Celtics vs. Lakers 2010: Ron Artest Saves the Day, L.A. Repeats as NBA Champs

June 18th, 2010 by Kevin Lindsey Leave a reply »

The Most Valuable Player Award trophy for the NBA Finals belongs to Kobe Bryant.  He clearly was the best player of the entire series and no one was as consistent as Bryant.

However, Kobe Bryant didn’t win the Finals MVP Award on the basis of his performance in Game Seven. 

A quick look at the box score would be deceiving, as Bryant scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.  Kobe had moments where he played well, but even his most ardent supporters would have to concede that his shot selection in the first half was horrendous. 

Kobe took 24 shots on his way to shooting only 25 percent from the floor.  Bryant, normally an 80 percent or better free throw shooter, struggled from the free throw line, going 11 for 15.

Bryant acknowledged that he did not play well in accepting the MVP trophy, stating that he was pressing and that he was glad that his te ...

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