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Celtics (3-2) at Lakers (2-3) Finals Game 6 6/15
« on: June 14, 2010, 10:23:36 PM »

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Boston Celtics (3-2, 15-7) at Los Angeles Lakers (2-3, 14-7)
Postseasonn Game #23 Ė Road Game #11
Tuesday, Jue 15
9:00 PM ET
Staples Center

Point Guard:  Rajon Rondo

Shooting Guard:  Ray Allen

Small Forward - Paul Pierce

Power Forward - Kevin Garnett

Center - Kendrick Perkins  

Marquis Daniels
Tony Allen
Glen Davis
Brian Scalabrine
Rasheed Wallace
Shelden Williams
Nate Robinson
Tony Gaffney
Oliver Lafayette  
Michael Finley


1969 Boston Celtics World Champions

Record: 48-34
Finished 4th in the Eastern Conference.  
Eastern Division Semifinals (4-1): Boston Celtics over Philadelphia 76ers
Eastern Division Finals (4-2): Boston Celtics over New York Knickerbockers
Finals (4-3): Boston Celtics over Los Angeles Lakers

The 1968-69 Celtics were too old.  Their window had past.  They struggled in the regular season with injuries and entered the playoffs with the worst record of any team in the playoffs.  They had to win on the road because they didn't have home court advantage in any of the 3 series.  They faced a vaunted Lakers team in the Finals who were anointed as the champions before a game was even played.  The Celtics weren't given any chance to beat what was considered to be a superior Lakers team.  

When they made it to game 7 in LA, they saw the ceiling lined with nets full of balloons and saw all the cases of champagne lining the halls and there were fliers being passed out with details on the Lakers victory celebration.  But that team had Celtic Pride.  They reached deep down and pulled out that game 7 and the series and won the Celtics 11th championship.  That Celtic Pride is alive and well in the 2010 Boston Celtics.   Individuals win games - Teams win Titles.

Point Guard - Derek Fisher

Shooting Guard - Kobe Bryant

Small Forward - Ron Artest

Power Forward - Pau Gasol

Center- Andrew Bynum

Lamar Odom
Sasha Vujacic
Josh Powell
Jordan Farmar
DJ Mbenga
Adam Morrison
Shannon Brown
Luke Walton

Andrew Bynum (knee)  probable
Game Notes

For the third series this post season, the Celtics are at a 6th game with a 3-2 lead in the series and a chance to close out the series in game 6.   The Celtics beat both the Cavaliers and the Magic in game 6 in their building and now the Celtics hope to do the same to the Lakers in LA.  

The Celtics have been winning as a team.  No player is averaging more than 20 points per game, but yet 4 of the starters are averaging between 16 and 20 points.   The Celtics are also winning with defense.  3 of the top defensive players in the playoffs are on the Celtics (KG, TA and Perk). The Celtics bench has also come up big with Sheed, Big Baby and Nate especially having a big impact on the games so far.  

Andrew Bynum has been struggling in the last 2 games, noticeably limping at times and unable to jump or move laterally.  In spite of this, he still played over 30 minutes in game 5.  Without Bynum to provide the muscle next to him, Gasol has reverted to 2008 Gasoft form.  Kobe has been Kobe, at one time scoring 23 straight points for the Lakers in the 3rd quarter of game 5.  But he is having to do too much because his teammates aren't stepping up to help.  

A telling stat in this series is looking at the offensive output of the Lakers for each game. In Game 1 they scored 102 points. In game 2 their output decreased to 94 points. In game 3, they further decreased their offensive output to 91. In game 4, they scored even fewer points, going down to 89 points. And in last night's game, this trend continued as they scored only 86 points. This indicates that the Celtics defense is getting tighter and tighter, the Lakers are getting tired, and Doc has been making adjustments while Phil has not. I like the trend and hopefully we see it continue in game 6 and the Celtics get the win.

The Celtics need to look at this as though it is game 7 and their last chance to win since anything can happen if they let this game slip away.  One worry is that the officiating will be overwhelmingly in the Lakers' favor since these games have been setting viewing records for the network and the league would benefit financially by a 7 game series.  But, as long as the refs let them play, the Celtics have proved that they can win in spite of poor officiating.   They proved that in games 2 and 5, winning in spite of a large free throw disadvantage.   The title is there for the Celtics to take and hopefully they come out strong and win it here and now.  

Key Matchups
Rajon Rondo vs Derek Fisher
As we have seen in every game so far, as Rondo goes, so go the Celtics.  The Celtics need the aggressive and active Rondo that we saw in games 2 and 5.  If Rondo is aggressive and can hit the shots that the Lakers give him. he gives the Celtics a good chance to win this game.

Paul Pierce vs Ron Artest
Paul Pierce came up big for the Celtics in game 5.   He completely out played Ron Artest on both ends of the court.  The Celtics need another big game from their captain to close the series out with this game.  Getting Ron frustrated so that he makes mistakes, as he did in game 5 is even better.  

Kevin Garnett vs Pau Gasol
After saying that KG had lost a step following game one, Pau Gasol has been out played by the old and step slow KG.   KG must continue to keep Gasol away from his spots.  If Gasol finds his manhood again and starts scoring inside and grabbing rebounds, it could make it hard for the Celtics.  

Keys to the Game

Rebound the Ball - In every game so far, the team that has won the rebounding battle has won the game.  A big part of rebounding is effort and desire and that's the reason that so often, the team that gets the most rebounds will be the team that wins the game.  The team that wants it more and fights harder to win it will battle harder to grab rebounds.  The Celtics must be that team in this game.  

Defense -  When the Celtics play their team defense, it is very hard for any team to beat them.    When the refs call the game too tight and key players pick up early fouls, it tends to take them out of their defense early.  Hopefully the refs will let them play in this one.  Regardless of how the game is called, the Celtics can't falter on defense.  They must make that a priority as they have won all 3 games so far with defense.  They must continue to play that swarming team defense that has gotten them to this point.  

Play Team Ball - The Celtics must play as a team.  They have to run the offense and move the ball to find the open man.  They can't lapse into hero ball as the Lakers so often do.  They have to play team defense also and each player has to fill his role.  The best TEAM will win this series and the Celtics give themselves a better chance of winning when they play as a team.  There is a poster in the locker room that each player looks at as they head to the court that says "Individuals Win Games - Teams win Titles."  The Celtics must take this to heart and play as a team on both ends of the court.  

Bench Play - The Bench must continue to give the team a boost when they come in.  Sheed is very important and hopefully his back wasn't aggravated by the long plane ride.  In game 4, it was the play of the bench that won the game down the stretch, playing against the Lakers' starters.  In every game, the bench has been able to hold their own and even increase a lead when they came in.  The energy and fresh legs off the bench will be key once again in this game, especially with  the travel and just having one day off.

Officiating and Energy and Hustle and Bynum's knee
There is much fear that the officials will heavily favor the Lakers in this game.  If Tim Donaghy is right, the league would benefit from a game 7 and to get a game 7, the Celtics must lose game 6.  Hopefully the refs will allow the players to decide the series and let them play.  The Celtics have proved that they can win in spite of poor officiating as long as they play their game and win all the hustle stats.  

The Celtics must be the team that plays with more energy.  They have to win the battle on the boards.  They must win the battle for loose balls and they have to hustle on every play on both ends of the court.   The team that plays harder and and plays with more energy will more than likely be the team that wins the game, regardless of the officials.  

Bynum's knee is definitely an X-Factor.  He played over 30 minutes in game 5, but because of the knee was a step slow all night and was basically a non-factor.  The announcers said that he was unable to get a cortisone shot before game 5.  He will probably be able to get one before this game and that may increase his effectiveness.  An ineffective Bynum gives the Celtics a big advantage inside and on the boards.  


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Re: Celtics (3-2) at Lakers (2-3) Finals Game 6 6/15
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This is it. History is waiting for us. It's time to break the Lakers' spirit and put some numbers and letters on Banner 18. TP for a job well done once again.

Go Celtics!

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Please finish it tomorrow night.   I do not want to sit through a Game 7.

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Its time to reclaim what belongs to us!

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TP FL!!! Let's go Celtics! Clap, Clap, Clap-Clap-Clap!
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Win this one

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Wow, this is going to be tough. I think the Celtics have the edge in intensity and desire, but this is going to be a war..

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this picture always gives me goosebumps.

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It's been a while since I've posted here but the picture of Gasol up there cracked me up so bad I had to respond. Hilarious!! That looks exactly like him...

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In part of my dedicated ritual, I'd like to thank the Celtics for their efforts to get this far against the naysayers. But I always thought they had the capability to do this job and they have been up to the task.

The players understand that this could be one of the toughest and demanding games of their careers, perhaps the toughest.

Maintaining composure, and playing with good sportsmanship, is important. The fans at the game and in the sports bars should do likewise.

This is a big test but I think everybody involved is fully prepared to take it. And pass with flying colors.

Good luck on Tuesday night.

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Only 20.5 hours till game time!

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Only 20.5 hours till game time!
Itches already!

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Please spare a thought for me.

I have a massive final exam at 8am tomorrow and the game starts here time at 10. I'll be a wreck tomorrow morning and i'll barely make it home in time to see the second half.

What can you do...

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this picture always gives me goosebumps.

Plus TP's  :)

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This is it. Biggest game of the year - once again -. We are in the driver's seat, let's take advantage of that. The hell with the refs, the Staples Center, the Lakers. Let's win despite all these factors. It will be tough, the Lakers won't back down but if we can sustain their early punches and strike back, and take a good lead (10 points or more), they will feel even more pressure and probably collapse.

Let's do it. Play these 48 minutes as if they were the last, limit the careless turnovers, keep up the great D and offense from the last game and we're all good.

TP FL for another great game thread, hopefully the last of the season. Let's finish off the Lakers and win banner 18 on their homecourt tonight.