After a long, exciting Conference Finals, we finally have our NBA Finals teams for 2010. The Celtics and Lakers will be renewing a rivalry in a repeat of the 2008 Finals.
Boston takes a different, somewhat surprising road to the Finals, while the Lakers soar to the Finals for the third straight year. KG and the Celts will try to foil Kobe's plans of a fifth ring.
Who has the advantage in this series? Let's break it down by position:
Derek Fisher has always been a reliable point guard, but not a star. Rajon Rondo is a completely different story.
In the title season in '08, Rondo took a back seat to the Big Three. This year though, he's evolved into a dominant point guard, taking control of the offense and having multiple break out games that have propelled the Celtics to the Finals. An emerging star in Rondo definitely has the upper hand over Fisher.
Verdict: Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
Kobe is simply the king at this position. Ray Allen may be a great three-point shooter, but Kobe can do that and more. There's no question on this one.
Verdict: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Ron Artest is getting a lot of attention lately. From his game-winning buzzer-beater in Game 5 vs. the Suns to his showing up late for practice.
Paul Pierce has been outdone in most games by his teammates, but quietly he as done his part. I think no matter how you look at it, Pierce is the superior SF in this series.
Verdict: Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
Sure, Kevin Garnett is getting older, but he's still one of the best at his position.
Pau Gasol, his counterpart in this series, is right up there too. In these playoffs, Garnett has been slightly overshadowed by Rondo. You still have to know that Garnett is a great player, and his heart outlasts anyone's. KG has the slight edge here, I think.
Verdict: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
At first sight, Andrew Bynum is the clear choice here. Kendrick Perkins is a great rebounder, but he as virtually no value scoring.
Bynum, on the other hand is very good on both ends of the floor. I think he will have a great Finals.
Verdict: Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers
PG Nate Robinson
SG Tony Allen
SF Michael Finley
PF Rasheed Wallace
F-C Glen Davis
PG Shannon Brown
SG Shasha Vujacic
SF Luke Walton
PF Lamar Odom
C Didier Ilunga-Mbenga
Both benches have some big names; Rasheed Wallace, Nate Robinson, Lamar Odom, Shasha Vujacic. When you look at the Lakers bench, though it has some holes. Center, Shooting Forward, and Point Guard are all at least questionable. The Celtics though, are good throughout. The Celtics bench has been playing well all playoffs, and they have the advantage in the Finals.
Verdict: Boston Celtics bench
Overall, the Celtics are more complete. Boston has the advantage in 4/6 of the positions, and that should be enough to get past the Lakers. Kobe will have to wait at least another year for a fifth ring.
Prediction: Celtics in seven