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Celtics legend Bill Russell poses with Kevin Garnett (right) after Boston secured its 17th championship.
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Season Review: 2007-08

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)

NBA Finals

Boston defeated L.A. Lakers (4-2)

Season leaders

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)

Award winners

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

photoDefense Leads to Offense
Bobby Portis blocks Kenneth Faried's layup attempt, in transition Tony Snell gets the fastbreak layup.
photoFaried Goes Reverse
Danilo Gallinar finds Kenneth Faried who drives to the basket for the reverse layup.
photoYoung Drains the Triple
Nick Young buries the 3-pointer over the outstretched hand of the defender.
photoKobe Dishes to Clarkson
Kobe Bryant dishes the sweet pass in traffic to Jordan Clarkson for the layup.
photoKobe Scores off the Opening Tip
Off the opening tip-off Kobe Bryant hits the jumper.

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