Thursday, 19 June 2008
Kevin Garnett- Boston Celtics big man- celebrates after winning Game 6 of their NBA Play-offs Finals over the L.A Lakers 131-92 ( 4-2 in best of seven series)
For once I was so indecisive on which team to support for the NBA Play-off Finals. On one side we had the Boston Celtics which boasted the best season record. Last season, the team won only 24 out of 82 games the worst records for the franchise and 2nd worst of the NBA. But during the off-season, they made some smart acquisitions in the form of Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Ray Allen from Seattle Supersonics to beef up one of the best all-round players in the NBA League, Paul Pierce ( he was voted NBA Play-off Finals Most Valuable Player).
On the other side we had the Lakers who saw their season see-saw but prove their mettle in the Play-offs and also one of the NBA's 'support-cast' in the form of Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol come to the aid of the League's currently most prominent player Kobe Bryant.
But when all is said and done, the best team truly won. Working around the 3 players, the Boston Celtics won their 17th NBA Play-offs title to give each of these players their first Championship ring -which any NBA great cherishes and fights to win. Go on guys have a ball and live to greatness !
1. Ray Allen made 7 of 9 3-point shots tying this record (others are: Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls (vs. Utah Jazz)-1997 and Kenny Smith, Houston Rockets (vs. Orlando Magic) 1995
2. Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett all get the championship ring for the first time in their sterling careers.
3. Boston Celtics win the NBA Finals for the first time since 1986- during the legendary years of Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale among others.
4. Celtics have met Lakers 11 times in the NBA Finals and have won 9.
5. Their record in the season was 66-16 thus guaranteed home-court advantage.