The Boston Celtics took two game 7s last year to bag the crown but this time they felt short in closing the Orlando Magic with Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglo leading the way. The Los Angeles Lakers found themselves a sense of urgency when they were put to the limit extending their series to a game 7.
Boston could have close the series 2 to 3 games ago if they have a healthy roster with Garnet and Powe back in the lineup and Rockets could have scored an upset if Yao and Mcgrady were on the floor. The Celtics and the Rockets still could put their heads up high because despite being undermanned they still took their respective opponents to the maximum game of the series.
The Lakers could have close their series earlier with Mcgrady and Yao sideline for microfracture injuries but Battier, Artest and Scola refuses to fold and gave LA a beating. Shocking them in Game 1, trashing them in Game 4 and took them in a blitzkrieg in Game 6. LA has the deeper bench with Kobe and two seven footers in their lineup but the Rockets fought their way muscling every loose ball every opportunity they could pounce on the Laker team.
The Orlando Magic on the other hand proved that defense win games as their defensive stopper Dwight Howard owned the board and push Celtics guards in awkward shots seeing Dwight on the air.
The Lakers will face the no.2 seed and a well rested Denver Nuggets while the Magic will have to deal with Lebron and the undefeated Cleveland Cavaliers in the East.
The games ended with both teams from the East and West exchanging hugs, rubbing elbows and taps to the back. The Rockets power forward Luis Scola on the replay was shown pushing and giving Pau Gasol a hard time in the post despite having a 30 point deficit. The Rockets and Celtics might be done for now but at least they went on fighting…next year would be a different story. Hey it’s the NBA… when amazing happens