest runs right by Paul Pierce. Who woulda thunk it?

7:04 p.m. That’s a tough call on Pierce, but the officials looked at how he was out of control and that probably swayed it.

7:08 p.m. Nice play by Garnett of being in the right place at the right time. But, I look at that shot being similar to Kobe’s prayer at halftime of Game 2. End in the end, it didn’t do the Lakers much good.

7:12 p.m. But, the Celtics should be pleased to be so close after shooting only 40 percent, including just 2-for-7 from deep, and they have gotten the short end of the stick from the officials.

7:15 p.m. Speaking of the officials, how about only 13 personal fouls called in the first half. Rejoice!

7:17 p.m. I don’t care about halftime, so I’m watching some baseball highlights during the break and I just saw Dick Vitale get hit in the side by a line-drive foul ball from Fred Lewis. It’s a very scary moment whenever anyone gets hit by a foul ball in baseball. But after seeing that Vitale was OK, I just had to laugh.

7:21 p.m. Speaking of which, can you believe this story about this 4-year-old girl who got hit by a foul ball during batting practice a couple of days ago during Dodgers batting practice. !!!! One question: Where are the parents?! Everyone should already be watching the field on every pitch – either during the game or batting practice – if you on the field level. But if you’ve got a 4-year old at a game, why are you taking your eyes off of her if she is at risk of being hit? She’s not watching the field!

Russell Martin, who hit the ball that smacked the girl and fractured her skull, has agreed to pay all medical expenses. That’s nice, but he should still leave it up to the parents. They are to blame. Especially since it was during batting practice, where there is a cage surrounding the hitters. You need to be pretty far down the line to catch one of those fouls balls. Meaning, those parents had a time to react and guard their kid. But they obviously were being extremely neglectful.

7:22 p.m. Whatever. Just wanted to say something about that.

7:28 p.m. For the Celtics in the second half: Do whatever you can to limit Kobe. He is shooting the ball much better tonight. Put two guys on him. Try to get Ray Allen involved. Keep up the defense. The Lakers are shooting 48 percent, but the defense hasn’t been that bad.

7:29 p.m. For the Celtics in the second half: Keep watching Rondo. He had a quiet first half, but he’s still the team’s best weapon. GET ON THE BOARDS!! The Celtics shouldn’t be doubling them up on the offensive glass. Gasol has six shots at the half. I want him to have 15 at the end of the game.

7:31 p.m. Cheap little bump foul on Fisher. That’s No. 3 on him. Rasheed Wallace also has three.

7:34 p.m. Mike Breen talking about how the officials are reluctant to call a double technical for jawing. They shouldn’t be reluctant. They should completely ignore it. No one is going to come to blows for just a little talking.

7:35 p.m. Bynum coming back on to the bench. Too bad. I think everyone at home wanted to see what D.J. Mbenga could do in the finals.

7:36 p.m. Fisher with a couple of floating prayers.

7:37 p.m. Quick timeout for Boston. Doc Rivers might pick up a technical foul for arguing with the refs on that bad three-second call. And I think he should go ahead and get t’d up. It might light a spark under his team.
And really, that was pretty bad. Once again, Boston is getting a few more tough calls in this game, but it’s certainly not why the Celtics are trailing right now.

7:40 p.m. That should have been a foul on Odom bumping into Rondo on the screen, but Garnett needs to hit that open shot. That’s his range.

7:42 p.m. For as aware as he is, I can’t believe Kobe didn’t understand the shot clock when he was driving to the basket.

7:43 p.m. Lakers trying to drive inside, but it’s all one-on-one. And they are giving up easy baskets on the other end. Phil doesn’t like to call timeouts, but he needs to focus his offense right now.

7:45 p.m. Fisher picks up his fourth foul with 5:17 left.

7:45 p.m. Celtics on a little 6-0 run to re-gain the lead. The Lakers need to pass the ball!! It’s so simple.

7:46 p.m. See, they work it inside and then back out for a wide-open 3 from Kobe.

7:46 p.m. Ray Allen comes right back with a two-pointer. Sasha Vujacic has no chance of keeping up with him.

7:49 p.m. Well, Rick Barry could probably be prouder of Scooter Barry. He’s the black sheep as he never played in the NBA.

7:52 p.m. Lakers lucking out. When are those open misses going to come back to really haunt Boston?

Meanwhile, Bynum can hardly get off the ground.

7:54 p.m. Kobe, it’s the third quarter. Stop talking and gesturing to the crowd. I love you and all, but hold it up for right now, mmm-K.

7:55 p.m. THE UNDERBITE IS OUT!!

Maybe he’s found his Spike Lee-type foil in the first row. Or foils.

7:56 p.m. If Odom is that wide open from the top of the key, he has to take that shot.

7:57 p.m. A bunch of chaos leads to nothing and the Lakers lead going into the fourth quarter, 62-60.

Seriously, 62-60. First to 80 wins.

8:01 p.m. Fisher and Wallace have four fouls. Ray Allen and Pierce have three. No worries.

8:02 p.m. Gasol took only three shots that quarter.

And that is a bad shot by Odom. That’s him trying to make up for his last non-shot.

8:03 p.m. Glen Davis has those post moves down. What beautiful stuff from a not-so-beautiful body.

8:06 p.m. Lamar Odom looks so lost right now. He is so unsure of himself offensively.

8:07 p.m. Great defensive possession by the Celtics is almost negated by a near one-handed 3-pointer from Gasol.

8:07 p.m. What is with this all this slobber from Glen Davis?! Hahahahahaha. Although, right now, he is the best Celtics player on the floor and has been playing the best for the past six quarters. Maybe he’s allowed to do that.

Also, credit to the guys in the truck for actually picking up the all of the cuss words this time around. They actually did their job tonight.

8:10 p.m. Celtics on a 10-2 run to start this quarter and it all starts at the defensive end. Well, that and because the Lakers just aren’t moving the ball inside at all.

8:12 p.m. Oh, man. If Davis had blocked that shot by Odom, I would have conceded the game right there. The roof would have blown off.

8:12 p.m. You can see how the Celtics are just running better schemes right now. Penetrate and dish, finding the open man. The Lakers are not doing that.

8:14 p.m. I have no problem with that call on Rasheed. That’s a foul.

But, of course, the Lakers can’t convert on the tech. This is not their quarter.

8:16 p.m. You’ve got to give Nate Robinson that shot. What a move.

8:16 p.m. Purely lucky shot from Odom.

8:17 p.m. Rasheed Wallace hits a deep 3. Again, what are you going to do with that? You aren’t going to pay a lot of attention to Wallace.

8:18 p.m. See, that’s what kind of bugs me about Nate Robinson. He’s a ball of energy and excitement, but it comes off as obnoxious a lot. And that emotion can backfire like it did just then. Why is he even taunting Lamar Odom at that point? There was a foul called against the opposing team. Just let it go and keep playing faster than the Lakers.

I wouldn’t mind having Robinson on my team because he can be a great bench player. But all of his antics after every shot he makes you roll your eyes.

8:21 p.m. And they miss another technical. Hahahaha.

8:23 p.m. Look at how the Lakers are getting their points. Off-balanced shots, falling away, contested. Everything is difficult. The Celtics are just left open.

8:24 p.m. Derek Fisher in Game 3. Nate Robinson in Game 4, featuring Glen Davis.

8:26 p.m. Well, Van Gundy can’t chastise the Celtics for not getting the rebound. Wallace was on the floor! It was five on four!

8:27 p.m. Fourteen offensive boards for the Celtics. That’s inexcusable for the Lakers.

8:31 p.m. No Pierce, Garnett or Rondo in the entire fourth quarter – basically nine minutes – and they outscore the Lakers with all of their starters by 10. Remarkable!

8:32 p.m. See, Kobe makes that shot there, but it’s too little from too few. No one else is in the offense.

And then, as soon as the Lakers get any sort of break, they turn it back over.

8:34 p.m. Pierce puts in an and-1, converts on the free throw and basically seals up this game.

8:37 p.m. Kobe converts a three-point foul and then they force Pierce into a tough shot. But Kobe, coming back down the court, turns it over on the laser pass and Rondo gets an easy two.

The worst part of that turnover: It may tell Kobe not to pass the ball when he needs to in future games in this series.

8:41 p.m. The Celtics go 12-for-19 from the floor in the fourth. But they were 9-for-14 with just the likes of Davis, Robinson, Wallace and Tony Allen on the floor.

8:45 p.m. Celtics win, 96-89. My friend, a fellow Lakers fan, said before the game that the Celtics would win by seven. He was exactly right.

And really, I think you had to expect this. Yeah, the Celtics’ bench played extraordinarily well in the fourth, but Boston had to win tonight. And the job got done.

This is going to go seven games. No question.

8:46 p.m. If you are a Celtics fan, you are so pleased about the bench and you ride that confidence into Game 5.

Lakers fans will ask: “Can that bench really do that again?”

8:48 p.m. Takeaways for Boston: That’s really how you want to play. Contest every shot. Attack the boards. Play faster. And a lot of it came with your stars on the bench, resting. Rondo, Garnett and Allen didn’t have very good games. But can the bench repeat? You know, it’s all about what have you done for me lately. By Sunday, this performance will be forgotten.

8:52 p.m. Takeaways for the Lakers: This Kobe-only offense has to stop. Set up some actual plays. Stop this one-on-one stuff. It’s not going to work. Gasol got 21 points, but he still needs more shots and no one other than he and Bryant did much. The rebounding has to get better. You have to worry about Bynum’s knee. He looked like he couldn’t jump tonight. Regardless, the Lakers shouldn’t be getting doubled up on offensive rebounds.

8:54 p.m. The Celtics still need Game 5 more than the Lakers, but no team wants to be facing elimination, even at home.

It’s easier to make adjustments when you lose, but the Lakers sure have a lot of adjustments to make in a few days.

8:58 p.m. Also, for as much as people like me have criticized the refs this series, I’ll take 44 personal fouls. And it was a pretty fair 44. Well done, kids.

8:59 p.m. That’s it for me tonight. I’ll be back on Sunday with a running blog for Game 5. Until then, enjoy:

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