It wasn’t pretty. In fact, it was downright ugly. After playing one of their most perfect games on Tuesday night’s Game 6, the Los Angeles Lakers started Game 7 looking panicked rather than poised; harried rather than patient; lost rather than commanding. The Boston Celtics, on the other hand, despite losing a key player at the very last second, looked every bit as confident and ready as the Lakers had… two days ago.
Kobe Bryant was flanked by two or three Celtics each time he held the ball, forcing him into awkward shots and turnovers; Pau Gasol’s shot attempts were hitting nothing but rim or backboard, no matter how close he stood to the hoop; and the Lakers couldn’t hit a free throw if they were standing inside the basket.
The Celtic defense breathed down hard on the Lakers’ offense, and after 24 minutes of agonizing game time, the home team was shooting a lowly 27% from the field. They were only down by 6, however, 40-34 because of the one statistic that has decided every game in this series — rebounds.
We SHOULD feel bad, right? Nope.
ESPN: “Listen, give the Lakers credit,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “They were terrific.”
Rivers knows changes are coming, even saying afterward that the ’10-11 Celtics will be different than the ’09-10 team.
“We were the tightest, most emotional, crazy group I’ve ever been around in my life,” Rivers said, adding that he’ll wait a while before deciding on his oft-speculated future.
“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.”
Alongside banner #16 (and Kobe’s 5th cookie), the Lakers also exercised some demons of great Lakers’ past.
Did I miss anything else? Oh, I almost forgot…
Boston came in 4-0 in Game 7’s vs. LA
That one is now an ever-so-sweet 4-1.
Take THAT Boston! The Los Angeles Lakers are the 2010 NBA Champions!
No more Ariza vs. Artest talk. We don’t want none of that anymore. Artest is OUR guy. He did everything for us tonight — when it mattered the most.
This video makes me very happy. I want to share this with you just incase you missed it. I did.
Character Driven. Say Queensbridge!
Throughout this years Playoffs, hours before time-off of a closeout game, we’ve put up this same video; and every game we have closed out. We started posting this video knowing that Phil Jackson makes the team watch this before closeout games, and it’s become sort of a tradition here. The following scene is from 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross. Here’s to hoping for one last close out. Warning: Explicit Language
Always Be Closing.
Game Seven; the two most exciting words to a sports fan. Just hearing those words, you know this will be a game for the ages. After 104 games played in the 2009-2010 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers have the opportunity to make history tonight by adding to their resumes; that they were on a Lakers team that beat the Boston Celtics in a NBA Finals.
The 2009-2010 Lakers are ready and determined to win tonight. I have to use a boxing analogy; Game 6 has served as the stunning jab to get the Celtics’ attention because they seemed to forget who the defending world champions are, and game seven will provide the knockout punch. Laker legends have been forged and their names and numbers lifted to the rafters by accomplishing this task.
There is no question that this is the most important game of the year. The culmination of everything you’ve sweated, bled and worked your butt off for. Everyone knows what’s at stake. The Lakers are ready to rumble and seize the moment.
We are mere hours away from seeing the Lakers exorcise the demons of the past, exact some revenge while placing the final nail in the Celtics coffin, adding to their legacies and winning a championship in Los Angeles in front of the Lakers Nation.
This game is going to come down to who wants it more. A huge factor will be the Lakers defense, rebounding, energy, intensity, activity, executing on offense, and imposing their will on the team sporting green and white.
Kobe Bryant will not admit to this being a huge game for him and his legacy, but it is. The Black Mamba will be in attack mode to set the tone early by providing whatever the Lakers need to bring home a victory. He refuses to lose, he just needs someone to ride with him so the Lakers can have multiple players scoring in double digits.
Shaq talks about Kobe Bryant and how if he gets that eye, there’s not too many people that can beat him.
You can watch the video interview here…
When asked about if L.A. would be a good option, Shaq smiled and said, “we’ll see…” Either way Shaq is throwing down much love to his former teammate and partner in crime which resulted in three straight titles for the Lakers in 2000, ’01, and ’02.
At times, it’s easy to forget how good of a defensive team the Lakers can be — which is likely attributed to the high level of defense Boston has played in stretches during these Finals. BasketBreakdowns shows us what the Lakers are doing right!
Description: It all comes down to one shot, one opportunity… one video. Game 7: Lakers/Celtics. Time to kill them off for good.
Just 1 more Big Drew, just 1 more!
ESPN: “I’m definitely gonna play,” said Bynum, who played 16 minutes in Tuesday’s Game 6 but very little of that in the second half of the Lakers’ 89-67 victory. “It hurts. I need to get surgery done, but I’m gonna hold off.”
“I’m just gonna try to play as hard as I can, given my current condition,” he said. “I’m gonna try to stay out there as long as I can and try to give us as much paint protection as I can.”
Well, this is how we felt when we didn’t have Bynum at all in 2008.
ESPN: “Physically, I’m in pain,” Perkins said. “I hurt my knee pretty badly. I’m out for tomorrow. There’s nothing I could do about it. It’s a torn MCL and torn PCL, so I gotta watch from the sideline.”