The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are giving sports fans quite a show in their rematch for the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy.
In Game 1, it was all Lakers as Los Angeles outscored the Celtics in three of the four quarters. The new Lake Show was led by Kobe Bryant’s 30 points and a combined effort of 33 points and 20 rebounds from Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in a dominating 102-89 win.
Boston would bounce back in Game 2, led by the best shooting performance in NBA Finals history from Ray Allen. Allen tied the all-time high for three-point field goals after just one half of basketball. He made his first seven three-pointers and would finish 8-of-11 from downtown and had a game-high 32 points.
Allen also got help from Rajon Rondo, who finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists for a triple-double. The Celtics would take home-court advantage away from Los Angeles in Game 2 with a 103-94 win.
The Celtics' good fortune would be short-lived and, only two days later, they would drop Game 3 to LA 91-84. The disappearance of Allen and a Rondo-like performance from Derek Fisher in the fourth quarter put the Lakers back in the driver’s seat.
With at least two games left, the story for the 2010 NBA Finals is still being written, but is it even the NBA’s best story?
No matter what happens in the NBA Finals, it won’t beat out the upcoming free agent market headlined by LeBron “King” James. As soon as the Orlando Magic ousted James’ Cavaliers, the countdown to July 1st began.
The free agent speculation and hype would only be turned up when fellow soon-to-be free agent Dwyane Wade told media the he, James, and a few other superstars would meet, discuss, text, tweet, or anything else that today’s world allows us to communicate with each other about their future plans.
Even more interesting than the “summit” to be were some of the names that would get the privilege to speak with King James and D-Wade. It was no surprise when Chris Bosh was added to the list and that A'mare Stoudemire threw his name into the hat once the Phoenix Suns were eliminated. Both are superstars in the league and have been for a few years now.
But Joe Johnson. Really? Did D-Wade and King James not see his performance in the playoffs this year?
Johnson led the Hawks to a seven-game series against the injured Milwaukee Bucks and was historically embarrassed by the Orlando Magic in the second round.
When I say historically, I mean history was made. The Magic beat the Hawks by a combined 101 points in their four wins. That is the largest total in NBA history for a four-game sweep.
Johnson clearly proved that he cannot be a team’s best or highest paid player.
In fact, I can think of at least five soon-to-be free agents that are more worthy than Johnson.