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.
Tonight’s game will be no differentthe 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.
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 wordsno one will be disappointed in tonight’s game. Sit back and enjoy what should be an excellent forty-eight minutes of high octane basketball.