The Ultimate NBA Game 7 LiveBlog Extravaganza
For the second consecutive year, the Lakers are NBA Champs. And even better they beat the Celtics in a Game 7. 131-92 is officially forgotten. Kobe Bryant can be regarded as one of the best Lakers player ever.
It's OVER!!!!!!! Lakers are the champs again!!!!!!!!!
0:12 Vujacic at the line for two. And someone on the Celtics bench did the bush league play of throwing the towel in the air. Was that Scalabrine? It doesn't matter. Sasha makes both free throws. Now the Lakers must DEFEND THE THREE.
0:13 After defending Ray Allen well at the three point line, the Lakers fell asleep on the rebound and gave Rondo the clear three. They MUST defend the three.
0:26 Kobe makes both free throws to push the lead to five. It might get ugly here now.
0:26 Kobe to the line for two with a three point lead. Kobe looks like he's in pain. Well Wallace is in pain since he just fouled out.
0:50 Ray Allen with three.
1:01 And Ron Artest responds!
1:21 Rasheed Wallace cuts the lead to three.
1:30 Very strong post move by Gasol and gets the ball to magically drop into the basket! I'm sensing it right now.
1:54 Stupid shot by Odom.
2:20 The Celtics are now making stupid fouls. Unless they get it together, there is no way they win this game.
3:09 The Lakers fell asleep on Garnett on that play. You can't have defensive lapses like that in a tight game.
4:10 Well since Kobe Bryant can't knock down a shot, he's decided to grab rebounds. He now has 14 in the game.
5:21 As low scoring as this game has been, this fourth quarter has been very exciting so far. Now hopefully we can get some points on the board.
5:21 With that Kobe jumper giving the Lakers a 68-64 lead, the Lakers have all the momentum in the game for what it's worth.
5:44 My Wifey, Daniel, just texted me saying that the Lakers should feel good that they are playing a team that plays worse second halves than them.
5:56 If the Lakers somehow pull out this game, no one can accuse any of these players of being soft.
6:11 Fisher comes back into the game after being attended to in the locker room and hits a three to tie the game!
6:42 The Lakers might want to think about hitting some free throws. Just a suggestion.
6:49 A loose ball foul by Rasheed Wallace gives him five for the game.
7:13 Does Artest want to get NBA Finals MVP? Sheesh! And Ray Allen misses his first free throw of the series.
7:29 Artest with the bucket and the foul! Can he tie the game? YES! 61-61!
8:46 Rondo needs to cut his nails. What the hell is that?
9:00 Will either team crack 70 points tonight? Can this be the lowest scoring game since the 24-second shot clock was introduced?
11:07 Kobe back in the game. Am I the only one thinking Kobe is going to explode in this quarter?
Well things didn't get any prettier in the third quarter, but after trailing by as many as 13 points the Lakers cut the deficit down to four points. Lamar Odom has come alive scoring six points in the quarter while Kobe Bryant has settled down a little bit going 2-for-6 in the quarter. The Lakers still lead the rebounding game 43-31. The positive for everyone: there's only 15 minutes left in this game.
2:12 The Staples Center crowd has been really good in this game. They've actually stood on their feet while the Lakers were down trying to encourage them on. Color me impressed.
3:45 Lamar Odom drives hard to the bucket to lay it in. He needs to do more of that if the Lakers want to pull this out.
5:38 And we have a Lamar Odom sighting with a put-back after an Artest miss! Also the Lakers have improved their shooting to 30% now. Slowly but surely.
6:50 Is this some semblance of an offense for the Lakers?
8:22 A 13 point lead for the Celtics. As Mark Jackson talks about such drivel like "the heart of a champion." Then what are the Lakers?
9:45 The police have increased their presence outside of Staples Center. So don't you even think about it!
9:45 Rondo's floater extends the Celtics lead to 11. The Lakers are still taking bad shots. If they don't get it together by the end of this quarter, I'm afraid it will be a long summer of heartbreak.
10:51 The refs have found their whistle. I guess they also want to see a better game being played down the stretch also.
15:00 So our head honcho Zach updated this post with some lovely images. By the way, as beautiful as Christina Aguilera looked, didn't she look like she just stepped off the set of True Blood?
There's no mincing words. This was an awful first half. The proof: Ron Artest leads all scorers with 12 points. Paul Pierce is the only other player scoring in double digits with 11 points. The Lakers are shooting 26.5% yet only trail by six points.
The Lakers in the second half need to move the ball more crisply and take better shots. And that is directed mostly at Kobe Bryant who is shooting 3-for-14 - 21%. The Celtics are doing a good job double teaming him, but he's putting up some awful shots that he wouldn't even make during a December game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Lakers are still winning the battle of the boards 29-23 with 15 coming on the offensive glass. The Lakers will need more of that to win the ring.
0:43 Artest leads all scorers with 12 points. That is not a good sign for this game.
1:22 A nice Pierce-Artest confrontation complete with a double-technical foul. That's the highlight of the quarter.
3:02 This is starting to become very unwatchable. No one can hit a basket to save their life, and there's a lot of rugby scrums. I didn't know basketball players were even programmed for that.
3:50 Ron Artest leads all scorers with 9 points.
4:53 This game makes me wish I could watch an Iowa State-Texas Tech December game.
The Lakers are playing great defense in the half court. As I've said endlessly they need to keep the Celtics transition game to an absolute minimum. Also as great as the first quarter was, the second quarter has devolved into a game of offensive ineptitude that is reminiscent of a Pistons-Spurs game.
7:10 And that Rondo transition lay-up is the first points for the Celtics in the quarter.
8:20 Ron Artest with a steal and a put back ties the game 23-23. The Lakers are on a 9-0 run.
And just like that the Lakers have cut the deficit to just four points. It's amazing what a couple of good baskets can do.
10:32 The Lakers can live with Rajon Rondo shooting jumpers.
11:38 First good move by Kobe Bryant for that basket. Like I said, the Celtics cannot score in the half-court set. All the Lakers need to do is make some baskets and play smart offense.
At the end of the first quarter the Celtics are holding the Lakers to 22% shooting. The Lakers are looking very tentative offensively which is giving the Celtics free reign in the transition game. The Lakers need to play their game on offense since the Celtics have a hard time scoring in a half-court offense. Like I said, the team that has won the first quarter has won every game. However the team that wins the rebound game has won every game also, and the Lakers win that game 15-10.
1:41 Celtics now with a seven-point lead. The team that wins the first quarter wins the game in this series.
2:56 Nothing is going down for the Lakers. They need to settle things down.
Lakers are still shooting under 30%. That will definitely improve as the game goes along. I wonder how the Celtics will deal with it.
3:52 Rondo to Garnett. The Lakers fell asleep on that one. And Kobe got his first points of the game.
5:27 It looks like Kobe Bryant is trying to do a little too much. Sloppy passes to Bynum in the last possession, and allowing himself to get trapped in the corner earlier.
The Lakers are only shooting 23.5% compared to the Celtics 62.5%. However the Lakers are outrebounding the Celtics 10-3 which is what is keeping them in the game. So far it's been an exciting first quarter. Is it too much to ask for 3 1/2 more quarters of this?
5:55 Jump ball called.
7:20 The Celtics are hitting on their transition game. That will be a source of concern for the Lakers as the game goes along.
8:07 The refs have swallowed their whistles.
8:31 Rajon Rondo called for the foul. You have to give a lot of credit to Andrew Bynum for toughing it out despite his knee injury.
9:19 Lakers lead the rebounding game 6-1.
9:59 Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum were working very hard for that rebound. The Celtics need to crash the paint and be stronger.
10:54 Derek Fisher saved Ron Artest looking absolutely lost on offense. He knocks down his first three of the series to give the Lakers the 3-0 lead.
11:45 The Celtics are crowding the paint. That's a good strategy.
Lakers win the tip. Lakers will get the ball to start the fourth quarter.
Pardon my French, but holy motherfucking shit! We have on our hands a Lakers-Celtics Game 7 in the NBA Finals going down tonight.
The last time we saw a Game 7 in the NBA Finals was in 2005 between the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs that had all the allure of a Lindsay Lohan cold sore.
Here are some stats. The Celtics are 7-0 in Game 7s. The home team in Game 7s are 13-3. Since the NBA Finals went to a 2-3-2 format in 1985, the home team has been 3-0 in Game 7 including the Lakers in 1988 against the Detroit Pistons.
There are no words and no amount of hyperbole possible for this game. In fear of jinxing things, I won't make a prediction except that I hope this is a thrilling game.
It's all or nothing now. Either the Celtics win their 18th championship or the Lakers win their 16th. Here we go! Hopefully El Tri is the only team in green that wins today.