The taped telecast on Ch. 4 was controlled by Sportsvue, a cable company in Milwaukee, and was one of two TV feeds for the game. Don Larick, Ch. 4's basketball director, was in Milwaukee but not in command. The other feed was controlled by the USA cable network, which served as the eyes of Sportschannel here.
Larick's telecasts of Celtics games this season - the final one being tonight - have showed restraint on replays, which is why Monday's coverage was so unusual. Sometimes he has been guided, and misguided, by announcers Gil Santos and Bob Cousy, who often ask for a rerun to illustrate a point. Santos asked for a replay late in Monday's game for proof of an uncalled out-of- bounds violation. The replay proved nothing while taking viewers away from live action.
If the Celtics or Lakers lose tonight, a sixth game will be carried by CBS Friday night. If it's Lakers-Suns in Phoenix, the game will be telecast live at 11:30. If the game is Celtics-Bucks in Milwaukee, it will be live at 10 on Ch. 7 locally, but shown on tape at 11:30 elsewhere. If both teams lose tonight, the two sixth-game telecasts will be regionalized.