2010 NBA CHAMPS!
First off I wanna say that was arguably the best display of defensive basketball (for both teams) that I have ever seen in a playoff game. Neither team let up for the full 48 minutes, and that's how it should have been. Props to Celts for fighting and actually winning the the first three quarters, but we were resiliant and finished stong.
Kobe was garbage offensively, and our offensive woes in the first half had a lot to do with his shot selection and his overaggressive dribbling. The Celts did a good job collapsing their defense on whatever side he went, and he was constantly double and triple teamed on every touch. Passive and trusting Kobe in the third finally got us over the hump and the offense starting flowing. Shooting aside though, Kobe played one hell of a game. He not only crashed the rebounds hard (15 rebounds) but his defense all game was spectacular. He deserves the Finals MVP.
Pau's play in the fourth quarter was phenomenal, his timely baskets starting from about the five minute mark in the fourth allowed us to get a comfortable lead and never look back. I questioned his defense a little though, I still don't understand why he fronted KG a couple times which resulted in easy baskets. Call him soft of whatever you want, but the dude knows how to get the job done.
I can't say enough about Artest, [expletive] all the haters who thought that we were better off with Ariza. Ariza is great in his own right, but no way would be able to lockdown players like Durant and Pierce. If MVP would have come down to tonights game, Ron would win it hands down. If it hadn't been for Ron's scoring in the second quarter the Celts would have blown us out. He was hungry and it showed. Ron didn't shot well this entire postseason, but he didn't quit, and I admire his will. QUEENSBRIDGE!!!
Fish once again proved why he's the starting pg for this team. He plays like crap all season but shows up big in the postseason lol, I love him. That three down the stretch with Rondo right in his face was super clutch. I definitely wouldn't mind Fisher back next season, maybe not as a starter though, we'll see.
Last but not least how about Lamar! Dude didn't fill up the stat sheet but 6 points in third quarter sparked the run which let us get back into the game. I'll admit I've been harsh on him all season, but when things didn't looking very promising he did his part to get us going.