With all the star-power featured in the 2010 NBA Finals, it’s hard to imagine that the championship will be decided by Andrew Bynum and the Celtic’s bench, mainly the “Big Baby” himself, Glen Davis. Game 4 was ugly for the first 36 minutes, but once the final period began, all mayhem broke loose. The Celtics bench unleashed hell on the Lakers, and credit Doc Rivers for leaving them in. One thing I admire about the Celtics, is that they completely embody the word “team.” Three future HOF’s were at the scorer’s table ready to check in, only to be called back when the bench started rolling. Neither of the three had a bit of a problem with it.
None of us expect Davis to play out of his mind like this again this series, especially after his performance during the post-game press conference along with Nate “Dog” Robinson (I think LA might not appreciate it, and will have something to say about it) but it’s safe to assume he will contribute. Especially if Bynum is hobbled, again. Sorry Lakers fans, but Bynum is about as reliable as Lindsay Lohan’s ability to stay off the booze. What’s scary for LA, is the fact that if you look back at every game this series, Allen, Garnett and Pierce have all failed to string together good games at the same time. Yet Boston has somehow pulled off two wins. Including a win in LA in which they were out shot in free-throws some 40-25 (Boston’s final 6-7 when LA were forced to foul). You have to be concerned that they’ll finally get it going, along with an energized bench, it’s going to be tough LA.
On the other side, if you’re Boston, you have to be concerned that the three days between Games 4 and 5 will be enough to heal Bynum’s knee. If Bynum can be even halfway productive for the remainder of the series, Boston’s chances of winning decreases. Another cause for concern if you’re Boston, Derek Fisher. Fisher’s foul trouble kept him sidelined for most of Game 4, and LA clearly missed his presence down the stretch. What Boston appreciates is when Kobe Bryant gets into that mind state that he has to win it on his own, and they stop going to Gasol. Pau Gasol dominates the post when they go to him, and for the life of me, I can’t understand why LA doesn’t run their offense through him more? He is a willing passer, and he puts the defense at a retreating position every time. And of course Kobe Bryant. Kobe needs to trust his teammates during the course of the game, then take over late ala “The Closer.” When Kobe plays within the rhythm of the game, he is unstoppable.
Oh, and the Lakers bench has to show up.
With all that being said, I must say the officials have had a hand in all the wins, and these NBA Finals have been heavily influenced by bad calls. I’m not one to draw up conspiracy theories, but a Boston/LA rivalry renewed does look good going seven. I’m sure that’s crossed the minds of the higher-ups at the NBA corporation. Just saying.
Enjoy your Friday people!
June 11th, 2010 at 9:17 am
Game 4 last night was similar to watching a heavyweight championship fight between two veteran fighters. They kept throwing their best at each other and neither could land that knockout punch needed. Like you said though someone had to prevail and it just happen to be the <a href="http://nba.com/celtics Celtics.
June 11th, 2010 at 12:56 pm
US Federal Appellate Court rules in favor of Bonds in terms of his ongoing trial. But it still hasn’t stopped the Justice Dept from proceeding . They’ve now spent in excess of $11 million on the case and they’ve yet to indict anyone .
The prosecution’s main witness is his former personal trainer Greg Anderson who still refuses to testify and implicate Bonds.
Now’s the time to stop flogging a dead horse don’t you think ?
January 1st, 2011 at 1:30 pm
January 2nd, 2011 at 9:20 am
That’s $11 million that the public will never see any discernible value from !
June 11th, 2010 at 6:35 pm
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June 12th, 2010 at 1:58 am
AP: Hard to believe that $11 million went down the drain on this thing. It’s time we all move on –
Chris: Thanks man, I’m checking your blog out as I type!
June 12th, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Seeing the prosecutors of the Justice Dept at work is akin to watching both chambers of Congress at work . All they deal in is platitudes and sheer idiocy ! $11 million and these guys couldn’t indict a ham sandwich !
June 13th, 2010 at 3:54 pm
I love it, man.
I’ve been glued to the entire series.
Like I’ve said…. http://sportschump.net/2010/06/13/who-needs-boxing-heavyweights-alive-and-well-in-nba/3882/
The outcome is still anyone’s guess.
June 14th, 2010 at 9:55 am
Nice recap! Just got back from China, and it’s nice to actually see the blog again! I’m pumped the Celtics took the game last night, but have this weird feeling that we came back just in time to see the Lakers rattle off two straight… Hopefully not though…
January 1st, 2011 at 1:29 pm
What were you doing in China?
January 3rd, 2011 at 11:10 am
Family vacation with about 20 of us! Good times!
June 14th, 2010 at 10:46 am
Has Khloe Kardashian been rationing the conjugal visits to Lamar causing him to go ” AWOL ” in the NBA Finals ?
Take A Walk On The Wild Side ……….
January 1st, 2011 at 1:29 pm
It really pisses me off when certain people talk about the declining popularity of the NBA. Personally, I think it’s been awesome. I think the NBA is just as exciting now as it has ever been, and I think that Blake Griffin has added to that excitement.
I love the NBA