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rabbit77
04-27-09, 05:39 PM
Sounds like a nobrainer to me, although I don't know how the layout of the arena is. I'd easily do that if it was me going to a Laker game.

Good to know. Those are stubhub prices btw, the face value is $60 and $145 respectively. I just don't know how good the view is being in the corner down low versus dead center but up high (typically the view you get on tv).

fumanstan
04-27-09, 06:49 PM
Good to know. Those are stubhub prices btw, the face value is $60 and $145 respectively. I just don't know how good the view is being in the corner down low versus dead center but up high (typically the view you get on tv).

I've had corner and behind the basket views up high at Staples Center and found it still easy to follow the action and had an enjoyable experience.

dx23
04-27-09, 08:50 PM
Another game, another one that the refs are ruining. Atlanta and Miami haven't gotten on a groove yet because the shitty fouls the refs are calling. Either Benet Salvatore is working Tim Dounaghy or he is just the worst ref in the league right now, with Joe Crawford following his tails and Violet Palmer a close third.

fumanstan
04-27-09, 10:30 PM
Jesus. GG Hornets.

Jam Master Jay
04-27-09, 10:37 PM
No doubt they crapped the bed on tonight's game. 88 to 50 after 3??

Jeremy517
04-27-09, 11:14 PM
WTF @ ESPN:

It has been removed from the main ESPN page, but still works at the cached Google page for now.

Go to Google, search for ESPN, click on "Cached". Then up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a then enter a bunch of times

Edit, still works here: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/news/story?id=4104307

Jeremy517
04-27-09, 11:15 PM
Screenshot coming momentarily

Jeremy517
04-27-09, 11:16 PM
Still works on cached Google as of now. Screenshot:

<img src="http://www.chartrand.org/jeremy517/espn.jpg">

fumanstan
04-27-09, 11:16 PM
WTF @ ESPN:

It has been removed from the main ESPN page, but still works at the cached Google page for now.

Go to Google, search for ESPN, click on "Cached". Then up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, then enter a bunch of times

Yeah, I saw that this afternoon and it was posted on some video game sites. Wonder if someone got fired for that... but cool for putting in the Konami code.

tofu
04-27-09, 11:19 PM
Its only a 6 point lead right now for the Lakers, but the Jazz already look so defeated.

fumanstan
04-27-09, 11:43 PM
121-63... god damn.

Michael T Hudson
04-27-09, 11:49 PM
That was an awesome shot by Kobe at the end of the half.

Setzer
04-28-09, 12:18 AM
121-63... god damn.

Yeah that's ridiculous. If you would have asked me before the season had started which team would be the Lakers toughest challenge in the West, I would have said NO. They looked like a team that shouldn't even be in the play-offs.

Michael T Hudson
04-28-09, 01:12 AM
That was way too scary. Bring on Houston.

Jeremy517
04-28-09, 01:21 AM
The Konami Code trick still works on this page:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/news/story?id=4104307

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, then hit enter a bunch of times

zekeburger1979
04-28-09, 01:36 AM
http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu138/rgfhgdghhfd/ai-billups.jpg

MovieMaster11
04-28-09, 02:06 AM
Geez with a game like that to end your season. If I were the Hornets, I would be embarrassed to come out of the tunnel in November. I'm a Lakers fan and I hate the Suns but I think they would have been tougher for the Nuggets.

Jeremy517
04-28-09, 02:13 AM
Geez with a game like that to end your season. If I were the Hornets, I would be embarrassed to come out of the tunnel in November. I'm a Lakers fan and I hate the Suns but I think they would have been tougher for the Nuggets.

That didn't (officially) end their season. The series is 3-1.

MovieMaster11
04-28-09, 02:21 AM
Wow I guess I just figured it was over. My bad. It should definitely be a rule that if you lose by 55+ in the playoffs you automatically get the boot from the playoffs :lol:

Ravenous
04-28-09, 02:51 PM
121-63... god damn.

I woulda guessed that was a Spurs score. Glad to see theyre not the only ones stinking up the playoffs. I may or ma ynot even watch tonights game.

cdollaz
04-28-09, 06:34 PM
I just realized the Hornets were at home last night. WTF???? The fans should have stormed the owners box and demanded refunds.

Michael Ballack
04-28-09, 08:18 PM
Halftime Bulls/Celtics. You all glued to the tv in what looks to be another close one?

Quake1028
04-28-09, 08:49 PM
The Hornets clearly gave up on Byron Scott a few months ago.

Michael Ballack
04-28-09, 09:00 PM
Awful 3rd quarter for both the Bulls and Celtics. I think they are exhausted.

Michael Ballack
04-28-09, 09:17 PM
Look up whining nba face in the dictionary and you'll see Ray Allen's face.

Michael Ballack
04-28-09, 09:35 PM
I'm going to be so pissed if the Bulls lose this. They were up by 11 and Ray Allen fouls out.

Michael Ballack
04-28-09, 09:41 PM
Another OT game. Fuck me.

MrX
04-28-09, 09:44 PM
Why the hell does Del Negro insist on having the ball in Gordon's hands at the end of the game? If they win it will be in spite of his dumbass.

lordwow
04-28-09, 10:03 PM
Niceeee

rocketsauce
04-28-09, 10:20 PM
Sorry but Garnett is a fucking piece of shit. He hasn't done DICK to help them win a single game in the playoffs and he fucking wants to jaw at the Bulls bench when they're up with mere seconds left? Where were you at the end of game 1? That's right you left the floor early. Lost a lot of respect for him after that.

xage
04-28-09, 10:23 PM
Looks like Bulls-Celtics will reach game 7

Michael Ballack
04-28-09, 10:23 PM
Bulls have no one to blame but themselves. I think I officially hate Boston more than LA. I hope you enjoyed your ring KG w/your fucking cocky face, cause LeBron or Kobe will have it this year.

rocketsauce
04-28-09, 10:27 PM
Bulls have no one to blame but themselves. I think I officially hate Boston more than LA. I hope you enjoyed your ring KG w/your fucking cocky face, cause LeBron or Kobe will have it this year.

Please let it be LeBron

fumanstan
04-28-09, 10:43 PM
Sorry but Garnett is a fucking piece of shit. He hasn't done DICK to help them win a single game in the playoffs and he fucking wants to jaw at the Bulls bench when they're up with mere seconds left? Where were you at the end of game 1? That's right you left the floor early. Lost a lot of respect for him after that.

Yup, KG became one of the biggest douche bags in the league over the last two years.

rabbit77
04-28-09, 11:13 PM
Stay classy, Garnett.

Great play call by the Bulls at the end and sure Miller got face raped but jesus make the free throws. Can't wait for game 6.

shaun3000
04-29-09, 12:20 AM
Huh, San Antonio is in the poll yet the Mavs are relegated to "Other". Way to go. GO MAVS!!

Jam Master Jay
04-29-09, 12:23 AM
whew Blazers live to fight another day. Maybe 3rd time is the charm going down to Houston :)

Quake1028
04-29-09, 01:07 AM
Shitty end to the season. Hopefully Timmy and Manu can come back healthy next year and make one final push for a 5th title.

Decker
04-29-09, 02:04 AM
Shitty end to the season. Hopefully Timmy and Manu can pull out that fork next year and make one final push for a 5th title.

fixed.

Mordred
04-29-09, 03:16 AM
Huh, San Antonio is in the poll yet the Mavs are relegated to "Other". Way to go. GO MAVS!!If I had put the Mavs in the poll, I know I would have been the only one voting for them. I decided not to embarass myself again though :)

Pretty good game by the Mavs tonight. I think Ravenous finally has some decent complaints with the refs tonight. There were some ticky-tack fouls called against the Spurs (particularly the 5th on Parker with 2 minutes left) that really spoiled any comeback chance they might have had. They were letting them play a bit more in the 1st half but really called the game tight at the end which wasn't fun. Either way, it was a nice win. Always fun when you can send the Spurs fishing. I think we'll have trouble with Denver after going 0-4 against them, but Howard did miss two of those games so it's not a perfectly fair comparison. I still think people will be overlooking the mavs too which is a great position to be in.

Quake1028
04-29-09, 07:41 AM
fixed.

Nope, it was right the first time.

uberjoe
04-29-09, 01:29 PM
I'm a Magic fan and won't at all be surprised or angry if Howard is suspended for game 6 because of that elbow to Dalembert. He lost his composure and shouldn't have done it.

That said, I've seen a few references to it as a "cheap shot." Gotta disagree. Dalembert had it coming.

Dalembert was mugging and shoving the hell out of him on that play. Through the series, the only way he's been able to "cover" Howard is by fouling and hurting him. That's lousy basketball. A whack to the face seems just to me, even if it is against the rules.

As much as I hate the level of violence in hockey, I like the idea of an enforcer to -- every now and then -- set someone straight. If you so lack skill in your chosen profession that you have to resort to fouling and violence to have an impact on a play, then you have no right crying when someone takes exception and knocks the shit out of you.

Mordred
04-29-09, 01:32 PM
Stay classy, Garnett.

Great play call by the Bulls at the end and sure Miller got face raped but jesus make the free throws. Can't wait for game 6.I forgot to comment on this last night, but Rajon's foul was an obvious flagrant. He made no attempt to make a play on the ball and hacked Miller in the head. ESPN was saying the fumes from the compound they used to close Miller's lip up were affecting his eyes which explains his constant blinking and wiping his eyes. He looked like he was crying after the game which and that explains why. I didn't really care who won this first round before, but now I couldn't be rooting harder for the Bulls.

Decker
04-29-09, 04:43 PM
Here's one way to make the Magic-Sixer series last longer:

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Howard out for Game 6

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
By Marc Stein
ESPN.com

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has been suspended for one game without pay for Tuesday's first-quarter elbow to the head of Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert.


The NBA announced the suspension Wednesday afternoon.


The league announcement stated that Howard will serve his suspension Thursday night in Game 6 at Philadelphia. The Magic lead the series three games to two after their 91-78 win.


Video replays clearly showed Howard swiping at Dalembert's head.


A subsequent Howard elbow that made unintentional contact with teammate Courtney Lee has left Lee with a fractured sinus that has already ruled the rookie guard out of Game 6.


In a radio interview Wednesday morning with WIP in Philadelphia, Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski likened the elbow to a punch.


"The rule is obvious," Stefanski told the station. "I contacted the league immediately after the play. ... To me there's no difference than a punch. The rule states clearly if there's an elbow thrown to the head and there's contact, then the player should be ejected. The officials said that they didn't see contact and that's why they gave him a technical foul instead of an ejection.


"I have no idea what the league will do, but to me the rule is black and white, it's clear," Stefanski continued. "What I saw was clear. I felt an elbow above the shoulders made contact on someone's head and it wasn't part of the play."

The Magic have two natural options to replace Lee -- defensive specialist Mickael Pietrus and sharpshooter J.J. Redick, who combined to log 59 minutes after Lee departed Game 5 -- but no way to replicate what Howard, the NBA's newly minted Defensive Player of the Year, gives them.


Reserve center Tony Battie shot 9-for-9 from the field against the Sixers in a regular-season game in November, but Battie has played only 24 minutes in this series so far and none since Game 3.


The suspension will cost Howard $125,073 in salary.

fumanstan
04-29-09, 05:31 PM
Howard deserves that suspension. Just a stupid play by him to make in the playoffs.

I think Rondo should have gotten a flagrant, but not be suspended. Looked to me like he was trying to recover on the play and take a foul, but just happened to get Miller in the face. Although I read an interesting comment that if it was the opposite and Rondo was the one who got hit, Miller probably would have gotten ejected. It looks less harsh when it's a big guy getting hit by a small and people always like to judge these things on the result of the play, not the action.

LurkerDan
04-29-09, 06:06 PM
Howard deserves that suspension. Just a stupid play by him to make in the playoffs.

I think Rondo should have gotten a flagrant, but not be suspended.

Agree with both. I'm a die hard C's fan and he definitely should have gotten a flagrant on that one.

Ravenous
04-29-09, 06:20 PM
If I had put the Mavs in the poll, I know I would have been the only one voting for them. I decided not to embarass myself again though :)

Pretty good game by the Mavs tonight. I think Ravenous finally has some decent complaints with the refs tonight. There were some ticky-tack fouls called against the Spurs (particularly the 5th on Parker with 2 minutes left) that really spoiled any comeback chance they might have had. They were letting them play a bit more in the 1st half but really called the game tight at the end which wasn't fun. Either way, it was a nice win. Always fun when you can send the Spurs fishing. I think we'll have trouble with Denver after going 0-4 against them, but Howard did miss two of those games so it's not a perfectly fair comparison. I still think people will be overlooking the mavs too which is a great position to be in.


Glad I missed it... on accident. Went out for the night and had the VCR set. Got home at 12am and turns out it didnt record. I didnt think the Spurs would win. Doesnt matter as they nor Dallas can beat Billups. I hope Kobe wins before the Nuggets. I may hate him but the Nuggets :mad:

That foul by Rondo was a flagarant and Miller obviously missed because of the hit. Didnt know the fumes caused it, wow. I hate Celts but they wont win anyway. I missed the Orlando flagarant. Gotta see what happened.

Itll be LA vs Cavs

dx23
04-29-09, 07:15 PM
Stu Jackson and the rest of the powers that be in the NBA are idiots.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4112697

rocketsauce
04-29-09, 07:43 PM
Stu Jackson and the rest of the powers that be in the NBA are idiots.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4112697

wow that's pretty much bullshit. oh well they can't make excuses about losing a fucking 11 point lead.

PopcornTreeCt
04-29-09, 09:37 PM
I hope the Magic pull it out in Philadelphia. I like to think it will be a good test, now that everyone expects it to go to game 7. And now that everyone knows that the Sixers GM and coach are a bunch of pussies. There goes all the toughness Philly had, now they're a team of whiny pussies. There I'm done venting.

Hope Courtney Lee comes back for the next round.

Jeremy517
04-30-09, 12:37 AM
Stu Jackson and the rest of the powers that be in the NBA are idiots.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4112697

They were kind of painted into a corner. They didn't want to give the Bulls ammunition for any kind of protest by hinting that it should have been flagrant. I think they would have been alright giving him a fine, but evidently they felt otherwise. There was zero chance that he was getting suspended.

Mordred
04-30-09, 12:42 AM
They were kind of painted into a corner. They didn't want to give the Bulls ammunition for any kind of protest by hinting that it should have been flagrant. I think they would have been alright giving him a fine, but evidently they felt otherwise. There was zero chance that he was getting suspended.Exactly. That's the kinda crap you just have to put up with if you're an NBA fan. It's sad but I think it ends up going both ways and screwing teams equally over time.

fumanstan
04-30-09, 12:45 AM
I hope the Magic pull it out in Philadelphia. I like to think it will be a good test, now that everyone expects it to go to game 7. And now that everyone knows that the Sixers GM and coach are a bunch of pussies. There goes all the toughness Philly had, now they're a team of whiny pussies. There I'm done venting.

Hope Courtney Lee comes back for the next round.

Why are they pussies? Because they complained about a dirty move from Howard?

Mordred
04-30-09, 12:51 AM
Why are they pussies? Because they complained about a dirty move from Howard?Because he's a Magic fan.

Howard was getting suspended no matter what. Complaining about the supposed 3-second violations was kinda lame, but it didn't affect Howard getting suspended.

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 02:21 AM
I'm a Bulls fan who survived the infamous Hugh Hollins call. While it should have been a flagrant meaning 2 free throws and on the side with 2 secs left to go, Miller should have hit the free throws and the Bulls should have won with a 11 point lead and Allen fouled out. I don't feel Rondo should be suspended, but that was a blown call no doubt. If the calls tend to go the Bulls way in game 6, I don't want to hear any Boston people bitching though, that's for sure.

atari2600
04-30-09, 04:39 AM
congrats to denver!

denver-dallas round 2. gonna be tough but a good series.

LurkerDan
04-30-09, 11:32 AM
Wow, I'm not sure how people in Denver are going to handle this, it's been a LONG time since we've seen the second round! :lol:

atari2600
04-30-09, 01:33 PM
Wow, I'm not sure how people in Denver are going to handle this, it's been a LONG time since we've seen the second round! :lol:

15 years!!! but man it feels good.

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 03:08 PM
Congrats Denver. I hope you can make it far enough and beat the Lakers :D Carmelo vs LeBron in the finals, the same draft class.

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 03:15 PM
I have a feeling tonight's Bulls/Celtics game is going to be a free throw contest. Watch early on to see if the refs try to set the tone after Rondo's hard foul at the end of last game.

pjflyer
04-30-09, 04:59 PM
I'm still upset that Miller got a flagrant foul earlier in the series when Big Baby acted/flopped like he was elbowed. The problem is Miller is too much of a tough guy for nba refs. If he would have laid on the floor and bled out he would have gotten the flagrant call.

I'm a huge Bulls fan and I can honestly say that win or lose this has been a great series and should help the younger Bulls players in the future.

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 07:09 PM
Holy shit Toni Kukoc got old. Makes me feel old.

dx23
04-30-09, 07:40 PM
What is fucking Joey Crawford and the NBA waiting? That someone gets killed. Rondo needs to be suspended.

Ravenous
04-30-09, 07:41 PM
Piece of shit overrated Rondo

dx23
04-30-09, 07:44 PM
That is fucking ridiculous!!!! It was clearly a flagrant 2 foul! Fucking refs suck!

Pharoh
04-30-09, 07:47 PM
No question, Rondo is a punk and it was, to me, a clear flagrant 2. He might get suspended for that one.

dx23
04-30-09, 07:50 PM
No question, Rondo is a punk and it was, to me, a clear flagrant 2. He might get suspended for that one.

I don't know, since Stooge Jackson said today that they are going by the refs interpretation.

Doc Rivers is a douchebag.

shadowhawk2020
04-30-09, 07:54 PM
No question, Rondo is a punk and it was, to me, a clear flagrant 2. He might get suspended for that one.


Hopefully, but that won't help the Bulls if they lose tonight. Rondo should be gone...

dx23
04-30-09, 07:58 PM
The ridiculous thing is that a player can be suspended for getting out of the bench area but Rondo didn't get tossed for clearly slamming an opposing player to the floor.

shadowhawk2020
04-30-09, 07:59 PM
Oh, and the Magic are playing strong early, but being down two players you have to think they will come back to earth...

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 09:25 PM
Why do the Bulls have to make this shit so hard?

dx23
04-30-09, 09:34 PM
The refs are completely giving this game to the Celtics.

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 09:36 PM
Wow. Just wow.

dx23
04-30-09, 09:38 PM
Vinny should be fired just for his deer in the headlight look while all this run was happening.

outcastja
04-30-09, 09:47 PM
This series is awesome.

dx23
04-30-09, 09:47 PM
That's what Miller should have done in the last game!!!

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 09:50 PM
I just can't take this.

Michael T Hudson
04-30-09, 09:51 PM
Wow what a game.

dx23
04-30-09, 09:53 PM
I just can't take this.

Ditto.

shadowhawk2020
04-30-09, 09:53 PM
Wow this is good stuff... Can either of these teams have any energy when this series is over?

fumanstan
04-30-09, 09:58 PM
Man, such a great series and i've missed just about all of it. Damn east coast games! :p

dx23
04-30-09, 09:58 PM
So Brad Miller, who scored the last 5 points in regulation and was rebounding perfectly well, is now on the bench?

dx23
04-30-09, 09:59 PM
How the hell wasn't the Gordon drive not a foul?

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 09:59 PM
So Brad Miller, who scored the last 5 points in regulation and was rebounding perfectly well, is now on the bench?

Vinnie Del Stupidio

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 10:04 PM
Tyrus Thomas is a fucking retard.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:05 PM
I prefer that either Noah or Tim Thomas be in the game instead of Tyrus.

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 10:07 PM
I prefer that either Noah or Tim Thomas be in the game instead of Tyrus.

I would prefer the fucking ball boy in the game before Thomas.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:10 PM
I hate Big Bitch Davis

Autotelik
04-30-09, 10:11 PM
just let them kill each other while they're at it.... 4 OT games so far... ridonculous!

dx23
04-30-09, 10:13 PM
This is ridiculous!!! Double overtime!

Ravenous
04-30-09, 10:14 PM
I hate Big Bitch Davis

I just got home to see the final secs of OT. Before I left the game they showed a clip of all the shit go down this series. Did I see Miller throwing a little uppercut to Bitch's jaw while tied up? :lol:

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 10:17 PM
I lose a year off my life everytime big baby davis scores.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:18 PM
I just got home to see the final secs of OT. Before I left the game they showed a clip of all the shit go down this series. Did I see Miller throwing a little uppercut to Bitch's jaw while tied up? :lol:

Actually, that was a huge flop by the Big Bitch.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:20 PM
Vinny del Negro may have the deer in the headlight look, but Doc Rivers has the dumbfuck expression everytime something doesn't go his way.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:21 PM
Bring Scalabrine!

PopcornTreeCt
04-30-09, 10:24 PM
This game is amazing.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:25 PM
Scalabrinie is a dead ringer for Michael Rapaport.

PopcornTreeCt
04-30-09, 10:25 PM
Why are they pussies? Because they complained about a dirty move from Howard?

Yes.

And tonight they proved me right. :)

Ravenous
04-30-09, 10:26 PM
Actually, that was a huge flop by the Big Bitch.

Oh yea he over acted. But it was a nice shot

Didnt Bitch foul out? Why do I see him playing?

dx23
04-30-09, 10:27 PM
Perkins fouled out.

Ravenous
04-30-09, 10:28 PM
Ahh too much typing and talking in the room to pay attention.... kinda.

I think I saw Rivers start to cry on one of those last fouls.

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 10:29 PM
Triple OT?

dx23
04-30-09, 10:29 PM
Why that shot?

lordwow
04-30-09, 10:30 PM
Ohhhh myyyy

PopcornTreeCt
04-30-09, 10:32 PM
This is like NFL replay!!

lordwow
04-30-09, 10:32 PM
That, unfortunately, is a 2.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:32 PM
They need to put someone like Lindsey Hunter in to replace Noah for free throws.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:34 PM
Del Negro apparently heard me.

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 10:34 PM
fuck me fuck me fuck me fuck me fuck me.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:35 PM
I'm losing years of my life watching this series.

Ravenous
04-30-09, 10:36 PM
Clutch!

Edit to add theres a 3rd OT..... ;)

shizawn
04-30-09, 10:38 PM
Wow

PopcornTreeCt
04-30-09, 10:38 PM
Ray allen!

lordwow
04-30-09, 10:38 PM
This is... unbelievable.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:38 PM
Jesus!

Autotelik
04-30-09, 10:38 PM
Oh my god!! This is just crazy!

dx23
04-30-09, 10:38 PM
Why didn't they foul?

lordwow
04-30-09, 10:39 PM
They would have made them anyway.

lordwow
04-30-09, 10:39 PM
rotfl nice.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:40 PM
Triple overtime!

dx23
04-30-09, 10:40 PM
They would have made them anyway.

But the Bulls where up by 3. Del Negro should have turned this into a free throw contest.

Autotelik
04-30-09, 10:40 PM
Well.... these 2 teams are just so neck and neck.... might as well have the first ever 4OT in NBA history.... anyone think that will happen?

Michael T Hudson
04-30-09, 10:43 PM
At this point I wonder if I will see any of the Houston game. :lol:

This game is crazy.

fumanstan
04-30-09, 10:44 PM
Just got home. God damn, 3 OT's.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:47 PM
Why is Hinrich always missing clutch free throws?

dx23
04-30-09, 10:49 PM
How is that not a moving screen?

Ravenous
04-30-09, 10:50 PM
A 4th overtime would be the shit! Never seen one of those.

Isnt Houston at the half already?

fumanstan
04-30-09, 10:51 PM
Miller looks like he's getting hammered down there.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:52 PM
Wow!!!!!!!!!

lordwow
04-30-09, 10:53 PM
Stupid foul by Pierce.

Autotelik
04-30-09, 10:53 PM
Not a smart play by Pierce

PopcornTreeCt
04-30-09, 10:53 PM
That's a Gator!!!

fumanstan
04-30-09, 10:53 PM
Way to suck ya douche Pierce!

Ravenous
04-30-09, 10:53 PM
Holy shit that was awesome!

dx23
04-30-09, 10:54 PM
Is there anyone that likes the Celtics here anymore or have they turn everyone in the forum against them for their douchebag attitudes?

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 10:54 PM
Please Jesus, Buddah, Allah, and whatever, no 4th OT!!!!!

Ravenous
04-30-09, 10:55 PM
Damn theres has been 4 OTs back in '53

fumanstan
04-30-09, 10:55 PM
Allen hitting another 3 wouldn't surprise me :lol:

dx23
04-30-09, 10:55 PM
Jebus!

lordwow
04-30-09, 10:56 PM
Knew they'd go to House now that Allen is triple covered :lol:

dx23
04-30-09, 10:56 PM
another illegal pick by Big bitch.

fumanstan
04-30-09, 10:57 PM
Looks like that should have been a foul on that screen.

fumanstan
04-30-09, 10:58 PM
Stupid Davis.

Autotelik
04-30-09, 10:58 PM
not looking good for the celtics now

Ravenous
04-30-09, 10:58 PM
Thats fucking obvious fould and he cries, :lol:

Was Miller always so damn Clutch?

PopcornTreeCt
04-30-09, 10:58 PM
I want Miller to hit both and then Allen to hit a 3.

dx23
04-30-09, 10:58 PM
Houston is already in the half!!!

dx23
04-30-09, 10:59 PM
is big bitch crying?

Ravenous
04-30-09, 11:01 PM
Scalla whooie?

Never seen an Albino/Irish Italian :D

lordwow
04-30-09, 11:01 PM
Oh My God.

fumanstan
04-30-09, 11:01 PM
OMG missed a layup.

PopcornTreeCt
04-30-09, 11:02 PM
Oh.My.God.

Ravenous
04-30-09, 11:02 PM
Hinrich, go commit suicide.... pathetic

Mordred
04-30-09, 11:02 PM
Holy crap, how did he miss that.

dx23
04-30-09, 11:02 PM
How the hell did he miss that/!?!?

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 11:02 PM
Ok, Boston, you can have this one after missing an open layup.

lordwow
04-30-09, 11:02 PM
rotfl

PopcornTreeCt
04-30-09, 11:03 PM
Goaltending!

maybe

dx23
04-30-09, 11:03 PM
Rondo touched the fucking ball!!!

fumanstan
04-30-09, 11:03 PM
Nice foul now Vinny. :lol:

dx23
04-30-09, 11:04 PM
Rose!!!!!!

outcastja
04-30-09, 11:04 PM
Siiiiiiick

fumanstan
04-30-09, 11:04 PM
Holy shit. Derrick Rose is my hero.

PopcornTreeCt
04-30-09, 11:04 PM
Fudge

lordwow
04-30-09, 11:04 PM
Hahaha rotfl

PopcornTreeCt
04-30-09, 11:05 PM
Game Over

dx23
04-30-09, 11:05 PM
finally!!!!!

fumanstan
04-30-09, 11:05 PM
Whew!

Autotelik
04-30-09, 11:05 PM
what. a. game.

now i can go pee

Ravenous
04-30-09, 11:06 PM
Wow, fucking wow. Lucky pricks!

PopcornTreeCt
04-30-09, 11:08 PM
Funny. I forgot the Hinrich/Rondo fight was this same game.

tofferman
04-30-09, 11:08 PM
The refs are completely giving this game to the Celtics.

-ohbfrank-

An awesome series regardless who wins...

slymer
04-30-09, 11:08 PM
I'm so glad it's going 7. What a series. I guess I'm rooting for the Bulls.

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 11:14 PM
This series has really reminded me of Rocky. The Bulls might not win, but they went the distance.

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 11:17 PM
I don't smoke, but I feel like I need a cigarette after that game.

fumanstan
04-30-09, 11:22 PM
As a Laker fan, i'm just happy this series has spread the Celtic hate around and everyone else thinks they're douche bags too :)

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 11:24 PM
As a Laker fan, i'm just happy this series has spread the Celtic hate around and everyone else thinks they're douche bags too :)

Yeah, Kobe and the Lake show with their celebrity fans don't seem so bad now. :D I'm still rooting for LeBron over Kobe.

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 11:52 PM
http://thebiglead.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/660123bf-372c-492f-8c12-07784935a4ab.jpg

My hatred for the Celtics can be summed up with this pic.

slymer
04-30-09, 11:53 PM
Chicago getting Salmons and Miller for Nocioni and Gooden was robbery. I didn't realize Salmons had improved so much the last few years.

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 11:54 PM
Chicago getting Salmons and Miller for Nocioni and Gooden was robbery. I didn't realize Salmons had improved so much the last few years.

He's had a bad hammy for the last month as well. That's another thing Mr tough KG, you have no broken bones or torn muscles, why not play?

fumanstan
04-30-09, 11:55 PM
Any videos of Rondo's actions today? Been looking for a replay since I missed it.

Michael Ballack
04-30-09, 11:59 PM
Any videos of Rondo's actions today? Been looking for a replay since I missed it.
http://i42.tinypic.com/218kuf.gif

Not video, but animated GIF

dx23
05-01-09, 12:03 AM
I just hope they suspend him for Game 7 but the NBA doesn't have the balls to do it.

Michael Ballack
05-01-09, 12:07 AM
I just hope they suspend him for Game 7 but the NBA doesn't have the balls to do it.

That would only happen on Earth 2.

uberjoe
05-01-09, 12:12 AM
I look forward to a Bill Simmons column "dissecting" the foul, then trailing off into some rambling piece of fan-fic about Larry Bird appearing in The Karate Kid.

slymer
05-01-09, 12:15 AM
I just hope they suspend him for Game 7 but the NBA doesn't have the balls to do it.

I hope they don't. I just want to see another great game. It'd be cool to see the Bulls pull it off in Boston.

Does Marbury start if Rondo is suspended? Scary

Jam Master Jay
05-01-09, 12:18 AM
Well Blazers had a good run, it's too bad no one else on the team not named Roy or Aldridge took the flight down to Houston for the game. But they got that playoff experience and if that core stay's together this will be a distant memory. Time to move and watch some un-biased playoff basketball from here on out! Can't wait for Game 7 of Chicago-Boston, one of the best playoff series I can remember.

fumanstan
05-01-09, 12:20 AM
Thanks for the link. I don't see that much of an elbow thrown after, but given the events from the last game it's pretty ridiculous that he doesn't get tossed there or doesn't face a suspension for the next game.

uberjoe
05-01-09, 12:36 AM
I'd be so happy if one -- just ONE -- talking head would come out and say "He deserved to get his ass kicked for that." A columnist, a play-by-play guy or one of the dozens of formers players now making their living as a talking head. Rondo threw Hinrich off the court, and I doubt fewer than 95% of NBA players think that doesn't deserve a punch. You think if the roles were reversed that Garnett wouldn't have been angrily jutting out his chin at Hinrich while using cuss words I haven't even learned yet (and I know my share)?

Now I'm fine with saying a violent response should get someone tossed, but I'm getting sick of guys in studios shaking their heads in disdain when someone responds angrily after getting the shit knocked out of him. Here's an example of what at least one commentator actually thinks:

"NBA All-Star Charles Barkley never backs down. And he never will, the Houston Rockets forward said, offering no apologies about wrestling a man from a police officer's grasp early Sunday and hurling him through a plate-glass window at Phineas Phogg's in Church Street Station."

From a 1997 story (http://www.nejamelaw.com/mark-nejame-in-the-news/NoApologiesBarkleysCase.htm) out of Orlando.

Call retaliation dumb, but leave the high ground for those who've earned it.

LurkerDan
05-01-09, 01:16 AM
I'd be so happy if one -- just ONE -- talking head would come out and say "He deserved to get his ass kicked for that." A columnist, a play-by-play guy or one of the dozens of formers players now making their living as a talking head. Rondo threw Hinrich off the court, and I doubt fewer than 95% of NBA players think that doesn't deserve a punch. You think if the roles were reversed that Garnett wouldn't have been angrily jutting out his chin at Hinrich while using cuss words I haven't even learned yet (and I know my share)?

Now I'm fine with saying a violent response should get someone tossed, but I'm getting sick of guys in studios shaking their heads in disdain when someone responds angrily after getting the shit knocked out of him. Here's an example of what at least one commentator actually thinks:

"NBA All-Star Charles Barkley never backs down. And he never will, the Houston Rockets forward said, offering no apologies about wrestling a man from a police officer's grasp early Sunday and hurling him through a plate-glass window at Phineas Phogg's in Church Street Station."

From a 1997 story (http://www.nejamelaw.com/mark-nejame-in-the-news/NoApologiesBarkleysCase.htm) out of Orlando.

Call retaliation dumb, but leave the high ground for those who've earned it.

So, what was your reaction a couple of weeks ago when Allen got thrown to the ground by Varejao? Allen responded with an elbow to Varejao's nuts, and I recall most people treating the incident like Allen was the dirty player.

rabbit77
05-01-09, 01:25 AM
Well, that was the most entertaining NBA game I've ever been to. I'll throw up a bunch of pics after I decompress.

fumanstan
05-01-09, 01:27 AM
Well, that was the most entertaining NBA game I've ever been to. I'll throw up a bunch of pics after I decompress.

Nice! Was this the game with the tickets you were asking about previously? Hope the closer seats made it even better!

rabbit77
05-01-09, 01:30 AM
yeah, and my dad and I really loved the seats. Way better than front row center upper level. I thought they were going to run out of t-shirts to give away with all the timeouts at the end.

uberjoe
05-01-09, 01:35 AM
So, what was your reaction a couple of weeks ago when Allen got thrown to the ground by Varejao? Allen responded with an elbow to Varejao's nuts, and I recall most people treating the incident like Allen was the dirty player.

Well, as a male I think a nutshot should be reserved for someone either insulting your mother or kicking your cat...

Truth is I despise Varejao, and I've seen plenty of plays where he deserved to be set straight. I like to define him as a set of three lousy qualities. Actually, immediately after expressing this to my dad during a Cavs game, Varejao had one play where he drove to the basket and did all three:

1) Dribble and move so poorly as to make me wonder how he can walk around without falling down.

2) Be so out of control of his own body that other players are in danger of serious injury simply by being near him.

3) Flop like soccer player.

So I don't see Allen as "the" dirty player in that particular exchange. Both were shitty moves, but at least Allen was acting out of shock and anger, whereas Varejao was hurting people because he is physically incapable of playing proper defense.

Michael Ballack
05-01-09, 02:09 AM
I'm watching the replay on the local Comcast Sportsnet. I really wish Vinnie Dumb Negro would start Heinrich against Allen in game 7 and have Gordon come off the bench. At one point I saw Ben Gordon pretty much give up on chasing around the screens.

MovieMaster11
05-01-09, 02:32 AM
Best first round series match up ever. Hope the Bulls finish these cocky fucks off. God the hate for them runs so deep and yeah im a LAkers fan.

rabbit77
05-01-09, 02:43 AM
my pics from the bulls celtics game (Nikon D90 with 50mm 1.8D and Tokina 11-16mm)


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3560/3490865880_7fea7880a6_b.jpg
All alone

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3021/3490052635_dab0ba6120_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3547/3490053555_7db9b2379f_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3330/3490053675_16ee68df2a_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3542/3490053813_ec8ba93fd3_b.jpg
88-76 at this point

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3354/3490867914_33b333590a_b.jpg
lots of this during the timeouts

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3301/3490054369_bb905cd15a_b.jpg
Couldn't put it away in regulation

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3388/3490054855_da30ba4804_b.jpg
Allen sends it to 3OT - anyone see the reacharound?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3411/3490052441_644782b1a9_b.jpg
Finally

Jeremy517
05-01-09, 03:05 AM
So, what was your reaction a couple of weeks ago when Allen got thrown to the ground by Varejao? Allen responded with an elbow to Varejao's nuts, and I recall most people treating the incident like Allen was the dirty player.

"Thrown to the ground" is a bit of an exaggeration. Varejao wasn't innocent in the whole exchange, but a nutshot was definitely out of line.

nickdawgy
05-01-09, 04:31 AM
http://thebiglead.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/660123bf-372c-492f-8c12-07784935a4ab.jpg

My hatred for the Celtics can be summed up with this pic.

Garnett is such a douche bag.

nickdawgy
05-01-09, 04:37 AM
my pics from the bulls celtics game (Nikon D90 with 50mm 1.8D and Tokina 11-16mm)


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3560/3490865880_7fea7880a6_b.jpg
All alone

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3021/3490052635_dab0ba6120_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3547/3490053555_7db9b2379f_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3330/3490053675_16ee68df2a_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3542/3490053813_ec8ba93fd3_b.jpg
88-76 at this point

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3354/3490867914_33b333590a_b.jpg
lots of this during the timeouts

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3301/3490054369_bb905cd15a_b.jpg
Couldn't put it away in regulation

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3388/3490054855_da30ba4804_b.jpg
Allen sends it to 3OT - anyone see the reacharound?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3411/3490052441_644782b1a9_b.jpg
Finally


Great pics. It's awesome to see the Bulls in the playoffs again. I hope they pull off the game 7 win.

InstantKarma
05-01-09, 07:15 AM
I guartenee that the Celtics will win Game 7!

lordwow
05-01-09, 07:25 AM
"Thrown to the ground" is a bit of an exaggeration. Varejao wasn't innocent in the whole exchange, but a nutshot was definitely out of line.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGgDF0oFM4Y#t=1m18s

Now watch that again and tell me he wasn't thrown to the ground.

InstantKarma
05-01-09, 07:36 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGgDF0oFM4Y#t=1m18s

Now watch that again and tell me he wasn't thrown to the ground.

He wasn't thrown to the ground

dx23
05-01-09, 09:04 AM
http://thebiglead.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/660123bf-372c-492f-8c12-07784935a4ab.jpg

My hatred for the Celtics can be summed up with this pic.

How does the NBA allow this? Isn't this taunting/heckling an opposing player? I thought there were rules about that. The NBA should call Garnett and tell him to get his injured ass on the bench and shut the fuck up. I can't believe that he has turned into such a douchebag.

dx23
05-01-09, 09:08 AM
By the way, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith have become pathetic. They were dismissing the altercation between Rondo and Hinrich as "2 guys that can't fight because they are so small". I don't know if Barkley remembers this:

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starman9000
05-01-09, 09:13 AM
How does the NBA allow this? Isn't this taunting/heckling an opposing player? I thought there were rules about that. The NBA should call Garnett and tell him to get his injured ass on the bench and shut the fuck up. I can't believe that he has turned into such a douchebag.

This kind of stuff bugs me too.

Last year during the playoffs I was so turned off by players jumping up and clapping while someone was shooting a 3 in front of them. It happened a lot, and nobody said anything about it, so I guess it must be considered OK/part of the game.

sundog
05-01-09, 09:32 AM
my pics from the bulls celtics game (Nikon D90 with 50mm 1.8D and Tokina 11-16mm)


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3560/3490865880_7fea7880a6_b.jpg
All alone

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3021/3490052635_dab0ba6120_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3547/3490053555_7db9b2379f_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3330/3490053675_16ee68df2a_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3542/3490053813_ec8ba93fd3_b.jpg
88-76 at this point

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3354/3490867914_33b333590a_b.jpg
lots of this during the timeouts

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3301/3490054369_bb905cd15a_b.jpg
Couldn't put it away in regulation

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3388/3490054855_da30ba4804_b.jpg
Allen sends it to 3OT - anyone see the reacharound?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3411/3490052441_644782b1a9_b.jpg
Finally


Sweet shots.

rocketsauce
05-01-09, 09:54 AM
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rocketsauce
05-01-09, 09:55 AM
Poor life decision when I decided to go to the Cubs game instead of watching the Bulls game

Mordred
05-01-09, 10:41 AM
I guartenee that the Celtics will win Game 7!I'm hoping this prediction is as good as your last one :lol:

Jeremy517
05-01-09, 11:33 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGgDF0oFM4Y#t=1m18s

Now watch that again and tell me he wasn't thrown to the ground.

He wasn't thrown to the ground.

fumanstan
05-01-09, 12:46 PM
Agree, wasn't thrown to the ground.

B.A.
05-01-09, 12:56 PM
I've hated Noah since college, but damn that was nice.

Keep it up, Bulls. :beer:

dx23
05-01-09, 01:01 PM
I'm still amazed about how great that game was last night. I've been in a complete high all day thanks to the game. This game and certainly the series, is an instant classic.

dx23
05-01-09, 01:03 PM
This kind of stuff bugs me too.

Last year during the playoffs I was so turned off by players jumping up and clapping while someone was shooting a 3 in front of them. It happened a lot, and nobody said anything about it, so I guess it must be considered OK/part of the game.

I wonder what would happen if Gordon threw a haymaker at Garnett for taunting. Will the league suspend Gordon or will the throw out Garnett like a drunk heckling fan?

LurkerDan
05-01-09, 01:04 PM
ok, if Allen "wasn't thrown to the ground" what happened? And how would you describe what Rondo did to Hinrich differently? I used the term "thrown to the ground" in response to a post that said "Rondo threw Hinrich off the court". The two actions seemed pretty similar to me.

fumanstan
05-01-09, 01:18 PM
This kind of stuff bugs me too.

Last year during the playoffs I was so turned off by players jumping up and clapping while someone was shooting a 3 in front of them. It happened a lot, and nobody said anything about it, so I guess it must be considered OK/part of the game.

I don't see what the big deal is about people on the sidelines yelling at players while they shoot. Something like that shouldn't distract you.


ok, if Allen "wasn't thrown to the ground" what happened? And how would you describe what Rondo did to Hinrich differently? I used the term "thrown to the ground" in response to a post that said "Rondo threw Hinrich off the court". The two actions seemed pretty similar to me.

I don't know, Varejao seemed to just turn and shake Allen off while their arms were locked, whereas Rondo's looked like he pretty much grabbed Hinrich's arm and threw him. I couldn't find a better video, but 25 seconds in here -

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And heck, watching that a few times more makes me really think Rondo should be suspended.

starman9000
05-01-09, 01:52 PM
I don't see what the big deal is about people on the sidelines yelling at players while they shoot. Something like that shouldn't distract you.




It just seems childish. It's not baseketball and those guys aren't defending the shooter. We don't they act like that when they are on the court and someone is shooting free throws?

Really, I don't know that anything could be done about it though, unless they make a rule about crossing the field of play. (and I guess I don't really care if they are just yelling, it's the jumping up and clapping by their heads)

B.A.
05-01-09, 02:04 PM
I look forward to a Bill Simmons column "dissecting" the foul, then trailing off into some rambling piece of fan-fic about Larry Bird appearing in The Karate Kid.Prepare to be disappointed:

Friday, May 1, 2009

A game with everything but talking dogs

By Bill Simmons
Page 2

I measure excruciating losses by the amount of time I walk my dog afterward. That's my ritual. My team gets crushed, I walk it off. The walks usually last for 15-20 minutes. The walk after Game 6 lasted for hours. I think I ended up in Compton.

At one point, Rufus just stopped. He had enough. It was like 9:45 at night. We were in the middle of nowhere. We were like 250 blocks from my house. I think we were on the same street where Ricky Baker got gunned down in "Boyz n the Hood." Rufus planted his furry butt on a sidewalk and stared me down.

"I'm not going back until you explain to me why Doc put Tony Allen in the game," I told him.

He kept staring at me.

"We were up by five," I said. "We had scored on like 10 straight possessions. We were humming. They couldn't stop us. The series was over."

More staring.

"Two and a half minutes left and we have the ball. Again, they can't stop us. So Doc brings in our worst player -- our least intelligent player, our most ineffective player, the master of the fantastic drive/missed layup -- and takes out Big Baby when he was our second-best player tonight? And all because Chicago went small? SO WE'RE REACTING TO A DESPERATION COACHING MOVE BY VINNY DEL NEGRO!!!!! REALLY, THAT'S WHAT WE DID?????????"

More staring, coupled with some panting.

"And then, Tony ends up missing back-to-back shots and Chicago ties the game???? And it goes three overtimes and we lose because we make two straight 3-pointers with our toes on the line, then a WNBA player dunked on Paul Pierce, then we went to a guy shooting 4-for-47 on the deciding play when we have the best clutch shooter in the league and he had 51 points?"

At this point, I honestly expected Rufus to say something. Everything was in play, even talking dogs. We are watching a first-round series in which five of the first six games have come down to the final play. Four of those games went into overtime. One went into double OT. One went into triple OT. It's the wildest first-round series ever played. Whatever happens in Game 7, we will remember it as one of the most incredible matchup in NBA playoff history.

Derrick Rose took the superstar training wheels off. Rajon Rondo turned into Isiah Thomas, The Sequel: Just as talented, just as hated, just as nasty. Ben Gordon and Kendrick Perkins turned into Andrew Toney and Robert Parish. The great Ray Allen became a minus-130 favorite in the "Reggie Miller versus Ray Allen" argument and might have to change his name to "The Great Ray Allen." Paul Pierce added to his legacy and sullied it a little at the same time. Brad Miller made the Faces Hall of Fame and the Dorkiest White Guy Celebrations Hall of Fame. John Salmons and Glen Davis put themselves on the map as bona-fide NBA players. Kirk Hinrich redeemed his career. Stephon Marbury destroyed what was left of his career. Doc Rivers and Vinny Del Negro inspired their players and undermined them at the same time.

There were so many great plays and shots and moments that they have all blurred together. I've watched every second of this series and cannot remember how many clutch shots Ray Allen nailed over the past five games. The number might be nine. The number might be 15. The number might be 23. I couldn't tell you. They have all morphed into one super-duper clutch Ray Allen shot: The man flying off a screen, lulling his defender to sleep, then springing for his shot with perfect form. He is the greatest pure shooter I have ever seen. Ever. Not since Bird has anyone given me the feeling, "We might be down three, but we are absolutely tying this game."

I watched every moment of this series and can't remember how many times Derrick Rose wheeled into the lane, spun one way or the other and either scooped in a layup or a floating one-hander. He does it again and again and again. He does it whenever he wants. Thank God, Vinny hasn't noticed. I have never seen a better athlete play point guard. It wasn't that he blocked Rajon Rondo's game-winning shot in Game 6 as much as how beautiful the play itself was: Rose sniffing out the move, mirroring everything Rondo did, then jumping like a frog and swatting the shot as cleanly as you can swat a shot. A perfect basketball play. That's what it was.

There are many great things about sports, but here's one of the best: You never know when two teams will click. I used a boxing analogy in my column after Game 2, and it still stands. Styles make fights and styles make playoff series. Has to be a constant tug between young and old, unstoppable and stoppable, physical and finesse, experience and inexperience, fast and slow, big and small, stupid and smart. You need guys continually rising to the occasion and pushing themselves to a level they didn't know they had. You need two teams (or fighters) hugging each other afterward and thinking to themselves, "Thank you. You brought out the best of me. Thank you."

We love sports for the simple reason that we never know when this will happen. It rarely does. We watch a lot of crummy games. We watch sporting events that had potential to be great and weren't. We watch sporting events that almost made it, but one dumb thing happened to screw it up: A foul at the wrong time, a penalty, a two-base error, whatever. We keep watching. We keep hoping. And when everything clicks, it's blissful. I am hearing from people who haven't e-mailed me in years. Readers are sending me 700-word e-mails. The thing that keeps jumping out: Even fans without rooting interests have gotten swept up in this series. How can you not?

Think of all the crap we deal with as fans. "Bulls-Celtics 2009" explains why we put up with every story about Clemens and Bonds and Michael Vick and Terrell Owens and everyone else who conspires to make sports less fun. On the same day of Game 6, a story broke that Alex Rodriguez allegedly seen with human growth hormone. The story was digested and consumed in the same predictably brief cycle: Mainstream Web sites and blogs and message boards and sports radio first, then "PTI" and "Around the Horn," then "SportsCenter," then newspapers and magazines. You can either throw yourself into that cycle or look the other way. I am getting older. I just want to watch sports. I have trained myself to look the other way. This stuff clutters my brain, and not in a good way. I just want to watch sports. I just want to watch sports.

So yeah, that's why Celtics-Bulls meant something to me -- just like Warriors-Mavs meant something two years ago. My team won the title last year. I'm only one year into a five-year grace period. I thought I was playing with house money. I never imagined a Celtics series in 2009 would matter this much to me. I never imagined being that crestfallen after a Round 1 defeat. When Noah stole the ball from Pierce and dunked on him, I threw a tantrum like a little kid. I screamed out a slew of F-bombs. I ran outside my house and screamed some more. How could the 2008 Finals MVP commit such a dumb foul? He had five! Didn't he know he had five???? And what's worse than a Jo-No celebration at the expense of your own team? I screamed and screamed and screamed. That play ripped my heart out.

At the same time, I'm glad I still care. I'm glad it still matters. I will always appreciate this Bulls team because they did the impossible: They made a fan base that just won a title care even MORE about their own team. Last season barely matters right now. All that matters is winning the most incredible playoff series ever played. I don't even care what happens after Game 7; we can't beat the LeBrons anyway. This is our NBA Finals. Right here. The Celtics fans feel that way, and so do the Bulls fans. I can promise you.

I thought about all of these things during my marathon walk. And this, too: When I was 6, my father took me to the greatest basketball game ever played: Game 5 of the 1976 Finals. I slept through the second half, the first overtime and most of the second overtime before waking up for Havlicek's running banker. I can still see it. Happened right in front of us. The Celtics won that one in three overtimes. Thirty-three years later (ironic number), they played another three-OT classic and lost. I was a little boy for the first one; for the second one, I watched most of it with my little boy. He had no idea what was going on. When he's older, I'm going to tell him that he did.

Sports keeps moving. You get older. You pass the love down to your kids. You think you will care less ... and you don't. The Tony Allen sub killed me. The Pierce foul killed me. The Rose block killed me. Two toe-on-the-line 3-pointers ... I can't stop thinking about them. Add everything up and that's how I ended up 500 blocks from my house fretting about Game 7 and rehashing everything that happened in the other six.

By the time we returned home, Rufus was dragging like Ray Allen at the end of that third overtime. I felt bad for him. He looked at me like he was thinking, "Please Lord, never again." He demolished his first bowl of water in 2.34 seconds. He demolished the second one in 5.67 seconds. Then he passed out. He might not wake up until tomorrow.

I don't have the heart to tell him that another marathon walk might be looming on Saturday night. My best-case scenario would be the Celtics winning in quintuple-OT, followed by Ray Allen and Ben Gordon collapsing into each other's arms like Apollo and Rocky as Allen says, "Ain't gonna be no rematch." My worst-case scenario would be grabbing Rufus' leash with a frown and rubbery legs. Either way, I am prepared for anything: KG pulling a Willis Reed, Jordan and Bird showing up, Rondo hitting John Salmons with a chair, Doc running the series-deciding play for Tony Allen, Kevin Harlan's head flying off his body, Tim Thomas experiencing a human emotion, you name it. That's the best thing about this series: Anything is possible. The ceiling hasn't just been removed, it's been obliterated.

Call it Game 7, call it Round 15, call it whatever you want. Just remember to call it the greatest first-round series ever played. I hope and pray it doesn't end with me taking a walk.

uberjoe
05-01-09, 03:02 PM
Damn! Just a passing reference to Rondo being "nasty" like Isiah Thomas. But there was a "Boyz in the Hood" mention.

uberjoe
05-01-09, 03:07 PM
Also, as a Magic fan who had to see Dwight miss a playoff game for an elbow, I believe Rondo should be suspended for Game 7. The NBA front office already went easy on him for letting the Miller hit slide -- no way should they let this go, too. The guy will think he can do anything without getting in trouble.

Michael Ballack
05-01-09, 08:09 PM
Lots of open seats in Miami. People don't want to see Dwayne Wade in a playoff game?

PopcornTreeCt
05-01-09, 08:11 PM
Lots of open seats in Miami. People don't want to see Dwayne Wade in a playoff game?

That's a shame. Wade is amazing and my pick for MVP.

Michael Ballack
05-01-09, 08:25 PM
No surprise that the league did nothing about Rondo.

dx23
05-01-09, 08:26 PM
No surprise that the league did nothing about Rondo.

I hope Brad Miller breaks Rondo's sinus tomorrow, kick Allen in the nuts and just break Garnett's leg in the process.

Michael Ballack
05-01-09, 09:52 PM
Wake me up when game 7 of the Bulls/Celtics starts please.

PopcornTreeCt
05-01-09, 10:52 PM
I hope Brad Miller breaks Rondo's sinus tomorrow, kick Allen in the nuts and just break Garnett's leg in the process.

:up::up:

tonymontana313
05-02-09, 01:29 AM
I hope Brad Miller breaks Rondo's sinus tomorrow, kick Allen in the nuts and just break Garnett's leg in the process.

No, he should break Garnett's jaw so Garnett can't jut out his jaw like a freaking idiot.

InstantKarma
05-02-09, 07:23 AM
No, he should break Garnett's jaw so Garnett can't jut out his jaw like a freaking idiot.

I agree and I am sick of his gangsta look everytime Boston wins

atari2600
05-02-09, 08:52 AM
how does rondo keep getting away with this? he threw hinrich off the court then almost (or did) swing at him. and all of this after the game 5 foul on miller. why does the nba look away?

InstantKarma
05-02-09, 09:26 AM
how does rondo keep getting away with this? he threw hinrich off the court then almost (or did) swing at him. and all of this after the game 5 foul on miller. why does the nba look away?

Because the NBA wants Boston to win and without Rondo, the NBA thinks Boston has no chance to win so that is why Rondo is still playing

InstantKarma
05-02-09, 10:13 AM
http://i39.tinypic.com/16hp3c.jpg

uberjoe
05-02-09, 10:50 AM
The "jaw-jutting" pics, combined with the knowledge that Garnett skipped college for the NBA because he couldn't qualify academically, make me think he's about to ask for some "French-friend potaters." Someone with some photoshop skills should make some Sling Blade-inspired images.

PopcornTreeCt
05-02-09, 10:52 AM
Because the NBA wants Boston to win and without Rondo, the NBA thinks Boston has no chance to win so that is why Rondo is still playing

So true.

Michael Ballack
05-02-09, 02:22 PM
If the Bulls lose tonight, I hope it's because Boston was the better team, not that the officials got the Bulls in foul trouble early.

Michael Ballack
05-02-09, 04:50 PM
http://i41.tinypic.com/j5wlzn.jpg

dx23
05-02-09, 08:44 PM
The only thing worse that Big Bitch killing the Bulls on offense is seeing Scalibrinie doing it instead.

lordwow
05-02-09, 09:00 PM
Love Eddie House

argh923
05-02-09, 09:08 PM
Jesus...Bulls can't catch a break suddenly.

argh923
05-02-09, 09:09 PM
My worst fears coming true...Chicago buckling under the pressure.

cdollaz
05-02-09, 09:10 PM
Bulls better get it together quickly or they may get blown out.

lordwow
05-02-09, 09:10 PM
The Celtics bench is just on fire, I don't really know what happened, they're never this good.

fumanstan
05-02-09, 09:11 PM
The wheels are off the bus.

dx23
05-02-09, 09:11 PM
The Bulls need to move the ball more and set more picks to get guys open.

argh923
05-02-09, 09:11 PM
Far from over. Still 25 minutes to go.

They've got to compose themselves, though.

argh923
05-02-09, 09:12 PM
The Bulls need to move the ball more and set more picks to get guys open.

And like DC keeps saying...trust each other. They're in a panic, and everyone's playing hero-ball.

argh923
05-02-09, 09:13 PM
Bad call there, but I'll take it.

fumanstan
05-02-09, 09:13 PM
Way to trip Hinrich :lol:

dx23
05-02-09, 09:13 PM
That half-court line is dangerous.

lordwow
05-02-09, 09:13 PM
That is a god damn awful call. He was like 4 feet away.