|Posted on June 27, 2010 at 9:37 PM|
Best plays of the Finals:
- Watch Kobe Bryant make an unbelievable tip pass to Andrew Bynum.
- Watch Shannon Brown leap and make one of the greatest alley-oops you will ever see.
Best performances of the Finals:
- In a game 2 win, Boston's Ray Allen nailed an NBA-finals record eight three-pointers including seven in the first half.
- Also in game 2, Rajon Rondo had a 19 point, 10 assist, 12 rebound triple-double.
- On the Lakers' side in game 2, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol combined for 13 blocks, but to no avail.
- In game 5, Kobe Bryant scored a series-high 38 points including 19 in the 3rd quarter.
- In a game 6 blow-out, Pau Gasol recorded 17 points, 9 assists, and 13 rebounds. My favorite moment of the series was when Kobe Bryant received the Lakers' championship trophy. Sasha Vujacic, a bench-warmer for the Lakers, held up his hands to hold the trophy. Bryant deliberately turned him down, and instead, gave the trophy to Gasol to hold.
- Ron Artest had 20 key points in game 7, including a three-pointer in the waning seconds, to help the Lakers take the series.
- Kobe Bryant was the Finals MVP averaging 29 points, 4 assists, and 8 rebounds per game in the series. There was a significant argument to be made for Pau Gasol, who shot a higher percentage, had more assists (really?), and was a big reason for the Lakers' rebounding advantage over Boston over the course of the Finals. Even though Kobe has now won two Finals MVP's in his five championships, I still think this "Kobe is the best Laker ever" talk is garbage. Magic Johnson won more finals MVP's than Kobe and more championships. Kareem Abdul Jabbar, another Laker, is the NBA's all time leading scorer and won the regular-season MVP award six times! Kobe is moving up in terms of all-time greats, he's just not at the top quite yet.
- In a playoff Bracket contest that I conducted, Shai Akabas won by picking that the Lakers would win the finals in seven games.
In my opinion, the refereeing in the 4th quarter of game 7 was pretty poor. They called a few fouls on the Celtics that were just complete and utter flops. Throughout the series, however, the Lakers played better. There was only one game out of the seven where all of Boston's superstars showed up. In game 7, everyone played well for the Lakers, and this is why they were able to come through in the crunch time. This series was an epic, hard-fought battle between two great rivals.