NBA Finals Game #5, Liveblogged!

nba finals game 5 (06/16/2008) 
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9:57
Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for joining me today as I liveblog Game 5 of the NBA Finals bet. the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.

9:57
After a heartbreaking loss in Game 4, LA looks to win this final game at home against the Celtics who have a 3-1 lead.
9:59
Will this be the final game of the NBA 2007-08 season? Boston hopes so, but the way the whole series have been played, it really is anyone’s guess. This series is completely unpredictable, with both teams either waxing hot or cold at any given time.
10:07
tip off starts
10:08
pierce weird fumble, slips. turnover
10:08
gasol sinks hook
10:09
kobe sinks 3
10:09
pierce falls down again, foul by radmanovic
10:09
he deserves the boos. any player that falls that often cant be for real.
10:10
ball staying with bos, after near turnover from a miss
10:10
k perkins is not gonna play. there will be a scalbrine moment tonight.
10:11
gasol pass to odom intercepted, goes out of bounds
10:11
bryant misses 3
10:11
pierce blocked, causes la fastbreak, fisher bumped on layup by kg
10:11
looks like a miscue actually, on the slomo
10:12
kobe misses j
10:12
kg sinks j from allen assist
10:12
fisher sinks 3
10:12
2-8 lal, 8:58 in 1st
10:13
spectacular move by kobe, sends allen in a tizzy
10:13
kg with another j
10:13
allen blocks bryant
10:14
pierce misses all alone 3, bos retains ball
10:14
odom foul
10:14
rondo attacks bryant, gets bryant 1st foul
10:15
rondo is starting to attack more
10:15
5-10 lal. 7:44 in 1st
10:15
gasol great pass to radmanovic sinks 2
10:15
lal is practicing great passing in the paint
10:16
powe with great def against gasol but gasol gets putback after his own miss
10:16
gasol sinks FTs
10:17
5-15 lal, 6:55 in 1st
10:17
kobe sinks 3 after great def on other side
10:17
5-18,lal bos timeout
10:18
lal is coming out like a house on fire just like game 4. the question in everyone’s mind is, can they sustain it?
10:20
omg im gonna have to take in these gloria arroyo commercials
10:20
dont let anyone say this is easy, esp because of those commercials
10:20
ok back to the game, bos possession
10:21
pierce sinks off running j on top of key, 7-18 lal, 6:14 in 1st
10:21
odom called for travelling
10:21
pj brown misses try
10:22
bryant with another 3
10:22
house sinks 3, fisher slow to defend
10:23
kobe almost turns it over, sinks another 3
10:23
now has 14 pts
10:23
pj brown all alone 5 foot jumper, theyre not guarding him at all
10:23
kobe pass intercepted, goes out
10:24
radmanovic bricks 3 attempt
10:24
ball ends up with ray allen, calmly sinks 3
10:24
bryant fouled on off. reb attempt
10:25
25-15 lal, 3:35 in 1st
10:25
bryant misses 2nd of 2 FTs
10:25
brown well defended
10:26
fisher with a double pumping left handed layup
10:26
15-27 lal
10:26
house misses 3
10:26
bryant great pass to radmanovic waiting udnerneath
10:26
alen misses undergoal, brown blocked by gasol
10:27
odom gets on scoreboard with layup on fbreak
10:27
bos timeout
10:28
bryant’s 3s are starting to work as a ruse. lal bigs starting to position themselves underneath to expect pass as bryant defenders double team him.
10:28
again, lal is breaking out just like game 4, this time bryant is doing damage instead of odom.
10:29
why is that when odom is quiet (like today), he is criticized, but when kobe is quiet (like several times in the past games), he is ‘biding his time’.
10:29
well, ill answer my own question. that’s because kobe is kobe, and odom is just a far #3 in their lineup.
10:30
no sign of vujacic or farmar yet.
10:31
15-31 lal, 2:02 left in 1st
10:31
walton misses 3 off farmar pass
10:31
kg with great spin, scores
10:32
19-31 lal, 1:08 in 1st q
10:32
brown comes back in for kg who just fouled gasol
10:32
house stops dribble,
10:33
vujacic dunks off all alone play, steals ball
10:33
pierce fouled on drive
10:33
house doesnt look good as pg, erratic
10:34
20-35 lal, 39 secs left in 1q
10:34
pierce sinks two FTs
10:34
farmar great drive against house
10:34
pierce fouled by walton
10:34
goes back to FTs
10:34
goes back to FTs
10:35
pierce misses 1st, sinks 2nd
10:35
22-37 lal, last shot coming
10:35
brown called for goaltending gasol shot
10:36
end of 1st q 22-39 lal
10:36
is bos gonna give this up so they can win at home? maybe wait for perkins to get well?
10:37
the nba is suffering a terribly controversial finals right now, what with ref donaghy’s claims of game fixing.

10:38
if there’s any doubt as to a team letting a game go i dont think this helps the league at this point.
10:39
who cares? i want my scalabrini sighting!!
10:40
start of 2nd, farnar with great drive to the hoop
10:41
pierce sinks drive of his own
10:41
chris mihm sighting!
10:41
vujacic sinks 2 off farmar assist
10:42
pierce with another superstar move, gets foul off mihm on drive and one
10:42
pierce sinks FT
10:42
vuj misses j
10:43
pierce suckers mihm again on drive, gets foul
10:43
27-43 lal, 10:29 in 2nd
10:43
ariza comes in for walton
10:44
pierce is playing hard to catch up whiile kobe sits and rest, only starter on the floor for bos
10:44
vujacic hustles ball, retains possession for lal against posey
10:45
mihm overshoots
10:45
bos possession
10:45
ariza fouls pierce
10:46
not a smart foul
10:46
pierce with another drive, but he’s gotta be wearing himself out
10:46
bos interception
10:46
tony allen all alone, mihm didnt guard, he needs to be changed
10:47
lal timeout
10:47
it seems to me, lal fails with their 2nd unit almost all the time. In game 2 and game 4, evident.
10:48
just as we all expected after gasol got traded to la, la 2nd unit is suspect. Not producing and in fact, their achilles heel.
10:49
they go from an nba finals bound team to a cant get in playoffs team when their rotation starts.
10:50
bryant comes back in
10:51
bos with great d, doubleteamed odom, causes turnover
10:51
t. allen makes jumper
10:52
turiaf called for charge after great pass from odom, turns it over
10:52
34-43 lal, 8:07 in 2nd
10:52
pierce missess fallaway
10:53
cassell fouls turiaf, turiaf sold that, but refs bought it. kg comes back in game.
10:53
fisher comes back for farmar
10:54
gasol got kg foul almost immediately. crucial 3rd foul. brown comes back in.
10:54
gasol sold that, kg got all ball in super slow mo.
10:54
gasol misses both FTs
10:55
pierce dunks on an all alone drive
10:55
pierce dunks on an all alone drive
10:55
kobe misses
10:55
t. allen misses attempt of bryant
10:55
t. allen doing a great job.
10:55
pierce sinks 3
10:56
vujacic misses, gets back possession.
10:56
fisher bad shot
10:56
pierce bad miss on 3 attempt
10:57
bryant bad pass to gasol off pick and roll
10:57
goes out
10:57
lal timeout
11:00
this series is marked really, by sudden bursts of great basketball followed almost immediately by bursts of bad basketball.
11:01
cassell bad bounce pass to t. allen, results in turnover.
11:01
bryant misses shot, odom misses putback, gasol  fouled on loose ball
11:02
fisher misses 3
11:02
pierce isolation on top
11:02
forced to pass to cassell, and of course, he bricks it.
11:02
brown outhustles gasol, gasol loses ball, back to bos
11:03
cassell misses again after excellent t allen pick
11:03
gasol great pass to odom in the paint, odom sinks it.
11:03
bos timeout
11:04
absolutely terrific basketball being played right now. truly nba finals level the way we expect it to be.
11:04
exciting, skillful. a thinking, strategy game.
11:05
except maybe for  cassell’s love for shooting. the self – proclaimed ‘best bump and shoot player in the NBA’ still hasn’t met a shot he doesnt like. Everytime the ball goes to him, its going up in the air.
11:05
45-39 lal
11:06
maybe someone needs to tell him they need his veteran presence, not his shooting
11:07
‘run your offense. you will find your way there’ – phil jackson.
11:07
posey miss, kobe reb.
11:07
t. allen getting extended minutes!
11:08
bryant misses 3, odom picks up reb and sinks it
11:08
radmanovic.. omg what is he doing
11:08
radm called for a TF for too much complaining.
11:08
what the hell. didnt they just score?!?
11:09
t. allen sinks layup on radm defense
11:09
odom sinks layup again from gasol pass.
11:09
gasol – odom passing in the paint is new facet of this series. wonderful basketball.
11:10
pierce misses j
11:10
farmar misses 3, possible blocked
11:10
lal good passing but bos is responding defensively.
11:11
r allen sinks 3 from t. allen assist
11:11
farmar 3 on kobe assist
11:12
r. allen slowmo 3 pt shot reminds me of  reggie miller.
11:12
both d. fisher and r. allen called for identical TFs for elbowing
11:12
TFs cancel each other out
11:12
fisher pass to odom sinks undergoal stab.
11:13
farmar misses 3 on exciting play
11:13
allen misses layin
11:13
r. allen rather.
11:14
pierce to brown inside, sinks undergoal stab
11:14
kobe turnover, after pesky double team by pierce and.. allen i think
11:15
55-49 lal
11:15
27.7 secs left in 2nd
11:15
vujacic goes in replaces gasol
11:15
bos prepares for last shot
11:15
pierce sinks dagger 3
11:15
kobe misses running right side j,
11:16
end of 2nd q
11:16
55-51 lal
11:18
this is a great game. Frankly, D. Stern doesn’t really have much to worry about, scandalous claims of game fixing provided, as long as they produce great games like these.
11:20
then again, the idea that the 2002 la – sac games were fixed to produce a lal win is terrible, if true.
11:20
but the reason i say stern doesnt have anything to worry about is that if it really was fixed, he didn’t have to, because if the finals result in exciting games then why would he have to?
11:21
anyway, moving on. We have a bit of a break at halftime, so I’ll go work a bit and make some calls. later folks.
11:35
52-55 lal, start of 3rd
11:36
wonderful hearing KG all pumped up in the locker room
11:36
whatever they pay him its worth it just for that.
11:37
‘first to play d wins this game’ – doc rivers
11:37
turnover, fisher to radm miss pass
11:37
whhy is radmanovic a starter?
11:38
pierce steps on line, turnover
11:38
why does that happen so often in nba games?
11:38
pierce fouls radm off pick attempt with bryant
11:38
odom takes it strong against kg, sinks 2
11:39
rondo tries to drive, ball goes outside.
11:39
r. allen all alone underneath for successful inbound play
11:39
bryant miss
11:39
radm ball stolen off of him
11:40
r. allen sinks 3, 57 all
11:40
radm just isnt using his head
11:40
bryant misses 3
11:40
bryant fouls pierce
11:40
57 all, 9:59 in 3rd
11:41
pierce taking FTs
11:41
bos now ahead by 1, pierce misses 2nd FT
11:42
lal was ahead by 19 at one point
11:42
radm miss
11:42
kobe to gasol gasol miss,
11:42
lal retains possession, kobe tries again and sinks it with j in paint
11:43
kobe sinks FT
11:43
kg lays it in, gasol no help d
11:43
rondo picks ball away from fisher but it sails out
11:44
bryant called for charge on pierce, kobe has 3 fouls
11:44
rondo all alone for j, sinks it
11:45
gasol sinks spin against kg
11:45
allen almost fumbles
11:45
fisher fouls kg, kg gets reb
11:45
duty foul
11:46
r allen misses 3
11:46
gasol makes great move against brown and kg help
11:46
kg foul?
11:46
yes. kg now has 4 fouls, 7:16 left in 3rd
11:46
62-65 lal
11:47
rondo left alone to shoot again, misses
11:47
lal turnover off odom foot
11:47
kg travels on pivot foot move against gasol
11:48
odom misses all alone j
11:48
pierce takes it strong, sinks layin
11:48
65-64 lal, lal timeout
11:49
kg still has 3 fouls btw, gasol foul called on pj brown
11:51
ok here we go
11:52
kobe called on off. foul again, 4th foul
11:52
the door has been firmly shut on kobe
11:52
rondo misses
11:53
rondo forces jump with fisher, excellent D
11:53
rondo often left alone by kobe, as kobe double teams kg
11:53
fisher wins jump
11:54
fisher with jumpshot, sinks shot and gets fouled by rondo
11:54
big big shot
11:54
sinks FT as well
11:54
rondo turns it over, stolen by radm
11:54
radm sinks 3. six straight points. bos timeout
11:55
kobe is in trouble, saddled by 4 fouls and mostly on off. charges as well.
11:55
fisher taking up some slack, and radm finally proving he’s worth something.
11:56
i want a kia picanto
11:56
i want a kia picanto
11:58
ok, here we go.
11:58
ok, here we go.
11:58
why does it double post?
11:58
71-64 lal
11:59
pierce leaves radm again for undergoal stab, scores
11:59
lal turns it over
11:59
pierce misses, odom reb. house pushes fisher earns foul
12:00
fisher for FTs. sinks 1st.
12:00
house is bleeding on his right ear. being tended to.
12:01
henson with his usual useless facts.
12:01
fisher sinks both FTs
12:01
73-66 lal
12:01
r. allen bad pass. excellent defense by lal.
12:01
kg steals it off radm.
12:02
radm has yet to prove to me, not only that he deserves to be on the 1st five, but that he is worthy of being an nba player. simple as that.
12:03
68-73 lal
12:03
fisher fouled by pierce on curl
12:04
fisher rare miss on FT
12:04
sinks 2nd FT
12:05
cassell with great shot after set up by Pierce
12:05
kobe pass intercepted
12:05
cassell short on 3
12:05
kobe great pass to gasol, fouled by kg it appears
12:06
gasol sinks 1st FT
12:06
lakers now lining up to take FTs they can win it there.
12:06
2 of 2 FTs by gasol
12:06
r. allen misses 3
12:06
odom outrebounded by posey
12:07
70-76 lal
12:07
cassel ad pass, ends up with kg, miss by allen
12:07
r. allen steps on line, turns it over
12:08
fisher with good pass to odom but intercepted by posey.
12:08
vuj miss
12:08
kobe miss
12:08
garnett miss 1 on 1 against gasol
12:09
vuj miss, fish miss
12:09
both 3 pt attempts
12:09
70-76 lal still
12:09
lal still possession
12:09
you can cut the energy with a knife.
12:09
nerves evident.
12:10
odom terrific power move. sinks layup.
12:10
bos turns it over. pierce mad at.. brown i think. over bad pass.
12:11
gasol fouled on underneath. heads to FT. brown with 5 fouls.
12:11
bos running out of centers.
12:11
gasol miss FT
12:11
20 secs to go for bos
12:12
isolation on pierce
12:12
r. allen misses 3 attempt, good d by walton.
12:12
end of 3rd
12:13
79-70 lal
12:16
ok start of 4th
12:16
pierce with another twisting move
12:16
odom hurt
12:17
pierce sinks FTs
12:17
pierce is now channeling MJ, lets see where this goes
12:17
farmar escapes, all alone drive, no defender
12:18
72-81 lal
12:18
pierce bricks 3
12:18
odom sinks 31
12:18
BOS TIMEOUT
12:18
sinks 3 rather
12:19
lal 84, bos 72
12:20
my god what a game.
12:20
people are gonna remember this.
12:20
kids are gonna remember this growing up.
12:21
the way i did, watching 90’s Bulls, Houston and Suns games.
12:21
play resumes
12:22
pierce again with fantastic layup
12:22
30 pts for pierce
12:22
kg taps ball away from gasol. risky move by kg who has 4 fouls
12:22
farmar again with drive, all alone
12:22
as bos is double teaming bryant.
12:23
miss by r. allen and bos
12:23
gasol gets reb
12:23
vuj fouls
12:24
gasol takes ball away from bos
12:24
walton sinks 5 foot j
12:24
walton fouls posey i think
12:24
88-74 lal
12:25
waltons shot was money
12:25
sweet sweet shot
12:25
cassell makes mincemeat of vuj defense
12:25
sinks off turning shot
12:25
motolite ad super annoying
12:26
vuj misses 3, but gets own reb.
12:26
jumpball cassell vs. vuj on long rebound off his own miss.
12:27
ball ends up with bryant
12:27
vuj just misses 3, walton hustles.
12:27
ball retained by lal
12:27
farmar misses layup but great shot nonetheless.
12:28
cassell sinks SHOT
12:28
excellent foulbait
12:28
sam cassell sinks FT
12:28
ok i take it back. cassell’s da man.
12:28
kobe dagger j on top of key.
12:29
cassell misses j, kg gets reb, cassell waltzes into layup.
12:29
gasol hook misses
12:29
9 pt lead lal
12:30
kg foulbait didnt work. lal possession now.
12:30
kobe misses
12:30
walton fouls pierce in center court.
12:30
bunch of question marks in my head now re that foul. what gives?
12:31
81-90 lal, pierce goes for FTs
12:31
6:22 left in 4th.
12:31
LAST GAME OF THE SEASON?
12:31
we’ve got 6:22 left to find out.
12:31
pierce gets both FTs
12:32
odom bad pass to kobe, results in turnover.
12:32
lal play was tentative.
12:32
posey with dagger 3
12:32
but pierce TRAVELLED
12:32
before that play. no call.
12:33
odom wasnt able to get reb off fisher play.
12:33
bos timeout
12:36
‘we can win this game, mental toughness’ = doc rivers

12:36
i guess mental toughness means give it to pierce
12:37
pierce with another drive, miss but the balls going to the guy from now on.
12:37
87-90 lal 5:16 left
12:37
pierce sinks two FTs
12:38
farmar stops driblle.
12:38
gasol to fish.
12:38
fish misses 3
12:38
fish intercepts ball but..
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12:38
goes out of bounds.
12:38
pierce to kg, kg shoots 8 footer
12:39
pierce fouls bryant
12:39
kg and pierce are operating a high pick and roll.
12:39
gasol sinks off of kg defense.
12:40
another high pick bet r. allen and kg this time, results in gasol fouling kg off of driving layup.
12:40
kg misses 1st FT attempt today.
12:40
garnett should do that move again like he did the last time. in the paint, twisting. no one can defend that.
12:41
kg sinks 2nd FT
12:41
kg picks up 5th foul off gasol.
12:41
maybe all that gasol hair makes it easy to call fouls on him.
12:41
pierce now fouls bryant. also his 5th.
12:42
92-91 3:31 left
12:42
lal timeout
12:42
both kg and pierce now have 5 fouls with 3:31 left.
12:43
frankly, i need to get back to work 🙂 and probably everyone else reading this
12:43
just a few more mins guys.
12:44
chino is doing a good job btw. so all you chino haters out there, pay attention.
12:45
funny how, when we play ball, the last thing we talk about is basketball anyway, so it’s all good. i look up to the guy.
12:45
alright here we go.
12:45
oh damn technical difficulties.
12:45
kobe pass to odom, odom misses gimme, he was fouled by posey.
12:46
kobe gets a triple team almost all the time.
12:46
odom sinks 1st ft
12:46
3:23 left
12:46
odom sinks both FTs
12:47
fish and kobe gang up on pierce, gets steal.
12:47
fish fouuled by r. allen, fish goes to FT
12:47
fish misses 1st FT
12:47
fish sinks 2nd FT
12:47
95-91 lal
12:48
another high pick, pierce drives from the right. he misses but is fouled by farmar
12:48
the high pick can be defended by applying defense early and not biting into the roll
12:48
2:56 left
12:48
pierce sinking two FTS
12:49
kobe defended by r. allen, allen kicks ball to outside.
12:49
gasol misses j
12:49
gasol fouls kg, great D by kg
12:49
kg will shoot FTs
12:50
kg misses 1st FT
12:50
93-95 lal
12:50
kg misses both FTs
12:50
2:26 left
12:50
pressure is ON
12:51
allen fouls bryant on drive.
12:51
odom loses cool against posey.
12:51
why is bryant taking free throws? wasnt he passing?
12:51
anyway, kobe sinks 1st FT
12:52
93-96 lal 2:14 left
12:52
kobe sinks 2nd FT
12:52
another high pick by bos, but lal defense works this time.
12:52
kobe drive, gasol rebounds, lal retains possession.
12:53
kobe misses 3
12:53
odom foul on loose ball
12:53
kobe super well defended.
12:53
odom fouled pierce, pierce going to FTs
12:54
henson is right, kobe needs to take it strong against kg or pierce who both have 5 fouls.
12:54
95-97 lal
12:54
1:10 left
12:54
pierce gets reb off fish miss on 3
12:55
a steal by lal, ends up with kobe all alone, dunks it.
12:55
95-99 lal, bos timeout
12:55
i think im gonna need to check my blood pressure.
12:56
whew
12:56
why is there cheese in kfc’s chicken bowl? yuck.
12:57
this is a game for the ages. one of the best i’ve seen so far.
12:57
make no mistake. the nba is back.
12:57
r. allen misses, kg misses putback.
12:58
they did not use pierce.
12:58
95-99, .25 left in 4th. lal timeout.
12:59
lal inbound.
12:59
r. allen fouls farmar.
12:59
farmar heads to FT
1:00
oh sorry, fisher i meant.
1:00
Fisher misses 1st FT
1:00
fish needs to sink this
1:00
t. allen has played well, rondo sitting.
1:00
fish sinks 2nd FT
1:01
bos timeout
1:01
100-95 lal
1:01
:24 left
1:02
bos inbound
1:02
house misses 3
1:02
bryant fouled by r. allen. heads to FTs
1:02
r. allen fouls out.
1:03
didnt know r. allen had that many fouls. sorry.
1:03
bryant wants to sink FTs. Sinks his 1st.
1:03
no ‘Get Up Bitch’ shouted now.
1:03
spoke too soon, he misses his 2nd.
1:03
bos timeout
1:04
‘Get Up B*tch’ was kobe’s favorite line when he was missing FTs in Game 3.
1:04
16.4 left, 95-101 lal
1:05
house with a spectacular 3
1:05
almost a foul!
1:05
fisher finally fouled, heads to FT
1:05
near miscue on lal inbound. gasol’s pass to kobe was off, kobe almost lost it.
1:05
fish sinks 1st ft
1:06
gasol gonna sit, all guards on floor by lal
1:06
walton replaced him. fish sinks 2nd ft.
1:06
fisher steals bos inbound.
1:06
98-103 lakers win game 5
1:07
thanks again to all the billions of fans joining me in my liveblogging attempt. I feel the love, man. 😉
1:07
seriously, thanks. am gonna get better at this, for the coming battles next month. see y’all.
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