Darius from Forum Blue and Gold on the mood among Laker fans: "There’s an eerie familiarity to what’s currently happening in the NBA Finals. Much like the 2008 match up between the Lakers and the Celtics, the Lakers look a bit befuddled on offense while their defense is coming up short at inopportune times. Meanwhile, Boston’s defense is as smothering as ever and their offense is finding the cracks in the Lakers defensive schemes to score just enough points to keep the Lakers at arms length over the course of a game. Things are not looking good for the Lakers and it’s now time for them to play their best game or suffer another Finals defeat at the hand of the Celtics."
John Krolik of Cavs: The Blog: "We’re 48 minutes away from being forced to include that the most important player of the 'LeBron/Kobe' era, isn’t a player at all, but the Boston defense."
In Game 1, the Lakers got 34 shots at the rim. Since then, they have averaged just 18 per game. Amazingly important piece of analysis from M. Haubs at The Painted Area.
SportsByBrooks makes a prediction about tonight's game that actually has national security implications.
How Rajon Rondo managed to get that incredibly clutch offensive rebound late in Game 5. As a side note, watching Rondo surprise people with those kinds of plays is one of the great joys of watching NBA basketball. He's not just long and quick, he's also audacious in the tasks he assigns himself.
D.J. Steve Porter -- the mixologist behind the NBA's current "Amazing" campaign of commercials starring NBA coaches and players in autotune (and the guy behind the YouTube classic Allen Iverson's "Press Hop") -- is a huge Celtics fan.
Will Ray Allen finally hit a 3 tonight?
Somehow, Ricky Rubio's Barcelona team is on the brink of elimination at the hands of Tiago Splitter's Caja Laboral in the Spanish ACB Final.
Why are these two teams in the Finals? David Stern says it's in no small part because of owners Jerry Buss and Wyc Grousbeck are good owners, and it's easy to see how that could be the key factor.
A very smarmy frame-by-frame breakdown of Ray Allen getting wide open.
David Falk will not have his client, Evan Turner, work out for the the Wizards, who hold the top overall pick.
Wayne Winston's analysis of the numbers through five games show it has been hard for the Lakers to play well with Derek Fisher on the bench. Jack Ramsay told me before Game 5 that Phil Jackson soured early on playing Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar together, and had stopped doing it, insisting on always having Kobe Bryant or Derek Fisher on the floor. There's certainly something important going on in the Laker backcourt.
Jerryd Bayless, reflecting on his blog after his father's scare with a heart attack: "The long days and nights in the hospital gave me time to sit and reflect on what’s really important in life. Although I do love basketball and it’s the second love of my life, I would be able to live and function without it because I’m much more than a basketball player. If I had lost my Dad, or anybody else in my family, that night, I can't say the same regarding my ability to live and function. My family is my world. I love them more than life itself. Sometimes I think in American culture we tend to forget that because the media tends to stray away from that. Media focuses more on what sells rather than what's the truth. By no means am I saying that's a bad thing, because they have to provide for their families as well, but its' easy to get lost in their message. So hopefully after you're done reading this, you're able to sit back and realize the gift of family and life, and take full advantage of both. Your family is something that no one can take away from you. Enjoy them! We all end up leaving this earth sooner or later. We should take advantage of what we have now -- which is our family."