Now the puzzle is officially complete and we will see a match-up that features the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals. It’s safe to say this is an unpredictable match-up and basically can go in either direction. Boston’s key to winning this series is based off of six factors.
1. Winning on the road
If the Celtics want to win this series they can’t let the Lakers sweep all the games played at the Staples Center. The series against the Magic was a lot easier once they had a 2-0 lead going back to Boston and if they can silence those Staples Center fans then Boston will be a hard place for the Lakers to win.
The major defense is really preventing Kobe from being the dominant player that he is. Yesterday’s Suns game had some tight defense from Grant Hill but that wasn’t enough as Kobe continued to dominate. But Boston is a better defensive team than the Suns so don’t expect Kobe to dominate in the same way.
3. Winning off the bench
Boston’s bench is going to need to continue to play very well as they have throughout the entire playoffs. The Suns had a deep bench and it to gave the Lakers a lot of trouble. They need someone to step up also from the bench. There is no telling if Ron Artest would totally be able to stop a player like Paul Pierce, but having that deep bench will force the Lakers to also look deep. So far, players like Glen Davis and Rasheed Wallace have been able to step up and make a big difference.
4. Getting Rebounds
Lamar Odom has been a tank with rebounds in the playoffs. Yet, for the Celtics to win this series they must out rebound the Lakers. There were many instances in yesterday’s game against the Suns when the Lakers were able to keep their possessions alive after they missed a shot because they were able to get a rebound.
Kevin Garnett will be the difference maker in this game. They are a completely different team when he plays. That is why last year they weren’t able to advance to the Finals because he wasn’t healthy. Now, they need him to get back to how he played in the beginning of the series and also play some great defense.
6. No Mistakes
This one is pretty self explanatory. Celtics can’t make mistakes. Every possession will be too costly for their team. They want to avoid any chance of a stupid pass that will set up an easy play for Kobe. They need to make sure they stick to the fundamentals that have brought them this far and they can win the series.