Lakers Win NBA Finals!
L.A. team defeats Boston Celtics in last minutes of Game 7.
The Lakers came from behind in this action packed game. In fact, they were down by 13 points in the second half.
Laker Kobe Bryant, who was named MVP and now has his 5th NBA title, made only 6 of his 24 shots last night, but recovered 15 rebounds. He only made 3 of 14 shots in the first half. Bryant was playing with a broken finger and fluid in his knee.
“I was getting real, real tired,” Kobe said after the game. “And the more I pushed, the more it got away from me. I’m really glad my teammates got us back in the game and I’m happy I made even one shot.”
The interesting thing, for me, watching this game, is that I watched it right after losing my own baseball championship game by two points. After a loss, you examine the game and try to figure out how the win got away from you. You can have a fabulous team, as the Celtics do, and yet on any given day, you don’t know how things are going to work out.
Ron Artest of the Celtics scored 20 points, but the Celtics shooting guards were playing at their worst last night. Ray Allen hit only 3 of 14 shots and hit just 2 of 7 three-pointers.
Everyone watching knows that the Celtics came very close to pulling off a Final win. But we were all left to wonder—would it have turned out differently if Celtics guard Kendrick Perkins hadn’t been sidelined with an injury? Did the Lakers simply want the title more? Were the Celtics outmatched?
Earlier in the week Bryant laid it out.
“The challenge is to win the championship,” Bryant said. “The Celtics are in the way. They feel the same way about us.”
I think we can all agree, though, that the Celtics showed a lot of fight. They gave us a terrific NBA Finals because down to that last minute, it could have gone either way. Both teams also gave fans some really great games!
That’s little consolation to the Celtics, but as I sat in the back of my car, going home after my own championship loss, my grandfather put it into perspective for me.
“Joe you’ve got to learn to lose as well as win,” he said.
PHOTO: Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher (center) holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy as Kobe Bryant (right) holds the MVP trophy during celebrations after beating the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. At second left is Lakers' Sasha Vujacic. (PHOTO Credit: Mark J. Terrill/AP Images)