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June 13, 2008

A true classic

Filed under: NBA — Tags: , , , , , — Andy Vasquez @ 1:54 am

For the last two weeks the NBA has been billing the matchup between the Celtics and Lakers as the classic rivalry in league history. Thursday night the series finally got a game that lived up to the hype.

And it’s a good thing, because the series now appears to be all but over.

Boston pulled off the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history, erasing a 24-point first-half deficit in Los Angeles to beat the Lakers 97-91. And this will indeed go down as one of the most memorable gamesin NBA Finals history, for the good — Boston’s tremendous defense in the second half — and the bad — LA’s tremendous lack of poise, especially in the third quarter.

After the game, Lakers’ coach Phil Jackson said that the series is “not over.” Oh really?. No team has come back from a 3-1 deficit in Finals’ history, and the Lakers would have to win the final three games, including two in Boston to take the series. That’s not going to happen, no matter how much Zen you practice.

Instead,  suddenly Doc “Kobe-stopper” Rivers is a genius. Phil “my-team-lacks-poise” Jackson is being out-coached. And the Boston Celtics, the team that was devastated just about a year ago when they didn’t get the top pick in the NBA Draft, are a game away from winning their first NBA Championship in 22 years.

Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant is understandably not happy, after what was surely the most devastating loss of his legendary career.

Some highlights from Kobe’s presser:

How do you bounce back from this: “Whine about it tonight. A lot of wine. A lot of beer. Couple shots. Maybe like 20 of them. Digest it and get back to work tomorrow. Nothing you can do.”

How do you feel right now?: “We let a huge opportunity slip away. Upset. Hurt. Disappointed. It’s a huge loss no doubt about it.”

What prevented you from going for the kill in the third quarter?: Nothing, We just wet the bed. A nice big one, too, one of the ones you cant put a towel over. Terrible.”

Not a good night for Kobe or LA. But a memorable one, nonetheless, for any pro basketball fan.


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