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Celtics vs. Lakers 2010: Breaking Down Kobe Bryant’s Bad Shooting Night

June 18th, 2010
It was Game Seven of the NBA Finals featuring the best rivalry in the league (both historically and in modern day), the best player in the world, and intriguing subplots loaded with vindication and legacy. And Kobe Bryant had one of the worst playoff performances of his career. Just when we were ...

2010 NBA Champions: Los Angeles’ Game 7 Victory Over Boston Is ‘The Sweetest’

June 18th, 2010
The game played like Spurs vs. Pistons circa 2005. Actually, it played like a WNBA game. Or as Bill Simmons described from his courtside seat, it was "a cross between a rugby match and a rockfight." The Lakers finally beat the Boston Celtics, and they did it in Game Seven, something that Magic ...

Tom Izzo to the Cavs Is a Lose-Lose Proposition That’s Flush with Cash

June 8th, 2010
Tom Izzo will soon be a very rich man. At least, twice as rich as he already was. There aren't many people in the world who wouldn't change jobs to double their salary. Even if the new job is worse. In this case, it is. You can expect that as soon as ...

Five Things We Learned After One Game in the NBA Finals

June 4th, 2010
Five Biggest Takeaways From Game One 1) The Celtics have nobody to guard Kobe. Of all the new faces this year, the biggest change is who's missing; James Posey. Kobe is destroying the Celtics guards, who are piling on the fouls. Between having to chase Kobe around and sitting on the ...

Five Reasons Why This Isn’t Your 2008 Lakers/Celtics Matchup

June 1st, 2010
First I wrote them off. Then my irrational hatred for them evolved into a respectful hatred. Now we need them. Welcome back to the Finals, Boston Celtics, we're glad you made it. The outcome our matchup in 2008 read 4-2, but we all know it quite a shellacking you laid on us. Quietly, ...

Lakers Nation: ‘We Need Boston’

May 21st, 2010
Lakers' Nation is committing one of sports' cardinal sins—and they're doing it on live national TV and they're not even afraid to show it. They're looking ahead. "We Want Boston! We Want Boston!" That is because the Lakers/Celtics rivalry casts a shadow much larger than the conference Finals. It's a conflict that has ...

How the Phoenix Suns Created a Monster

May 18th, 2010
Congratulations, Suns! You killed the elephant in the room. The gorilla on your back. The skeleton in your closet. Whatever it was, you finally vanquished your arch nemesis, the San Antonio Spurs. And you did it with gusto. When Steve Nash went down with a gashed eye late in Game 4, the demons ...

Roundtable Debate: Myth Busting LeBron James’ Game Five Performance

May 13th, 2010
LeBron's performance in Game Five was so inexplicable I've asked some of my fellow writers to elaborate on the latest circulating theories. Five Theories to Confirm or Debunk:   Tim Legler Theory: The psychological stress has taken a toll on LeBron, and it’s affected all aspects of his game. Bryan Toporek, Featured ...

LeBron James Mails In The Biggest Game of His Career

May 12th, 2010
Of all of LeBron's greatest moments; the Palace game, his ahead of the curve Finals berth, the 45-point duel with Paul Pierce, his dunk over Kevin Garnett in the 2008 playoffs was the most important. Watch that play. I will never forget that face. It was the best face I had ever seen ...

My Hatred for LeBron Has Turned Me into a Celtics Fan

May 9th, 2010
I hate the Boston Celtics. I grew up in Southern California. Showtime Lakers and I were born in the same summer; Pat Riley had just won his first championship as coach, and James Worthy had just been drafted. The Lakers logo is etched onto each chamber of my heart, and purple and ...