Once again, the Los Angeles Lakers are NBA champions. Once again, they won the title in the Staples Center. And once again, they won at the Staples Center as they overcame a 13 point deficit winning 83-79.
The Lakers won because they had home-court advantage. The Staples Center is a home-court advantage like not other. With all 19,000 fans roaring and cheering, the Lakers had to win.
How can you not win when you have Jack Nicholson, Greg Kinnear, Usher or even Justin Timberlake cheering for you? How could you not win in the same place where they host Michael Jackson’s funeral, several concerts, boxing matches and even the Grammy awards? If they lost game 7 at home to their arch enemies, all hell would have broken loose. http://www.staplescenter.com/doublecol.php?section=about&page=aboutstaplescenter
When you are an opposing team, like the Celtics and you are playing in a place like the Staples Center during the NBA finals, that place is so big, so loud and the clout of movie and music stars they have, it is very intimidating. It definitely scared the pants out of the Celtics bench players as they scored only six points, all by Glen Davis.
Now people are going to think that Ron Artest is actually a good player because he had 20 points and five steals. He did take 18 shots, so he’d better have that many points. Plus, the only good games he had in the NBA finals was at the Staples Center where he scored 14 points per game while he only scored 6 points per game in the TD Garden.
People are now going to think that Kobe Bryant is the best player ever because he finally defeated the Celtics. He needed a lot of help to do that and got plenty of it. He shot a horrendous 6-24 from the field, including 0-6 from long distance while Pau Gasol scored 19 points and 18 rebounds. http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2010/06/18/bryant_gets_some_valuable_assistance/
If the Lakers played at the TD Garden, there would be no way they would play as good of defense as they played these last two games at the Staples Center. If Perkins was not injured, there is no way the Lakers would grab 53 rebounds, including an astronomical 23 offensive rebounds. Maybe the Staples Center parquet floor torn up Perkins’ knee.
Sure L.A. proved to everyone that they were not “soft.” Yes, Kobe and his clansmen finally defeated the Celtics. But the bottom line is, the Celtics still have one more championship with 17 to the Lakers 16. The Celtics are also still 9-3 in their NBA finals match ups.
The Lakers can have their championships and their parties and massive media coverage. Wait until next year, because it’s not going to last. http://www.nba.com/history/finals/champions.html