NBA Finals 2010: Will Someone Please Turn Out the Lights?

Dan SmithCorrespondent IJune 17, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15:  The official Spalding NBA basketball is on the court in Game Six of the 2010 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers 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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Before I get to how bad these NBA Playoffs have been, I want to say one thing:

An NBA team should never score below 80 points in a game. These are professional players so there is absolutely no reason that they cannot average 20 points a quarter.

For the Boston Celtics to come out in a basketball game in which they can win a title with a victory and they only score 67 points is unacceptable.

For you math whizzes out there, the Celtics scored a whopping 16.75 points a quarter in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.


How about driving the ball to the basket fellas? The jumpers were obviously not falling.

This NBA Post-Season has just been awful. There has been one signature game and it was the epic Game Five in LA when Ron Artest went from goat to hero with his last second put-back. That was an exciting game. Jason Richardson banked in a three late to tie it and my friends and I exploded.

Artest put in the Kobe Bryant miss and we exploded again.

It was truly the lone bright spot in an NBA Playoff grind that has been far too long and been far too full of bad basketball.

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Honestly, the next signature moment was LeBron James kicking the ball all around the court in Game Six against Boston.

And the NBA Finals have been brutal. For six games, we have seen one team jump to an early lead and never give it back.

I like to watch basketball games played in a five to eight point window. I like games where the lead changes a few times every quarter. I like it when the team with the ball last has to choose between tying the game or going for the win.

The most important player in this NBA Finals has been Andrew Bynum. He is nursing an injured knee that limited him in Games 4 and 5. In those games, the Celtics were able to attack the basket and it opened up their offensive game.

In Game 2, Ray Allen had a record setting performance that negated what Bynum was doing on the inside. Allen's performance in Game 2 is why there is even going to be a seventh game.

If he doesn't have the impact he did in Game 2, then the Lakers would have closed out the series with their blowout win in Game 6.

I should not delve into the if's, but I do find it interesting that Bynum has been so important in the landscape of this series.

Now Kendrick Perkins is out for Game 7. The Lakers can go at the Celtics big men early with Pau Gasol. Kevin Garnett might find himself in early foul trouble if the Lakers decide to go after him.

The thing I like about the Celtics is how tough they are. They have been called every name in the book all season and here these old guys are in the last game of the season. Doc Rivers has been the steadying force and he can pound home the fact that they will finally get the rest they all need starting Friday morning.

The thing I like about the Lakers is that they are at home. Their is a debate right now whether Gasol or Bryant is the Finals MVP.

Since no one player has shown brightly for the Celtics, I wonder if they pull out Game 7 if the league can give the MVP trophy to the team as a whole or even to the coach.

Although those are interesting hypotheticals, it shouldn't be an issue.

The Lakers are going to win Game Seven and Kobe Bryant will lock up the Finals MVP with a great performance.

I just hope that it is a good game. As NBA fans, we all deserve to watch a great game to end this miserable post-season.


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