Blackhawks-Flyers and Lakers-Celtics: A Tale of Two Finals
Inspired by ESPN.com's Bill Simmons, I am going to attempt to write a live diary of both the NHL and NBA finals games taking place. I'm in at the last period of both, but thanks to my six-month-old daughter's desire for juice, I'm in a bit late.
10:28 PM - Lakers-Celtics, Game 2
Game is tied at 83. 7:33 to go. Paul Pierce dumps to Kevin Garnett after looking to drive. Garnett puts up the same brick Pierce would've had he taken the shot.
Lakers waste a posession. Celtics do the same.
Lamar Odom completes a weak lob to Andrew Bynum, who puts the ball in for a layup. I'm still wondering how that pass got in there with two Celtics around.
Apparently Nate Robinson is in the game. He makes both his foul shots. Tied at 85.
Kobe Bryant responds with an And-One.
11:33 to go. Chicago up 5-3. Apparently I missed a Philly goal while watching the NBA. Fantastic.
I'm not getting a sense of urgency from the Flyers so far. Much of what I've seen of this game has been spent in the neutral zone.
Aside from a referee getting knocked down, nothing has happened since flipping over to the game. I can understand why Simmons would use the NBA.
A tad more scoring in basketball.
Commercial break on the NHL. Back to basketball.
10:34 PM - Lakers-Celtics
Kobe is on the line for his follow-up foul shot from the And-One. He makes it.
I hate Kobe.
Nice passing from the Celtics. Rajon Rondo takes a nice pass and solidifies his triple-double.
Kobe responds with two. Rondo does the same.
Offensive foul on the Lakers. Celtics ball with an opportunity to take the lead.
Ray Allen takes a three and this one doesn't hit the rim either. Sadly, it also doesn't reach the net. Chants of "Airball! Airball!" in the Staples Center.
Interesting consecutive foul calls on the Lakers. The referees appear to have decided that both teams are capable of committing fouls.
Rondo with an athletic rebound and layup for two. He is amazing in the playoffs.
Foul update: Kobe Bryant 5, Ron Artest 5, Kevin Garnett 5. Wow.
Back to hockey.
10:40 PM - Blackhawks-Flyers
I love the organ music in hockey. Very old-timey (in a good way).
Abby wants me to hold her bottle of juice. Decision time.
I've seen significantly more face-offs than I have shots on goal. I think it's like 3-0 on those so far.
Blackawks with a break, nice shot by Marian Hossa, but stopped. A little extra-curricular activities after the whistle.
Flyers with another impotent, shotless stand at the Blackhawks' end.
The Flyers are being out-hit, out-skated and outplayed. I suspect that's how the lead got to 5-3.
I love Dustin Byfuglien's name. I have no earthly idea how they get the pronunciation "Bufflin" out of it. A push should be made to call him Bi-Fug-lian.
Wow, some life from the Flyers. Three shots in less than 30 seconds.
4:23 to play. Abby just smiled at me when I helped her out with her bottle.
When I looked up, goal Blackhawks. Suddenly my daughter has a very serious look on her face.
I think she understands the gravity of the situation for the Flyers.
Some more pressure from the Flyers, but another push without a shot. Blackhawks win a face-off at the other end.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLL! Brilliant extra pass from Billy Leino to Simon Gagne for the easy score.
For those keeping track, Blackhawks 6, Flyers 4. Still a two-goal deficit, but signs of life for Philadelphia.
At least that's what I thought before the empty netter by Byfuglien. 7-4 seems like a baseball score.
I'd like to stick a fork in the Flyers, but I'm rooting almost as hard against Hossa winning a cup as I am against another Bryant championship.
Final score: Blackhawks 7, Flyers 4. A 3-2 series lead is hardly insurmountable.
Hopefully the Flyers can wash this one off in the showers afterward.
Final minutes of the Lakers-Celtics Game 2 ahead.
10:54 PM - Lakers-Celtics
Holy crap! This game flew by. 26.6 seconds to play, Celtics with a seven-point lead (100-93).
Kevin Garnett, dripping sweat, at the line. Sinks the first free throw.
And the second one.
Tough for the Lakers to come up with 9 points in 27 seconds, but who knows?
Nevermind that. Pau Gasol absolutely bricks a three attempt.
You've got to have Bryant taking that shot, don't you?
The sneaker squeaks on the court sound like crickets with a dead Lakers crowd.
Game over: Boston Celtics 103, Los Angeles Lakers 93. No mention of Phil Jackson being undefeated after a Game 1 win now.
I really like the Celtics in this series having stolen one away from home.
I don't want a postgame interview with Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen. Doris Burke, why haven't you found Ron Artest?
All right, I'm signing off. This was an interesting experiment, having only one TV.
Much is up in the air in both series. I like Celtics in 6 and Flyers (by necessity) in 7.
Abby has no comment, perhaps because she can't talk.
Final note: I'm really frustrated that both games finished at about the same time. The TV networks should be coordinating with one another, rather than putting two sports' finals against one another.
This wouldn't be difficult to pull off. My suspicion here is another bad Gary Bettman decision. Probably thought his league could hold up against the NBA since it's the Finals.
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