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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

With championship on line, Lakers play like HS team

It was July 31st, 2007 when the whole world saw a much brighter future for the Celtics. GM Danny Ainge made two earth shaking trades. He received Ray Allen from Seattle and Kevin Garnett from Minnesota. Both were aging veterans who both were tired of their losing careers and neither had won a title. Paul Pierce, who dodged trade rumors in Boston, was paired with KG and Allen and were quickly dubbed the "Big 3". Ainge was not done changing the team though. James Posey, P.J. Brown, Sam Cassel would all arrive in Boston as well. With only 24 wins in the 06-07 season many people in Boston were calling for coach Doc Rivers to be fired. The season started with many critics questioning how PG Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins would keep up with the ability of the other three starters. At season's end both had bloomed into treats and not just the other two guys in the starting line-up. The Celtics made a record breaking turnaround and finished with 66 wins.

The 6th game of the Finals started with Boston leading 3-2 over LA. It ended with the Celtics as the champions. Ray Allen finished with 20 3's total in the Finals which broke a record. he also finished with 7 3's in Game 6 which tied the record of 3's in a Finals game. The Celtics as a team finished with 18 steals which broke a record for steals in a Finals game. The final score was Celtics 131- Lakers 92. No that's not a typo, the Celtics beat the Lakers by 39 points. 39! That margin of victory was only 2 points short of the record 42 points that the Bulls beat the Jazz by in a 1998 Finals game. Obviously, this game was not even close. With 4:55 left in the game the crowd was already singing Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye!

In Phil Jackson's press conference his voice was nearly nullified by the noise of the fans that were still celebrating in stands. That sums up the series. The Lakers were over-powered by the Celtics. In all of Game 6, the Lakers grabbed only 2 offensive rebounds. No, that's not a typo either. They were terrible on defense also. Glen "Big Baby" Davis,
was past the ball at half court and "flew" by all of the Lakers and proceeded to jam it on some dude's dome. A man that big should not be able to breeze past all of the defenders like he did (289 lbs.). All in all, the Lakers did not deserve to be on the court.

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