NBA 2010 Tip-Off: The Old Outdo The New And The Champs Get Their Rings Too

 

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For all of the press shine that the Miami Heat received this offseason the real shine was handed out in LA last night as the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers were given their Championship rings.

LOS ANGELES CA - OCTOBER 26:  The Los Angeles Lakers react as the 2009-2010 Championship Banner is unveiled during a ceremony prior to their opening night game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on October 26 2010 in Los Angeles California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Lakers newcomer Steve Blake knocked down a three-pointer late in regulation as the Lakers came back from 13 down to defeat the Houston Rockets 112-110. The Lakers were led by Pau Gasol with 29 points and 11 rebounds, Kobe Bryant finished with 27 points and 7 assists. The Rockets backcourt of Kevin Martin and Aaron Brooks combined for 50 points. Yao Ming saw his first action since the 2009 playoffs after injuring his left foot and finished with 9 points and 11 rebounds

Oct. 26: Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, talks with teammates Dwyane Wade, center, and Chris Bosh, right, while trailing the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston.

As for this summer’s paper champs, the Heat were outlasted by a much deeper Boston Celtics squad 88-81 after a furious fourth quarter rally. LeBron James would finish with 31 points in a game that had all the feeling of the NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics issued 400 media credentials as the most anticipated season opener in sometime tipped off. The Heat trio struggled to jell as Dwayne Wade finished with 13 points and Chris Bosh with 8 points, respectively. It seemed as if the Heat were trying to hard to prove their unselfishness while struggling. Ray Allen (20 points) and Paul Pierce (19 points) paced the Celtics scoring but it was point man Rajon Rondo who steered the ship with only 4 points but handed out a whopping 17 assists. Shaquille O’Neal scored 9 points and grabbed 7 boards in his Celtics debut.

In other scores: Portland Trailblazers 106 – Phoenix Suns 92

4 Responses to “NBA 2010 Tip-Off: The Old Outdo The New And The Champs Get Their Rings Too”

  1. sankofa says:

    I have tremendous respect for Doc Rivers and how Boston plays as a team, setting aside the childish muscle flexing and gas face when they do something splashy.

    Still while hindsight is 20/20, I wonder what kind of game it would have been if so many of those missed open jumpers, missed free throws and layups where actually made?

    Did Boston do enough to win? or did Miami do enough to lose? The Championship it is agreed has to go through LA, but too many are criticizing the team instead of appreciating the possibilities.

    Any way can you really count out a Pat Riley team?

    FYI thoughts on that new Lebron commercial!

  2. Ron Glover says:

    Sankofa we’ll get some answers whem they meet on Nov. 11 in Miami. I’m okay w/ the commercial didnt really think it was needed, peeped the selling shoes shot that he took at Mike – coulda took that a thousand places.

  3. KevDog says:

    I liked the 2009 rings better. But having a small piece of the game ball from game 7 is a nice touch.

    Lakers are pretty much in cruise control now, recognizing June is the only thing that matters. Their bench is so much bettr than it’s ever been though that I still expect 60 or so wins.

    Miami played tremendous team D against Orlano tonight and if LeBron and Wade can accept the drop in their individual statistics, they should win 65+ games.

    Boston still seems to me the team to beat in the East due to size and matchups although I think them letting Tony Allen go was a big mistake.

    Come finals time, Lakers healthy, they threepeat.

    Orland once again showed why they are a soft bunch of pretenders. They can’t beat Boston or Miami in a 7 game series but they’ll win 58-60 games.

    I think a healthy Portland is the second best team in the West and the Thunder are over-rated as is KD. He’s a scoring phenon, but as of now, he’s a modern day george Gervin. He’s at best the 5th best player in the league behind Kobe LeBron, Wade and possibly Howard and Gasol.

    LO is beasting this year and will make us unbeatable if we’re healthy. He could make the All-star team.

    I liked LeBron’s new commercial. I wish Kobe had done something like that when he was getting slammed. Just sent out a big fat FU to all of his critics.

    But one thing is very interesting to me. In the one Miami loss, James had 31/4/3 on 20 shots. In the last two games, both wins, he averaged 14.5,7 on 11.5 shots. This dude for his career has averaged 28/7/7 on 21 shots a game. I just don’t see him accepting that kind of drop in his numbers. It’s going to be fascinating.

  4. KevDog says:

    I liked LeBron’s new commercial. I wish Kobe had done something like that when he was getting slammed. Just sent out a big fat FU to all of his critics.

    But one thing is very interesting to me. In the one Miami loss, James had 31/4/3 on 20 shots. In the last two games, both wins, he averaged 14.5,7 on 11.5 shots. This dude for his career has averaged 28/7/7 on 21 shots a game. I just don’t see him accepting that kind of drop in his numbers. It’s going to be fascinating.

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