Thursday, June 19, 2008

Boston Three Party

Sorry! Couldn't resist the pun. Game 6 was indeed a party where the Lakers where invited to be humiliated.
  • Ray Allen came out smoking and ended up shooting 7/9 from three points tying a single game record and 22 for the series, setting an NBA Finals record.
  • Kevin Garnett was scoring at will, rebounding left and right, finishing the series with a double double, 18ppg, and 13rpg.
  • Paul Pierce was all hearts, leading all Celtics with close to 22 ppg and 6 apg.
And Rajon Rondo, the difference maker scoring a total of 21 pts, 7 rebs, 8 assists, and a whooping 6 steals to match Kobe's 6 TO's (making a Finals record himself).

If you saw the Celt's Games 4 comeback and then adding my theory to the equation, it was clear that Boston would walk away the Champs after Game 6 (though I never would've believed that it would happen the way it did). What was difficult, at least for me though, is to pick who should win Finals MVP.

I know Paul Pierce deserved it, but so did KG and Allen. A lot of different players stepped up in crucial parts of the series. Clearly this is a team in the very essence of the word, very much unlike Kobe and the Lakers. So while I wanted Ray Allen to win Finals MVP (because I think he was the most consistent among the 3 during the entire series) and though I agree that Paul Pierce was the heart of this team (KG too arguably), I think the real Finals MVP for the Celtics is Kobe Bryant.

Yep, it's our season MVP, Kobe! He only scored almost 26ppg, down from 33 against the Suns and the Jazz, and 29 against the Spurs, and shot a poor 40% from the field. He takes a third of all their shots, and produces only a quarter of the team's scoring output. Yep, he messed up their offense pretty bad, and that's a problem when you're team is only known for your offense. So one could reasonably say that he won the Celtics their championship.

Anyhow, I think this is a fitting ending for their storybook season down to a fairy tale finish. They started and ended the season strong with a 66-16 W-L record. From the kid who didn't even get in the line to be picked for the post-season extravaganza last year to the Belle of the Ball this year. This Boston trio is as good as any they ever had. And they have now crossed the line, leaving NBA greats like Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone and Reggie Miller, achieving their first championship title together. At the expense of their age-old rival too, the LA Lakers.

Congratulations to the Boston Celtics, NBA Champions 2008!
NBA... where amazing happens.


Anonymous said...

Did you have JC's burger already?

Anonymous said...

you know, i think i'd like it better if MVP went to KG. but i think that's not possible. tsk. tsk.

philos said...

@Lester: Nope, no time yet.

@Princesamusang: I'm sure KG fans would love it, but inasmuch as KG is important to this team and possibly the very core of its new defensive mindset this season, there were times during this series that he did not assert himself, and that could've cost them a lot.