The Celtics Were Off Guard in the 2010 NBA Finals Versus the Lakers

Krishna DhaniCorrespondent IJune 19, 2010

As we all know, the 2010 NBA Finals Game Seven occurred and aired yesterday. The Celtics were diminished by major steps in Game Six, and although they may have tried to play at full potential, by the end of the game, time had run out. The scoreboard tumultuously and openly pointed to a great lead by the Lakers.

This is a key point as to where the Celtics would’ve put the pedal to the metal. Apparently, though, they failed in attempt of trying this task.

In Game Six, the Lakers were were not going to give up and were trying to reach their full potential, and with a home court benefit, they were killing the Celtics by 20 points. Then the Celtics fell even more and from there left the game with Lakers having a 22-point lead.

If this loss wasn’t telling them or teaching them to do their best, what can? If you are facing a team that just beat you tremendously, what are you to do? Are you going to sit down and just give up?

That’s definitely not the way the Lakers played and that’s also how they beat the Celtics. As a matter of fact, they simply gave Kobe just what he needed—one more ring than Shaq.

The problem was, when the Lakers destroyed the Celtics in Game Six, the Celtics should’ve trained harder and done more than expected to show who they really were. But they did not do well at all.

The Celtics had major problems within the series, and trust me, this is what led to the Lakers’ victory.

The Lakers' mainly won through the Celtics’ mistakes. They hardly did anything in consideration of scoring. The Celtics were having a war within themselves. In Game Seven, the Celtics gave the Lakers loads of free throws at points where the Celtics were going to lose even if they scored again.

At the end of Game Seven, when Ray Allen tried stripping the ball, he cost the team a foul. That is the worst thing he could have done. The Celtics needed the ball to score and they just fouled them, and it became the Lakers’ ball. With 10 seconds on the clock, how are you going to catch up? They were down by five points and still were making major fouls.

These fouls were costly and crucial to the Celtics. If they didn’t have that happening, then maybe they would’ve scored.

And then, Rajon Rondo leaped for the ball and touched it, or more like skid it. And he couldn’t get the ball, causing it to go out of bounds and become Lakers’ ball. Now for a major fact, if you can’t get the ball, don’t get it. It was going to be out on the Lakers’ anyway, so why backfire on yourself?

Another thing was that the Celtics were way too over-confident with themselves. Because of that, they thought they had the game to themselves, and they were wrong.

The Lakers have a tremendous and glorious history of taking down teams with their key players. The Lakers also have a history of having the best players in the NBA on their team.

The Lakers are not a team to get overconfident with. The Lakers didn’t become over- confident. They stayed neutral and alert, and didn’t make any costly moves.

Toward the end of the game, around the fourth quarter, the Celtics had the game lost because of many reasons.

One major reason was where they thought they had it and let their guard down. That allowed the Lakers, who had full potential throughout the game, to take them down.

They were too confident and thought that if the Lakers came back, they could just take them down like in a snap. Instead, the Lakers took the ball and were scoring like crazy. Then, when the Lakers took the lead, the Celtics thought, “Lets take them back down, now.”

Well that didn’t work out so well, because the Lakers offense consisted of great three-point shots and made scoring impossible and out of the Celtics reach with good, hard-played defense.

The Celtics also allowed the Lakers to have too many second chances. There was such a huge offensive rebounding percentage for Los Angeles and the Celtics couldn’t stop that.

It was crazy to see how many second chances the Lakers got on those offensive rebounds. If it weren’t for those rebounds, the Lakers probably would have lost by a large margin and probably wouldn’t have even cracked the 40-point or 50-point margin on the scoreboard.

That was a major reason for the Celtics' loss to the Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals.

It was like giving the ball to the person to see how he plays and finding out that they are way better than you are.

Also, at a point, the Celtics gave the ball to the Lakers, which was not a great idea because now they were way ahead and there were only a couple of seconds on the clock.

The time and place had diminished for the Celtics. Not only that, but they were at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The heat and excruciating pressure was being slowly brought upon them.

With seconds on the clock, in the other team’s court, you are getting killed. And all you can think of is regret and remorse. It is the Finals, and you don’t do that.

This was a great season of the NBA, and I enjoyed watching my favorite team get devoured (the Indiana Pacers) and I also liked the NBA Finals. It wasn’t easy this time. Phil Jackson is about to go, Kobe Bryant now has a ring on all five fingers of his hand. Also, this is the second straight championship for the Lakers.

A great season….now it is time to see where LeBron goes when NBA Free Agency hits on July 1.


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