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Old 06-18-2010, 01:06 AM
 
Location: California
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Off the top, I am a Laker fan. I am elated they won the title.

With that said, is it me, or was this one of the ugliest Finals series in a long time? The games were slow, disjointed, and full of flailing arms. The games seemed to stop ALL THE TIME! I like good defense just as much as the next fan. But at some point it no longer looks like basketball.

I say this because I was introduced to basketball by watching the Lakers and Celtics in the 1980's. Those teams always scored 100+ points a game. They scored rapidly and the games just flowed. This series had no flow and no rhythm.

I can honestly say I really did not enjoy watching much of this series. But I am a fan. I will watch anyway. I just wonder what casual observers took away from this series.

I just wanted to know what others took away from the series regarding the visual appeal of NBA basketball on its highest stage.
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I think the refs in the first 4 games played too influential a role in the outcome of the games, with horrible calls. Tonight's game was a nail-biting climax, I'm just glad it didn't turn out to be a Game 6 style blowout.
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Yea man...the only game I liked in the series was Game 2. I agree about the refs. I feel like they did too much babysitting with the players, with all of the petty foul calls and stuff. There is no reason why half of the teams points in a quarter should come from the FT line. Ridiculous! The finals sure ain't what it used to be.
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:33 AM
 
Location: California
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I am definitely one to jump on the refs. But part of it is the players, too. Do you know what these games would have looked like if the refs "just let them play?" It would have been like a UFC cage match. When you have two teams that are playing "physical" basketball the refs are forced to step in an manage it. The problem is they can never manage it to anyone's satisfaction.

If being very physical is part of your game plan, then you are inviting the refs to impact the outcome of the game. Maybe the teams themselves should rely more on skill and speed and less on so-called defense. It's not defense when you grab, push, hook, slap, and lay on players.
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:35 AM
 
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I think the pressure of it being a game 7 not to mention fatigue took its toll on the players being that both L.A and Boston as teams had horrible shooting performances. Boston had every chance to win it in the second half but couldn't come up with any shots. The same goes for kobe being off all night. The difference in this game basically boiled down to who wanted it more and L.A ran with it and pulled it out in the 4th quarter.
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Old 06-18-2010, 02:46 AM
 
Location: California
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I think the pressure and the fact these guys have played so many games up to this point. I mean, you have 82 regular season games, and then four rounds of playoffs. By the time these teams arrived at game seven they had to be exhausted. But the players from 20 years ago had the same grind. So maybe that is really not an excuse.

I do think the collective age of the Celtics played a factor. They completely ran out of gas down the stretch.
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Off the top, I am a Laker fan. I am elated they won the title.

With that said, is it me, or was this one of the ugliest Finals series in a long time? The games were slow, disjointed, and full of flailing arms. The games seemed to stop ALL THE TIME! I like good defense just as much as the next fan. But at some point it no longer looks like basketball.

I say this because I was introduced to basketball by watching the Lakers and Celtics in the 1980's. Those teams always scored 100+ points a game. They scored rapidly and the games just flowed. This series had no flow and no rhythm.

I can honestly say I really did not enjoy watching much of this series. But I am a fan. I will watch anyway. I just wonder what casual observers took away from this series.

I just wanted to know what others took away from the series regarding the visual appeal of NBA basketball on its highest stage.
No, the Rockets/Knicks Finals was uglier. The Celtics and Lakers only really played one ugly game.
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:57 AM
 
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82 game season. A tough playoffs. A grueling physical 7 games Finals. Two Heavyweights mentally and physically spent in the late rounds. It is what it is. I really wouldnt call it ugly. This was not easy for either team. Two great teams going all out...for the NBA CHAMPIONSHIP!
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Denver
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It was ugly at times because as people mentioned before, the refs decided to make themselves the stars of the game for a good deal of the time. On Boston sports radio, they were talking about the refs the entire series...not that they were favoring the Lakers, but the fact that they wouldn't let these two teams play the game.

What's even uglier than the ref situation is my stomach/bowels this morning. Destroying your body with alcohol is definitely not a good way to mourn a loss.
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:43 AM
 
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the officiating was not the greatest especially in the earlier games. i think it improved in the later games. but yeah very true alot of people were not too happy about the officiating including both teams.
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