Posted Jul 25 2011 9:49PM
Frustrated from years of postseason eliminations in Minnesota, Kevin Garnett got a fresh start with a trade to the Boston Celtics prior to the 2007-08 NBA season. Joining him was the sharpshooting Ray Allen (acquired from Seattle in a trade).
Many wondered whether these two stars could co-exist with Celtics incumbent Paul Pierce, but Boston quickly put those thoughts to bed with a fast start and a top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Battled by the Hawks and Cavs to a seven-game series, the Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals to face an old nemesis, the Los Angeles Lakers.
But MVP Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were no match for a hungry Celtics bunch, who locked up their 17th championship and secured the legacy of Garnett, Allen and Pierce.
Eastern Conference first round
Boston defeated Atlanta (4-3)
Cleveland defeated Washington (4-2)
Detroit defeated Philadelphia (4-2)
Orlando defeated Toronto (4-1)
Western Conference first round
L.A. Lakers defeated Denver (4-0)
New Orleans defeated Dallas (4-1)
San Antonio defeated Phoenix (4-1)
Utah defeated Houston (4-2)
Eastern Conference semifinals
Boston defeated Cleveland (4-3)
Detroit defeated Orlando (4-1)
Western Conference semifinals
L.A. Lakers defeated Utah (4-2)
San Antonio defeated New Orleans (4-3)
Eastern Conference finals
Boston defeated Detroit (4-2)
Western Conference finals
L.A. Lakers defeated San Antonio (4-1)
Boston defeated L.A. Lakers (4-2)
PPG -- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (30.0)
FG% -- Andris Biedrins, Golden State Warriors (.626)
FT% -- Peja Stojakovic, New Orleans Orleans (.929)
3PT% -- Jason Kapono, Toronto Raptors (.483)
Assists -- Chris Paul, New Orleans Orleans (11.6)
Rebounds -- Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic (14.2)
Steals -- Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets (2.7)
Blocked Shots -- Marcus Camby, Denver Nuggets (3.6)
Most Valuable Player -- Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Rookie of the Year -- Kevin Durant, Seattle SuperSonics
Defensive Player of the Year -- Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
Most Improved Player -- Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic
Sixth Man of the Year --Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
Coach of the Year -- Byron Scott, New Orleans Hornets
All-Star Game MVP -- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Finals MVP -- Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
|Defense Leads to Offense|
Bobby Portis blocks Kenneth Faried's layup attempt, in transition Tony Snell gets the fastbreak layup.
|Faried Goes Reverse|
Danilo Gallinar finds Kenneth Faried who drives to the basket for the reverse layup.
|Young Drains the Triple|
Nick Young buries the 3-pointer over the outstretched hand of the defender.
|Kobe Dishes to Clarkson|
Kobe Bryant dishes the sweet pass in traffic to Jordan Clarkson for the layup.
|Kobe Scores off the Opening Tip|
Off the opening tip-off Kobe Bryant hits the jumper.