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NBA Finals Game Six: Boston vs Los Angeles

In 2008 NBA Finals, 2008 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on June 18, 2008 at 3:56 am

The series switches back to the Garden tonight with Boston holding the chance to end the title in triumph holding the NBA championship. Do or die for Los Angeles tonight.

Kendrick Perkins is going to try and play tonight. He’ll regain his starting position. The only need one game from the big fella before he gets some rest and gets that shoulder right.

  • Nice introduction from Breen and Van Gundy on Paul Pierce’s dominant play
  • Here we go, Gasol wins the tip, back to Fisher, right to Gasol in the left post, iso, fouled by Perk on the driving pass. Perk is taped up behind his injured shoulder. He did not take a cortizone shot before the game, he’ll play through the pain. Doc is appearantly monitoring how physical he will be early.
  • Garnett inside from the pass by Rondo, blocked, Perkins offensive rebound, misses the jump hook, Ronod outjumps Radmanovic to the ball despite Vlad having inside position, miss, Odom comes up with it, puts it on the floor, Perk in his way, has to turn, Rondo pressures him, free for all going on, Odom managing to hold onto it, finally gets rid of it to Fisher, fastbreak, Fisher through the lane, blocking foul on Pierce. Fisher hits both FTs.
  • 26th playoff game for Boston this postseason, an all-time record.
  • Rondo has to take the baseline J to beat the shot clock, miss
  • Entry pass to Gasol, Rondo from behind steals it, he leads the break, drive and kick to Ray for three, hits it. That was a really bad pass by Rondo to Ray’s ankles. Well done Ray for bailing out Rondo. Rondo had a layup there too but never even looked to shoot it. Ray bailed him out.
  • Blocking foul on Garnett on Fishers pump fake and drive
  • Lakers make a meal of Boston’s bad double team on Kobe off the show on the screen and roll, Odom takes a three to beat the buzzer running right into his teammate to catch the ball (bad spacing), miss, rebound Ray, coast to coast, fouled, Ray makes two of two at the line.
  • Bryant pops out for a three, hits it
  • Rondo’s floater, miss, Lakers mess up the defensive rebound, tap, Rondo snares it and gets fouled on the layup. Terrible defensive rebounding by the Lakers to start this game.
  • Kobe hits another three
  • Celtics miss another, Lakers make a mess again but get it back. Rondo steals the ball again from Gasol.
  • Defensive three seconds foul on LA, Ray hits the FT
  • Rondo floater to beat the buzzer, miss, offensive rebound Perk, putback, Gasol got a piece of it, Bryant and Odom fight for the board, Odom takes it
  • Gasol flops, Garnett layup on the break,
  • Rondo steals it from Gasol on the roll, Bryant steals it back, takes the three, grabbed and fouled, not called, Celtics rebound, Rondo misses a layup, rebound Gasol
  • Gasol fadeaway over Pierce, miss. He had Pierce on him and he jumped five feet backwards. Dumb basketball. Go straight up, he ain’t blocking you.
  • KG misses a shot of his own out of the post, Fisher pushes it, draws another foul
  • Phil Jackson telling Gasol to play tough on the sideline
  • Halfway point in the first
  • Radmanovic had played very good defense here at the start. He’s not going for any of Pierce’s pump fakes and he’s not getting as close defensively making it harder for Pierce to drive around him.
  • Gasol out of the post to Kobe, pump fake, Ray still in his face, fadeaway at the buzzer, hits it. That’s three threes for Kobe.
  • Radmanovic finally fouls Pierce. Well done for lasting so long Vlad and I’m not joking. Best defense this series.
  • Gasol defensive rebound. Odom on Pierce there.
  • Another Lakers miss, Celtics run out, Ray goes baseline and gets the layup. Ray makes it to half court by the time LA get Odom in the post and he draws the foul. Very slow to get back up. Doesn’t look like anything serious, Ray just got rattled. Well now they take Ray out and bring Posey in. Odom makes two of two. Ray will be back in a couple of moments.
  • Garnett turnaround J in the post over Bryant, hits it
  • Walton drives baseline, passes up the layup, gets it back, drives again, fouled on the layup, hits two
  • Garnett hits the jumper from the left wing from 20 feet
  • Gasol misses a 16 footer right wing off the bounce pass feed from Bryant on the screen and roll
  • Garnett left post, fadeaway J, hits it, Garnett has 8 points now. Quick 6 right there.
  • Timeout Lakers
  • Boston lead 20-18
  • Rondo steals another from Gasol, Pierce coast to coast, doesn’t finish, Gasol out-fights Garnett to the rebound, Kobe coast to coast doesn’t finish, defensive rebound, long outlet, Rondo into the paint, back out to Pierce, open three, miss, defensive rebound Gasol.
  • Alley oop to KG, slam dunk
  • Farmar drives, pull up J from 13 feet, in and out
  • The Garden is pumped, it’s ready to explode
  • Garnett has Walton in the post, Walton fights him for post position and steals the entry pass. Lazy seal by Garnett cost that turnover.
  • Rondo called for a foul trying to steal another. Farmar hits the first, KG subbed,
  • Pierce hits a tough contested J for his first bucket of the night
  • Kobe overdribbles and over-milks the clock, takes a contested three, down and out again.
  • Pierce holds it, Lakers have a foul to give, Walton fouls on Pierce’s late drive. 1.8 seconds to play. Celtics get organized. Pierce inbounds against Kobe, to Powe, Powe drives, quarter buzzer ends before he shoots his driving layup.

Second Quarter

  • Turiaf back in the rotation tonight and no sight of Chris Mihm
  • Pierce throws a pass out of bounds there. Not sure who’s fault that was, missed their actions of the player supposedly recieving the ball
  • Loose ball foul on Boston as Turiaf battles three Celtics 10 feet of space and and in the air for that rebound. Great hustle by Ronny.
  • Glen Davis enters the game to fight Turiaf for PJ Brown.
  • Powe fouls Kobe out on the perimeter, soft call, Posey knocks Bryant after the foul. Breen and JVG having a chuckle. Mark Jackson mysteriously quiet.
  • Sasha and House exchange jumpers while Kobe and Pierce exchange assists on jump shots
  • Kobe drives in again, finds Odom, Odom to the hoop, fouled hard, he hits one of two. Boston rebound, Kobe knocks it loose, Boston get it back, almost a steal.
  • Technical foul on Doc Rivers for yelling at Joey Crawford. C’mon Doc, that’s Joey.
  • Pierce takes and makes a long three pointer to put Boston up 5
  • Vujacic dribbles up and takes a quick three after only 4 seconds of the shot clock, miss
  • Powe fouled on his way to the basket, on the floor. Odom was far too far away from Powe. He needs to contest the pass to stop Powe.
  • Powe in the paint, given room, face up J from 14 feet left wing, miss, rebound Odom, coast to coast, fouled by Powe on the layup, back to the FT line, hits two.
  • Powe, PJ, Perk all have two fouls already
  • Little full court pressure from Vujacic, now he lets Pierce go, Kobe takes Pierce, goes under the screen again, three pointer again, misses, defensive rebound Odom, terrible outlet pass, stolen, Posey takes it up, to Pierce, Pierce drives to Powe, layup
  • Timeout
  • Still no Ray Allen
  • Pierce draws the foul on Fisher, back to the line, hits one of two, two fouls on Fisher
  • 8 minutes to play in the half. Pierce now has 7 points and 5 assists.
  • Lakers lead 32-26
  • Gasol fouled by Davis in the post, Gasol took a long time sizing him up before making his move. Davis is a foul machine so let’s see how this goes. No sorry, not on Davis. Illegal defense, Kobe hits the tech. Gasol gets it back, quick move, running hook, hits it
  • Pierce drives again, nice pass to Posey, passes up the three, slows it down, now drives, draws the foul. Good recovery by Posey but he should have taken that shot.
  • That was Gasol’s first basket tonight but he does have 6 rebounds
  • KG having words with Davis probably telling him what to do defensively
  • Davis miugged in the paint, no call, miss, out to House, three at the buzzer, miss, huge offensive rebound Posey, Boston swing the ball, find Posey wide open in the corner as Vujacic makes a dumb rotation to leave him open. Three pointer good.
  • Posey deflects the pass, steal Davis, fastbreak, House from three, nails it
  • 9 point lead
  • Timeout Lakers
  • Starting Five back in for the Lakers, Bryant way short on that shot off the bounce, barely hit iron
  • Pierce drives, bad pass to KG, KG and Odom fight for it, jump ball
  • Eye doctor rushes in for Ray Allen. Now Ray comes out. About bloody time.
  • Garnett wins the tip, Fisher knocks it loose, House and Fisher in a foot race, nobody gets to it
  • Boston lead 38-29
  • Midway through the second
  • Foul on Fisher, that’s three on Derek
  • Bryant loses his dribble, another celtics steal, Pierce leads the break, tees up Posey for a three, Posey nails it. They’re up 14.
  • Timeout Lakers. Phil Jackson is very nervous. The championship is slipping away from LA.
  • Lakers are very easy to defend right now. They’re not involving Gasol or Odom. They’re not passing. They’re not moving off the ball. It’s all Kobe all the time.
  • Gasol low post, spin move on Gasol, Posey fouls on the help. Great defense until the foul. Gasol makes both
  • Bryant defending KG in the post, KG takes a fadeaway, misses. Exact same as Gasol shooting that dumb fadeaway instead of going up strong.
  • Gasol low post, pivots around until he finds a shot he likes, hits the right hook, he has 6 points now, the last 6 Lakers points
  • Pierce drives to the hoop again, finds Garnett, hits the 20 footer along the baseline
  • Radmanovic takes a rainbow three after 7 seconds goes off the shot clock, miss
  • Radmanovic with another dumb foul hacking Pierce 40 feet from the rim on the catch. Dumb dumb dumb dumb. Pierce hits another two at the line.
  • 3:50 to play in the first half
  • Defensive three seconds as Gasol gets another post up, Kobe takes and makes the tech.
  • Boston lead 47-34
  • Lakers go to Gasol again, Perkins back in, Gasol quick jump hook, miss
  • Rondo misses the floater on the other end
  • Farmar drives in, to Walton in the corner, Pierce runs him off the line, Walton steps in and takes the 19 footer, miss, over the backboard out of bounds.
  • Timeout Boston
  • Celtics lead by 13
  • The Lakers want to get this to single digits, the Celtics want to hold this double digit going into the half. Let’s see who finishes the half better.
  • Rondo pokes Farmar’s dribble away, Ray saves it to Perk, great play by both guards, lovely pass by Perk to Rondo for the layup, Rondo doesn’t look to shoot, almost turns it over looking to force the pass, KG gets it, back to Perk, Perk to Rondo for another layup attempt, stolent, Farmar coast to coast, fouled as he’s tripped in the lane. He goes to the line and makes one of two FTs. Celtics lead by 14.
  • Garnett fadeaway in the lane, unguardable, hits it. Gasol was awful there, he didn’t even contest where KG wanted to post up. KG caught the ball in the paint.
  • Dumb double by Farmar late in the shot clock, Rondo cuts to the 10 feet mark in the paint, Rondo gets the pass, two on one against Odom, ball fake, layup
  • Kobe throws it away again
  • Nice pass to KG, fouled on the shot, gets it to go and hits the free throw. Lovely bounce pass by Pierce. Celtics now up 21 points. This game is over.
  • Odom on the drive, first time he’s drove on KG tonight, Perkins blocks him
  • Perkins dunks it home on the other end
  • Boston lead 58-35
  • Terrible finish to the half from LA
  • Kobe misses a three, rebound Garnett
  • Halftime

Halftime

  • Boston finished the half on a 26-6 run to blow open the game. They’re up 23 points. This is over. No way the Lakers make back 23 points to win a title clinching game. No way.
  • There’s no way the Celtics give up 23 points and lose a title clinching game. It’s just not happening.
  • The Lakers hopes of making a run are abysmal. Kobe Bryant isn’t playing well. Odom has done absolutely nothing to create a shot for himself or a teammate tonight. Gasol has done very little. None of their perimeter role players are showing up. They’re not passing the ball well, they’re not moving without the ball well. They’re not shooting the ball well. They’re not getting stops, they’re not rebounding. Where exactly is a run coming from? There’s no run happening from there. I don’t see how they can turn all that around, make back 23 points, finish the game against a top side who’s about to clinch their first title. It’s just not happening.
  • Boston lead 58-35
  • Lamar Odom hasn’t made a field goal. He’s hit four FTs. He has one assist. That’s the entirety of his contribution offensively. Gasol has 6 points on 2-5 shooting, 1 assist and 4 turnovers
  • Odom and Gasol do have 13 rebounds between them.
  • Everything offensively is easier when Rondo plays with intelligence. Push the ball and keep moving to the open space as close to the basket as possible when his man doubles off of him. Defensively Rondo has led the Celtics’ Defense perfectly forcing turnover after turnover. He’s been a terror in the open court creating for his teammates. Brilliant performance from Rondo.
  • KG has been red hot after getting a pair of post ups and a long jumper to drop. Garnett leads all scorers with 17 points on 8-12 shooting to go with 6 boards and 3 assists. He hasn’t done too much defensively but that’s in large part to Odom playing like Ben Wallace.
  • Odom does realize he actually has some skills right?
  • Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers with 14 but he was atrocious in the second quarter. The Lakers fell apart and he could do nothing to glue them back together again or to keep them within distance by going on a scoring binge. Bryant is only 4-11 and 3 of those were threes. 7 of his 11 shots have been three pointers. He can’t get to the rim and he’s completely avoiding the post. Get your butt in the paint and help your team.
  • Paul Pierce is the star of the show in the first half with 10 points and 9 assists. He’s orchestrating everything. If he isn’t getting an assist he’s getting a hockey assist, he’s creating the spacing and taking the Lakers defense off balance on nearly every possession. He’s been incredible. Great defense too.
  • Ray Allen only played 11 minutes but he bagged 8 points in those minutes
  • Some Team Stats – Celtics are trouncing the Lakers on the backboards 26-14 and 8 zip offensive boards to Boston. The Celtics have 10 steals (Rondo and Posey have 7) and 1 block. Lakers have three steals and no blocks. The Lakers have 11 turnovers costing them 19 points, that’s the lead right there. The Celtics have four turnovers costing them four points. The Lakers have taken only 27 shots versus 43 from the Celtics (turnovers, offensive rebounds). The C’s have 17 assists and 20 made field goals on 46% shooting, 5-12 from three, 12-14 from the line. The Lakers have only made 8 shots on 27 field goal attempts for just under 30%, with 5 assits on those, 3-11 from three, 16-19 from the line.
  • I didn’t like the second unit Boston put out on the floor in the second quarter but they kept the lead and actually extended it by one or two. Pierce was truly magnificent during that spell.
  • Boston’s bench has 15 points against 9 points for LA

Second Half – Third Quarter

  • Rondo nails a 21 footer along the baseline to start the quarter
  • Odom takes it hard to the hoop, fouled on the layup,
  • Rondo pushes it hard again, finds Ray for three again, nails it
  • Fisher and Radmanovic taking dumb shots. Lakers resorting to three pointers already.
  • Drive and dish by Odom in transition, Fisher passes up the three, wiggles into the paint, gets fouled, hits two of two. That’s better from Fisher.
  • KG left open from 20 feet, passes up the J, dribbles inside, draws the defense, jumps up, hits PJ under the rim, fouled on the layup. Lovely play by KG.
  • Everything Boston is doing is excellent right now
  • Alley oop to Gasol, dunk
  • KG loses the catch, dribbles, gives it out, Pierce strolls by Radmanovic for a layup. There was no explosion on that move. Just horrific defense.
  • Radmanovic hits the corner three on the other end
  • Rondo right to the rim, hits the layup and the foul, hits the FT
  • Celtics lead by 26
  • Fisher pull up J, hits it from 15 feet left wing
  • Celtics miss another, nobody on Los Angeles tries for the rebound, bounces right out to Boston, Rondo takes a jumper, misses
  • Odom stripped by Rondo, his 5th steal, pushes it ahead, finds Ray in the corner, three pointer good
  • Celtics lead by 29
  • Gasol post, backs down PJ, loses the dribble, out of bounds off Ray, 1 second on the shot clock, Odom to Bryant hits it
  • 7 minutes to play
  • Rondo walks it up slowly, milks the clock, now to KG, inside, stripped by Kobe, fouled by Gasol. Nice hard move by Gasol.
  • Gasol turns it over again, Ray Allen almost gives it right back with a bad behind the back bounce pass. C’mon Ray you know KG doesn’t like bounce passes. Celtics get it back, Gasol fouls again.
  • Pierce doubled on the screen and roll, to KG late in the shot clock, turnaround in the post, miss
  • Gasol tied up in the paint, great play by KG, Gasol showed way too much off the ball there, Gasol wins the tip, Radmanovic quick three, hits it
  • 28 point lead
  • Boston lead 79-51 with 5 minutes to play in the third
  • KG hard to the rim again, Odom contests it well, missed layup, Rondo tips it in
  • Garnett has 21 and 10 already
  • Garnett fouled off the ball
  • KG goes 1 for 2 at the line. They were 23-24 from the FT line before that.
  • Odom drives and jumps up in the air with nowhere to go, turnover, Pierce steals it, leads the break, Lakers foul him for no reason. Pierce hits two at the line.
  • Radmanovic takes a contested high arcing three, miss
  • Individual steals record? Is it 7 or 8? Robert Horry holds it from 1994 against the Knicks (Game Four or Five I think. Rondo has 6 now. He has a real shot at taking the record.
  • I drifted off for the last few minutes. The C’s are just lobbing it on.
  • KG flops trying to draw the blocking foul on Kobe, Kobe keeps going, fouled at the rim.
  • Boston lead 85-56
  • This is over
  • The Lakers still have no offensive flow or scoring options. They still can’t get stops. They still can’t rebounds. No hope of making a run.
  • Gasol gets another short shot to fall
  • Rondo hits a layup
  • PJ Brown blcoks the layup, Ray looks at the clock, holds it up, milks the clock, high screen and roll, finds Rondo cutting to the rim, Rondo finds PJ Brown. Jump shot.
  • Lakers miss
  • That last possession by the Celtics spoke volumes about what Rondo is doing right tonight that he was doing wrong in Los Angeles. Instead of staying stagnant standing out at 20 feet he cuts to the hoop, recieves the pass on the move, is in the paint, defense collapses, spots the open shooter.

Fourth Quarter

  • Celtics lineup – BBD/Powe/Posey/Ray/Rondo
  • Lakers lineup – Odom/Turiaf/Vujacic/Ariza/Farmar
  • Both teams just running up and down not doing much. Rondo has a layup and now fouled on a layup, Rondo makes the layup and gets the free throw. Flagrant foul on Farmar for that foul. Nah, well maybe. Yeah actually, no attempt to play the ball. Minimal contact though.
  • Rondo has taken 19 shots tonight
  • Rondo makes the flagrant
  • KG back in for PJ Brown
  • Celtics lead 94-65
  • Farmar bags a long three
  • Bynum wearing a nice orange shirt behind the bench underneath his suit. Nice little ensemble. He looks disappointed. He’ll get a few shots at these games over the next few years.
  • Vujacic loses Ray, three pointer open in the corner, awful defense, Ray drains the three
  • Odom down low to Turiaf, up over KG with the face up J, hits it
  • Ray Allen bags another three pointer as Vujacic loses him again
  • Boston lead 101-70
  • Timeout Lakers
  • 17th Boston steal on the June 17th for the Celtics’ 17th Championship
  • Rondo is going to come out and he gets a standing ovation
  • 7 minutes to play
  • Odom frizzling and frazzling with the ball. Head fakes, shoulder fakes, jab steps, cross over dribbles, over and back dribbles …. oh but he hasn’t moved a foot yet. Now he gives up the ball. Well done Lamar. That’s a circus move, not an NBA Champion move.
  • Posey hits the layup as LA gamble with backcourt pressure
  • Everyone on the Celtics’ bench is standing
  • Odom drives on KG this time, KG stuffs him
  • Ray ties a Finals record with another three pointer
  • Another Timeout after a surprising hard foul on Odom’s drive for a team up 36 points
  • Paul Pierce bags a three
  • Doc waits til after the timeout to sub out KG, Pierce, Ray to give them standing ovations. It turns into a hugging celebration that the refs have to break up in order to restart the game.
  • Tony Allen drives to the rim, hand off to Powe, dunk
  • Bryant has a three rim in and out
  • Fisher telling his guys to push up on the defenders and keep trying
  • Posey nails a three
  • Boston lead 123-85
  • A 38 point lead for Boston
  • Odom inside, draws the foul on Powe, timeout, Odom hits the first, misses the second.
  • Sam Cassell is bouncing. KG is covering his eyes, Pierce is going crazy.
  • Backdoor cut on a baseline inbounds pass again catches the Lakers blindsighted, Powe catch and dunk, nope fouled. Hits two at the line.
  • Turiaf does the exact same thing but passes up the dunk for a three, Walton bricks another perimeter shot. He’s been missing all series.
  • Eddie House with a lovely alley oop pass to Tony Allen for the reverse dunk
  • Farmar hits another three
  • House fouled on the drive
  • Boston up 40 right now
  • Paul Pierce throws the water cool full of Gatorade over Doc
  • Timeout
  • Eddie dribbles it out, 24 second violation
  • Celtics win 131-92

Boston Celtics win their 17th Title. A fantastic achievement and a magical season from Boston. Great work.

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