Lakers Capture Title as Magic Takes Home MVP
We sped out of the gates early, obviously still at an emotional high after Magic's dramatic shot in Game 5. But knowing that Boston is a K.C. Jones team, it would've been naive of us to think winning it all would be a cakewalk. Their 16-5 run sparked most of their energy in the first half as we did everything we could to keep up, even looking a bit winded at one point. But as true champions do, we pulled it together and got it done when it counted.
James Worthy- Magic might have taken home MVP of the Finals, but Big Game James was a beast tonight. Our fast start, not to mention our strong second half, was lead by him. He woke everyone up and got them antsy when they fell asleep and put a lot of pressure of Boston's defenders, who were too slow in foot speed to match his sprints up and down the court and lightening speed post moves. If it weren't for his hustle on both ends, we may not have pulled this one out.
A.C. Green- As he often did throughout the season, A.C. did his job quietly on the court and came through when he was needed. McHale, Walton, and even Bird struggled as a result of his defense. He also made it difficult for Boston's perimeter players to drive to the rim because they knew what was coming. A.C. was as cool and collected as his name.
Kareem Abdul- Jabbar- Beast. 40 years old or not, the man proved he can not only get it done, but dominate like he did when he was in his twenties. He wasn't just putting the ball in the basket, he was rebounding, blocking shots, and dare I say it....running the floor. At 40 years old?! You better believe it. Parish is one of the baddest big men ever, but he had no chance.
Byron Scott- Not a lot of scoring, but it wasn't needed. His running the floor and finishing on the break was too much for Boston's old players to handle. Just the fact that we had him as an option put Boston's defense off balance.
Magic Johnson- As always, Magic was the man. He struggled with his shot, but still passed and passed well(go figure). Dennis Johnson was ice cold from the outside, so Magic often left him open. It resulted in no flow for Boston's offense since Johnson couldn't create for everyone else. Which meant guys like Coop could play Bird even harder and force him to do too much. Magic may not have had a huge impact in this game, but only the great players can do the little things and still be the best player on the floor.
Last year should've been the one where we repeat. We had FINALLY beaten Boston after all those years, yet we get upset by Houston early in the playoffs. It's all good, though. We got EVEN MORE redemption on Boston and reminded them who the baddest is. Now that that's over, we can enjoy being the best once again and denying the city of Boston another banner. Hopefully we can hold true to Pat's bold prediction of repeating next year. Boy, that would be a happy ending, huh?