Lakers vs. Celtics 2010: The X Factors

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJune 17, 2010

Throughout every crucial game,  there is always one player that steps up and outperforms his standard expectations.

In tonight’s Game Seven, there is an X factor for both the Lakers and Celtics.


Lamar Odom

Everybody knows that Lamar Odom is always the X factor for the Los Angeles Lakers. When Odom produces efficiently, the Lakers usually end the game victorious.

During the Finals Odom has averaged one more point per game in Lakers wins than during losses. Although not very impressive, Odom has the potential to break out for a big performance during any game and is bound to have a solid one tonight.

With the championship on the line and Andrew Bynum lingering with a knee injury, the Lakers most certainly expect Odom to play 30+ minutes and contribute at a high level.


Rasheed Wallac e

Even though Wallace has been somewhat of a disappointment after being signed last offseason, there isn't a more perfect time than now for him to step up and prove his true worth.

Wallace has a career playoff average of 13.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 1.3 BPG in 176 games and was a main contributor when he helped the Pistons win their first title in 14 years back in 2004.

While Wallace is only shooting a mere 41.2 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three-point range in 23 games throughout the postseason, he has a career 46.8 percent field goal percentage and has been known to hit clutch shots throughout big playoff games.

With Perkins out for Game Seven, the Celtics will rely on Wallace to step up, play starters minutes, attack the boards on defense, and hit three-point shots whenever needed. If Wallace can get going early, he can certainly help the Celtics win their NBA-leading 18th championship.

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