2010 NBA Championship Hopefuls
In the midst of Baseball season, NASCAR races, the upcoming NBA draft and World Cup soccer there was the NBA playoffs and championship game.
For basketball fans, of course, this is not news, but for the rest of us it has appeared just under the radar receiving mere minutes on news casts, in between the “big” stories. This year’s NBA playoffs a championship game, however, was record setting for the LA Lakers and their fans.
The best of seven series between the LA Lakers a Boston Celtics, came down to the final game as the teams faced off one last time in Los Angeles. In the end the Lakers would be on top 83-79 to win their 16th NBA title and the coveted Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. (Originally known as the NBA world championship, the name was changed in 1986 to NBA Finals).
In the past the Celtics and Lakers have played each other a total of twelve times in NBA finals, in four of those games they have come down to game seven and each time the Celtics have won, until now. After game five, the Celtics were up three games to two, in what seemed to be a celebratory ending for Boston. The Lakers, however, had other plans when they took control in game six, beating the Celtics by an impressive twenty-two points, forcing a game seven.
For the Lakers as a team they make history with their 16th championship, on a player level histories are also being made. Kobe Bryant celebrated his fifth championship, and earned the title of highest scorer in four straight games of the series.
As the Celtics returned home to plan for next year, the Lakers took to the streets with their fans during a two mile long parade, with many taking a day off of work to join in the celebration of the history making LA Lakers.
Next on the agenda? Championship number 17. Will they be able to do it?
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