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NBA Championship Basketball – Still America’s Game

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 18, 2008

Congratulations to the NBA World Champion Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers, Chris Wallace, and especially Danny Ainge. They really turned around the franchise in world record time. Wallace and Ainge gave Rivers the talent. Rivers Paul Pierce Doc Rivers celebrate NBA Championship for Boston Celticsblended and inspired them. Kudos to all.

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The NBA’s Celtics Lakers series showed the world NBA basketball is still the American game.

The Lakers bring in all these talented but soft players that get them out of the Western Conference but show their vulnerability when the games get physical.

  • Pau Gasol – too soft to play big and no defense… and absolutely NO defensive fundamentals. (He NEVER stepped up on the pick and rolls to make Paul Pierce take an indirect route to the basket. Horrible defensively.)
  • Vladimir Radmanovic – chucker and no defense
  • Sasha Vujacic – soft and no defense

I do not recall any European-raised basketball player ever being praised for his defensive prowess.

The Celtics won playing smart, hard-nosed, defensive basketball.

And amazingly, there is not one foreign-raised player on this Celtics roster: Ray Allen , Tony Allen , P.J. Brown , Sam Cassell , Glen Davis , Kevin Garnett , Eddie House , Kendrick Perkins , Paul Pierce , Scot Pollard , James Posey , Leon Powe , Gabe Pruitt , Rajon Rondo , Brian Scalabrine.

Very interesting.

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Once again, congratulations to the Celtics. You earned it.

Message to Lakers and Lakers fans: Keep your chins Up! Remember Andrew Bynum comes back next year!

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2008 NBA Finals – Celtics v. Lakers – No contest

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 5, 2008

* It is now the 1st quarter of game #1 of the NBA Finals. Boston leads LA 19 – 14. *

***************************Kobe Bryan NBA Lakers star

Nothing magical or shocking here…

For the Lakers to win, they need Bryant, Odom, and Gasol to take it to the hoop at every opportunity. The 3 are talented and too long for the Celtics. When the opportunity arises, they should kick it out to Derek Fisher. This strategy will get Garnett (et al) in foul trouble and put the Lakers on the line.

For the Celtics to win, Garnett and Pierce need to take it hard to the hoop. Ray Allen needs to hit his j’s (which he finally hit his shots in game #7 of the Pistons series.) Rondo needs to continue to play like a top tier point guard.

What will happen? No contest. The Lakers will handily win the series. Some of the games will be close but the Lakers will win the series 4 games to 1.

What would have happened if the Spurs had beat the Lakers in the western conference finals? The Spurs would have beaten the Celtics 4 games to 2.

Sorry Celtics. Congratulations on a good year.

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