What I remember most from Game 6

Here’s a quick post to talk about what struck me most re SMB’s 89-86 win over Ginebra tonight.

SMB’s offensive resilience – Less than a minute left, Coach Agustin designed a very specific offensive set which quickly went awry after Ginebra suddenly sprang a zone. At situations like that, every player involved had their thoughts still set on executing the planned play, so when the situation suddenly turns different a lot of teams would fall apart in some way, usually via some superstar player deciding to take matters into his own hands. Instead they executed a perfect passing play which left Cabagnot open at the left wing for one of his, ho-hum, dagger threes (at least I think it was a three. I may be mistaken).

That, ladies and gents, is teamwork and basketball smarts at work. Not only did one or two players ‘get it’, but all of them came into position to set Cabagnot up. The way to beat a zone is by outside shooting so they figured out a way to get a guard free to take that shot, and shoot he did.

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NBA Finals Game 6: LiveBlogged!

nba finals game 6 (06/18/2008) 
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11:12
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I’m Gary, here again to bring you a LiveBlog of Game Six of the NBA Finals.
11:13
We join the game late in the 2nd quster (sorry about that, couldn’t be helped), with Boston leading 47 to la’s 34. KG goes to take FTs.
11:15
farmar fouled on a driving play, intercepting a pass. goes to FT.
11:15
17 pt lead by celtics. kobe has only scored 3 pts.
11:15
farmar sinks 1 of 2 fts
11:16
kg with terrific spin move in paint, sinks j against gasol
11:16
why doesnt he do that more often?
11:16
r. allen almost fumbles.
11:16
ends up with rondo who scores on teardrop. almost hesitant.
11:17
kobe pass intercepted. back to bos.
11:17
kg fouled by odom, misses jumper off pick and roll with pierce.
11:18
47s left in 2nd q
11:18
35-55 bos
11:18
kg sinks ft
11:18
odom blocked.
11:18
la resorting to 1 on 1 plays
11:18
pierce pass to perkins underneath, sinks undergoal shot.
11:19
23 pt lead by bos
11:19
kobe misses 3
11:19
kg halfcourt heave misses, end of 1st half
11:24
so far kg is leading bos with 17 pts, 6 rebs and 3 assists.
11:24
pierce follows with 10 pts, 3 rebs and an amazing 9 assists
11:25
for lal, only kobe is in double digits with 14, only gasol is closest, and only with 6 pts.
11:26
i doubt if the hometown factor has ever been as more important now than ever. it seems the ‘6th man’ – the homecrowd, really is the key factor that determines wins.
11:27
two things come to mind. First, this is certainly not a good indication of great basketball. Â As purists would argue, good basketball is good basketball wherever you decide to play and whomever the crowd. The fact that these teams win only on their homecourts is to me, a bit of a letdown.
11:27
2nd, it makes you wonder what the result would be if they played on a neutral court.
11:29
that of course, is never gonna happen, so the topic is moot. But still, if only to fantasize the possibility of actually watching a great basketball game, with great execution and great plays, sans the effect of a hometown crowd, you gotta wonder what would happen if they played in a place without any bias.
11:31
having said that, and admitted that’s never gonna happen, let’s see if lal can beat the odds and get a win out of this. They’ve got to remember the crisp, precision offense they are known for and what brought them to where they are in the 1st place. If they can just play the way they did when they manhandled the Suns and the Spurs the way they did, then things might be different this 2nd half.
11:35
alright we’re close to the start of the 2nd half
11:36
in what can very well be the last game of the season
11:41
rondo shoots j off r. allen screen
11:42
odom attacks, fouled by perkins
11:42
odom misses 1st ft
11:42
odom sinks 2nd ft
11:43
thats the way lamar, drive it in
11:43
perkins is called for a foul off lal rebound play
11:43
24pt bos lead still
11:43
bryant miss
11:43
rondo excellent pass to allen, sinks 3.
11:44
bryant misses again.
11:44
rondo called for traveling.
11:44
fish misses 3
11:45
rondo misses teardrop
11:45
fisher with terrific drive, double pumping lefty goes in and 1.
11:45
perkins sits down with 5 fouls.
11:45
fish sinks ft
11:46
gasol fouls brown on attempt. great pass by kg to brown in the paint.
11:47
rondo is being double teamed by bryant and another guard, hoping he doesnt set up a play, but kg gets it in anyway.
11:47
gasol sinks j
11:47
pierce sinks strong layup.
11:47
radm sinks 3
11:48
rondo defying double team and drives strong, gets kobe foul.
11:48
rondo sinks ft
11:48
fish gets jumper
11:48
allen sinks j
11:49
rondo shouldve taken the shot. he had it. but passed to allen instead.
11:49
rondo misses j
11:49
odom stripped
11:49
allen sinks 3 from rondo pass
11:49
boston can smell it.
11:50
allen almost steals from gasol. lal with 1 sec left in clock.
11:50
bryant sinks j off inbound!
11:50
kg stripped but foul called off ..
11:51
either gasol or odom
11:51
74-48 bos, 6″48 in 3rd
11:51
bryant misses fallaway
11:52
kg off great lob fouled by gasol
11:52
misses shot but goes to FT
11:52
kg sinks both FTs, 21 pts
11:53
allen steals ball off gasol
11:53
rondo miss, but brown dives for reb against gasol.
11:53
bos timeout
11:58
kg and gasol jump, lal win, results in radm 3 pt shot
11:59
kg power move, misses 1st but tips it back in.
11:59
by rondo
11:59
bryant sinks drive
11:59
foul on rondo, push kg
12:00
kg sinks 1st ft
12:00
now with 22 pts 10rebs
12:00
kg misses 2nd
12:00
odom terrible pass, intercepted by rondo
12:01
pierce fouled goes to FT, sinks 1st.
12:01
sinks both
12:01
gasol fouled by kg on gasol drive
12:02
31 pt lead by bos
12:02
ramd misses 3
12:02
gasol gets big rebound off  bos missed shots
12:03
gasol misses 2nd ft, 9 pts
12:03
kg misses turning j
12:04
radm misses 3
12:04
lal timeout
12:06
it doesnt look good, laker fans.
12:08
pj brown does a barkley move, removes the legs out of gasol, turns it over
12:08
fisher and bryant defend rondo on fastbreak
12:08
rondo stole it off bryant drive, excellent d
12:09
rondo sinks 2nd but misses 1st ft
12:09
bryant going it alone, absolutely no help there. sinks layup.
12:09
brown misses j
12:10
kobe getting into action, drives on brown, misses but gets fouled
12:10
bryant sinks both FTs, 22 pts, 0 assists
12:11
bryant is doing it lebron style, carrying the whole team on his shoulders
12:11
rondo looks like he travelled, misses desperation heave.
12:11
gasol sinks left hook
12:11
60-85 bos
12:12
rondo takes it strong against farmar, sinks layup
12:12
brown blocks bryant
12:12
brown fed by rondo, sinks j
12:13
bryant misses jumper end of 3rd quarter
12:13
boston and the whole state of mass. is getting ready to part-ay
12:14
call out the caterers, get those drinks chilled, get those championship tshirts printed
12:16
so far only 2 lal players are in double figures, with kobe 22 and gasol 11
12:17
odom only has 5 with radm 6
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12:17
bryant sitting at start of 4th
12:17
only odom is starter. farmar, vuj, turiag and ariza are on the floor.
12:18
odom sinks fts
12:18
rondo leaves farmar in the dust
12:18
sinks layup
12:19
ariza fouled underneath, goes to FTs
12:19
ariza sinks 1st but not 2nd FTs
12:19
vuj manages 3 pt shot
12:19
rondo misses layup
12:20
rondo gets pass all alone dunk but fouled by farmar and 1
12:20
rondo with 16 pts
12:21
breakaway foul called on farmar, for fouling rondo at the back
12:21
rondo had all the lane to him, and farmar had no chance of stopping him other than causing a dangerous push from the back
12:21
kg comes back in
12:22
davis is fouled shooting underneath.
12:23
65-95 bos
12:23
farmar sinks 3
12:23
bryant still sitting on bench
12:23
r. allen sinks 3
12:23
farmar short on 3
12:23
30pt lead
12:24
by boston
12:24
turiaf sinks j
12:24
allen sinks another 3
12:25
lal timeout
12:25
right now, restaurants and bars in the boston area are calling in suppliers for more drinks.
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12:26
at the end of the bos timeout, r. allen performed a perfect chest bump with eddie house. i give it a ten out of ten.
12:27
boston fans are starting to text and call each other, deciding where to meet after the game.
12:27
meanwhile in la, fans are removing their jerseys and going to sleep, or back to work.
12:28
danny ainge is gonna break out a smile any moment now.
12:28
lal miss, rondo with the ball.
12:29
ray allen with another 3
12:29
believe in jesus.
12:29
kobe stripped by posey, but remains with lakers
12:29
bryant misses 3
12:29
kg sinks turning j in paint.
12:30
odom with spinning move, sinks layup from right
12:30
rondo misses layup but looks like his eye was poked. house getting ready to come in.
12:30
7 mins left
12:31
rondo to the bench
12:31
farmar with turnoever
12:31
allen misses layup but kg sinks followup reb
12:31
farmar sinks 3
12:32
posey with great layup from allen pass
12:32
odom blocked by kg
12:32
house misses 3
12:33
its a bad game right now, almost like garbage time.
12:33
allen sinks another 3
12:33
odom blocked by kg
12:33
odom losing cool
12:33
lal timeout
12:34
113-77 bos
12:34
all that kg chest thumping must hurt
12:36
boston’s 17th championship, almost there
12:37
odom sinks both FTs
12:37
pierce sinks 3
12:39
pierce called for foul on odom steal, but it looked good
12:40
kg going to bench
12:40
glen davis fouled
12:40
powe sinks reb play
12:40
odom attacking hard
12:40
fouled on drive
12:41
odom sinks 2nd ft
12:41
powe gets dunk off t. allen pass
12:42
henson is right, cassell should be brought in
12:42
posey sinks great 3
12:42
odom drives again, misses is fouled
12:42
lal timeout
12:45
where was all that odom energy when they needed it?
12:47
g. davis rebound, and lal fouls in midcourt
12:47
powe dunk attempt fouled by turiaf, on his way to FTs
12:47
powe sinks ft
12:48
bryant is sitting on bench
12:48
walton reb, pass to vuj but tapped outside
12:48
davis dunks on layup
12:48
crowd goes nuts
12:49
posey alley oop dunk
12:49
farmar with another 3
12:49
house fouled on drive
12:51
beantown going crazy
12:51
pierce doused with gatorade by pierce
12:51
that’s gotta get sticky
12:53
28 seconds left, 131-92 bos
12:54
4.4 secs
12:54
boston is your 2007-08 NBA CHAMPIONS
12:54
92-131 boston
1:00
thank you for joining me again! watch out for a few enhancements i’m gonna implement with this thing. I’m still getting the hang of it, but it’s pretty exciting actually. Later!
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