Sorry for no liveblog, don't want to distract my attention in any way from this game. This very very very very ugly game. Jim Ross would call this "bowling shoe ugly." If the first half of this game was a woman, it would have Sarah Jessica Parker's nose and Gabby "Precious" Sidibe's physique. If it was a country, it would be Greenland - uninhabitable and misrepresented on maps. If it was a band, it would be Nickelback. Okay, not that bad, but you get my point.
A few first half thoughts, now that I have 20 minutes to get my heart rate down:
-Yes, the Celtics are winning. But it's entirely due to the fact that the Lakers are insanely cold (nervous?) from the field. These things correct themselves. By no means are the Celtics outplaying the Lakers though. In fact, things like 15-2 offensive rebound margin and 8-3 turnover margin (both in favor of LA) mean that the Celtics are playing dumb and lazy.
-The rebounding thing speaks to a larger problem - we've essentially conceded the paint. I have ZERO idea what KG is doing on defense, he's not even making an effort with Gasol. Downs Ostrich has ten rebounds in the first half. Ten. That's fucking disgusting. I was actually glad when KG went out with his third foul. Baby actually is playing Gasol a million times better. Thankfully Odom has been absent and Bynum only has a few minutes left in his legs, so the key to winning back the paint will be stopping Gasol. Whenever a shot goes up, have everyone over 6'7" box out the dirty Spaniard.
-A little worried that a "hot hand" for the C's hasn't showed up offensively yet. Not sure who they'll turn to for that 3rd quarter run. Pierce looks...okay? Allen's been a dud. Rondo's playing jumpy.
-Anyone who calls Kobe clutch needs to look at his performance this half. 3-14 from the field. Not even making free throws. Ohfer from three. No presence on defense. I said it before - Shaq, not Kobe, was the key on those first three championship teams. Here's hoping he tries to shoot his way out of the slump and lulls his teammates to sleep.
-Artest is the Lakers leading scorer. Never in my life did I think I'd be saying that in a Finals Game 7.
-Finally...SCAL ALERT! And he got a Trillion! He gets an honorary Club Tril shirt. Game 7 just got gingered. Here's hoping that's a sign of luck.