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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.33
    Originally posted by Teapot
    I just saw this interesting stat: in the Finals, when the teams are tied 1-1 after two games, the winner of game 3 has won the series 28/32 times. Since 1985, when they changed to the current 2-3-2 format (as opposed to the old 2-2-1-1-1 format), the winner is 10-0.


On another note, wasn't the format changed to 2-3-2 because of the frequent Lakers/Celtics matchups in the Finals, and the fact that it seemed harsh to force them into so much coast-to-coast travel time after Game 4?



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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.52
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    Have an opinion. Are you happy about this? Sad? Why do you bring it up? That kind of stuff.


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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.91
    Originally posted by ekedolphin
      Originally posted by Teapot
      I just saw this interesting stat: in the Finals, when the teams are tied 1-1 after two games, the winner of game 3 has won the series 28/32 times. Since 1985, when they changed to the current 2-3-2 format (as opposed to the old 2-2-1-1-1 format), the winner is 10-0.


    On another note, wasn't the format changed to 2-3-2 because of the frequent Lakers/Celtics matchups in the Finals, and the fact that it seemed harsh to force them into so much coast-to-coast travel time after Game 4?







More because the media outlets bitched about having to take 5 cross country flights to cover the series instead of 3.
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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.34
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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.34
    Originally posted by Teapot
    I just saw this interesting stat: in the Finals, when the teams are tied 1-1 after two games, the winner of game 3 has won the series 28/32 times. Since 1985, when they changed to the current 2-3-2 format (as opposed to the old 2-2-1-1-1 format), the winner is 10-0.


I love to use stats when it comes to basketball but this series is different; there really is no rolling momentum for either team unless one of them wins 2 in a row (which is hard to do against either team).

Paul Pierce made a bold statement by saying the series will be finished in Boston but chances are, one team will be heading back to LA with a 3-2 series lead but for which team is uncertain right now.
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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.57
I was not a fan of the officiating last night ... It didn't change the fact that the Celtics couldn't hit a shot, or that they made some bone-headed plays down the stretch, but I'd still like to go on record as saying that I was not a fan of the officiating last night.

Not that I'm in the minority in this regard or anything like that (boston.com) ...

Anyway, Game Three was an important game, but not a critical one ... THE critical game is always Game Four, since either the Lakers will take a commanding 3-1 lead or the Celtics will tie things up at two apiece and make this a three-game series.

This Celtics team has made a habit of defying expectations during the postseason, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens Thursday ... There's no way to make a prediction in these Finals anyway, so I'm not even going to try and make one, biased or otherwise



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I am not off the bandwagon yet. The Celtics continue to surprise me, so I am not counting them out yet, Frosty.




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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.88
Wow, Glen Davis turned into a beast tonight. I wonder if he watched this week's Monday Night Raw.
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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.28
This game was a test of who wanted to give the game away more. The Lakers won that particular battle.



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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.90
    Originally posted by CajunMan
    Wow, Glen Davis turned into a beast tonight.
Imagine what a player he could be if he could jump higher than a streetcurb.



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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.57
I was on TV!



I was also nearly accosted twice for daring to wear my Holy Cross jacket (holycross.edu) ... A word of advice from me to you - unless you are in fact rooting for the Lakers (and are thus mentally prepared for the abuse), don't wear purple to a Celtics game ;)



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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.34
Another rock-solid basketball game. Paul Pierce showed up again for the 2nd game in a row and good balanced Celtics attack allowed Boston to be within 1 game of hoisting banner #18.

LA will come back in game 6 with a stronger attack so the C's better come with just as a strong (if not stronger) attack for a crucial game 6.
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#34 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.88
Looks like it's going 7. I can not see The Lakers losing in game 6.
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#35 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.28
    Originally posted by CajunMan
    Looks like it's going 7. I can not see The Lakers losing in game 6.


I'm getting that déjà vu sense. I remember being this optimistic in 2008. Right before the Lakers got completely blown off the court in Game 6.

Sigh...and it's about to happen on our home court, no less.



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#36 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.88
Somebody better tell the Celtics they have a game Thurs. night, and it is the final game! Otherwise the Lakers have this thing won again.
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#37 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.29
    Originally posted by CajunMan
    Somebody better tell the Celtics they have a game Thurs. night, and it is the final game! Otherwise the Lakers have this thing won again.


Someone tell the same thing to the Lakers. They have that terrible tendency to fall asleep the next game after blowing a team out. Now's not that time.



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#38 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.70
Well, at least we get a bit of unpredictability in the usually very predictable NBA. I have no idea what is going to happen in Game Seven. Both of these teams have been so hot-and-cold that almost anything could go down and I wouldn't be totally surprised. The only shocking result would be another Laker blowout like last night.

Fun fact: this is Phil Jackson's first seventh game in the NBA Finals.
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#39 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.34
One thing's for sure-- Game 7 is must-see TV for me! Absolutely no idea who will win.



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#40 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.02
I predict... a winner in 7.




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