Tag: Lakers Celtics Game 7

Ron Artest isn't buying what Doc Rivers is selling


Thumbnail image for Artest_layup.jpgWe told you yesterday Doc Rivers said the Lakers “still have not beaten our starting five,” implying that if Kendrick Perkins had been healthy for Game 7 the outcome would have been different.

The Lakers were quiet on that. Phil Jackson probably didn’t notice, Kobe Bryant probably mentally filed that away in the “anger/motivation” file to pull out when he needs it. But no public comments.

Until Ron Artest answered the call on twitter.

Boston lost to lakers because of Kendrick Perkins injury. What about in 08 when Bynum was injured. What about this year Bynum was injured

What about Kobe played with a broke finger …. What about Ron artest defense When the Boston staff said Ron artest was too slow

Doc got one million excuses.. Just come back this season a take what you want…

The lakers with Bynum in the playoffs healthy has not lost The same way whoever whatever hasn’t Let’s not mention the stats on lock down

Ron Artest is right. The “what if” injury game is a rabbit hole if you go down it. What if Andrew Bogut had been healthy for the Bucks this season? What if Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming had stayed healthy in Houston? What if LeBron’s elbow had been fine against Boston… okay, bad example there. But you get the idea.

What did Yoda teach us? “Do, or do not. There is no try.” The Jedi master would say the same thing about injuries. And you don’t argue with Yoda.

NBA finals Game 7 draws biggest television audience since Jordan retired


Laker_Celtics_logos.pngThat sound you hear is David Stern opening champagne bottles at NBA Headquarters.

Nielsen Co. reports that 28.2 million people watched the Lakers repeat as NBA champions in an ugly but entertaining Game 7. The last time that many people watched an NBA game Michael Jordan was pushing off Byron Russell to hit the game winner against the Jazz in 1998, ending that era of Phil Jackson titles.

And you wonder why the league wants those Lakers/Celtics matchups.

NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 7: Ron Artest leading the break in slow motion

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When Kobe was cold in the first quarter (and the second, and the third and…) the one Laker that stepped up consistently to make plays was Ron Artest. Here he is in the second quarter with the steal and layup to tie the game at the time.

Artest made a number of plays this series like this, but he never looked comfortable handling the ball in the open court. Even in slow motion with cool background music.