Lakers vs. Celtics Game 4: Nate and Big Baby Make Fugly Beautiful For C’s

June 11th, 2010 by Hardcourt Mayhem Leave a reply »
Seeing little Nate Robinson piggybacking a drooling Big Baby, both player's primal screams reaching to the rafters, burned an indelible image into my brain that will never fade, no matter how many cocktails or prescription pills I ingest.

I was simultaneously repulsed and delighted. In an already hideously fugly game, this moment was so brazenly fugly that it was...well, beautiful. Easily the best moment of the Finals so far.

Led by the hulking Davis and the hyperactive Robinson, Boston scored 36 points in the 4th quarter to earn the victory in Game 4 and even this series up. Now it’s a best-of-three games, with two of those being in LA.

Make no mistake, this was a must win for Boston. They couldn’t go down 3-1 with two of the next three on the road. A case could be made that in every game this series, the team that had to win actually did .

Think about it: LA had to win Game 1 or it would lose home court. Boston had to win Game 2 to steal home court back. Ditto for LA in Game 3.

And Thursday, Boston had to win Game 4, because in all likelihood the Celtics couldn’t win two in ...

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