Lakers come up short, leaving questions about long-term success

Originally Published: June 18, 2008
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- The stunning thing about these NBA Finals is what the Lakers didn't produce.

No memorable performance from Kobe Bryant.

No critical adjustments from Phil Jackson.

No candidate for the Tyronn Lue Award for best unexpected performance that lands a lucrative new contract.

And, in the end, no resistance as the Celtics closed in on their 17th championship.

Their submissive 131-92 defeat didn't just bring the Finals to its ...

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