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Celtics make epic comeback to beat Lakers in Game 4 (Banner 17 one win away!!)
Houston Chronicle ^ | 12 JUN 2008 | Fran Blineberry

Posted on 06/12/2008 10:21:02 PM PDT by Libertarian444

LOS ANGELES – After 72 hours of having the game’s showcase event consumed by talk of conspiracy, the Lakers brought another ugly word to the NBA Finals.

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As Kobe Bryant and his LA teammates watched helplessly, the Celtics came from 20 points down in the third quarter to take an improbable, amazing 97-91 win in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at the Staples Center.

Boston leads 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 is Sunday night as the Celtics will have a chance to win the 17th championship in franchise history. For the Lakers, the task is now daunting. No team has ever rallied from a 3-1 hole to win in the Finals.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: basketball; boston; celtics; choke; kobeneedsshacktowin; lakers; nba
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1 posted on 06/12/2008 10:21:02 PM PDT by Libertarian444
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To: SamAdams76; big'ol_freeper; #1CTYankee; misterrob; GraniteStateConservative; SE Mom; ...
ping


2 posted on 06/12/2008 10:29:08 PM PDT by Libertarian444
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To: Libertarian444

I live in Hollywood, and everyone here is quiet. Stunned.

As a Lakers fan, we deserved to lose. Period.


3 posted on 06/12/2008 10:31:39 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Libertarian444

Dang, I forgot to watch the game today. Thanks for the ping.
:-)


4 posted on 06/12/2008 10:42:34 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Libertarian444

Never fear Lakers fans, training camp for the next NBA season is only a month and a half away!


5 posted on 06/12/2008 10:47:51 PM PDT by stravinskyrules (Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?)
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To: Libertarian444

Red Auerbach has a lit cigar somewhere...


6 posted on 06/12/2008 10:48:57 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Libertarian444

I turned that game off after it was like 24 to 6 a few minutes into the game. Bummer that I missed it.


8 posted on 06/12/2008 10:49:46 PM PDT by Perchant
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To: stravinskyrules

I guess you didn’t read the articles of the last few days. The refs could still make sure the Lakers win.


9 posted on 06/12/2008 11:11:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Libertarian444

PGA beats KB.... and I am happy! Three wins don’t mean anything though - you gotta win four!


10 posted on 06/12/2008 11:12:08 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan

John Kerry will take credit for this any moment now.
(”Lovey, are “Larry Havlicek” and “Bill Bird” still with
the team? They’re right up there with “Manny Ortez” of
the Red Sox!”)


11 posted on 06/12/2008 11:27:20 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Red Steel

12 posted on 06/12/2008 11:33:56 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress! It's the sensible solution to restore Command to the People.)
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To: nickcarraway

I think I read somewhere the Celts have the Lakers playbook. Could be just a rumor but we are talking about a New England team here.


13 posted on 06/13/2008 2:50:16 AM PDT by lexusppd
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To: Libertarian444

I am so sorry I missed the stunning end, went to bed thinking the Lakers had it in the bag, when I have heard the Celtics pulled off a win, I was suprised and happy. As a Celtics fan, this championship will bring glory back to Boston.


14 posted on 06/13/2008 2:55:25 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: Rummyfan

As a Connecticut Huskies fan, happy that a former Huskies player Ray Allen has helped Pierce and Garnett to pull this off.


15 posted on 06/13/2008 2:57:18 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: Perchant

Had watched the game until a little while into the 3rd quarter, not sure that the Celts could pull it off. Kick myself now.


16 posted on 06/13/2008 2:59:34 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: Biggirl
I did the same thing. Hey it was 10:45 or so when the first half ended and the Celts were looking pretty pathetic.

Being a die-hard Big Green Machine guy for over fifty years, I should have known better.
:O(

17 posted on 06/13/2008 3:04:55 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Libertarian444

I loved watching the celebrating Laker fans at the end of the 2nd quarter change to demoralized schlumps at the end.
LA folks have too much fun for their own good, anyway.

But, unless I’m deaf, the Fat Lady hasn’t sung yet!

What a difference this game made for each team. Could have been 2-2, a toss-up. Now it’s 3-1, and, IMHO, with the possibility of two home games, Boston now has a huge advantage. Go Celtics!


18 posted on 06/13/2008 3:29:11 AM PDT by Randy Papadoo
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To: max americana

Kobe choke? Only 19 points? Game fixed?


19 posted on 06/13/2008 3:31:54 AM PDT by whatisthetruth
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To: whatisthetruth

I could not believe how that unfolded (NOR did an arena full of Laker fans). I am pretty neutral here, just enjoy the NBA games. Never had seen that type of surge except in Iraq


20 posted on 06/13/2008 3:37:00 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: AFPhys

Sunday Night - what is your best guess-timate?


21 posted on 06/13/2008 3:40:18 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Biggirl

Connecticut Huskies?

Oooohhh.. I’m skeered!! Not.

If you really want to strike fear into people, call them Connecticut Accountants!

But you do get a Gold star for spelling Connecticut right!

Now try: Ski-Neck-tiddy!
(I lived in Albany for ten years...)
;-)


22 posted on 06/13/2008 3:43:42 AM PDT by djf (Shine! Shine! The light of good works shine. the watch before the city gate, depicted in their prime)
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To: Libertarian444

Simply amazing!


23 posted on 06/13/2008 3:55:09 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Libertarian444
I saw it. It was great!

Too bad they didn't show all the Hollyweird actors long faces at the end.

24 posted on 06/13/2008 4:02:01 AM PDT by sausageseller (http://coolblue.typepad.com/the_cool_blue_blog/)
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To: whatisthetruth

“Kobe choke? Only 19 points?”

Make that 17 points. It was the biggest comeback in NBA history...or the biggest choke.
PGA were their usual fine selves, but Boston won because of the stellar bench production of Posey and House when it counted. The Lakers’ bench stunk, with a total of six points.


25 posted on 06/13/2008 4:07:51 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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Oh wow.................WHAT A GAME!

I'm from L.A., but I'm not attached to these Lakers. Gausson is a great add, but Kobe is too arrogant (but a great player). I'm pullin' for the Celts. Can't get Bird, Chief, McHale, Ainge or Red outta my brain. What a dynasty. May the best team win. I think this year it's the Celts.

26 posted on 06/13/2008 4:49:27 AM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: Libertarian444

Let’s not get too confident.The Yankees did that with the Red Sox a few years ago and look what it got them.


27 posted on 06/13/2008 5:09:10 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Will the dancing Hitlers please wait in the wings? We're only seeing singing Hitlers.)
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To: sausageseller

Jack Nichelson hung himself in the parking lot.


28 posted on 06/13/2008 5:13:24 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Libertarian444

All of the yapping was would Kobe get as many rings a Michael.

The real question is will he ever get a ring without Shaq?

BTW: Do you think the basketball gods would let Phil beat Red’s championship record by beating the Celtics?

I don’t think so.


29 posted on 06/13/2008 5:14:48 AM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: djf

Ray Allen played for the UConn or Connecticut Huskies men’s team. At least twice in its history it has won two NCAA mem’s basketball championships, 1999 and 2004. UConn has given to both the NBA and WNBA a number of talented players. Ray Allen is one of them. :)


30 posted on 06/13/2008 5:19:12 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: NoRedTape

ESPN this morning must be eating humble pie for breakfeast because they were from the time just before the start of the Finals, when they just about crowned the Lakers even before the first basket of game 1 was made to be the champs. I stuck to my position that it would be the Celtics. I could end up being right. Plus it seems Kobe carries too much of the burden of the team unto him. That hurts the Lakers bigtime.


31 posted on 06/13/2008 5:25:28 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: SE Mom

I second it!


32 posted on 06/13/2008 5:27:02 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: djf

CT has given to the NBA 13 players. Ray Allen is in his 12th year for the NBA.


33 posted on 06/13/2008 5:34:40 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: Libertarian444

I pretty much quit watching the games in the eraly 90’s. The Bias death ended the Celtics as a dynasty and having Reggie Lewis die was just plain sad. The game devolved into ghetto ball and thung life. The Celtics had a great fan base and rewarded that loyalty with bad drafts and bad management.

I cannot get attached to this team since it was assembled in the offseason and even had a few parts added. That said I like the fact that the lunchpail guys are making a huge impact on the playoffs. Powe taking it straight down the floor for a power jam in game 2 was priceless.

Kobe Bryant is an amazing talent but he will never, ever by MJ.


34 posted on 06/13/2008 5:40:45 AM PDT by misterrob (Obama-Does America Need Another Jimmy Carter?)
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Celtic fans rejoice..

I just hope in a few years we don’t hear that another NBA official had tainted the outcome of this chapionship too. After that scandal, the Pats deal, the gambling scandal in the NHL and roids in MLB, professional sports are becoming unwatchable.


35 posted on 06/13/2008 5:43:27 AM PDT by newnhdad
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To: misterrob

Just remember that with better managment, a great trade last year, we have seen the creation of what would become the Boston trio of the “PGA”, Pierce, Garnett, and Allen.


36 posted on 06/13/2008 5:45:00 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: newnhdad

Second it.

This is a rare breath of fresh air. Used to be a BIG pro sports fan, but with all these scandels, I have become more of an NCAA college sports fan. At least they go by their rules books.


37 posted on 06/13/2008 5:46:43 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: Libertarian444

It’ll be interesting to see if the Lakers show up mentally for Game 5.


38 posted on 06/13/2008 6:04:29 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Libertarian444

To borrow a Hollywood phrase for a moment, the back story of this series is intriguing.

First you have Jackson trying to beat Auerbach’s coaching record, by trying to beat the Celtics. Kurt Rambis is an Assistant Coach, he was a member of the Lakers team that engaged in the Boston Massacre, back at the original garden which severely demoralized Celtics fans worldwide...The Celtics are GM’d by Danny Ainge, a member of that last great Celtics Team...

Paul Pierce is from LA, grew up a die hard Laker fan and hated the Celtics. He played for a high school whose colors were— you guessed...Green and White...and has said multiple times that he hated donning that uniform.

The Celts are also coached by Doc Rivers...who as a Hawk, was defeated in the Eastern Conf Finals by the Celtics, in the early 80’s. He was, also, I believe a member of the Knicks, back 14 years ago when they were in the finals, the same finals that were interrupted by the OJ Simpson chase....which took place on the freeways of Los Angeles...

None of this means anything...its just interesting synergy...


39 posted on 06/13/2008 6:22:39 AM PDT by RadioCirca1970 (Banner 17!)
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To: mainepatsfan

That is an interesting question, will the Lakers Sunday come to the game mentally knowing THEIR BACKS are up against the walls of the Staples Center, will the fans?


40 posted on 06/13/2008 6:50:51 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: BIGLOOK
Things are going to get a little crowded with #17 coming up. Might have to redesign that jacket.


41 posted on 06/13/2008 8:07:52 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE I.R.S.)
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To: Libertarian444

I can’t begin to express how happy I am about what this really represents...the end of basketball season!


42 posted on 06/13/2008 8:11:14 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Biggirl
You mentioned something about the Lakers backs being up against a wall? Well, this is how the Celtics are about to treat the Lakers.


43 posted on 06/13/2008 8:13:33 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE I.R.S.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Let’s not get too confident.The Yankees did that with the Red Sox a few years ago and look what it got them.

Funny, I was thinking that last night's comeback/choke ranks up there with the '04 LCS. I was waiting to see if they showed Nicholson's face at the end of the game, but maybe the Joker beat feet to avoid the anguish.

I'm now REALLY annoyed that the Pats secondary choked in the last minute of SB 42. Had they played to normal, Boston could be staring at an unprecented Triple Crown in a week or so.

44 posted on 06/13/2008 8:17:58 AM PDT by ssaftler
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To: Biggirl
when they just about crowned the Lakers even before the first basket of game 1 was made to be the champs

With any luck, in November the press will make it 2 for 2 in early predictions!

45 posted on 06/13/2008 8:20:55 AM PDT by ssaftler
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To: ssaftler

Let’s not forget about Game 2 when the Lakers managed to close a 23 point lead down to 2 in the last minute or so. They hit 3 pointer after 3 pointer to do it which is why they also didn’t get to the foul line as much.

That’s two games with huge late comebacks.

I think the Celtics are a better roster than the Lakers but not by much and they have been known to take games off or go into funks. Neither of these teams would beat the mid-80s versions of one another either.


46 posted on 06/13/2008 8:25:33 AM PDT by misterrob (Obama-Does America Need Another Jimmy Carter?)
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To: DollyCali; kittymyrib; PurpleMan; misterrob

That game had to be fixed. We all know how great Kobe is, supposed heir to MJ, how can he throw down a lackluster 17 points in such a big game? MJ would’ve never let something like that happen. Wonder how much the payoff was?


47 posted on 06/13/2008 9:29:09 AM PDT by whatisthetruth
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To: DollyCali
Never had seen that type of surge except in Iraq

The Democrats are still claiming that the Lakers routed the Celtics.

48 posted on 06/13/2008 10:35:25 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Given such dismal choices, I guess I'll vote for the old guy.)
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To: whatisthetruth

49 posted on 06/13/2008 11:14:33 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words". ~ St. Francis of Assisi)
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To: metesky

I almost turned it off when they were down 20 in the 3rd. I was FReeping at the same time on my laptop (so, what else is new?), and was sorely tempted to shut it down. I’m very glad I didn’t - it was the greatest comeback I’ve seen in a long time.


50 posted on 06/13/2008 11:22:03 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Peace is Not The Question.)
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