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14 June 2010

The NBA Finals could end tomorrow night in game 6 of the series in Los Angeles.  To be honest, watching the series has been like taking a roadtrip with my wife.  She’s hot, she’s cold, she’s hot, she’s cold, she’s hot. Enough!  The Lakers have shown their true colors.  It is the Kobe Bryant show.  With the exception of possibly game 2 (where he only scored 20 points), he has been on fire for the finals.  He has scored 30, 20, 29, 33 and 38 points in each of the games.  He is the proverbial ball hog, but it has landed the Lakers 2 wins in the series.  The Celtics are a much more balanced team, but have been fire and ice.  For example, Ray Allen ties an NBA Finals record by making eight 3-pointers in game 2 (he was 8-11 in the game).  In game 3, he goes 0-13 from the field.  However, the Celtics have had a minimum of 4 players in “double digits” in every single game of the series.  The Lakers only had 2 players in “double digits” in Game 5, while the Celtics had 6 players in “double digits.”  Bottom line, you never know which team will show up for the Celtics, but you can rest assured that they will show up as a team.  Whereas the Lakers….well, Kobe Bryant will show up.

One Liner: “That 2-3-2 format really screwed the Lakers.”  This will strike a nerve in any Celtic fan.  The format of the finals is that the team with the home court advantage plays 2 games at home, 3 on the road, then 2 games at home.  If each team wins their games at home, the team with the home court “advantage” is in a “must win” situation in game 6 while the other team isn’t in a “must win” situation until game 7.  The Celtics won a game in LA, but the Lakers won a game in Boston.  Now the series goes back to LA for the final game(s) of the series.  Truth be known, it wasn’t the format that screwed the Lakers, it is the fact that the Celtics are proving to be the better team.

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The Basics

-The Celtics took a 3-2 lead over the Lakers in the NBA Finals

-Kobe Bryant scored the first 17 points in the 3rd Quarter for the Lakers, but his effort wasn’t enough

-It has become a series of who is better, the Celtics’ team or Kobe Bryant

-The Lakers or the Celtics have won 32 of the 63 NBA Championships.

The NBA is divided into two Conferences, the Eastern and West conference.  Each conference has eight (8) teams vying for their respective championship in a best of seven series playoff.  The winners of the Conference finals meet in the NBA finals in June.   Much like baseball, no one really cares about the regular season unless it involves some traditional rivals (Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics is the current gold standard).

Terminology:

Double Digits: Scoring at least 10 points in a game.

From the field: Refers to all shots taken (2 or 3 points) except for foul shots.

Conference: A group of teams, usually geographically associated.  In the case of the NBA, there are the Eastern and Western Conferences.

Triple Double: When a player achieves double digits in three of five statistical categories (points, assists, rebounds, blocked shots, and steals).  For example a player with, 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists in a single game would have attained triple double.

Rebound: After an attempted shot that does not go in the basket, the act of retrieving the ball after the miss is called rebounding.  The player that retrieves the ball gets a rebound in that statistic column.

Assist: When a player gives the basketball to another player who then immediately scores.

Fast break:  a play in basketball in which a team moves quickly down the court in an attempt to score before the opposing defense can get set up.