Most Lakers fans are thinking that they have a walkway to their back to back rings. But, the biggest challenge has yet to come. The Phoenix Suns gave them quite a sweat, but Ron Artest bailed out the Lakers with a clutch shot, and Kobe closed them out in Game Six.
The Boston Celtics have upset the two best teams in the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Orlando Magic. Now, they are looking stronger than ever and arguably better because of Rajon Rondo's improvement since their last title run.
So what? The Lakers have a much better team and it should be an easy ring, right? Wrong. The Boston Celtics have been playing the underdog for the whole playoffs, with the exception of the first-round. Nobody thought they could take out Cleveland, nobody thought they could take out the undefeated Magic. But they did. And now they are looking better than ever.
The biggest liability for the Lakers is the point guard spot. Steve Nash completely exposed the Lakers point guards, and look for Rajon Rondo to do the same. Nash is probably the better point guard, but Rondo has much more weapons to help him out. The Celtics' bench has been playing great, and will cause problems for the Lakers.
How can they stop Kobe? Well, at times Kobe has looked unstoppable, but there have been times where he's been not that great. They have to just get a body on him and make him give up the ball.
Rebounding will be another huge key, but look for the tough Celtics' defense to frustrate LA.
Lakers' fans, I know you are cocky and overconfident, but just wait until the series is over before the celebrations please.