Credit to the Lakers for winning a hard-fought, hideously played Game 7, 83-79.
Crazy Ron Artest (who thanked his psychiatrist in the post game interview) was the hero for Los Angeles. Ron had 20 points and 5 steals while playing lock down defense on Paul Pierce (18 points, 5-15 FG). His three-pointer with one minute left gave the Lakers a 6-point cushion.
Ray Allen played stellar defense all night long, but he struggled mightily on offense – 13 points on 3-14 FG. With Pierce bottled up, the Celtics needed Ray to make some shots and he couldn't deliver.
The only silver lining – Kobe Bryant (series MVP) shot a very unJordan-like 6-24.
The Celtics deserve some praise. They followed up an injury plagued, mediocre regular season with one helluva run in the playoffs. I didn't expect them to beat Cleveland, nevermind play the Lakers to a nail-biting Game 7.