The Los Angeles Lakers Out Vet the Boston Celtics 91-84 in NBA Finals Game 3: Derek Fisher Stars As Mr. Clutch!

Posted in Blogroll on June 9th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

The drive for five continues…

Just when the Celtics were playing as if a furious comeback would be complete, Derek Fisher stepped up, put the franchise he loves so much and represents so well on his back and willed the Los Angeles Lakers to a critical 91-84 Game 3 win. The Lakers lead the best of 7 NBA Finals series 2-1 with Game 4 Thursday in Boston at 9 pm EST on ABC.

Fisher’s most poignant words in the presser were “It’s like being a kid…man you never get tired of that candy.”

His full court drive…the bucket plus the bump and subsequent three point play with three Celtics defending and Los Angeles clinging to a 4 point lead with a little less than a minute remaining was the dagger.

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Would Bryce Harper be as Celebrated if He Skipped Two Years of High School As a Basketball Player?

Posted in Blogroll on June 8th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Definitely a phenom, but where’s the outcry?

As Washington Nationals pitcher Steven Stasburg makes his much anticipated Major League debut tonight vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates, just yesterday, 17 year old Bryce Harper was selected number 1 by the same team in the MLB draft. Harper batted .443, hit 31 homers and drove in 98 RBI’s in one college season on the JUCO level in a wood bat conference. He skipped his final two years of high school (got his GED).

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The Boston Celtics Defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 103-94 in Game 2 of NBA Finals: Ray Allen Shoots a Home Court Advantage Gift

Posted in Blogroll on June 7th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

This is a helluva picture

Going into Game 2, the Celtics were a team written for dead. Pundits were throwing dirt on Boston’s NBA Finals grave prematurely because the Lakers dominated Game 1 102-89. It seemed from the eyes of some that the C’s would not recover because their nucleus was an old tired bunch not able to sustain the physical will to handle Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers masterful triangle.

Not last night, Ray Allen scored 32 points and hit 8-11 threes to help propel Boston to a 103-94 victory to tie the NBA Finals series 1-1 and gain home court advantage.

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Los Angeles Lakers Beat Up the Boston Celtics 102-89 In Game 1 of NBA Finals: Kobe Is Not Messing Around

Posted in Blogroll on June 4th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

The Lakers put their foot into any Boston tradition last night. The biggest stats were the plus 18 rebounding advantage and the 16-0 second chance points. The Lakers took advantage of their height and won a game they were supposed to win.

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The Kid, The Son, The Natural, The Legend: Ken Griffey Jr. Retires

Posted in Blogroll on June 3rd, 2010 by Michael Tillery

“They’re gonna wave him in! They throw to the plate will be….. LATE! The Mariners are going to play for the American League Championship!”

The day Ken Griffey Jr. cried for the first time his legacy was cemented and not simply because he was in the land of the living. He and Hall of Fame baseball legend Stan Musial were born in the same city (Donora, PA), the same day (11/21), 50 years apart. That their names are synonymous transcends eras of fans, athletes and a soul for the game transferred from his Father’s love for his profession to the baseball diamonds in a young Griffey’s eyes.

That was just the beginning. 630 home runs and infinite smiles later, Junior retires from baseball the same day he was the number one pick in the draft 23 years earlier. For the game, it’s definitely apropos he retired as a member of the Seattle Mariners for he saved baseball in the city and because of his popularity, Junior had a lot to do with the building of Safeco Field.

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The Starting Five 2010 NBA Finals Preview: Will Kobe Exorcise His Boston Celtics Demon?

Posted in Blogroll on June 2nd, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Not a good feeling and trust Kobe wants to burn through this memory with passionate action

Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals, Boston vs. Los Angeles…

Pregame, I’m interviewed Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe mainly about the tradition this rivalry holds. Just as Mr. Ryan and I finish up I spot Julius Erving and his basketball grandson, Kobe Bryant, chattin’ it up as the Lakers shoot around. I squeeze my recorder and felt it crack…

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Notes from the NBA TV 2010 NBA Finals Conference Call Tuesday, June 1, 2010: Lakers or Celtics? What Team is a Good Fit for LeBron James?

Posted in Blogroll on June 2nd, 2010 by Michael Tillery

This is as it should be…

Interesting conference call took place yesterday. Here are the answers the participants provided as some of the top beat writers in the country asked the questions. There were questions of where LeBron will lace ’em up next year from Cleveland and New York writers….imagine that. My questions will be posted in the Lakers/Celtics preview posted later today:

Participants:

Kevin McHale, NBA TV analyst

Chris Webber, NBA TV analyst

Matt Winer, NBA TV host

Bryan Perez, Senior Vice President/General Manager, NBA Digital

NBA TV and NBA.com will feature extensive coverage of the 2010 NBA Finals which gets underway on Thursday, June 3 with game highlights and full post-game press conferences throughout the best-of-seven series.

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