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9:00 Welcome to my Game 4 Finals Diary starring officials Scott Fisher, Greg Willard and the newest addition to the officiating cast, Eddie F. Rush. Scott Foster is known for his previous role receiving 130 plus phone calls from convicted ref, Tim Donaghy before games. Eddie F. Rush gave Kendrick Perkins his 7th playoff technical for merely existing. This crew will be taken as seriously as the cast of SNL.
And over at DeadSpin, you can get more referee action from Tim Donaghy reviewing the Finals officiating. Might as well let Milli Vanilli select Grammy winners. The Lakers and Celtics guest star between whistle intermissions.
For the 5th game in this series, Magic Johnson picked Boston to win, tabbed Lebron James as his series MVP but then backtracked and called Kobe the best player in the game today. Seriously, I think his pride is reeling from Kobe calling Jerry West, without question the greatest player in Lakers history.
Jon Barry opines in the pre-game: "It's not about the Big Three for Boston, they just need any three." (After the game I thought he should get an Emmy for Best Pre-Game Analysis Prediction)
My key to winning doesn't involve the entire Big Three. It's not multiple choice, it just depends on whether Paul Pierce will live up to his nickname as "The Truth" or False.
9:09 I love the way the Celtics sprint to pick each other up after one man goes down. It's like they've modeled themselves after an NBA Cares commercial.
9:13 The score is 11-8 and for the first time this series, it seems like both teams have kicked it into fifth gear.
9:14 Kobe contorts his body around Ray Allen to bank a mid range jumper. He has the "midair crossover" in the league the way he gyrates and controls his body mid-air is masterful.
9:15 It's clear from the jump that Kobe wants blood tonight
9:18 Another Wipeout episode starring Amare Stoudemire and Dwight Howard who were ironically wipeout of the playoffs by Boston and L.A. Dwight's a more flamboyant version of Shaq, which leads me to believe he'll be hosting a daytime game show after basketball.