In reality, I don’t like either of the teams in the Finals. Maybe it’s more their arrogant fans than the players, but either way it’s a great match up that I’m sure the NBA couldn’t have drawn up any better if it was planned. Well, maybe they could’ve had the refs force a couple game sevens, but the teams they wanted were winning, so they couldn’t pull a reverse Sacramento 2002 to give the underdogs a chance! I guess we did see it coming though, so we may as well enjoy what we can from it. The best part for me in this series, is how much the main guys want that title. Kobe and Garnett are as good as Jordan at getting their teammates motivated and focused. Kobe is truly reminding me of MJ this playoff run, and this is probably the first time I’ve ever openly admitted that those two could be on the same level. Since the infamous knee draining, I’ve never seen him playing out of his mind like this. Everything he puts up is going in, there’s no defense against him that really works. Ok, hopefully that’s the most I’ll talk about Kobe for awhile, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little while writing those last couple sentences. Anyways, Lebron taught us one thing this year, and that was you need the Championship type heart throughout your team, and both the Lakers and Celtics have that heart.
I’m hoping the Celtics can take the series, and if they do, the only way I see that happening is if they win in six. So in reality, I think it will be the Lakers taking home another title, but if I’m flip flopping on my pick with each preview I hear/read, so that must mean I have no clue who will come out the winner. One thing that should scare the crap out of Boston is the health of Rondo. If he isn’t at full strength, he is passive on the court. You can instantly tell when speedy physical guys aren’t fully healthy, and Rondo won’t be the exception to the rule. Nash for example, isn’t a guy that relies on speed, so he plays through everything, and it doesn’t affect his fundamentals. You just can’t make up that speed, so if he’s not full throttle, that alone would lose the Celtics a couple games. Also, can Fischer keep up his insane play. Two months ago if you asked any Lakers fan about their thoughts on Fischer, they would’ve said he sucks, and needs to go when the year is over, my how that tone has changed over the playoffs. Tony Allen and Rasheed are also guys that they will need during this series that are also a little banged up. The lane is the real key to the series. It’s going to be a grind it out half court game for 80% of the possessions. Both teams are very good at scoring inside, and personally, I think it’s up to Odom to have a big series for the Lakers to win. He will have to take advantage of guys like Big Baby and Rasheed guarding him when the second units are on the floor. I’m also curios to see if Perkins can hold back his temper to avoid the one game suspension for any Technical Foul thrown his way. Their best interior defender will have his hands full with Pau and Bynum, so they will need him to control that temper. Bynum is another big question mark in the series. One thing you know about the Celtics, is they will test Bynum’s health early and often. I don’t see any scenario where they don’t hack him just to see if the turns timid, and disappears like he does so often.
I could ramble on for a little longer, but I think by now we’ve heard nearly every angle possible about the series, so Thursday we will finally see how it will start to unfold. I hope the games are shown in China, because it’s vacation time for me, and I’d much rather watch the Finals than Stephon Marbury bombing threes for the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons!