The 2010 NBA Finals start this week in what should turn out to be a back and forth match up, between the two most storied teams in the game, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. For the first time in a while I think the winner of NBA Finals will be hard to choose. Both teams, in the Lakers and Celtics are pretty evenly matched.
Kobe is the best player in the game, but statistically there is really no better defender for him than Boston’s Ray Allen, who is a centerpiece of the Celtic’s success. If Allen can find a way to consistently defend Kobe, the Lakers could have a major disadvantage in the long run. But again, Kobe is Kobe.
With the addition of Ron Artest, LA found the missing link in what could make them an unstoppable team. With is elite defensive skills and ability to drive the lane and shoot three’s, Artest is the perfect wing man in the rare instance that Bryant in struggling.
Boston’s Rajon Rondo, is easily the X Factor in the series. So far, Rondo could be considered the playoff MVP, if there was one. The guy just doesn’t give up. He plays the game the way is supposed to be played and it shows. He is really making a name for himself, and if he continues to shine, another ring will be his.
Where there is Lamar Odom, there is Paul Pierce.
Where there is Pau Gasol, there is Kevin Garnett.
Where there is Derek Fisher, there is Nate Robinson.
As far as the coaches go, Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers have a combined eleven NBA Championships between them, Jackson of course, responsible for ten.
This year the NBA Finals are the most even they have been in quite sometime. If the series doesn’t extend to seven games, I will be very surprised. Besides, it the Lakers ad Celtics. It’s going to be a dog fight all the way.
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