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Lakers Win NBA Title – Post-Game Review

As predicted here, the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship Thursday night, defeating the Boston Celtics in a low-scoring game, 91-87.  They won by playing a gritty, grind-it-out game.

NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant Celebrates the Lakers' Win

“This one is by far the sweetest, because it’s them,” Kobe Bryant said after the Lakers beat Boston for the first time in a Game 7.  “This was the hardest one by far. I wanted it so bad, and sometimes when you want it so bad, it slips away from you. My guys picked me up.”

Lakers coach Phil Jackson also has his 11th championship, matching Boston great Bill Russell’s total and possibly putting a cap on Jackson’s remarkable career if he decides to leave the Lakers. Will he try for a three-peat next season…if that is something he really wants, he’ll be back, otherwise look for the Zen Master to retire to spend more time with his family.

Following the game, Jackson spoke to the media, saying, “Well, it’s done.  It wasn’t well done, but it was done,” Jackson said.  “I thought our defense was terrific.  We were able to step in and play the kind of defense that we’ve established as a calling card for this team, and we found a way to generate some points.”

Bryant discussed his feelings during the game…the one he knew would cement his status as one of the all-time greats: “I was just lying to you guys…but you guys know what a student I am of the game.  I know every series the Lakers have played in, and I know every Celtics series. I know every statistic.  It meant the world to me, but I couldn’t focus on that. I had to focus on playing.”

And when Bryant was asked what the title means to him personally, he answered without self-censorship:  “Just got one more than Shaq.  You can take that to the bank. You know how I am.  I don’t forget anything.”

Boston faces even more offseason uncertainty than the Lakers, with Ray Allen’s free agency and coach Doc Rivers’ decision atop the list.

“There’s a lot of crying in that locker room,” Rivers said.  “A lot of people who care.  I don’t think there was a dry eye.  A lot of hugs, a lot of people feeling awful.  That’s a good thing.  Showed a lot of people cared.”

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Lakers…and to the Boston Celtics for a very entertaining NBA Finals this year. 


Lakers Crush Celtics to Set Up Game 7


The Lakers' Pau Gasol had another huge game as the Lakers beat the Celtics

The Boston Celtics came out exactly the way they DIDN’T want to begin…sluggish…and playing game 6 in their home arena, the Los Angeles Lakers won handily, 89-67.  The two best-known teams in the NBA…the two fiercest rivals…the two BEST teams in the league…will not settle in and play the final game in this year’s NBA Championship – Game 7 – Thursday night at the Staples Center.

The Lakers won for several reasons, but, as they have throughout the series, they dominated on the boards, out-rebounding the Celts by a 52-39 margin.  Control the paint, and you control the game.

Game 7…this is what all basketball fans have wanted to see.  One game for all the marbles, but if history has anything to do with it, the Lakers will win.

The Lakers won because they have the better team…but then it really helped that Ron Artest played the way the Lakers wanted him to when they signed him…hard.  His defense against the Celtics’ Paul Pierce was stifling and he came out of this battle the better player.

Pau Gasol had a huge game for the Lakers as well.  Coming off a poor effort in Game 5, Gasol nearly had a triple-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and three blocked shots.  That’s just a huge game from a player who usually has huge games, but, playing in L.A., is usually overshadowed by Kobe Bryant.

Boston’s Ray Allen, who had missed 21 consecutive three-point shots before hitting 2 of 5 last night said, “My legs are where they need to be right now.  We’ve got some ballers on our team, guys that are ready to play.  You can’t shake a lot of the guys’ characters here on this team.  We’re a group of trash-talking guys, we compete at everything we do, everybody believes they can make the shot or stop the guy from scoring.  When it comes to Game 7, it’s like this is what we were born to do.”

Good thing the Celtics feel that way, because history has proven that the home team has a huge advantage in Game 7’s.  Out of the 16 Game 7’s, the home team has won 13 of them.

The Laker leader, Kobe Bryant is ready for Game 7.  He must be tapping into Coach Phil Jackson’s beliefs because talking about Game 7 Bryant said, “No different to me.  I don’t mean to be a buzzkill, but it’s not.  I know what’s at state, but I’m not tripping.  It’s a game we’ve got to win, simple as that.”

Boston enters Game 7 with a real X factor…Kendrick Perkins.  He was injured in a collision under the basked when the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum  was unable to stop himself from hitting Bynum due to his own torn meniscus.  Both players spent the second half on the bench and, at this time, the Celtics are uncertain whether Perkins will be healthy enough for Game 7.

If there is any way Perkins can play, I guarantee he will.  After all, this is Game 7 in the fiercest rivalry in the NBA. This series has seen each team respond to the other in tremendous turn-around games.  There seems to be no doubt the league has the dream match-up it really wanted.  Would we be talking about Cleveland (even with LeBron James) and the Lakers?  Not like this!

My prediction is that the LAKERS WIN GAME 7 AND THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP.  Regardless of the outcome of the previous game, each team has responded…naturally, Boston will respond to their loss, but even if Kendrick Perkins is ready to play, I just think the Lakers will continue to out-play, out-rebound and out-hustle Boston for loose balls.  Yes, Ray Allen can keep the Celtics in the game with his three-point shooting, but it’s the Lakers’ time.  And this is the one Kobe wants to cement his legacy among Lakers greats…and that may mean more to him than anything.