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Witness to a robbery

Submitted by on June 19, 2008No Comment

I know this was a bit late seeing as the Celtics already captured the title day before yesterday, but I was fortunate enough to get floor seats to the Lakers-Celtics Final Game 4 at Staples Center. Yes, that very Game 4 where the Lakers ran to a dominating 24 point lead in the second quarter to only watch the Celtics slowly pick and roll their way back into the lead.

But I felt this post was necessary to both share my pictures as well as my thoughts on the fan bases in Los Angeles and in Boston. If this heart wrenching loss happened to the Celtics in Boston (which almost happened by the way in Game 2), cars would be overturned, store fronts destroyed and couches set on fire. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at what happened after a win in Boston to capture the title 2 nights ago courtesy of Boiled Sports:

The media loves to rip the fans in LA. “They come to games late, they never stand, only clap on queue, and are more interested in the celebrities at the game than the game itself.” But for the third time in this year’s Lakers playoff run (I’ve been to 3 now, Game 2 and Game 5 against the Spurs and the Finals Game 4 against the Celtics), I’ve not once seen what has been described by the mainstream media. The crowd roars to ear piercing levels, no city loves a player more than LA loves Kobe, and the glitz and glamor of celebrity sightings is what makes LA one of the greatest venues in all sports. It is truly the city of the Stars. Where else can you find celebrities sitting in the same floor seats next to fans lucky enough to afford the tickets?

But it is just a shame that the Lakers chocked away this game. Once the Celtics began to chip away at the lead late in the third quarter, the crowd began to sense it. But despite how those in the media may descibe Laker fans, the chants of “De-Fense” didn’t lose out to nervousness, they only got louder. Give it to the Celtics for quieting them every time they were on offense with smart shot selection, but the fans in LA are anything but drones. From the opening tip to the eventual loss, the fans that packed Staples Center knew their basketball and roared their star studded team just at the critical times.

And how do you rip on a fan base when they are able to return to their cars after a gut wrenching defeat without a single stop sign uprooted while the opponents decide to renovate their city after a victory? Bill Simmons might have to actually attend a Lakers game before he writes another piece on the Lakers.

Very few people actually gave credit to the great second half play by the Celtics, preferring to call it a collapse by the Lakers instead. With seats almost near the floor, I was awed by the shot selection by the players in green during the fourth quarter. Even when shots were challenged, the Celtics managed to hit their jump shots. Shot after shot, the Celtics answered every Lakers attempt to close them out.

Despite the loss, this was one of the best games I’ve been to at the Staples Center. The energy in the arena reached new levels and decibels. And it was a freaking Lakers-Celtics series for the Finals! What could be better? It’s like Penn State facing Pitt for the national championship. Not only did the Lakers have to do their part by winning the West, the Celtics had to also fulfill theirs by going the distance in several of their series to eventually face their old nemesis in the West.

Eventually the better team won even though I did not think Doc River’s attempt to humiliate the Celtics in the series clinching Game 6 was necessary. Up by at least 30 in the fourth, the Celtics continued to shoot 3′s which is much like a college team throwing hail mary passes late in the fourth quarter after the game had been decided. I titled this piece “Witness to a robbery” because I felt the Lakers were robbed. Not by the refs, or by anyone in particular, but by a Celtics team that were highly opportunistic all game long. Game 4 should have gone to the Lakers and who knows what would have eventually happened if it did.

But thank you Lakers for a memorable season.

Enjoy the pictures. Just click Next or Last on the left or right hand side of each picture to scroll through them.

(In one of the pictures of several people sitting courtside, the picture was actually taken because David Beckham was the guy leaning forward next to the man in a brown hat)


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