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NBA Finals Chat: Game 3 at 6 pm PT
2008-06-10 15:31
by Bob Timmermann

The Lakers try to become the first team in ... (let's see, consults record books..) TWO years to come back from a 2-0 deficit to win an NBA Finals. The Celtics come armed with the knowledge that they are likely better than the Lakers. I've come away with the knowledge that Leon Powe is actually on the Celtics. Go figure.

Today's question to debate:

Would the course of basketball history been changed if I had not returned the lost wallet of Brian Scalabrine (who is inactive for the series) when he was visiting the library? He wouldn't have had his library card or an ability to check out the books he needed for the paper he was writing at USC.


2008-06-10 16:14:01
1.   Xeifrank
I had figured that the script from David Stearn for the NBA finals was going to be...
BLLBLBX (X=no bias in close 4th qtr game)

but instead we may be looking at a...

instead. I wonder how many NBA games (or what percentage of games) this year had a free throw shooting advantage of 28 or more.

vr, Xei

2008-06-10 16:47:28
2.   underdog
I would think "(who is inactive for the series) " answers your own question...

I wish someone had kept Leon Powe's wallet when he was visiting the library at Cal, though, if he'd in fact lost his wallet.

2008-06-10 16:48:54
3.   Linkmeister
"Would the course of basketball history been changed"

(Puts on grammar cop hat.)

(Thinks better of it.)

2008-06-10 16:55:53
4.   Eric Stephen
Bob, USC athletes don't write their own papers. At least not since Mazio Royster's epic thesis on Pan-Slavism. That paper really set the bar way too high.
2008-06-10 17:17:43
5.   Bob Timmermann
Scalabrine used the catalog to find the books he wanted. He located them on the several different floors and he asked intelligent questions.

And he left his wallet behind.

Fortunately, he tends to stand out in a crowd.

2008-06-10 18:01:24
6.   underdog
Well, thus it begins. The Night of a Thousand Anxious Moments.
2008-06-10 18:03:29
7.   underdog
Separated at birth: Jeff Van Gundy and Vincent Schiavelli.
2008-06-10 18:10:39
8.   Bob Timmermann
Since my computer terminal isn't giving me much crowd noise, what does Staples Center sound like? Has the crowd picked any particular Celtic as the new Kevin McHale?
2008-06-10 18:17:35
9.   underdog
The crowd is boisterous, shouted "MVP" when Kobe shot free throws, and even made a bit of a sarcastic cheer when one of the first fouls was called on the Celtics. It's not incredibly loud to my ears but fairly loud.
2008-06-10 18:18:18
10.   underdog
Sheesh, the one time I'm here in an NBA chat and D4P is nowhere to be found. I would like the secretary to note my presence on the roll sheet, at least.
2008-06-10 18:24:28
11.   Bluebleeder87
please excuse me for not posting but I'm in the middle of yoga & can't be disturbed, I'll just read along.
2008-06-10 18:29:39
12.   underdog
That was a great pass from Kobe to Gasol, and then a nice block by Garnett.

And then... some chaos on the other end. How was that a foul on Vlad-Rad? Oh well, maybe just as well, given how he plays defense.

2008-06-10 18:33:06
13.   Bob Timmermann
Perhaps there would be more discussion if Ned Colletti were at the game.
2008-06-10 18:33:22
14.   twerp
FWIW, one of the Tennessean's better writers is not overly impressed with what he's seen of the Lakers' first two efforts--

2008-06-10 18:37:06
15.   underdog
11 - I assume you're doing yoga at home, and didn't bring your laptop with you to a class...

That foul called for Sasha would not have been called in game 2.

2008-06-10 18:37:12
16.   Bob Timmermann
Uh oh, Powe is in the game.

And hell follows after him.

2008-06-10 18:41:35
17.   underdog
I bet we'll have more chatters here after 7 PT, when more people are home from work.

Either that or no one cares.

2008-06-10 18:42:37
18.   Bob Timmermann
Then at 7, there will be triple chat as the Dodgers and Yankees both start playing then.
2008-06-10 18:45:00
19.   Josh Wilker
Random thought:

Anagram of Lamar Odom: Alarm Doom.

2008-06-10 18:46:48
20.   Bob Timmermann
Rajon Rondo : Jar Donor On
2008-06-10 18:47:18
21.   underdog
19 - Seems about right given how it's going for him this series.

he's playing like Aroma Mold right now.

2008-06-10 18:47:35
22.   Bob Timmermann
Kobe Bryant: Kabob Entry
2008-06-10 18:49:31
23.   Bob Timmermann
Trevor Ariza: I avert razor
2008-06-10 18:50:05
24.   Bob Timmermann
Leon Powe will you please elope now?
2008-06-10 18:50:39
25.   underdog
Argh, see what you started, Josh?
2008-06-10 18:51:31
26.   Bob Timmermann
Pau Gasol will sit down have some alga soup after the game.
2008-06-10 18:52:33
27.   underdog
There's such a thing as alga soup?

Farmar and Brown looked like they wanted to dosey-do there.

2008-06-10 18:54:25
28.   Bob Timmermann
Sam Cassell is going into clam sales after he retires.
2008-06-10 18:54:56
29.   Bob Timmermann
Alga soup is usually the starter course for Soylent Green.
2008-06-10 18:58:54
30.   Vishal
leon powe is the only celtic i like.

kg is ok too i suppose.

2008-06-10 19:00:50
31.   Bob Timmermann
Ronny Turiaf will be the elected leader of the newly discovered Furry Nation.
2008-06-10 19:01:21
32.   underdog
Just so we're clear here: Disney owns ABC and Pixar. the wall*e appearance was no coincidental aside there.
2008-06-10 19:02:20
33.   underdog
29 Is it made from real people or soy people?

I usually wash it down with some Soylent Cola™.

2008-06-10 19:04:52
34.   Bob Timmermann


2008-06-10 19:08:36
35.   Vishal
14 he's arguing that the lakers have no heart because their 4th quarter run happened when america was "fast asleep"? yeah, they played badly. it happens. they still didn't lose by much.
2008-06-10 19:20:28
36.   ucladodger
They should be up by 15+ right now. Gasol is playing like a scared little kid, Odom is pathetic, and Kobe cant hit a free throw. fortunately Garnett and Pierce havent showed up offensively, either.
2008-06-10 19:22:51
37.   underdog
Pau Gasol is playing like a A Gaol Pus. He really needs to wake up, yeah. That should've been dunked, near the end of the half. Odom will be back in the 2nd half, we'll see if he's alive.
2008-06-10 19:41:24
38.   Bob Timmermann
If you don't want to watch the Dodgers game and you watch this game you are Averting Kent.
2008-06-10 20:02:14
39.   fanerman
I've only seen a couple seconds of this game, but they're taking too many jump shots.
2008-06-10 20:13:51
40.   SoSG Orel
Phil Jackson is remarkably composed at a time when he should be tearing his hair out.
2008-06-10 20:32:15
41.   fanerman
I just saw Kobe's free throws today. I guess he's not used to shooting them anymore after this series and San Antonio.
2008-06-10 20:46:32
42.   fanerman
Horrible shot Sasha.
2008-06-10 20:46:59
43.   fanerman
Great shot Sasha.
2008-06-10 20:49:43
44.   underdog
I heart Sasha!
2008-06-10 20:52:00
45.   fanerman
The Lakers D has not been very good these last couple possessions.
2008-06-10 20:54:59
46.   Bob Timmermann
That was a weird ending.
2008-06-10 20:55:28
47.   fanerman
I agree that the Celtics didn't look like they were trying very hard those last few seconds.

The Lakers were down by 20 last game and still kept fighting. The Celtics just gave up practically.

2008-06-10 20:58:27
48.   Vishal
even the wins are frustrating
2008-06-10 21:03:08
49.   underdog
That was a totally bizarre ending indeed. Celtics looked like they'd given up early, the Lakers sort of looked like that, too. There were some weird plays just before that sequence, and... odd.

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