Notes On Lal vs. Dal Game 3 (Prediction: Mavs in 5)

A few things I had never seen before.

Kobe reacting so negatively after a travelling call, even if they were leading at the time.

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Every Game Should Be Like LAL-PHX's 3OT

I had the terrific luck of tuning into a game which turned out to be amazing. Don’t you just love it when that happens? Especially in light of the fact that (just like everyone else) I haven’t been able to watch as many games as I purportedly should. Purportedly because, like a friend said, I call myself a ‘basketball blogger’. Sheesh, guilty!

So anyway, that’s Ron ‘makes you sit on the edge of your seat when he’s interviewed’ Artest kissing his biceps after a thunderous left handed dunk following a key steal that signalled the start of the end of Phoenix in the 3rd OT.

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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!
1:00



NBA Finals, Game 4, Liveblogging Attempt #3

NBA Finals Game 4 (06/13/2008) 
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10:35
ballex –  alright folkds, its 51.1 seconds left in the 1st, sorry for the delay. blame technical difficulties and my late breakfast. gotta have my breakfast. yumm.
10:37
ballex –  i didnt know ariza could shoot threes. i’m actually very excited about that guy. he reminds me of stacey augmon. glad to see him productive.
10:37
ballex –  vujacic comes in replacing odom during gasol FTs
10:37
ballex –  ray allen misses 3. 35-14 lal, end of 1st q
10:38
ballex –  if its possible to subscribe to this via rss feeds, i can get people to subscribe to this and we wont have to rely on the telco’s p2.50 / sms updates of the games.
10:41
ballex –  odom played incredible.

10:41
ballex –  start of 2nd q, vujacic foul
10:42
ballex –  cassell terible pass intercepted
10:42
ballex –  gasol forces play, fouled by powe
10:43
ballex –  vujacic miss, ariza folllow up rebound and slam
10:43
ballex –  only start for bos is kg
10:43
ballex –  only starter rather
10:43
ballex –  meanwhile, only starter for lal is gasol
10:43
ballex –  powe misses two fts
10:44
ballex –  walton misses 3
10:44
ballex –  powe called for carrying
10:45
ballex –   Â walton missesspass to gasol
10:45
ballex –  ariza blocks allen
10:45
ballex –  bos botches fastbreak
10:45
ballex –  ariza manages to intercept again but balls goes outside
10:45
ballex –  garnett spins against gasol, scores 2
10:46
ballex –  walton misses 3
10:46
ballex –  kg scores again on gasol, same move but on other side
10:46
ballex –  vujacic mises j
10:46
ballex –  ariza rebound leads to walton 3
10:46
ballex –  19-40 lal, 8:26
10:47
ballex –  ariza foul on posey attempt, goes to FT
10:48
ballex –  time out BOS
10:50
ballex –  will smith interview. shut up chino.
10:51
ballex –  alright enough interview pls, back to game
10:51
ballex –  kg sinks ft
10:51
ballex –  odom sinks excellent layup
10:52
ballex –  WHO IS THIS GUY???
10:52
ballex –  pierce to kg, but kg misses turning shot
10:52
ballex –  cassell quarterbacking
10:52
ballex –  cassell fouls bryant on bos turnover
10:53
ballex –  21 pt lead by lal, bryant has only scored 3
10:53
ballex –  21-42 lal, 6:56 in 2nd q
10:53
ballex –  vujacic sinks 2
10:53
ballex –  powe challenged, misses
10:54
ballex –  cassell tugs farmar jersey, called for foul
10:54
ballex –  kg intercepts pass
10:54
ballex –  cassell stripped by vujacic
10:55
ballex –  vujacic misses, goes back to bos
10:55
ballex –  cassell misses 3
10:55
ballex –  cassell still hasnt met a shot he doesnt like
10:55
ballex –  bos timeout
10:59
ballex –  lamar odom with 15pts of 7/7 shooting
10:59
ballex –  posey misses 3 off corner
10:59
ballex –  vujacic misses 3
10:59
ballex –  kobe misses 3
11:00
ballex –  kg excellent 5 foot jumper
11:00
ballex –  23-45 lal, 4:26 in 2nd
11:00
ballex –  radmanovic misses 3
11:00
ballex –  allen sinks 3
11:00
ballex –  time out lal
11:02
ballex –  bill walton and kareem sitting side by side
11:02
ballex –  one day thatd by kobe and pierce
11:02
ballex –  kobe misses
11:02
ballex –  posey fouled off undergoal attempt
11:03
ballex –  posey sinks FT
11:03
ballex –  gasol misses running hook
11:03
ballex –  posey sinks 3
11:03
ballex –  bos starting to come back, 14 pts difference now
11:04
ballex –  lal turnover
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11:04
ballex –  14 pts from 24
11:04
ballex –  pierce sinks 3
11:04
ballex –  11 pt lead now
11:04
ballex –  oh no its ony a 2, so 12 pt lead
11:04
ballex –  fisher sinks excellent left layup on broken play, and 1
11:07
ballex –  bos is rallying
11:08
ballex –  fisher sinks FT
11:08
ballex –  fisher has 3 rings right?
11:08
ballex –  rondo scary pass to allen allen misses 3
11:08
ballex –  gasol dunks on allen, excellent triangle set
11:09
ballex –  gasol with 7
11:09
ballex –  33-50 lal, 1:47 on 2nd q
11:09
ballex –  allen shooting FTs on illegal defense called on kobe
11:10
ballex –  posey snks another 3, off pierce assist
11:10
ballex –  radmanovic blocked by kg
11:10
ballex –  allen misses 3
11:10
ballex –  fisher fouled
11:10
[Comment From carlo]
hey your faster than the nba site!!!
11:10
[Comment From carlo]
yeah
11:10
[Comment From carlo]
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11:11
ballex –  siempre i have esp

11:11
ballex –  lol
11:11
ballex –  fisher sinks both FTs
11:11
ballex –  pierce fouled, foulbaiting on kobe
11:11
[Comment From carlo]
galing galing men
11:12
ballex –  i hate flopping, but it works what can i say
11:12
ballex –  kobe sits
11:12
ballex –  38-52 lal, 52 left in 2nd
11:13
ballex –  pierce sinks FTs
11:13
ballex –  lal turnover off gasol
11:13
ballex –  pierce misses good attempt
11:13
[Comment From carlo]
gary your really astig
11:13
ballex –  gasol sinks excellent layin
11:14
ballex –  gasol is so impressive with his ambidexterous layups. he can play just as well either way.
11:14
ballex –  id take him over dunkers anyday
11:14
ballex –  #*!@ radmanovic still not using his head. fouls rondo off dying seconds.
11:15
[Comment From carlo]
???
11:15
ballex –  yeah ariza is excellent
11:16
ballex –  farmar beats buzzer on coast to coast. end of lal. boston players looking at their feet, lal players smiling and slapping hands.
11:16
carlo –  cool
11:18
ballex –  end of 2nd
11:20
ballex –  vp noli pag ibig commercial is stupid and obviously self promotional. not all landladies are like that, and if pag ibig wants to promote something they dont have to use him.
11:21
ballex –  at least its better than those ‘ramdam ko ang asenso’ commercials. those make me want to throw my tv out the window.
11:21
ballex –  my 20 year old 14″ reliable sony tv.
11:23
ballex –  bos 40, lal 58 halftime.
11:23
ballex –  get your cr breaks gentlemen. you have a few more mins.
11:32
[Comment From carlo]
hope ariza can get his minutes
11:32
ballex –  yeah im an ariza fan
11:32
ballex –  ok i have my coffee fresh from the microwave. ready to go.
11:34
ballex –  i think boston’s problem has to do with what we’ve been talking about  from day one of  ‘the big three’ – their point guard. rondo has managed to jell, but he is injured. the problem is, the substitute PG is cassell, who is the exact opposite of Rondo.
11:34
ballex –  Cassell loves to shoot, while Rondo hates shooting.
11:35
ballex –  bos players dont therefore know what to do whenever plays start in cassells hands. do they position for a shot or a play? it resulted in at least 3 turnovers if i remember right.
11:36
ballex –  that introduces hesitation in boston’s play. no team needs that, esp in the finals, playing in hostile ground.
11:37
ballex –  i love the super super slow mo with 70’s wailing guitar music in the background.

11:37
ballex –  that really captures what a boston vs. la nba finals game really is.
11:37
ballex –  classic stuff
11:37
ballex –  start of 3rd
11:38
ballex –  pierce suckered bryant again on a foul. dang.
11:38
ballex –  pierce likes the ubuntu, and i’m using ubuntu. cool.
11:39
ballex –  odom fails undergoal attempt
11:39
ballex –  kg again on another 14 ft attempt sinks it
11:39
ballex –  kobe on sweet j from the right
11:39
ballex –  floater from rondo
11:40
ballex –  gasol bricks open j
11:40
ballex –  bos possession
11:40
ballex –  kg misses j, allen for reb
11:41
ballex –  garnett baseline move. 12 pt lead now.
11:41
ballex –  odom tries strong move, fouled by perkins. perkins looks hurt.
11:42
ballex –  perkins looks very hurt, going to locker room.
11:42
ballex –  lamar sinks both fts.
11:43
ballex –  pj brown misses j
11:43
ballex –  kobe radmanovic give and go sinks 2
11:43
ballex –  kg waaay far jumpshot miss
11:43
ballex –  kobe sinks 2 off pierce face
11:44
ballex –  kg pass miscue to rondo / brown results in ball sailing out of bounds.
11:44
ballex –  48-66 lal, 8:26 in 3rd
11:45
ballex –  odom bad pas to radmanovic, turnover. wouldve been an all alone 3
11:45
ballex –  posey misses 3
11:46
ballex –  kobe contested j miss, goes to odom rebound
11:46
ballex –  fisher sinks j off gasol pass. patient play.
11:46
ballex –  bos timeout
11:48
ballex –  boston isn’t playing well at all. score isn’t far but there is no flow whatsoever. boston’s old bad habits are coming out again. their players just are not jelling.

11:50
ballex –  remember kids. one day it wont be kareem you’ll see at the stands. itll be kg, pierce and kobe.
11:50
ballex –  pierce sinks j
11:50
ballex –  kobe bricks j
11:50
ballex –  posey misses 3 off excellent allen pass
11:51
ballex –  radmanovic misses layup, fouled. great cut to basket. no help from bos bigs.
11:51
ballex –  50-69 lal, 6:04 3rd
11:51
ballex –  radmanovic sinks both FTs
11:52
ballex –  whhhhaaat a layup by pierce. wow.
11:52
ballex –  radmanovic airballs 3
11:52
ballex –  house sinks j
11:53
ballex –  posey bliocks kobe
11:53
ballex –  fisher gives playoff foul to allen fastbraek.
11:53
ballex –  correction, it was pierce who blocked kobe.
11:54
ballex –  kobe terrific alley oop ot gasol off broken play
11:54
ballex –  posey misses all alone 3
11:55
ballex –  odom loses ball, remains with lal off posey swipe
11:55
ballex –  odom travelled, but foul called off posey on odom spin to basket
11:55
ballex –  even the calls are going the lal way
11:56
ballex –  house excellent pass to posey, sinks 2 underneath
11:56
ballex –  bos stealleads to allen layin
11:57
ballex –  lal timeout 72-61 la
11:59
ballex –  why do they notice jack nicholson but not donald sutherland sitting right beside him
12:00
ballex –  kobe misses running j
12:01
ballex –  pierce called on obvious elbow to ariza
12:01
ballex –  oops that kg foul pala
12:01
ballex –  posey called for 5th foul off gasol
12:02
ballex –  gsaol sinks 1 of 2 fts
12:03
ballex –  pierce with one of those incredible high light moves, 1 against 3 layup, sinks layin
12:03
ballex –  booed as he is helped getting up
12:03
ballex –  by inglewood faithful probably
12:03
ballex –  73-64 lal. 1:53 in 3rd
12:04
ballex –  gasol misses dunk off great kobe pass off broken play
12:04
ballex –  house sinks 3
12:05
ballex –  lead just 6 now
12:05
ballex –  kobe misses j, well guarded by pierce
12:05
ballex –  kg brings down ball
12:05
ballex –  allen fouled by vujacic
12:06
ballex –  tony allen now playing for bos, 1st time i think, for the finals
12:06
ballex –  68-73 lal, 41.2 in 3rd
12:07
ballex –  farmar ran out of time, forced airball 3
12:07
ballex –  last shot coming
12:07
ballex –  pj brown dunks on kobe, all alone from the baseline
12:07
ballex –  73-71 lal, end of 3rd
12:10
ballex –  i wanna see that dunk again. what a defensive breakdown.
12:11
ballex –  start of 4th
12:12
ballex –  kobe well defended , passes to turiaf underneath, turiaf is fouled
12:13
ballex –  turiaf misses 1st
12:13
ballex –  turiaf misses both FTs
12:13
ballex –  pierce misses, powe fails layin attempt but fouled by turiaf, no FTs
12:14
ballex –  pierce called for off foul on right side j
12:14
ballex –  kobe misses 3, ball still with lal
12:14
ballex –  vujacic misses 3
12:15
ballex –  house misses j
12:15
ballex –  ball still with bos
12:15
ballex –  vujacic called for foul on allen, away from ball
12:16
ballex –  leon powe ties game on turaround shot
12:16
ballex –  kobe misses j
12:16
ballex –  powe misses try in paint off brown pass
12:16
ballex –  kobe sinks layin
12:17
ballex –  pierce unbelievable tough shot on top of key
12:17
ballex –  pierce called on foul off kobe, kobe actually bounced ball of pierce  foot.
12:17
ballex –  lal timeout
12:19
ballex –  i just realized its payday friday. there’s certainly a lot of basketball talk going around tonight.
12:20
ballex –  just a word of advice for all the guys out there. dont talk basketball to your dates. they dont like that. they pretend they do, but they dont. trust me.
12:21
ballex –  ok here we go
12:21
ballex –  odom misses 3
12:21
ballex –  75 all
12:21
ballex –  kg misses turning shot in the paint
12:22
ballex –  kobe sinks shot in front of pierce.
12:22
ballex –  my god what a match up
12:22
ballex –  farmar with rebound off bos mss
12:22
ballex –  kobe misses free shot off of excellent fake
12:22
ballex –  kg sinks j off same shot as earlier
12:23
ballex –  turiaf misses j
12:23
ballex –  agree with henson, no confidence in turiaf shot
12:23
ballex –  turiaf defends brown on shot
12:23
ballex –  odom sinks layin
12:23
ballex –  from bryant assist
12:24
ballex –  turiaf called on blocking foul on pierce.
12:24
ballex –  gasol comes back in replaces turiaf
12:24
ballex –  pierce misses j
12:25
ballex –  kobe slamdunk on open court
12:25
ballex –  pierce did not defend, looks hurt
12:25
ballex –  then again, he always looks hurt.
12:25
ballex –  i mean, how can i forgive him after that game 1 acting job.
12:25
ballex –  who does he think he is, willis reed? larry bird? bernard king???
12:26
ballex –  not yet man. probably one day, but not yet.
12:27
ballex –  youre playing for the celtics man. the celtics dont fake it.
12:27
ballex –  ok enough. back to the game.
12:27
ballex –  congratulations to petron for making bumgarner NOT look hot.
12:29
ballex –  allen near turnover, posey sinks 3
12:29
ballex –  kobe bricks running j. man does he want that back.
12:29
ballex –  gasol terrific shot off fake
12:30
ballex –  kg gets foul off gasol.
12:30
ballex –  why doesnt gasol do that more often? that doesnt look defendable.
12:31
ballex –  kg sinks 2 of 2 FTs
12:31
ballex –  odom misses terrific attempt
12:31
ballex –  house sinks another 3
12:31
ballex –  83-84 bos
12:31
ballex –  lal timeout
12:32
ballex –  sorry, bos timeout
12:33
ballex –  odom couldve sunk that clutch, changed the game
12:33
ballex –  3:43 left 83-84 bos
12:33
ballex –  pierce misses, allen rebound
12:33
ballex –  bos sets
12:33
ballex –  allen sinks layin
12:34
ballex –  vujacic misses j, odom reb
12:34
ballex –  farmar misses 3
12:35
ballex –  kg sinks shot in paint.
12:35
ballex –  kg taking my advice. that move is undefendable.
12:35
ballex –  lal timeout
12:35
ballex –  83-88 bos
12:37
ballex –  go laker girls!
12:37
ballex –  thats quality tv right there
12:38
ballex –  that’s jesus laying up. you cant beat that.
12:39
ballex –  83-88, bos, 2:03 left in 4th
12:39
ballex –  kobe fouled off play, sinks 1st FT
12:39
ballex –  sinks both FT
12:39
ballex –  sinks both FT
12:40
ballex –  pierce fouled by gasol on two man game with KG
12:40
ballex –  bad foul as pierce wasnt gonna shoot
12:40
ballex –  lal in penalty, pierce misses 1st FT
12:40
ballex –  makes 2nd FT
12:41
ballex –  kobe fouled by pierce
12:41
ballex –  bos not in penalty
12:41
ballex –  kobe sinks spinning layin
12:41
ballex –  posey sinks another dagger 3
12:42
ballex –  fisher sinks 3
12:42
ballex –  fisher credited with just 2
12:42
ballex –  bryant fouls pierce
12:42
ballex –  89-92 bos
12:43
ballex –  46 sec left
12:44
[Comment From carlo]
pierce fakin it
12:44
[Comment From carlo]
kainis
12:45
ballex –  46.86 secs left, bos 4 pt lead
12:45
ballex –  pierce sinks both FTs
12:45
ballex –  kobe feeds gasol for dunk
12:46
ballex –  allen just walks into a layup

12:46
ballex –  absolutely no help defense after allen beats vujacic. incredible defensive black mark.
12:47
ballex –  bos is gonna steal this one.
12:48
ballex –  vujacic was counting on the help D, but gasol was late and so was fisher.
12:48
ballex –  ‘jesus parts the yellow and purple sea’ sounds like a good title.
12:49
ballex –  15 seconds to go
12:49
ballex –  vujacic mises kobe misses
12:49
ballex –  house is fouled, 3.6 secs left
12:50
ballex –  house sinks 1st FT of 2.
12:50
ballex –  97-91 celtics, end of game 4
12:51
ballex –  thanks to the thousands of ppl who viewed this (minus 999) 😀
12:52



NBA Finals Game 3; Liveblogging Attempt #2

nba finals game 2 (06/11/2008) 
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10:18
test test

10:19
alright here we go. sorry for the delay. had to install firefox 2. patting myself on the back for getting it done in 30 secs.

10:20
starting after the 1st TO. Bryant shoots 1st FT after Rondo foul. He’s missed twice already. missed 2nd as well.

10:20
bos 2 lal 9
10:21
pierce misses
10:21
kobe blocked by rondo, no foul.
10:21
pierce stepback 3 miss.
10:21
la turnover.
10:21
allen shoots 3
10:21
this coveritlive thing is a bit too slow. dang. need something better i think.
10:22
radmanovic short on shot
10:22
rondo all alone underneath, makes 2 off of perkins assist
10:22
kobe J fallaway
10:23
radmanovic ticky tack foul off of rebound.
10:23
bos 7 lal 11
10:24
pierce misses of underneath stab
10:24
allen fouls kobe, bit of a flop but a pretty good one
10:24
bos 7 lal 11, 4:59 left in 1st, kobe shoots 1st FT
10:25
posey replaces allen
10:25
kobe shoots 2nd FT
10:25
sinks rather
10:25
rondo turnover leads to fisher J
10:28
rondo sinks all alone perimeter J
10:28
sorry about that. tricky internet connection.

10:29
radmanovic gets 3rd foul off of silly attempt to chase loose ball. posey suckered him on that one. then again, anyone can sucker radmanovic. the man just doesnt know how to play smart.
10:32
end of time out. poset starts FTs

10:32
bos 17, lal 17 2:29 left in 1st
10:32
oops, bos 16 i meant
10:33
vujacic bricks 3 attempt
10:33
pierce guarded well by vujacic
10:33
vujacic fouled by pierce
10:34
his 2nd foul, no points yet.
10:34
vujacic sinks 1st, misses 2nd ft,boston rebound
10:34
pierce assists to pj brown, sinks J
10:35
cassell shoots j
10:35
bos 20 lal 18 52 secs left
10:35
turiaf misses
10:35
cassell bricks 3
10:35
vujacic misses layup but gets fouled
10:36
leon powe and rondo gets ready to come in
10:36
bos 20 lal 19 24secs left
10:37
some craziness happenning, a whistle is blown bothering vujacic FT
10:37
score tied
10:38
1.3 secs left, powe fouled, allen comes in for possible 3
10:38
fisher comes in to defend
10:38
posey misses of attempt, end of 1st q
10:38
20 all
10:43
start of 2nd

10:43
sam cassell fouled by farmar
10:43
classic cassell, never met a shot he didnt like
10:43
cassell misses
10:44
kobe shoots j
10:44
unlike game 1, kobe playing in 2nd
10:44
powe misses
10:44
kobe tries to j, gets fouled, on way to FTs
10:45
20-22 lal, 10:48
10:45
kobe sinks 2 FTs
10:45
vujacic fouls allen
10:46
powe travels, guarded well by walton
10:46
walton misses layup
10:46
allen shoots right side j
10:46
walton and farmar sink 2 off excellent two man play
10:47
powe attempt miss, challenged, results in TO
10:47
22-26 lal 9:25
10:47
vujacic sinks 3 off excellent lal play
10:48
kh guarded well misses
10:48
farmar and pj brown tussle off bos rebound
10:48
lal timeout
22-29 lal, 8:50 left
10:49 [Be Right Back Countdown] 5 minutes 
10:49 [Be Right Back Countdown] 10 minutes 
10:54
kg misses. bryant sinks j, 6 pt lead lal
10:54
offensive foul pj brown
10:55
25-31 lal 6:47
10:55
farmar sinks all net 3
10:56
boston turnover, foul by someone
10:56
walton miss
10:56
kg finally scores off ray allen alley oop on fastbreak
10:58
omg i just realized i mis named this as game 2 when it should be game 3
10:58
how the hell can i change it?
10:58
oh well
10:58
time out LA
11:00
vujacic sinks J off excellent fake
11:00
he’s playing excellent
11:00
kg misses, bos turns it over
11:00
kobe resting
11:01
vujacic sinks another J, ten points off same spot
11:01
walton blocks pierce
11:01
pierce sinks undergoal stab
11:02
garnett fouls turiaf. holding foul.
11:02
jack nicholson pumping his fist
11:02
bryant comes in, sinks jumper off same spot as vujacic
11:02
ugly pierce 3 attempt airballs
11:03
kobe fouled by rondo on shooting attempt
11:03
gasol fouled hard underneath by perkins
11:03
gasol goes for FTs
11:04
29-40 lal, 3:25
11:04
18 ft attempts by lal, only 2 by bos
11:04
perkins slams one home off rebound
11:05
pierce fouls gasol trying to help kg guard him
11:05
time  out la
11:09
on ginebra commercial, i recognize helterbrand and caguioa, but who is roberto gomez?
11:09
gasol sinks FTs
11:09
bryant gets TF for complaining when he got bumped. ray allen misses TF FT
11:10
31-41 lal 2:18
11:10
rondo possession
11:10
posey misses on strong layup but is fouled
11:11
pierce ang kg combined 2 of 16 from floor
11:11
posey sinks two FTs
11:11
22 secs left in 2nd
11:12
oops sorry 1:49 left in 2nd
11:12
vujacic sinks 3 off corner
11:12
sorry thats just a two
11:12
33-43 lal 1:32
11:13
DA MACHINE
11:13
allen is fouled, misses first FT
11:13
sinks 2nd FT
11:14
gasol pass to outside intercepted, turns it over
11:14
kg travels, struggling, 9 rebounds 2pts
11:14
gasol misses layup off excellent pass by fisher
11:15
terrific pick and roll
11:16
lal Time out
11:16
gasol misses j
11:16
allen sinks 3
11:16
23s left
11:17
kobe fouled off attack
11:17
37-43 lal 6.3
11:17
house comes in
11:18
kobe misses two FTs
11:18
rondo misses off of dying seconds. 43-37 lal. clearly heard “GET UP BITCH!” from Kobe, trying to will in his 2nd FT
11:20
end of 2nd
11:30
[Comment From Chino T]
Ano po ginagawa nyo?
11:31
liveblogging po
11:39
man seeing anthony keidis is great. I wonder if Jack Nicholson already talks to him. I think Nicholson snubs everybody.
11:40
ok start of 3rd

11:40
rondo travels, turns it over.
11:40
37-43 lal
11:41
odom turns it over
11:41
rondo falls on fastbreak, looks hurt
11:41
rondo walks gingerly back to bench; cassell coming in
11:42
odom misses, previously allen turned it over
11:42
house almost turns it over
11:42
pierce misses
11:43
gasol rebound
11:43
bryant sinks j off the glass, guarded by allen
11:43
house misses j
11:43
kobe misses
11:44
allen gets easy layup off kg pass
11:44
39-45 lal
11:44
kobe shoots j in paint
11:44
bryant fouls pierce
11:45
radmanovic fouls perkins, perkins gets continuation
11:45
41-47 lal 8:50, walton replaces radmanovic
11:46
fisher misses j
11:46
allen sinks layup
11:46
bryant is blocked, but fouled on 2nd attempt
11:46
time out lal
11:50
eddie house almost forces turnover
11:50
bryant rebounds off odom desperation 3
11:50
trevor ariza sinks 3
11:51
only 2 sorry
11:51
garnett misses spectacular dunk, is fouled
11:51
43-49 lal 7:29
11:52
kg misses 1st FT, sinks 2nd
11:52
bryant turns it over
11:52
pierce misses 3
11:52
boston retains possession
11:53
house sinks 3
11:53
fisher misses 2
11:53
allen misses j
11:53
fisher misses lob to gasoll, turn over
11:54
kg sinks hookshot off 1 on 1 with gasol
11:54
gasol turns it over
11:54
kg sinks j off left
11:55
51-49 bos, 4:58
11:55
bryant is fouled off attempt
11:55
bryant misses 1st,
11:56
i think thats donald sutherland in the background on the 1st row
11:56
bryant sinks 2nd FT
11:56
allen sinks 3
11:56
lal timeout
12:00
allen has 19 pts
12:00
la possession
12:00
odom sinks excellent power hook
12:01
kg misses j
12:01
ariza misses 3
12:01
perkins manhandles odom d, sinks hook
12:01
odom miss j
12:02
boston misses
12:02
ariza sinks layup off almost botched lal play
12:02
kg nails j
12:02
58-54 bos
12:03
bryant lays it up
12:03
bryant fouls allen off 3pt attempt, to be given 3 FTs, bryant 2nd foul
12:03
58-56 bos, 3:02 in 3rd
12:04
allen sinks all 3 FTs
12:04
61-56 bos, 1:58 in 3rd
12:04
kobe sinks twisting layup
12:05
kg obvious travel, misses j
12:05
boston retains, gasol fouls pj brown on follow up attempt
12:06
lal timeout
12:07
bryant rests, 26 pts
12:08
pj brown misses 1st FT, sinks 2nd
12:08
gasol excellent semi hook
12:08
pj brown misses
12:08
odom misses
12:09
big missed lal opportunity
12:09
pj brown misses left side j, after ray allen dribbling exhibition
12:09
end of 3rd quarter
12:13
start of 4th
12:13
vujacic sinks 3
12:14
ray allen sinks 3 off  corner
12:14
powe fouls odom, away from ball
12:14
bryant misses turnaround
12:15
2nd chance points oppty for bos, off brown miss
12:15
house fouls bryant, pulling jersey
12:15
farmar misses 3 attempt
12:16
bryant intercepts ball, stops pick and roll between house and powe
12:16
pierce comes back in
12:17
65-63 bos, 10:08 4th
12:17
pierce misses
12:17
odom called for offensive foul, off powe
12:18
pierce terrific pass to powe, powe is fouled by turiaf, powe talks to turiaf
12:19
powe misses 1st FT, sinks 2nd
12:19
66-63 bos, 9:18 4th
12:19
bryant is fouled off explosion to basket
12:20
bryant misses 1st FT, sinks 2nd
12:20
pierce charges on farmar
12:20
bos timeout
12:24
ok here we go, almost at the end
12:24
vujacic misses 3
12:24
last touch on vujacic
12:25
turiaf blocks kg
12:25
walton fouled by allen attempting a pass to vujacic
12:26
vujacic sinks j
12:26
posey gets excellent layup off handoff from kg, is fouled
12:26
rondo comes back, replaces house
12:26
66 all, 7:59 in 4th
12:27
posey sinks 1st and 2nd fts
12:27
gasol misses 2nd chance off kobe miss
12:28
kg misses a prayer, bos ran out of shotclock, excellent double team lal
12:28
lal possession
12:29
bryant sinks all alone 3
12:29
lob to kg miss
12:29
fisher is fouled by rondo off attempt
12:29
both fall down, horrible flopfest
12:30
68-69 lal, 6:27 4th
12:30
fisher sinks both FTs
12:30
pierce bad pass, odom intercepts
12:31
bryant is fouled by rondo, goes to FT
12:31
rondo still slow due to injury
12:31
bryant sinks 1st FT and 2nd
12:31
5 pt lead lal
12:32
rondo with rebound, follows up off allen 3 pt miss
12:32
tip by gasol goes in from odom undergoal miss
12:33
allen miss 3
12:33
odom rebounds to kobe
12:33
odom is stripped
12:33
pierce is blocked by vujacic
12:33
lal timeout
12:34
this is certainly one of the most exciting games in the series. la is finally playing well, boston is far from that but is still close
12:37
gasol sinks 2 off odom missed dunk
12:38
70-77 lal 3:50
12:38
pierce sinks layup
12:39
pierce misses FT
12:39
fisher misses 3
12:39
kg fouls gasol off rebound play
12:40
gasol misses first FT,
12:40
now is not the time for trivia, henson
12:40
gasol sinks 2nd ft
12:40
pierce is bailed out by ref, foul by bryant
12:43
testtest
12:43
dang internet dont fail me now
12:44
pierce sinks 1st,
12:45
73-79 bos, 3:22
12:45
pierce sinks both FTs
12:45
vujacic to gasol
12:45
gasol absolutely horrible shot, flopping to pretend he was fouled, terrible
12:46
kg sinks excellent j
12:46
vujacic misses 3
12:46
house misses good attempt
12:47
vujacic nails 3 on corner, after bos gambles on double teaming bryant
12:47
bos misses
12:47
fisher drives in is fouled
12:47
76-81 lal 1:33
12:48
fisher sinks both FTs
12:48
bos timeout
12:49
76-83 lal
12:50
fantastic pick and roll by bos, kg all alone dunk
12:51
on a HALFCOURT
12:51
bryant with a dagger j on top of key
12:51
house with 3
12:51
big big big big shots
12:51
bryant sidestepping move sinks j, 36 points
12:52
87-81 lal, 38 secs left
12:52
is this bryant’s mj moment?
12:53
house misses j, bos still poseess
12:54
house tries 3 again, bos is called for offensive foul
12:54
bryant almost turns it over
12:54
odom is called for offensive foul after trying a dunk
12:55
lakers win game 3 of nba finals, 87-81 at la
12:55



Man liveblogging is hard, and coveritlive.com’s software is a little difficult to use. I want something that’s more like chatting, where you enter text and press (enter). In this case, I have to use the mouse to publish every entry. Annoying if you’re using a laptop sitting in your living room.

Anyway, this is one of the best games this season, with Bryant doing what he knows he needs to do – do an MJ impersonation. I felt that was what was needed anyway, for Kobe to have an MJ moment. And it looks like he did. What’s to lose anyway? Either way, win or lose he’ll have his rest after a few more games, so just let it all hang out.

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Watching Hoops Is Exciting Again

The only thing really I can say about Gasol going to LA is – hallelujah. If there’s anything I can say in my brief stint at playing Yahoo Fantasy Basketball, it’s that the lack of quality big men, even in the most popular and most monied basketball league in the world, is appalling.

Which is to say, that should a team be lucky enough to land anyone even near the quality of a Pau Gasol, let alone that team be the currently over – achieving and always popular Lakers, then by golly that’s an incredible feat in itself. I am by no means a Lakers fan (although Kobe’s recent appearance here changed my opinion of him completely), yet even I’m excited. It’s like the whole league suddenly became interesting again by just that one move. Considering the Lakers aren’t doing so badly, they might even give the Celtics a worthy challenge. And how mind – blowing is that? LA vs. Boston all over again. My God the whole idea makes me shake in my boots.

A few more notable things re the trade:

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