Lakers vs. Celtics 2010: Seventh Heaven and a Chance at Destiny

Frances White@WestEndGirl62Analyst IIJune 17, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics looks on as he stands next to Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Six of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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This 2010 NBA season was supposed to be the year of LeBron; fortunately for the rest of us, we have a matchup that only the basketball Gods could make possible.

You can feel the tremor of excitement permeating the air, the rear ambrosia of a Finals Game Seven that leaves everyone waiting in anticipation.

Game Six is done, now it’s on to basketball's version of Shangri-la, a Game Seven. This is no ordinary game. This is an arena reserved for special teams who know how to embrace special moments: Lakers-Celtics.

Game Seven allows the participants to taste the nectar of the Gods and know in their hearts that they have reached and been somewhere special.

All the pretenders were swiftly cast aside and then there were two teams left to reach their goal. Two teams whose history laid the foundation for what championship caliber teams should look and play like.

The Los Angeles Lakers hope that home-court advantage and of course the closer of the NBA in Kobe Bryant will be enough. He of the four championship rings, and a thirst to impose his will in any game and on any situation.  

Bryant's offensive arsenal often wreaks havoc on his opponents' psyche. If his moves were a drug, it would be of the psychedelic kind because his masterful command to get his shot off in awkward situations leaves you in awe.

All that being said, it is up to him to curtail his instinct to strike early and often and not become the 21st century version of Jerry West. He could win the MVP trophy, but lose the game that counts the most.

If Andrew Bynum cannot go, the Lakers' bench gets smaller and that will give the Boston Celtics a slight edge. If Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom have a game similar to Tuesday's output, then they will more than make up for those shortcomings.  

The Lakers need another stand-up game from their role players, and hope that Ron Artest hasn't visited the rabbit-hole since his Game Six revival.

For the Celtics, they have to win this championship in order to sit at the round table with the other Celtic greats.

Kevin Garnett must adjust to life without his defensive mate Kendrick Perkins, and Rajon Rondo must take the necessary steps to run this team the right way.

Paul Pierce and Ray Allen must stay and help on the boards, because the Lakers will look to continue to pound the offensive boards.

It is a tragedy that the C's won't have Perkins, but this may help them in their quest to championship glory. They can plug in Glen Davis or Rasheed Wallace in the middle. This can give them added quickness and gives them the ability to run a little bit more.

Each one of these players represents a different problem for the Lakers.

Wallace plays solid defense on the Laker bigs, and has Gasol guessing his every move. He can also stretch the court with his three-point shooting. Game Seven also eliminates the possibility of him being suspended. Therefore, we might see more of the emotional 'Sheed.

Davis is surprisingly agile for such an earthbound man, and he gets great position on the boards and has a decent mid-range shot. He is the best offensive rebounder per minute on the Celtics. If he can only remember that some black men can't jump, and to pass the ball out to the wing, he'll be OK.

The Celtics must also remember to be aware of Derek Fisher; he is the most dangerous player on the Laker team after Bryant. He is due to make at least one meaningful three-pointer before this series is over.

Game Seven is about desire, it is about each team being able to look at themselves in the mirror and say, "Yes, I gave my all."

If either team can do more and use more of what pumps the blood beneath those team colors, then to the victor will go the spoils of Game Sevenan NBA Championship.

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