2010 NBA Finals: Lakers vs. Celtics Game One Preview

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IIJune 3, 2010

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 05:  Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics tries to keep Kobe Bryan #24 of Los Angeles Lakers from heading to the net on February 5, 2009 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived.

The NBA finals start Thursday,June 3rd,9:00 pm ET on ABC. 

The defending champions face a tough task as they have to face their longtime rival Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. Led by Kobe Bryant, the Lakers were able to get past the Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, and Phoenix Suns to get to the NBA finals. 

Bryant has been nothing less than spectacular in the playoffs. He is averaging 29.4 points per game (PPG), 1.0 Steals Per Game (SPG), 6.2 Assists Per Game (APG), and 5.1 Rebounds Per Game (RPG) during his team's postseason run.

Kobe Bryant at 31 years of age has carried this Lakers team to the NBA Finals. 

If you ask me, it looks like the NBA has given the MVP trophy away too early.  

The Boston Celtics will look to repeat what they did in the 2007-2008 season and win another NBA title. Before the playoffs started there were a lot of concerns about whether or not the Boston Celtics could get to this point.

I myself admit that before the playoffs started I thought the Celtics would go out in the first round.  

Of course, as you can see by the title of this article, I was dead wrong. 

During the regular season the Celtics looked old and tired. But in the postseason the Celtics have looked like they found the fountain of youth and are playing tough, old school basketball.

That's clearly worked out, since they have a chance to win the NBA championship. 


Celtics' Key to the Game

Defense Wins Championships: Defense is what got Boston to this point in the first place, so if they want to win this game they must be able to play shutdown defense.  They must be able to attack Kobe physically and mentally (if possible). 


Lakers' Key to the Game

Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol Must Play Well: Remember the last time the Celtics and Lakers faced each other? Do you also remember that Phil Jackson called out both Odom and Gasol by calling them "soft"? I do, and Gasol & Odom should remember as well.

If Bynum's knee bothers him so much that he can't play, then Gasol & Odom will have to play even harder.

Odom will have to bring more energy coming off the bench, and Pau will also have to attack Garnett to try to get him in foul trouble.



Lakers 98 Celtics 93  

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