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NBA Finals Game Two: Boston vs Los Angeles

In 2008 NBA Finals, 2008 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on June 9, 2008 at 3:28 am

All the talk is about the injuries to Perkins and Pierce. I think they’ll both be fine. Odom sat out practice the other day but I expect him to be fine as well.

  • Offensive foul Perkins
  • Turnover, steal Kobe Bryant, fastbreak, pull up J from 16, miss, offensive rebound, kickout, drive and dish, swing the ball, lovely pass to Odom in the middle of the lane, dunk
  • Pierce nails a three
  • Pierce draws two quick fouls on Radmanovic inside of 10 seconds with 10 minutes still to play. Trevor Ariza joins the action. This will be interesting, he’s on PIerce. Pierce gets a high screen and roll on the left wing, loses Ariza, pull up from 16 feet, miss
  • Celtics turn it over again, that’s their third turnover, steal Gasol, ahead to Fisher, pull up from 18 feet extended elbow, hits it
  • Goaltend on Garnett’s block on Gasol. Nice move from Pau, low swing and drive left off the elbow, layup
  • Pierce gets the foul and the layup on Ariza
  • Gasol spin move baseline, dunk over KG
  • Offensive foul KG. That was a frustration foul with his shoulder for the previous dunk. Tech on KG now.
  • Ariza 17 footer, miss, tip by Odom, good
  • Lakers lead 15-8
  • Odom and Gasol leading the charge. The Lakers as a unit very aggressive on the backboards.
  • KG with a step back jumper, nails it
  • Kobe fallaway off the dribble against three, miss, defensive rebound KG, long outlet, up ahead to Ray in the corner, shot fake, gets to the rim, hits the layup
  • Ariza gets the quick swing. Luke Walton in now. And Luke picks up a 24 second violation for pump faking a decent look from 16 feet.
  • KG low post, spin move, layup
  • Luke Walton seals Pierce, nice pass, backdoor, layup
  • Foul on the pass, their fourth team foul, LA that is, foul on Fisher on Pierce’s drive and dish. Dumb foul.
  • Ray Allen runs the baseline, left corner, three pointer, hits it
  • Foul off the ball on Ray as Kobe looks to post him
  • Fisher long two off Kobe’s posts up
  • Kobe fouls Ray off the ball. They’re in the penalty now. Great stuff. Every one of the 5 Lakers fouls were unneccessary and dumb. One of the reasons LA lost Game One was lazy reach in fouls which gifted the Celtics too many FTs.
  • KG’s pass out of the post intercepted
  • Offensive foul on Kobe, that’s two
  • Garnett misses another jumper, good look though, Gasol didn’t get up on it
  • Odom misses a driving runner over KG
  • KG low block, doesn’t get anything, Garnett low post, doubled, kick out, ball movement finds KG at the buzzer, hits it
  • Powe comes in for KG
  • Boston lead 20-19 with 44 seconds remaining
  • Offensive foul on Odom, crap call, Powe is a diver
  • Powe drives baseline, gets the foul, crap call, that’s two on Odom. That’s a terrible call. Feet still, hands up. Powe created all the contact. Garbage. Lakers getting the treatment right now. Life’s going to be difficult for Gasol. He’s going to have to stay out here and lead the second unit while Odom and Kobe bide their time.
  • Farmar three pointer. They needed that
  • Ray Allen at the buzzer from three, in and out, unlucky
  • Posey breaks up the play, Lakers turn it over
  • Sam Cassell goes into the post, fallaway, blocked, Cassell steals it from Ariza, Ariza fouls as he dives on the loose ball.
  • Powe spin move off the post,gets fouled, misses the shot in the paint. That’s two quick team fouls. 11:21 to play. Lakers will be in the penalty again.
  • Ariza gets a hand on the offensive rebound off Sasha’s miss, doesn’t get hold of it
  • PJ Brown knocks down the 17 footer top of the key
  • Foul on PJ Brown
  • Way too many ticky tacky calls right now. It’s starting to seriously bug me.
  • Posey deflects Walton’s pass, steal, block by Turiaf. Foul on Turiaf after the block for falling on Powe. Crap call.
  • Lakers travel, turnover
  • Powe draws another foul, spin move off the post, Walton fouls him. That was a foul. Now the Lakers are in the penalty. Powe has 8 FTs in 3 minutes.
  • Farmar throws up a wild shot miss
  • Pierce stops at the three point line on the break, shoots it, makes it
  • Celtics on a 10-0 run
  • Timeout Lakers
  • Bryant shoulder fake, hits over Posey on the right wing from 18 feet
  • Foul off the ball, offensive foul on Pierce
  • Radmanovic, Odom and Kobe back in for LA. Farmar and Turiaf there too.
  • Celtics ball as the ball slips out of Kobe’s hands
  • Garnett getting ready to check back in
  • Posey knocks down the open three off the cheating Lakers defense. They went down on the left block to double PIerce
  • Odom scores down in the paint with a little hook as he saves Radmanovic’s deflected pass
  • Radmanovic tips Pierce’s pass, right to Powe, putback, cheat ticky tack call, Powe back to the line. Another foul on LA.
  • Powe has 8 points and 9 FTs in 5 minutes
  • Bryant fadeaway out of the post, hits it
  • Bryant with Powe in his face from 20 feet, nails it
  • Lakers have weathered this storm here. They now need to get a firm foot back in the game.
  • Fisher strips Garnett, gets called for a foul, slapped across the arm.
  • Gasol finishes in the paint, finishes with his left hand over KG, gets hit by KG, gets knocked to the floor, no call
  • Foul off the ball on Powe in the backcourt
  • Kobe has a 18 footer bounce three times and rolls off the rim
  • Perkins fouled on the finish inside, hits the layup, foul on Gasol, Timeout, Perk hits the FT
  • Celtics lead 41-32 with 5:40 remaining
  • Lakers got to get this below 7
  • Bryant misses a three over KG, Gasol tips it, miss, Odom tips it in
  • Garnett throws a bad alley oop pass to Perkins
  • Bryant misses a fadeaway, Radmanovic keeps it alive, taps it again in between Perk and KG, KG takes it, outlet pass, almost stolen, missed by Bryant.
  • Loose ball foul on Perkins
  • 15-1 FTs advantage for Boston
  • Radmanovic and Gasol work the screen and roll, Pierce switches on Gasol, Gasol in the post, spin move, fouled, layup, hits the FT too. Celtics lead 41-37 with 4 plus to play. Good Laker run to cut that 10 point lead
  • Pierce’s pass almost intercepted, Ray smacks it out one handed to avoid Kobe stealing it
  • Timeout Doc Rivers
  • KG and LA trade misses
  • Pierce long three pointer as Radmanovic cheats off, hits it
  • Rondo fouls Gasol, not called
  • Ray hits a three on the break
  • The Refs are absolutely killing the Lakers right now. I hardly ever say anything about referees but it’s been awful. They’re letting the Celtics get away with everything defensively and calling fouls on LA for doing the exact same thing.
  • Timeout Lakers
  • Celtics lead 47-37. They’ve built back up their 10 point lead.
  • Pierce’s pass kicked out of bounds
  • Kobe on the break, goes up in the air, nowhere to go, throws it out, Radmanovic runs it down, three pointer
  • Foul off the ball on Bryant. That’s three. He ran through the screen and knocked over the screener. 2 mintues to play in the half. Pierce makes the first, makes the second.
  • Gasol inside left hand hook shot over PJ Brown. He’s 6-6 from the field now.
  • Pierce jumps into Radmanovic’s body, hits the jumper
  • Rondo blocks Radmanovic, outlet pass Garnett, dunk
  • Gasol misses the right hand hook. Good shot, just missed.
  • Pierce spinning into the lane, miss, offensive rebound Rondo
  • Rondo stripped by Fisher, that’s three fouls on Fisher as he’s called for the foul. Badly misses the first, hits the second.
  • Celtics up a dozen
  • Fisher dribbles it down, half is about to end, Gasol misses the short hook, gets the rebound, gets hit, not called, halftime
  • Halftime
  • Celtics lead 54-42
  • Some Team Stats – Lakers winning 19-17 on the boards including 7-3 offensive boards. The Lakers have 8 more shot attempts, they have 8 assists on 19 makes, shooting 46%, 2-5 from three and 2-2 from the line. The Celtics have 15 assists on 17 makes, shooting 52%, 6-9 from three, 14-19 from the line. Those 19 free throws are 9 extra possessions, shot attempts. That’s where the difference lies. The Lakers have 8 turnovers costing them 13 points. The Celtics have 7 turnovers costing them 7 points. Combined blocks/steals is 5-4 Boston.
  • Right now dumb fouls is killing LA. It’s the single largest reason they’re in a hole.
  • Paul Pierce has been the star of the half with 16 points and 6 assists. He was creating everything offensively. He was the guy that forced the help defense to rotate and began the Celtics ball movement. He’s the reason they have 15 assists on 17 makes.

Second Half – Third Quarter

  • Gasol has a right hook go in and out, miss
  • Ray baseline J, miss, offensive rebound Perkins, Ray gets another attempt out of the corner, hits it. Pierce created that with his dribble penetration. Lakers jumping at every pump fake.
  • Fisher misses a wide open three
  • Nice feed down low to Perk, hammered.
  • Odom knocks down the 17 footer
  • Kobe short arms a 16 footer off the bounce, good look
  • KG misses another, offensive reboudnd and save by Perk, Pierce on the driving jumper, miss, Odom rebounds
  • Kobe Bryant spins into the lane, hits the layup, tech on Bryant. He wanted the call and voiced his complaint.
  • Why is Fisher playing Rondo full court?
  • Bad pass by Pierce, steal Fisher, foul by Ray to stop the layup. Sideline ball.
  • KG blocks Odom’s jam after the nice pass by Gasol
  • Pierce hits the three
  • Foul off the ball by Perkins after the shot. Celtics up 16. They’re 7-10 from downtown.
  • Radmanovic knocks down a three
  • PJ Brown hits the baseline J off of Rondo’s drive and dish
  • Gasol misses a layup
  • Ray Allen in and out, Garnett rebounds, saves it, Lakers steal it, Rondo fouls in the open court
  • Radmanovic bricks a three. Dumb shot. Contested shot.
  • Garnett blocked. Gets the call from the refs again.
  • Timeout
  • Bryant hits a banked on the drive
  • Rondo to the hole, fouled hard by Odom, makes 1 of 2
  • Ray fouls Kobe, they’re in the penalty, Kobe to the line, hits two
  • Offensive foul on Rondo, turnover, pushed off
  • Lovely ball movement by LA. Screen and roll by Gasol-Kobe, Kobe trapped, over to Odom, touch pass to Gasol, dunk
  • Pierce misses the 16 footer, offensive rebound KG, layup
  • Kobe hits the 16 footer off the screen and drive
  • Rondo misses a 21 footer in the corner
  • Gasol knocks down the 15 footer. The lead is down to single digits.
  • Timeout Boston
  • Pierce gets in the paint, misses the runner, defensive rebound, outlet, Kobe slows it down, why? He had numbers on the break.
  • Odom drives into the paint, his pass on the run is stolen by Ray, Ray loses it out of bounds as Odom pressures him
  • Radmanovic takes another dumb contested shot
  • Pierce gets the runner as Radmanovic makes a dumb play defensively. Cheating off his man and left Pierce all alone.
  • Radmanovic turnover. Bad pass.
  • Radmanovic dumb defensive play again. He left Pierce to run off a screen, cheated over the top, gave him the baseline, didn’t contest the pass, layup.
  • Those four plays by Radmanovic were disgusting. The space cadet in full motion right now. Well Radmanovic you killed your team’s momentum and gifted the Celtics the opportunity to regain their footing.
  • Kobe misses a bad shot
  • Luke Walton bricks a jumper
  • Ray in the corner, three pointer, good
  • Celtics up 18 points
  • Kobe alley oop pass to Pau, too high, turnover, fastbreak, Rondo to Powe, layup, 20 point game. 11-0 run all started by Radmanovic.
  • Timeout
  • Offensive foul on Odom. That’s five. PJ Brown takes the foul.
  • 1 minute to go in the third
  • Ray quick J, miss
  • Vujacic saves Walton’s bad pass, throws it to Ray Allen, fastbreak, dunking Powe
  • Sasha step back J, nails it
  • Pierce holds it for the final shot, gets the double team from 30 feet, to Rondo, Rondo ball fake, drives, behind his back to Powe, dunk

Fourth Quarter

  • This is over. We’ll run it a bit and see if LA can make a quick run. They need it below 15 with 8 minutes to play to have the slimmest of hopes.
  • Defensive rebound Kobe, pushes it, Farmar for three right wing, hits it
  • Powe gets the layup on a drive. That was all about Luke Walton’s terrible defense. There was no reason to pressure Powe like that 19 feet from the rim with the shot clock rolling down. Gifted the basket to Powe.
  • Rondo throws up a falling shot to beat the buzzer, offensive rebound, Rondo inside, nice behind the back pass to Powe, fouled inside.
  • Bryant alley oop to Turiaf. Twice now.
  • Garnett knocks down the 15 footer off the elbow
  • Farmar three pointer off the dribble over KG
  • Garnett 20 footer, miss, offensive rebound Powe, fouled for absolutely no reason. 14 feet from the rim. Farmar was just in a bad mood and slapped at Powe.
  • 9 minutes to play.
  • Rondo to KG, 15 footer left elbow this time, hits it
  • Rondo has 15 assists
  • Vujacic blows a jumper, Kobe deflects KG’s outlet pass out of bounds. Still Celtics ball.
  • Timeout
  • That’ll do it. This is over.
  • Leon Powe just dribbled down the middle of the floor. Nobody bothered to stop the ball. Dunk
  • Both teams just trading baskets and misses right now. The lead is steady. The game is over
  • 96-78 Celtics lead with 6 minutes to play
  • 20-7 run by LA to pull it within 11 with 3 plus remaining. Not much hope but it’s still on.
  • Back to back turnovers spurring Radmanovic dunk and assist for three. Lakers make another 12-2 run.
  • It’s a four point game with a minute left
  • Rondo misses a 17 footer, rebound Bryant, fouled by Pierce, they’re in the penalty. Bryant knocks down two.
  • There’s 38.4 seconds to play in the game. The Celtics lead by 2. Celtics ball.
  • Pierce high screen and roll, he manevours into the paint, draws the foul and will head to the line.
  • Inbounds to Gasol, to Vujacic, blocked by Pierce, Posey runs down the miss. Posey fouled. This is over.

Lakers might be done. I can’t see them sweeping the home games. They really needed to steal one at Boston in the first two games. I thought the Lakers would have to win two games in Boston overall. I can’t see them winning 4 of 5. No sir.

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