A few follow-up thoughts on last night’s game…
Mike Breen is ridiculous. I have rarely seen such man-love from an announcer for a player as he unfailingly displays for Kobe Bryant. He’s approaching Tim McCarver/Derek Jeter “calm eyes” territory here. A routine drive and layup from Bryant elicits an over-the-top “WWW-hah-hah-hah-OOWWW – a SPECTACULAR drive from Kobe” from Breen – even as the Lakers are in the process of coughing up the 24 point lead.
Coming back from a commercial break at a key point of the game, ABC was determined to make get thoughts from Breen, Van Gundy and Jackson on camera before turning their attention to the game. The only problem was that the game had started, and Van Gundy could be seen pointing at the court, twice, in an effort to get the cameras focused on the game and not them.
Ray Allen has gotten some love on the radio and TV commentary, but I was surprised there were no feature stories on him in the papers this morning. He played all 48 minutes, and because the Celtics played a good chunk of the game without a true point guard his ball handling was crucial. He scored 19 points, had 9 rebounds and 3 steals. It was the latest and perhaps greatest effort in an immense series from Allen.
The Comcast SportsNet postgame was very good once again, with Gary Tanguay, Donny Marshall, Mike Gorman and Greg Dickerson all in Los Angeles, and Michael Felger, Tom Heinsohn and Ryen Russillo back here in studio. Even Felger could recognize a historic NBA performance when he saw it.
They’ve been solid all postseason and I’ve failed to give them a proper plug, but if you get a chance go over today and download the latest Celtics Stuff Live podcast from after last night’s game.
Bill Simmons also did a running diary of last night’s game.
I can watch this all day long: