Let’s hope that this time next year it is the New York Knicks winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals at home on 32.5% shooting from the field, 20% from three and 67.6% from the free throw line!
Whenever the next “Player X doesn’t have a ring!” argument starts, please look back and note that DJ Mbenga, Adam Morrison, Josh Powell, Shannon Brown, Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton and Jordan Farmar now all have two rings apiece and Derek Fisher now has five.
A ten-pack of notes from the game:
1. How amazing was it that one of the most hated players in the game, Sasha Vujacic, was shooting important free throws at the end of the last game of the NBA season?
2. How impressive was that three-pointer by Rondo?
3. Which was more impressive – the Rondo three or the Artest three? I almost think that the Artest three was more shocking. I mean, good golly miss molly, I don’t think a single Laker fan wanted him taking that shot.
4. I cannot believe the Celtics’ final play – what was the plan there? It looked like it was drawn up for a Rondo corner three, which makes some sense as the Lakers would not expect it, I guess, but then he just seemed lost when he got the ball.
5. If it were up to me, I’d have drawn the final Celtics play up for Nate from three. A. We know he can hit it and B. Who would expect it?
6. Speaking of Nate, I was shocked at how tentative he was. Obviously, Doc Rivers decided that Nate was only in there strictly to give Rondo a spell, but besides one good look (which he missed), Nate did not seem explosive at all – almost as if Rivers had told him “Do not try to do anything explosive!” Which, well, sort of defeats the purpose of having Nate on the court, right? You don’t go to Nate and say “Play a half-court game!” Weird.
7. As ugly as the game was, I think the defense was outstanding. It is quite fitting that this took place on a night forever associated with the OJ Simpson Car Chase and the Knicks/Rockets, as this was a very much 1994-esque game, so I liked it!
8. Where will Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson be working next year? Same teams? Different teams? Not coaching?
9. How is Pau Gasol not the MVP of the series?
10. If Kobe gets MVP for this series (in a “eh, he’s the most famous player and Gasol is just working off of him” sort of way), then how the heck did Tim Duncan not get the MVP for the 2007 series? I’m still bitter about that – the Cavs decide that they will not let Duncan beat them so they double him all series and Parker exploits the coverage and he‘s the most valuable player? Not the guy who the other team fixated their very good defense around to the point where they left Parker open routinely? That was like Jeff Kent winning MVP the year that Barry Bonds set a record for most times getting intentionally walked…in front of Jeff Kent (who then got the runs batted in that netted him his award)!!!
Anyhow, congratulations to the Los Angeles Lakers! Let the offseason begin!! I eagerly await the Knicks signing Rudy Gay and Carlos Boozer and trading Eddy Curry for Gilbert Arenas!