Everywhere you read, the Celtics are being picked to win the game. The logic goes that their "big three" of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett will use their experience to pull the Celtics to victory. On the other hand, the logic goes that the young Sixers will freeze like a deer in the headlights in the biggest game of their careers.
While I can't fault that logic, here is a whimsical seven-ingredient recipe that would lead to a Sixers victory.
1) Garnett's outside jumper is off.
2) Allen and Pierce wear down in the fourth quarter.
3) Jrue Holiday remembers that the job of a point guard is to drive towards the basket.
4) Spencer Hawes is on the bench during crunch time.
5) Andre Iguodala makes at least half of his free throws.
6) Rajon Rondo does not get a dozen rebounds.
7) Mickael Pietrus does not go trey-crazy.
And as a special bonus topping:
8) Will Smith gets a courtside seat.
The likelihood of all these things happening together is very small indeed. But if they do, we could have another 1982 on our hands.