October 29, 2006 |
It was bad enough that the Lakers never beat the Boston Celtics, a string of words Jerry Buss once called "the most odious sentence in all of sport." But did Red Auerbach always have to rub their noses in it? Auerbach, 89, died Saturday of a heart attack, but he won't soon be forgotten by Lakers fans. His Bill Russell-led teams built their dynasty by consistently denying the Lakers, crushing the dreams of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain.
June 8, 2008 |
Kudos to us (most of us, at least) . . . we've come a long, long way. I'm talking about Barack Obama. I'm talking about the Lakers and the Celtics and the resumption of their bitter feud. I'm talking about how the battle for the White House and the battle for the NBA title combine to show our progress when it comes to the thorny issue of race. All week long there has been much focus on the 1980s, when L.A. and Boston fought on a trio of occasions for the title, the final time in 1987.
June 6, 2008 |
BOSTON -- Got Jinx? It was only two visits ago for the Lakers when some fans in gold jerseys chanted "MVP!" for Kobe Bryant. But if things had changed, they just changed back. The Celtics, coming into the Finals as underdogs after a torturous postseason, looked like their mid-season selves with their big three, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, combining to score 65 points. Meanwhile, the Lakers struggled, from Bryant (nine for 26 from the field) on down in a 98-88 loss.
June 4, 2008 |
With the start of the NBA Finals approaching, the chance to rub elbows with history isn't being lost among the Boston Celtics. "Two nights ago, before I went to sleep, it crept into my mind a little bit and I started thinking about the atmosphere, about what exactly this whole thing meant and I couldn't sleep," Ray Allen said. "If you think about it too much, then you're going to just sit up and think about it and your thoughts are going to take over your body."
June 7, 2008 |
BOSTON -- If you are a collection of basketball players who call themselves the Bench Mob, there are three things that cannot happen to you in the first game of an NBA Finals. You cannot get whacked. You cannot be iced. And you can never be clipped. All of which described the on-court fate of the lovable Lakers reserves at TD Banknorth Garden on Thursday, during a game in which the only mob was the thousands who roared at their demise. Luke Walton, zero baskets, three fouls. Beat L.A.!
June 11, 2008 |
The NBA has had a lot of memorable nights but none like this . . . for which the league is eternally thankful. This was the NBA's Lost Tuesday. In a game appropriate to the ugly controversy that blew in from disgraced referee Tim Donaghy's case earlier in the day, the Lakers beat the Celtics, 87-81, in the first mud-wrestling match held in lieu of a Finals game.
June 9, 2008 |
BOSTON -- Put that in your wheelchair. So much for the Lakers' lighthearted approach that extended to the minutes before Game 2, when Coach Phil Jackson was still joking about Paul Pierce's wheelchair. Pierce proceeded to score 28 points Sunday night as the Celtics won, 108-102, taking a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals in which the Lakers were once favored but are no longer.
January 9, 2001 |
New Celtic Coach Jim O'Brien didn't stomp up and down the sideline. He barely used the full-court press. He didn't yell at his players every second of the game. The only thing he did like Rick Pitino was lose. In Boston's first game after Pitino resigned, Steve Smith made two three-point shots 42 seconds apart in the fourth quarter to give the Trail Blazers the lead and help Portland beat the Celtics, 98-90, Monday.
May 19, 2002 |
The Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets are the unlikeliest of Eastern Conference finalists, teams that did not qualify for the NBA playoffs last season, but are one series victory away from playing for the championship. It will be the first time since 1978 that a team that missed the playoffs the previous season advanced to the finals the next.