1.Ron Artest replaces Vladimir Radmonivic
In 2008 ,Paul Pierce averaged 19.6 points ,5.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists and was named the finals mvp.Radmonivic is known for his 3 point shooting,not his defense,and it showed.Ron Artest is a MUCH
better defender than him and should make him much less of a factor than in 08.
2. Rajon Rondo is a much better player
Derek Fisher has been a defensive liability since last season.He struggled with Aaron Brooks,Russell Westbrook,Steve Nash and this wont be different.Like the last matchup ,Kobe will probaly defend him but then who defend Ray Allen?
3.Lakers have home court-instead of the Celtics
Everyone plays better in front of their home crowd and the Lakers were 1-2 in the finals last year .But then again the Celtics are a good road team .But the Lakers need this home court advantage and it should be a benefit.
4.No James Posey
James Posey made it harder for Kobe in 08' and James was a consistently good 3 point shooter . Since then he is now an New Orleans Hornet and the Celtics have no one to replace him.I guess Paul Pierce and Ray Allen will be defending Kobe.
5.Andrew Bynum's health
Another good big man to help defend Perkins and Garnett to help out Gasol.This should have a big impact on the series result.
6.Kobe wants to catch Jordan.Celtics want to be a dynasty
They both have aspirations and want this Championship,Bad.Can Rasheed Wallace be consistent ? What about Lamar Odom? Did the ''Big 3'' Decline? Is Gasol still ''soft'' Will Kendrick Perkins pick up a technical foul and be suspended ? all these questions will be answered during the finals.. That's why this years finals are different than 2008's