We are all getting our finals dream scenario, the old school rivalry between the Celtics and Lakers meet again. The Celtics in the off season last summer made the blockbuster trades by getting Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. The Lakers during the season made the blockbuster deal by getting Pau Gasol. Kobe wants to get a ring without Shaq and KG, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen are just hungry for a championship. Three versus one out does the Lakers.
The Celtics are hungry for a championship. KG waited too long for this and will not allow Odom or Gasol get in his way. We all saw game 7 in the semi-finals for the Celtics, Pierce went off. Yeah you know hes hungry. Ray Allen has found his stroke and will not let Sasha Vujacic get in his way. Kobe can play one on five but the Celtics big three will be too much. During the playoffs, the Celtics have found themselves by completing the Eastern Conference. They had to overcome a young and athletic Hawks, the unbelievable LeBron James, and the rough vetern Pistons. They had to overcome all tests and one lies in their way...Kobe.
I know the regular season is defferent from the post saeason, but the Celtics took two games to nothing from the Lakers by an average of 16 points. In history, the last 10 times the Celtics and Lakers have met, the Celtics have dominated 8 of those times. The history and the current state favors the Celtics. The Celtics team defense will help contain the Lakers, as it did during the regular season.
Let's take a look at the match ups:
Coaches: Phil Jackson vs Doc Rivers - Not even close. Phil Jackson out does any coach in the NBA.
PG: Derek Fisher vs Rajon Rando - Fisher has the veteran leadership over Rondo, but Rondo is quicker and faster than Fisher. Rondo will be able to attack Fisher. Rondo will have better stats, especially assist wise and will out do the veteran. The Celtics have given him confidence and it will prevail.
SG: Kobe Bryant vs Ray Allen - Unless you throw in Michael Jordan next to Kobe it is no match up. Kobe over Allen.
SF: Lamar Odom vs Paul Pierce - A tough matchup. Either players can go off on each other. During the season Pierce contained Odom and scored 20 and then 33 points on Odom. Pierce is an underrated defender and has the capabilities to outscore any one who covers him.
PF: V Radmanovic vs Kevin Garnett - not even close. KG outdoes Radman in everything.
C: Pau Gasol vs Kendrick Perkins - surprsing but close matchup. Expect Perkins to post up and make Gasol tired on the offensive end. Perkins is an underrated defender also, but Gasol can take Perkins off the dribble and pass. Gasol is favored here.
The bench: The Lakers bench has been given a lot of credit all season, but the Celtics have veteran leadership with Cassel and PJ Brown, two big bodies who can muscle the Lakers bench in Powe and "Big Baby" Davis, and an underrated player in James Posey who does every thing right and will come in and cover Kobe.
By looking at history, what the teams had done in the regular season, and matchups, the Celtics are favored. To not also mention they have home court advantage (Don't forget they won over 60 games) where they are nearly impossible to beat at home. I predict the Celtics win in 6 against the Lakers if you like it or not.