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The Celtics went to Los Angeles and did exactly what they needed to do — win one game out of three. That puts them in excellent position coming into tonight’s affair. Since this is the first realistic opportunity for the third Boston sports team this decade to clinch a championship (and how many from New York? Ahh, I’m sorry. Inappropriate. Bad Paul!), it seems we should honor the occasion with an NBA Finals game thread for all comers.

Question of the night: Why did the Lakers never change their name after coming from Minneapolis? Are there a lot of lakes in southern California? I mean, come on. Even the Oilers eventually changed their name once they were in Tennessee!

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  • Question of the night: Why did the Lakers never change their name after coming from Minneapolis?
    Because Jerry Buss is a turd.
    By the way, turd is a very good and underused word. Says it all. It’s a four-letter word, but an un-swear word. It’s alliterative. It sounds crass, but not excessively crass.
    It has a certain finality to it.
    “Kobe Bryant is a turd.”
    What more need be said?

    I'mBillMcNeal June 17, 2008, 8:58 pm
  • Having grown up with the epic Boston/L.A. showdowns in the 80s, I have to say: the Los Angeles Fakers go down tonight!

    Hudson June 17, 2008, 9:23 pm
  • The NBA Finals game thread now has more posts than the Yanks thread. What does this mean? Nothing. Except that Boston fans are better than New York fans. But that’s understood… ;-)

    Paul SF June 17, 2008, 9:24 pm
  • Good start by the Celtics. The last couple have been tight only because L.A. racked up a huge lead in the 1st Quarter. If Boston shows the same staying power and determination for four quarters as they have in the rest of the series, a tie in the 1st ought to translate to a trophy tonight.

    Hudson June 17, 2008, 9:29 pm
  • utah jazz.
    salt lake city is a jazz hotbed.

    sf rod June 17, 2008, 9:36 pm
  • They’re another team that moved but didn’t change names, right? My knowledge of NBA history is not good. For that matter, I’m still not sure what they’ve done with the foul system.

    Paul SF June 17, 2008, 9:37 pm
  • the colts were always the one’s that hurt me the most. it seems baseball teams more commonly retained their names with changes of address.

    sf rod June 17, 2008, 9:50 pm
  • The old-school baseball teams had more generic nicknames… Athletics, Giants, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, Cubs, Redlegs/Reds, Braves. Pretty universally applicable.
    The Dodgers are an exception. Not many trolley cars to dodge in LA, I don’t imagine. Senators and Orioles also are pretty geographically oriented nicknames among old-time teams.

    Paul SF June 17, 2008, 9:54 pm
  • seattle screwed the pooch by not taking the old pilots moniker. they deserve to be stuck with a crap team.

    sf rod June 17, 2008, 10:07 pm
  • Would be nice to see the Celts keep a double-digit lead going in the second half, as well. Doesn’t seem like either team has seemed capable of maintaining four strong quarters in any given game.

    Paul SF June 17, 2008, 10:12 pm
  • 23 point lead at halftime.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 17, 2008, 10:23 pm
  • KG is making up for Game 5 in a big way.
    But the real reason the Celts are winning this series is their depth — they’ got just too many ways to beat L.A., which basically has one (Bryant).

    Hudson June 17, 2008, 10:29 pm
  • Wish I could have found a ticket to see the Big Ticket and friends tonight. =)
    James Posey has hit more clutch shots this series than anyone on either team. If you count the intangibles along with the stats that are counted, he’s my pick for series MVP.
    Is it just you and me, Paul??

    Steve H. June 17, 2008, 10:31 pm
  • When do the Lakers send in Eli Manning?

    IronHorse (yf) June 17, 2008, 11:15 pm
  • Rondo is the only basketball player I’ve ever seen who never sweats.
    He’s played an astonishing game, steals alone.

    Hudson June 17, 2008, 11:17 pm
  • Wow, the Celts must really hate these Lakers… because the pile-on is almost unseemly here at the end.
    Not that I’m complaining.
    I would like to see Sam Cassell get a minute or two of playing time…

    Hudson June 17, 2008, 11:48 pm
  • Michelle Tafoya is a clueless bitch.
    Give it up and walk away, idiot.
    KG is saying all he needs to say and she insists on making him answer her inane questions.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 17, 2008, 11:58 pm
  • IBM:
    that’s completely unnecessary commentary, beneath this blog. Please refrain in the future, ok?

    SF June 18, 2008, 9:16 am
  • A few things from Los Angeles:
    First off, I used to be a Boston hater. Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, Patriots. It did not matter as in my opionion they all sucked. I hated the fans too, as they were way to passionate. Unfortunately I ended up marrying a girl from Boston. I visited the stupid place and I now love it there. Of course, I have never been there in the Winter. I kind of ended up adopting the Red Sox as my American League team. Now that L.A. does not have a football team, I jumped on the Patriots bandwagon as well. Mostly because the coach is smart (minus spygate), the players are smart, and the QB is from California.
    Hey “ImBillMcNeal:” It was not Jerry Buss who kept the laker name, it was Bob Short who was the owner who brught the Lakers to Los Angeles (
    Most teams nicknames in all sports are just tradition. Why change the name of a team and lost the life long fans. After all I have a soft spot in my heart for the Rams, even though the left L.A. But they were the Rams in Cleveland as well.
    None of this really matters. Just putting my two cents in. GO SOX!

    Don June 18, 2008, 4:15 pm
  • Don, as we are establishing in a related thread, the geographical spread with which the “New England” Patriots affilitate themselves may soon encompass the west coast also, so your bi-coastal schizophrenia may soon be resolved without having to change football allegiance.
    More seriously, welcome – always nice to have new visitors. Even if they are Sox fans…

    IronHorse (yf) June 18, 2008, 5:02 pm

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