Ever since back in the day when the vintage Boston Celtics faced off with the Lakers time after time in the NBA finals, their rivalry has become the most heated one in the NBA. When the Celtics managed to have Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen on their franchise, the rivalry was renewed.
But for the 2010 Season, What does the country want to see for the NBA Finals? Here are my top five appealing matchups.
5. Miami Heat VS Los Angeles Lakers
The Heat are currently the fifth seeded team in the Eastern Conference, and I don't need to tell you the Lakers' seed. The smaller factor is the fact that a fifth seeded team in the finals would be impressive, but the bigger factor here is the specific matchup. If the Cavaliers and Lakers played, Lebron and Kobe would be matched up against each other. However, Kobe and Dwyane Wade are both shooting guards with some similar styles (quickness, smooth shot, fancy dunks), and are also two of the most known and liked players in the league.
4. Denver Nuggets VS Boston Celtics
This may seem random and un-thought-of, but the country would love a game featuring so many superstars. Carmelo, Billups, J.R. Smith, Nene, Kenyon Martin, Pierce, Allen, Garnett, Rondo, Nate Robinson, and more make up a pretty wild series.
3. Orlando Magic VS Los Angeles Lakers
This matchup is a likely one, and features two of the most entertaining teams in the league. Kobe's Lakers go unsaid, and Orlando Magic basketball is that of impressive dunks, dominant boardplay, and draining three point shots.
2. Boston Celtics VS Los Angeles Lakers
The best rivalry of alltime is that of the Celtics and the Lakers. Not only that, but in 2010, they have soem of the best teams in the league. The combination is hard to beat.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers VS Los Angeles Lakers
I would personally rather see the prior matchup, but most of the country would rather see the Cavs play the Lakers, and here's why. Lebron VS Kobe, enough said. These are the players that people debate about as the best players today, and perhaps of all time. Seeing them in a seven-game series for the ring would be a prolific series.