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DILBECK: Hate to say it, but Celtics will win title

There are 84 comments on the LA Daily News story from Jun 5, 2008, titled DILBECK: Hate to say it, but Celtics will win title. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

I come wearing black hooded robe, scythe in hand, face pale and drawn. I am the harbinger of bad tidings, and do not enjoy it.

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D Parks

Honolulu, HI

#1 Jun 5, 2008
You are seriously saying that Garnett is an upgrade over Tim Duncan? How many more finals has TD won over KG? Four last time I counted. Most would consider him the best PF to ever play the game.
And you seriously think it's more impressive to have been taken to 7 games by a 37-win team in the Hawks, then to another 7 games by a one-man team in the Cavs., and then to a 6 game team where Detroit's 2 top offensive weapons played injured?
You do recall that the Lakers discharged three 50+ win teams, including sweeping Denver in Denver, closing out the physical Jazz in the toughest home court, and the NBA champs in 5 games?
So you're main logic is that Boston's big three are old and realize that their window is fast closing?
That's the logic? Hmmmm....
Or is your logic that all the experts are picking the Lakers, so all the experts can't possibly be right.... and oh also those morons in Vegas who always pick the wrong side to play on?
You conclude by making the sweeping statement: "at this moment in time, the Celtics seem clearly better." You fail to explain exactly why that conclusion is so "clear".
And you do know that most experts bemoan the 2-3-2 format because they feel it actually stacks things against the team with the better record?
Aside from those minor nit picks, good analysis.
Not!
Jack

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Jun 5, 2008
Steve is a troll... its actually funny to say that but he is... look at his articles most of them are anti-Lakers. hes a dick-weed.
kampikkobe

Parañaque, Philippines

#3 Jun 5, 2008
I hate to admit it Steve, but i agree with you. Check it out in my previous postings. But this doesn't mean I'm counting out the Lakers. I also believe in miracles... and boy, that would make this series a dramatic one!
longtimelakerlov er

Hacienda Heights, CA

#4 Jun 5, 2008
Way to jinx it.

Seriously, I think we have to see how these teams play against each other now. I see your points but IMHO you may not be right. They play a different game than with Bynum in the middle, because Pau is a different kind of player. I wish you'd have waited to see how this series starts,'cause you might have to eat your words. Now wouldn't that be fun to read about!
P Galindo

AOL

#5 Jun 5, 2008
Dilbeck, at least get your facts straight. The Celtics have NOT been the better team for months, and certainly not in these playoffs.
Did you even bother to notice that with Gasol, the Lakers having been playing basketball that would equate to a 68-14 season - BETTER than the Celtics?
It's fine for you to think the Celtics will win, but your reasoning of "their just better", when that certainly hasn't been true for the past 3 months, where the Lakers are 37-7, simply sounds like a wispy, based on little more than your fear, living in the first 3 months of the season, without regard to the last 3 months of the season, reasoning.
As for Bynum v. Gasol on this team, the impact is far more than just which guy is more imposing or the better player. It's also about impact on the team. If you'll recall, the Celtics were the team that really took away all of Andrew's lobs, which is how he had been getting his offense as of that 2nd Lakers-Celtics meeting. It wasn't until AFTER that game, when other teams started mimicking that defense, that Andrew remembered he had a lot more in his offensive arsenal and really became unstoppable. But beyond that, it's the impact Gasol has had on the entire team in terms of flow and how they play off of each other. Bynum had a terrific impact, as well, but not to the level Gasol has had - at least not yet.
Your reasoning is flawed and juvenille. "This team better. Hungry. Big 3 want it bad." Oh brother.
Total Garbage

Tampa, FL

#6 Jun 5, 2008
This article is total garbage, that is all.
wilzuvsteel

San Francisco, CA

#7 Jun 5, 2008
I guess everyone can have an opinion on this series. Just don't come to the parade because you will be marked with Green & White punk!
Bman

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Jun 5, 2008
Dilbeck should go work for the Boston Herald. What are you talking about. Have you been watching the same Laker team that we have. Boston was real lucky to get here. They almost lost to Atlanta. The Celtics big 3 have never won a thing and never will. Just like Utah never won in the 90's with Malone and Stockon. Michael Jordan got in the way. Just like Kobe will against Boston.
Mikey

United States

#9 Jun 5, 2008
Good read and I do agree. I also have the Celtics winning it all. And Laker fans need to open there eyes and become understand the Celtics are just too tough. They played a team that has every stlye in the playoffs, and sure maybe the other teams are not as good as the Lakers but the Cletics are peaking at the right moment. Winning close games@ home and taking care of the games on the road. I have the Celtics in 6.
boohao

United States

#10 Jun 5, 2008
Lakers in four
Kobe Fan

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Jun 5, 2008
Dude are you crazy? Explosive and Ray Allen haven't belonged in the same sentence in 3 years. And let's not forget that Garnett is an over emotional head case. I mean all that chest bumping is just his attempt to mask his fear in the clutch. I give you props on your analysis of Pierce he is a nightmare match. But the Celts bench is weak, and Doc lacks the coaching experience. Bostan ran up 66 wins playing a last place schedule in a weak Eastern Conference and their only big win was of a Piston team known for self destructing in the conference finals(Last year it was Lebron and cast that got them.

Lastly I think the Lakers have become a better team because the excellent team they've beaten thus far. A 50 Denver team, a talented Utah squad and the world champs.
Doug

Harbor City, CA

#12 Jun 5, 2008
Don't you guys see what he is doing. Local sports writers will always say their team will lose. They do not want to jinx the hometown team. Boston sports writers are doning the same.
lakermg

United States

#14 Jun 5, 2008
Dilbeck,

eat my shorts
WillMan

Phoenix, AZ

#15 Jun 5, 2008
I'm sorry I read the article. It could have been written by an 8th grader.
Leonard Gilman

New York, NY

#16 Jun 5, 2008
I believe your being honest picking
the Celtics.
But your dead wrong.
Lakers in 5, winning games 1,3,4,5.
Lakers have Stronger Font office,
Coaches, Starters and Bench,
and the best Trainer in Gary.
Oh and the Dancers have a much higher BQ.
Len
Siete

Pooler, GA

#17 Jun 5, 2008
Money on the LAKERS buddy, Ready for the PARADE on LAKER CHAMPIONSHIP DAY. celtics was put to together as a great team and played like they were the best team. LAKERS pick to maybe make it into the playoffs. BAM LAKERS best record in the tougher WEST CONFERENCE, BEAT 50 wins teams in 4-6-5. Young team played maturely, got through the slumps, hit the pressure shots when needed too, and that is not including what MR. MVP accomplished. Remember 2nd quarter of 5th game san antonio series. Down 17 LAKER starters on the bench and second stringers playing, they did not fold, they stepped up, fought hard and brought the score down to 11. GAME OVER and the spurs knew it. No panicking, no nothing but winning. So young but battle hardened team, nothing to lose, since they are not supposed to be here at this point. To me they are better for what they were able to accomplished when they shouldn't have. SEE you all at the parade. I will be the one running around with my huge LAKER FLAG, been to all the parades since the 80's. Miss you dad, you were with me when we last won against the celtics for the CHAMPIONSHIP, I know you will be there with me, mom when will be sitting with me wondering if I will have a heart attack, its all good. LET'S GO LAKERS.
Lakers in 6

Santa Paula, CA

#18 Jun 5, 2008
Dilbeck.....you're a dillweed!!
ps....make sure you stay away from the parade route once the Lakers win you turn coat, switch hiting, laker hating, celtic loving P.O.S!
You're gonna eat your words!!!
aredee

Fontana, CA

#19 Jun 5, 2008
dilbeck your some kind of negetive dork. What type of problem do you have with the lakers.I wonder if age is having an effect on you.
Dennis

Ithaca, NY

#20 Jun 5, 2008
Reasons why the Lakers will beat the Celtics:

• The Lakers are a definition of a true team. They are a cohesive unit, a tight bond that can only be developed through growth, maturation and perseverance. They have fought together as a team. They have suffered defeat as a team. And they have been gloriously victorious as a team. This team knows what it is like to go through extreme challenges, to come out of very difficult and adverse circumstances. These valuable lessons have given them strength and fortitude which can only be brought about through testing by fire. This is now a family, a unit, a band of brothers that fight as one. This is a testimony of their strength and resolve, an advantage that not even the Celtics big three can match.

• BELIEF. The Lakers already know and believe that they are the best team in the league. Not just better then the Celtics but better then everyone else. Why? Because they came in first place in the toughest conference through the most competitive season in league history. But most off all, they know they are the best team because they are still not at full strength. They know that once they have all their pieces together, they will be an unstoppable force…a force to be reckoned with for years to come. This season is a test for them to see how far they can go. Since they have already gotten this far (which no one had even predicted) why not go all the way. They know they can win. They believe it in their hearts and they have conceived it in their minds.

• FACT: Who have the Boston Celtics defeated? Lebron James, Joe Johnson, Joe Smith, Al Horford, an injured Chauncy Billups and an injured Richard Hamilton and a no-show Rasheed Wallace (that was more in love with Kevin Garnett then playing basketball with an urgency)

• FACT: The Lakers defeated...Alan Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Camby, Kenyon Martin…a sweep of the Denver Nuggets.

• FACT: The Lakers defeated Deron Williams, Andrei Kirilenko and Carlos Boozer…the Utah Jazz, the team with the best home record.

• FACT: The Lakers defeated Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Bruce Bowen and Robert Horry...the San Antonio Spurs…THE DFENDING WORLD CHAMPIONS.

• FACT: The Atlanta Hawks would never have made it to the playoffs if they played in the Western Conference. It took the Boston Celtics seven games to defeat them…tisk tisk…shame shame.

• FACT: Our coaching staff has a total of 59 rings. They have the experience, the knowledge and the understanding to play at this level. Boston Celtics coaching staff “0”/Zero rings, zero experience.
Beantown Beatdown

Central District, Hong Kong

#21 Jun 5, 2008
Why do Vegas and all the experts pick the Lakers to win? It's because they saw how the Lakers progressed while the Celtics regressed, especially during the playoffs. A 66-win regular season is nice, but any title contender will tell you that the post-season is a completely different beast. I bet you also predicted the 67-win Mavericks to win it all last season, didn't you?

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