Podcast: Boston Fails To Show Up

The Los Angeles Lakers seemed to lose their composure after a Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics which saw Kobe Bryant go off for 38 points yet receive little minimal help from his teammates.

Ron Artest and Pau Gasol did not look comfortable on the court and Lamar Odom continued his passive ways. This resulted in Bryant telling the media after the game that his team’s defense belonged on a milk carton.

Ouch.

On the flip side, Boston had every reason to be confident heading into Game 6, despite the fact that they were going to the Staples Center for two games.  They had seemingly found a way to shut down every Laker not named Kobe Bryant, and the “Big Four”of Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett seemed to finally gel as a unit.

Game 6 is the perfect example of why they play the games as opposed to just talking about them.

In this version of the Hoops Addict Podcast, Ryan and Rashad discussed how the Lakers were able to cruise to a 89-67 Game 6 victory, the improved play of Artest and Gasol, the coaching of Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers, and who will win Game 7 on Thursday.

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In The Scrum With Luke Harangody

Fresh off of his workout for the Washington Wizards coaches and front office, former Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody met with the media.  He discussed the chip he has on his shoulder during his workouts this summer, how his game has improved, and what it would be like to play for the Wizards.

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Podcast: The Big Four Make Their Mark

After uneven performances in the first four games of these NBA Finals, the “Big 4″ of Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen finally got it right in the Celtics, 92-86 victory.

Pierce had the hot hand with 27 points, Allen struggled from the field, but played tight defense on Kobe Bryant, and scratched and clawed his way to 12 points.  Garnett was active on the boards (10 rebounds) and hit big baskets down the stretch to end up with 18 points, and Rondo, despite his seven turnovers, had eight assists and scored 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting.  They were integral in the Celtics victory tonight, and they were able to pull out the victory, despite Bryant’s 38 points–which included an amazing 19 points in the third quarter.

In this podcast, Rashad and Ryan discuss the play of the Big 4, Kobe’s amazing quarter and its effect on the rest of the team, the dismal play of Ron Artest and Lamar Odom and which team has the advantage going into Tuesday night’s Game 6.

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Podcast: Boston’s Bench Steps Up

Through the first three games of the NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics seemed to have great difficulty getting their Big 3 of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce on the same page.

In Game 1 Pierce score 24, but Garnett and Allen combined for just 28.

Then, in Game 2, Allen went off for 32 points, but Pierce and Garnett were only able to muster a combined 16 points.

And in Game 3, Garnett turned back the clock with a 25 point performance, with Allen and Pierce only contributing 17 points.

In the Celtics, 96-89 Game 4 victory of the Lakers, the Big 3 combined for 33 points and played an instrumental role in the outcome of the game.  But instead of Allen, Pierce and Garnett leading the way, it was Glen Davis, Nate Robinson and Tony Allen.  Davis scored 18 points, Robinson scored 12, and although Tony Allen only scored 3 points, his ability to make Kobe Bryant work for his shots, was key.

In this version of the Hoops Addict Podcast, Rashad and Ryan discuss the effectiveness of the Celtics bench, the chippy play in Game 4, the effect of Andrew Bynum’s absence, the play of Kobe Bryant and much more.

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Podcast: The Fish That Saved L.A.

In Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo led the Boston Celtics to victory by each player dominating  half of the game.  Allen played lights out in the first half by scoring 27 points, and then Rondo took over down the stretch with his all-around game.

The Lakers must have taken diligent notes.

During their 91-84 victory over the Boston Celtics last night, the Lakers used similar tactic.  Through the first three quarters, Kobe Bryant scored 25 points, despite a less than stellar shooting night.  But in the fourth quarter, when he could not seem to score at all, Derek Fisher stepped up and scored 11 big points, and showed why he’s such a valuable member of this team.

In this version of the Hoops Addict Podcast, Rashad and Ryan discuss Fisher’s big fourth quarter, the large role the referees played in this game, the resurgence of Kevin Garnett, and the uneven play of the Celtics’ Big 4.

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