Lakers vs Celtics Game 7: Will Go Down In History As One of the Best

Daniel MalkinContributor IJune 17, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics reacts before taking on 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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Tonight is the night, it is what every basketball fan dreams of—a Game seven in the NBA Finals.

Before the series began I was convinced that it would go to seven games. During the series, my thoughts changed slightly, as each team played up and down basketball at different times. However, we have arrived to the final day of the playoffs in what should go down in history as another amazing game seven in a storied rivalry.

The Celtics will be playing in their seventh game seven in the NBA Finals. Of those seven games, four of them have been played against the Lakers. In the end, Boston has won all four of these games.

Tonight’s game will be no different the Celtics will prevail.

History shows that the home team in a game seven has a better chance of winning. In this particular case, that remains true. The Lakers have dominated at home during these playoffs and played unbelievable basketball during their game six rout. I believe the Celtics will rise to the occasion and do their best copy cat version of the famous 1969 game.

In that year, the Lakers were heavy favorites to keep the trophy in Los Angeles. The Celtics had different plans, and like tonight’s team, the trophy will return to Boston.

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The Celtics will have one pressing problem that will put them at a major disadvantage. The Kendrick Perkins injury will clearly hurt them on both sides of the ball. Big Baby Davis and Rasheed Wallace will need to play top notch basketball when called upon to help contain Gasol and Bynum.

This series is all about the big four. Boston knows that Rondo will always be on his game, it’s the other three that have been a mystery. Garnett, Pierce, and Allen have each shined at different moments during this series, but it is rare that they all show up on the same night. In this game, all three of them will need to deliver exceptional play. I believe that this will happen and it will be enough to lead them to a victory.

Kobe Bryant will play unbelievable basketball tonight and will come close to winning, yet another ring. In my opinion, he is the best basketball player in the game. He will have a huge game for the Lakers and will go down in history as one of the best games by a single player, during a game seven loss.

This will be the Celtics game to win or lose. If they lose both games six and seven, it will be a major disappointment for a squad that will not return to the finals next year. This is their last shot, with their current team, and everyone involved clearly knows what is at stake.

All eyes will be glued to the television tonight, as thousands enter the Staples Center, for the monumental game between the two most important NBA Franchises.

Bars across the nation will be packed for this one and mark my words no one will be disappointed in tonight’s game. Sit back and enjoy what should be an excellent forty-eight minutes of high octane basketball.


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