Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Somewhere up in sports heaven, Red Auerbach is smoking a cigar. A cigar he lit in the 3rd quarter, because that's when Game 6 was over and done with.
The Celtics played with the intensity of a team facing elimination, while the Lakers played like a team with $1,000,000 riding on the Celtics. An absolutely dominant 2nd quarter led to a 58-35 halftime lead. Instead of coming out of the locker room fired up, the Lakers played half-assed defense, and seemed confused on offense.
Just some fun team stats from game 6. The Lakers had 2 offensive rebounds, the Celtics had 14. Kendrick Perkins, Glen Davis, and Rajon Rondo had as many offensive rebounds as the Lakers did, and Kevin Garnett had 1 more. In total, the Celtics outrebounded LA 48 to 29. The Lakers stole the ball 4 times, the Celtics stole it 18 times. The Celtics turned the ball over 7 times, the Lakers turned it over 19 times.
Kobe Bryant, allegedly the best "played on the planet" (how old did that description get during this series?) shot 7 for 22. He shot 40.5% for the series.
Paul Pierce deservedly won the series MVP Award, and finished game 6 with 17 points and 10 assists. KG had 26 points and 14 rebounds. Ray Allen was 7 of 9 on three pointers and had 26 points. Rajon Rondo had another great game in Boston, with 21 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds. The bench had 39 points.
It was absolute domination, which is what the Celtics did to the league all year long. And guess what, the PGA Tour will be back next season.
Rolling rally Thursday at 11 AM.
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