Introducing your NBA World Champions, the Boston Celtics. After beating the absolute snot out of the Lakers last night — 131 -92 — the NBA welcomed their latest champion, a franchise that’s awfully familiar with the NBA’s championship hardware (although, not for the last 20-plus years). For Boston, this title represents their 17th, the most of any NBA team.
Here are some particulars:
* Finals MVP – Paul Pierce (although Jesus deserves a mention here)
* Finals records broken – 3 pointers for a single game and a series (Ray Allen had seven last night for a total of 22)
* Single-game Finals steal record with 18
* Largest margin of victory in a closeout game (39 points)
In yesterday’s preview post, I asked a number of questions about the Celtics and I think they answered them, and then some. KG had a brilliant game (26 and 14) as did Ray Allen (26 points, 7-8 from beyond the arc). However, it was Rajon Rondo’s aggressive defense that set the tone for the Celtics and helped show the Lakers the door.
Speaking of the Lake-show, as their score indicates, no one was able to get much of anything going. Even the NBA’s MVP struggled, scoring 22 points on 7-22 shooting. However, considering the make-up of the Lakers and the return of Andrew Bynum next season, many believe this is only the first of many trips to the door of the NBA’s promised land. We’ll see.
As for the newly championed Boston Celtics, it’s time to enjoy the spoils of victory. Congratulations, Boston. You certainly were the best team this year. We’ll have much, much more on this as the day progresses.