Celtics fall to Lakers

Lakers Players humiliate Kobe and their Coach

The Boston Celtics (21-33) came calling on the struggling Los Angeles Lakers (14-41) Sunday night in hopes collecting a (semi) easy win over a cellar dweller team in the midst of a seven game losing streak.  The Lakers managed to pull out a 111-118 overtime victory but all was lost when an interview went awry.  Coach Byron Scott was incensed and Kobe Bryant was less than pleased when Jimmy Kimmel showed him the video of his teammates.  To see the ESPN video, click here( Kobe on Kimmel).

The Celtics took care of business Monday night as they defeated the Phoenix Suns in Arizona 115-110.

The team is back home and ready to take on the New York Knicks (10-45).  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours now!



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Lakers Cool Red-Hot Celtics in OT Scrap

The loss, described by Celtics coach Doc Rivers as “self-inflicted,” brought Boston’s five-game win streak to a halt as the Lakers improved to 4-9 away from home this season.

They are 2-2 on their current six-game road trip.

Gasol forced overtime with a put-back basket with less than 10 seconds remaining to tie the score at 82-82 and preserved the win with a shot block on Ray Allen as time expired in OT.

“You just got to play until the clock runs out and that’s what I try to do,” Spaniard Gasol told reporters.

“I’ve been in situations in my career where you just freeze and you just catch yourself looking at the ball and somebody makes a play and you end up losing a game.

“Tonight I’m glad that I was able to continue playing until the end and play a good game for my team.”

Boston held the advantage for much of the first half, leading by as many as nine points but Los Angeles battled back and briefly led before falling back to trail 47-45 at halftime.

The Lakers surged ahead again late in the third quarter and held the lead until a back-and-forth final eight minutes which featured five ties and three lead changes.

“This was an awful game,” fumed Rivers. “If we had won, it would have been an awful game that we won. Give them credit, a lot of that was defense. But I thought a lot of it was self-inflicted.”

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers (15-11) with 27 points and Gasol recorded a double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Andrew Bynum finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds.

Allen led the Celtics (14-11) with 22 points, but scored just three points after the third quarter. Paul Pierce scored all five Celtics points in overtime and 18 overall.

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. Editing by Alastair Himmer.)

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Epic Game 4 Leaves Fans Cheering for Grizzlies and Thunder

And even though the Grizzlies lost, the fans stood and applauded both teams when it was over. It was Memphis at its best, , defying the flood waters and provincialism to appreciate something no one who was there will forget, . As , this series has become the most entertaining thing going on in sports, even if it would make you crazy trying to figure it out, .

Just will cause multiple double-takes. Consider that three of Oklahoma City’s starters combined to score 15 points, which is possible in a 133-point effort because the other two (Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant) combined for 75. One of Memphis’s starters, guard Sam Young, didn’t score a single point. Three players never got off the bench (Oklahoma City’s Royal Ivey and Nate Robinson and Memphis’s Leon Powe), while Durant and Memphis’s Marc Gasol each played 57 minutes. This was ironman basketball, .

All sense of awe will most likely be lost if you wander over to consider the Heat-Celtics series. What this one lacks in artistry, it makes up for in an overabundance of journalistic clichés. Yes, the Heat’s victory to take a 3-1 lead was all about redemption, write and (Loyal Leading Off readers who join our protest against the overuse and misuse of the word redemption in sports, insert loud sigh here.) If you’re looking for exorcised demons, you’ll find them in . This might all seem a game premature because yes, the Celtics have twice overcome 3-1 deficits in their history, but they will not pull off a third.

LeBron James continues to make it difficult to warm up to the Heat, his latest bit of wisdom was using the word “retarded” to describe the idea that Dwyane Wade is a dirty player. but nonetheless confirmed that he and Kobe Bryant, who famously hurled a similarly grade-schoolish gay slur at a referee, have the combined maturity of an 8-year-old.

Speaking of the recently departed Lakers, wonders why they aren’t being ripped the way James’s Cavaliers were last year for completely giving up in an elimination playoff game. Perhaps because people have become distracted by the bubbling fiasco in Orlando, where for driving him out of the city before he has actually left. He took to to whine after The inspired interactive Web application where you can put any number of jerseys on Howard. Your day will not be complete until you click on the Harlem Globetrotters option.

The N.H.L. playoffs contributed nothing so colorful Tuesday, although they did ensure the Green Men will be around for another round when Vancouver eliminated Nashville. If you were looking for artistic hockey, you did not find it here, with the normally free-skating Canucks adopting the Predators’ lock-down style to close out this series, . To outrun their own history of failure, the Canucks are understandably not concerned with style points, , and they are relying overwhelmingly on the wrecking ball qualities of forward Ryan Kesler, .

The Canucks do not know their opponent yet, but writes that if San Jose loses Tuesday night’s Game 6 against Detroit, it is time to panic.

Even though it is still hockey and basketball season, it is worth a nod toward tennis just to marvel at . He is undefeated, knocked off Rafael Nadal not just on clay but in Spain, and .

For now, though, the rising getting all the attention is the Mississippi River and the crazier stuff happening in an arena nearby.

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