This Just in: Kobe & LeBron Meet in the Finals

Lakers101.com@@Lakers_101Contributor IApril 16, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives the ball against LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third quarter at Staples Center on January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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ESPN.com just broke the story.

Kevin Garnett could be out for the rest of the season, missing what would have been a great rematch between the Cavs and Celtics.

This opens the door for just about everyone. By "everyone," I only mean the Orlando Magic, who quickly become the sole contender in the East that can knock off LeBron's Cavs—although highly unlikely.

The Celtics will miss KG even more than the Lakers missed Andrew Bynum in last year's playoffs. KG is the heart and soul of that Celtics locker room and their defensive core.

I am no longer sure if Paul Pierce and Ray Allen can even make it out of the first round against the surging Bulls.

Granted, the Bulls cannot win on the road. They lost their final game to the Raptors, who were eliminated from the playoffs weeks ago, in Chicago.

They have a chance to secure the sixth seed and get a first round match up against the Magic, instead (although, looking back, maybe they knew the Big Ticket's injury was worse than the Celtics were leading on). In that case, smart move Vinny Del Negro.

It is a shame because I, personally, was looking forward to exacting some revenge against the men in green during the Finals this year, and then seeing the mammoth match up with the Cavs in next season's Finals.

Not now, though. It looks like the matchup for which we were all really hoping seems even more destined.

Lakers vs Cavs. Kobe vs LeBron. Skilled vet versus young beast.

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