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NBA Final Chats: Game 4 at 6 pm PT
2008-06-12 15:00
by Bob Timmermann

The green-clad men from Boston will attempt to take a 3-1 lead on the gold-clad men from Los Angeles with the chance of making a Father's Day depressing in Southern California.

But the gold-clad men from Los Angeles will still have the edge of having nearly 20,000 people who skipped out of work early to go the game to cheer them on.

Today's questions:

Which corporate sponsor do you use more often: TD Banknorth or Staples? And what's the deal with a Canadian company sponsoring a U.S. bank and sports arena? Do people who work for TD Banknorth get their office supplies from Staples? Would Staples be in a better financial position if they still employed Dwight Schrute?


Comments (65)
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2008-06-12 15:59:32
1.   MonkeyBlue
Really excited about this game. Can't wait.
2008-06-12 16:01:03
2.   Prescott Pete
I wonder who's officiating tonight.
2008-06-12 16:03:37
3.   ImprobableImpossible
Steve Javie, Joe DeRosa and Tom Washington

Lakers fans usually boo Javie during intros. Probably not a good idea tonight.

2008-06-12 16:03:56
4.   Jacob L
I don't think there are too many 9-to-5ers among the Laker playoff crowd. They might have shut down a few film shoots or pitch meetings early for people to get to Staples.
2008-06-12 16:04:11
5.   blue22
Oh, is this Game 4 pre-game chat too?
2008-06-12 16:04:30
6.   Bob Timmermann
According to, the series is tied at 1-1.

2008-06-12 16:05:29
7.   Bob Timmermann
Since the thread appears before the game starts, yes, it's a pre-game chat thread as well.

It's very versatile.

2008-06-12 16:06:03
8.   MonkeyBlue
Stevie? eh... Kobe better control his emotion.
2008-06-12 16:06:19
9.   blue22
2 - Your primer for tonight's referee crew.

2008-06-12 16:12:41
10.   Bob Timmermann
In hindsight, I guess those numbers refer to seeding.
2008-06-12 16:37:07
11.   Daniel Zappala
I have a bad feeling about this game. I can normally feel confident when I think the Lakers will win, but I don't feel confident at all.
2008-06-12 16:56:42
12.   underdog
I wish we wouldn't even have to talk about the officiating as much as we are, but I understand why we are. Still, I hope tonight's game is all about the players and not about the officials in any way.
2008-06-12 17:17:03
13.   therickdaddy
As unrealistic as it sounds this has all the makings of a blowout game. Should it be? No. But there's a blowout due sometime and that sometime is now ...
2008-06-12 17:17:21
14.   therickdaddy
Blowout going in the Lakers favor, I might add ...
2008-06-12 17:33:08
15.   Josh Wilker
2008-06-12 18:03:53
16.   twerp
Dropping in briefly with a couple Pat Summittisms====

"Offense sells tickets. Defense wins games. Rebounding wins championships."

And, usually accompanied by her patented glare, for several different unfortunate Lady Vols showing less than enthusiastic defense--

"Is it that you can't play defense, or you just don't want to play defense?"

Yeah, I know. The women's college game is worlds different from the NBA and all that. But the fundamental things she's talking about don't really change. Eight national titles give her the cred to be taken seriously--or at least heard.

I'm mentioning these things because, even tho I don't follow the NBA closely these days, I heard analysts in Game 1 say the Lakers are not a good rebounding team.

And small sample size, but from what I've seen of the Lakers there usually are some long stretches when they don't seem to be too interested in playing defense.

Not predicting they will lose this game or the series, but based on what's happened so far, I wouldn't be surprised.

{ducks, retreats to recliner to watch game}

2008-06-12 18:09:13
17.   Josh Wilker
16 : Yeah, as Pat Riley himself used to say, rebounds = rings. Hope his math is right.
2008-06-12 18:13:48
18.   ToyCannon
Not a big fan of this lineup tonight. What the hey is Torre thinking?
2008-06-12 18:20:02
19.   underdog
18 Hah hah.

Why is Maza playing point guard!?

Anyway... I predicted both teams would play less sloppy today, and I stand by that.

2008-06-12 18:29:03
20.   underdog
Nice of Lamar Odom to show up for this one.
2008-06-12 18:29:56
21.   The Mootz
ABC's summer schedule is not catering to the Masterpiece Theater crowd.
2008-06-12 18:30:41
22.   underdog
I wonder if Mark Jackson and Van Gundy will get in a wrestling match before the series is over.
2008-06-12 18:33:03
23.   FirstMohican
22 - I'd pay to see that, given what happened with Mourning vs. Van Gundy.
2008-06-12 18:38:33
24.   underdog
The good news for the Celtics is that it likely can't get any worse than that quarter.
2008-06-12 18:40:59
25.   Bob Timmermann
The Lakers must have videotaped the Celtics morning shootaround.
2008-06-12 18:48:36
26.   underdog
Did Jackson just say "Get in there girl!" about Ariza? I'm just glad he didn't also snap his fingers after "girl".
2008-06-12 19:14:56
27.   Bluebleeder87
From what I heard the fouls always go to the home team, I think the Lakers will be ok.
2008-06-12 19:16:44
28.   Bob Timmermann
The referees aren't going to make a difference in this one. The Celtics are playing very poorly and the Lakers have taken advantage.
2008-06-12 19:38:52
29.   Sam DC
My mom is very very happy.

She is a chicken counter, though.

2008-06-12 19:42:28
30.   Bob Timmermann
I'm still living in the past because every time the announcers say "Perkins," I expect to see Sam on the court.
2008-06-12 19:43:30
31.   Bluebleeder87
I just. Checked the score they are doing good
2008-06-12 19:44:30
32.   Bob Hendley
30 - And not Marlin Perkins?
2008-06-12 19:45:06
33.   Bob Timmermann
Not unless there's a lion on the court.
2008-06-12 19:48:34
34.   Bob Hendley
31 - Bleeder am I missing something here? Doesn't actually watching the game constitute part of participating in this chat?
2008-06-12 20:04:04
35.   Bob Timmermann
A funny thing happened on the way to the Lakers rout.
2008-06-12 20:12:20
36.   Bob Timmermann
Phil Jackson really hates those between quarter interviews, but at least he makes them humorous.
2008-06-12 20:13:41
37.   Bluebleeder87
It ain't over till the fat lady sings but man...
2008-06-12 20:13:46
38.   Bluebleeder87
It ain't over till the fat lady sings but man...
2008-06-12 20:14:55
39.   Bob Hendley
38 - Go Bullets!
2008-06-12 20:18:40
40.   Bob Timmermann
The closest game of the series seems to draw the fewest people.

Go figure.

2008-06-12 20:21:34
41.   Bob Hendley
I think its like soccer and television. And some of us have to look at the keyboard.
2008-06-12 20:23:55
42.   Bob Timmermann
I don't think Lawler's Law will come into play tonight.
2008-06-12 20:27:56
43.   Bob Hendley
As regards the "Question of the Day", didn't a Canadian used to own the Lakers?
2008-06-12 20:29:28
44.   Bob Hendley
Pre-Nafta at that.
2008-06-12 20:29:36
45.   Bob Timmermann
I'm glad somebody reads the "Question of the Day."

Yes, Jack Kent Cooke was Canadian, although I think he became a naturalized U.S. citizen before he died.

2008-06-12 20:30:44
46.   Bob Hendley
Speaking of which, I am watching on Mexican television.
2008-06-12 20:32:16
47.   Bob Hendley
45 - All read, few ponder.
2008-06-12 20:33:13
48.   Bob Timmermann


2008-06-12 20:36:38
49.   Bob Timmermann
Bill Plaschke is going to be very unhappy after this game.
2008-06-12 20:36:48
50.   Bob Hendley
The second is the correct word (they have people who decide this sort of stuff), as it were, though the first is used mostly. Kind of like futbol, where the correct word is balonpie. (it has an accent, forgive me)
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2008-06-12 20:38:36
51.   Bob Hendley
Those Laker Girls sure have a lot of energy left (just in case it goes into overtime, we can fall back on that).
2008-06-12 20:39:53
52.   Bob Hendley
We hit the fifty mark, at least.
2008-06-12 20:41:57
53.   Bob Timmermann
Yes, but it's a conversation between two not very intense NBA dilettantes who aren't paying close attention.
2008-06-12 20:47:22
54.   Daniel Zappala
Well, this is a bummer.
2008-06-12 20:47:36
55.   Daniel Zappala
The only way this becomes satisfying is if the Lakers somehow win the next three.
2008-06-12 20:48:16
56.   Bob Hendley
Anyway, beisbal, of course is the translation for baseball, but its phonetic like futbol. I don't know if a correct word exists. If it does it might be a translation involving a stick and a ball.
2008-06-12 20:49:03
57.   Bob Hendley
54 Meta-comment.
2008-06-12 20:49:59
58.   Bob Timmermann
I would be very surprised if the TD Banknorth Garden will have another game played in it this season.
2008-06-12 20:52:26
59.   Bob Hendley
2008-06-12 20:57:35
60.   Daniel Zappala
All in all, given that the Lakers are without Bynum, I'm happy that the Lakers got this far. If they can at least prevent a clinching game on their home floor, I'll be satisfied at this point.
2008-06-12 21:02:56
61.   trainwreck
My expectations were nowhere at beginning so this has been a hugely satisfying season, but it just sucks to lose to the Celtics.
2008-06-12 21:03:04
62.   LoneStar7
I actually hope boston beats us here, so that garbage back in boston doesn't see them until the parade..this is a shameful loss, a shameful shameful moment for our city...paul pierce has officially embarrassed the city of inglewood, and the city of los angeles
2008-06-12 21:46:51
63.   Eric Stephen
I went into this season hoping the Lakers would make the playoffs. But tonight's loss was still crushing nonetheless.

I really love the word "nonetheless".

2008-06-13 10:21:02
64.   underdog
My internet connection went offline for awhile last night so I couldn't come back here and it's probably just as well -- I would've probably typed some regrettable things here, mostly about the Lakers' choke job.

I figured it wasn't over even when it was 24 because in basketball with that much time anything can happen. But it's still pretty shameful.

2008-06-13 10:22:31
65.   underdog
Btw, this isn't the reason the Lakers lost but that one call against Kobe late in the game was atrocious, the one where I think it was Posey sold it with an Oscar-winning performance after he himself had shoved his elbow into Kobe. That stuff went on for both sides, but for the refs to buy it and call it right then sure didn't help.

Okay, whining over.

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