The Boston Celtics are one game away from winning the 2010 NBA World Championship, and the series is headed back to Los Angeles for Game Six, and possibly Game Seven.
The Celtics are playing fundamentally sound basketball right now, and the Lakers are looking like they want the Celtics to win the championship. The Celtics are getting physical, scoring well from their bench, and playing great defense. They are looking like the 2008 Boston Celtics who beat the Lakers for the championship that year.
Doc Rivers is showing the NBA that he is a great NBA coach. He is motivating his team to succeed expectations, be the toughest, and be the best team out on the court every night they play.
This is something that the Celtics have done all season long as they ousted the top two seeds from the Eastern Conference earlier in the playoffs. The key to the Celtics closing out the series is to continue what they have done all postseason. It's worked hasn't it?
Yes. Here are the keys: keep winning, play great defense, get in the minds of the Lakers, and be the best and toughest team on the court when they play tomorrow at Staples Center. If they do this, they will succeed and will be crowned 2010 NBA World Champions for the eighteenth time in the history of the NBA.
The Lakers can still win this thing. They have home court advantage, a Hall of Fame coach with ten rings, and a team filled with winners. Here is what the Lakers must do to even the series tomorrow night:
1. Play defense and don't let the Celtics get in your head.
Stop Paul Pierce, and the rest of the Big Three, Rajon Rondo, and Glen Davis. These guys all know how to shoot, create scoring opportunities, and get to the free throw line. Kobe Bryant has had some foul trouble, and that is part of the reason of the Celtics success. Don't let that happen Kobe, if you want to win the next two games. Defense wins championships.
2. Stay out of foul trouble.
Lakers, don't get into foul trouble. Fouls kill teams and give the opponent added momentum and free points.
3. Score a lot of points and get to the free throw line.
The Celtics have been scoring a lot, partly due to the lack of defense, and foul trouble the Lakers have been getting into. The Lakers can score, and can do it in bunches. Kobe take notice, because that's what you and your team need to do on Tuesday. Plus, get to free throw line and reverse the trend in the series. Get the Celtics stars in foul trouble, and let their bench face you. Their bench has been stellar, but put that behind you.
4. Play with intensity, listen to Phil, and have the will to win.
Finally, play with intensity, don't get caught up in the moment, and don't give up until the final buzzer. Plus, listen to Phil Jackson, he knows a few things about winning championships. Get back to what you do best, score, play defense, and win.
There you have it, Lakers and Celtic fans. Read up, and then tune into the game on Tuesday night in Los Angeles to see how to see if the Celtics take home their eighteenth NBA championship or if their will be a Game Seven.