Yesterday I wrote how if Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celticsfollowed suit with the rest of the series, there would be more drama before the game than during it. How happily wrong I was. The game had surprising twists plus more storylines than a Robert Altman film. If I didn’t know better, I’d’ve thought this game was shown on cable rather than ABC, ‘cuz TNT Knows Drama (oh wait, didn’t they change their tagline to the even lamer “TNT – Very Funny?”). There also still was some post-game suspense (which I’ll get to in the end). So now, in honor of the Lakers winning their 16th title, we’ll go over the 16 surprising tales this game created, starting out with the 12 stories that played out duringthe game:
1. The Redemption Of Ron Artest
The 2010 Laker team had one difference from the 2009 team: they swapped Ron Artest for Trevor Ariza. At the beginning of the year Artest stated that if the Lakers didn’t win again this year that the blame should fall on him. It was a bold, perhaps fair statement to make. With his horrendous shooting throughout much of the playoffs and into the Finals, LA fans had the bullseye painted and everything. However, with Kobe and Pau struggling in the first half (okay, hell, the whole game), his scoring kept the team in the game. Add to it that he held Paul Pierce to 5-of-15 shooting and this poor maligned, albeit slightly crazy guy, perhaps can finally move on from his Malice At The Palace rep.
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