Lakers starting center Andrew Bynum had his troublesome right knee drained again immediately after Game 4 Thursday night before he met with reporters. He said he feels much better and will play in Game 5 Sunday night at TD Garden with the NBA finals tied, 2-2.

 

"I went through the process and thought about it and did it again," Bynum said following Lakers practice on Saturday at TD Garden. "It really helped out this time."

 

Former Celtic, NBA Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Kevin McHale joined The Big Show on Friday. In addition to singing coach Doc Rivers' praises and discussing his own ambitions to coach again, McHale spoke out against the officiating the NBA finals thus far.

 

Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace are both sitting on six technical fouls during the postseason. If either of them gets one more they are subject to a one-game suspension from the NBA. Doc Rivers has expressed concern that they could be provoked into getting technicals, but Laker coach Phil Jackson said that was not part of his team's mindset. "That's not fair play," he said. "That's not the way to play the games."  

Throughout the Celtics postseason run, the elephant in the room has been the future of the team's eight free agents, notably Ray Allen (Paul Pierce also has a player option for next season). Doc Rivers noted Friday that the team's uncertain future has not been a regular topic of concersation in the locker room. "No, we don't talk about it at all," Rivers said. "I've said that -- I said it in the middle of the year. I think hopefully we sign Ray back -- I think I can say that.

Former Celtics player and coach Satch Sanders joined the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about the NBA finals. Sanders said Doc Rivers' use of his bench in Game 4 Thursday night reminded him of Red Auberbach's strategy during the Celtics' dynasty in the 1960s, of which Sanders was a key part.

 

ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the NBA finals, following the Celtics' Game 4 win Thursday night. "Last night was the quintessential Celtics defense that we've come to know out of this team for the last three years." Legler said, noting that the officials helped the C's by letting them play.

 

Ten Thoughts from a Game 4 that included Kevin Garnett getting called for a three-second violation with 20 seconds left on the shot clock. Always nice to have the best and brightest with the whistle for the NBA finals, isn't it?



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Glen Davis led one of the best bench efforts in Celtics playoff history with a 18 points as the Celtics held on for a 96-89 win over the Lakers in Game 4 of the NBA finals Thursday night at TD Garden. The reserve unit of Davis, Nate Robinson, Rasheed Wallace and Tony Allen played the first nine minutes of the fourth quarter and built the lead up to double figures.