Thursday, June 3, 2010

NBA Finals Predictions


Why the Celts will win…
Boston seems to want it more.  From the get-go in this playoff run they have dominated their opponents.  They crushed the Heat showing they did not belong, they shocked the world over Cleveland, and took the heart and desire out of Orlando.  The Celtics 2010 team is more cold blooded then the friendly 2008 roster. With Rondo leading the way and KG following at the end of the train, everyone in the middle is afraid to let anyone else down. If Celtics play their defense, they aren’t losing this series.

Why the Lakers will win…
The Lakers will win if they continue their ball movement like they did in Games 5 and 6 verses the Suns.  They will not be able to use their size to out power the Celtics therefore the ball movement and bench play will be important. The next important thing is to make sure everyone is on their defensive assignment, I do not like putting Kobe on Rondo is the answer with Fisher in the game, but a line up of Kobe-Artest-Odom- Pau- Bynum just might be the 5 that the Celtics have no answers for.  If the Lakers continue their offensive power and play enough defense to keep the Celtics under 100, they will win their 2nd title in a row.

Who will win…
This is a tough series to predict because either team can win.  That is all you can ask for in the NBA Finals, this isn’t like the Spurs/Cavs finals or Lakers/Nets-76ers. This is what the Finals are about.  Having said this, the older more wiser team will win this series.  The team that has a better sense of History and Desire will take this series.  At this stage of basketball, it is not talent or skill that brings you the trophy, it’s the intangibles, the will to win.  No one on the planet has more will than KG and Rondo.  This will be Rondo’s second title of his young career and KG’s final title as a Hall of Fame player.  Celtics will win in 6 games.
- Jacob


Why the Celts will win...
Toughness. Grit. Wanting it more. If the Celtics are physical with the Lakers I think ti could be a long series for L.A. With bruisers like Garnett, Perkins and Sheed, among many others, more wiener-ish players like Gasol, Vuja-bitch and Odom may be tentative and lack aggression. If the Celtics can out-hustle the Lakers they will win the series.

Why the Lakers will win...
This is a different team than the one that the Celtics faced in 2008. Pau has had a chance to really find his niche with the squad. Odom has completely embraced the sixth man role. Bynum has emerged (although he's been a bozo in the playoffs) and they've added some toughness and defense with Ron Artest which will give Pierce some trouble. If the Lakers can utilize these factors, and pair it with having the best player in the series, they will win.

Who will win...
Celtics in 7. These teams are so evenly matched it's hard to predict that the series won't go seven games. I don't see home court advantage coming into play all that much. Both teams are very experienced and have been here before. The Celtics will take one of the first two games in L.A. The Lakers will take one of the three following games in Boston, and then game 6. I'm giving the edge to Boston in game seven because I feel like they want it more. They know that this could be their last chance, and that makes them hungrier than the Lakers. Boston will come into a game seven with an intensity that some of the Lakers' guys won't be ready for, and they'll come in scared. As long as Kobe doesn't drop 81 in game seven, the Celtics will be hanging up an 18th banner.
-JJ

Why the Celts will win…
Because they will play like they did against Cleveland, and Orlando.  The will not back down from any fake Laker toughness, and will certainly not be intimidated by the bright lights and the glitz and glamour of La-La Land.  They have a captain (Mr. Truth) who is ready to put his name up there with Celtics greats, and solidify his 34 will be raised to the rafters.  They have old bones (Allen, Garnett, Wallace) that are hungry to drink from the Championship teat one more time.  And they have a point guard who is ready (for all the Doubting Thomas’ who say he hasn’t made the leap) to make the leap to superstardom, who will win series MVP when the C’s close this final series out.

Why the Lakers will win…
Because Kobe won’t let them lose.  We all know he can win games by himself.  He needs help this series though.  If Pau Gasol continues to play like he has this entire postseason (and he doesn’t sit any games due to head lice, or a new species of beatle being discovered in his hair), things will be bright for the Gold & Purple.  If Ron Artest (SAY QUEENSBRIDGE!) can lock down Pierce, and Bynum can give them anything, they will be tough to beat.  Plus, Odom is a huge key for them, and the Lakers need him to continue to produce off the bench, as their other bench guys aren’t much to sniff at.

Who will win…
Boston in 7.  It will go EXACTLY like this:  Lakers win Game 1 at home.  Celtics win in OT in Game 2, despite 54 from Kobe.  I’m sensing missed free throws by Lamar Odom in regulation that could have L.A. up 2-0, but the Celts are satisfied with a split.  Game 3 turns into an ugly brickfest, with the Lakers pulling it out, as once again the C’s lay an egg at home, and Perkins receives a Double Technical w/ Bynum, and is suspended for Game 4.  Down 2-1, w/out their center, the Celtics come out BOMBING in Game 4, and destroy the Lakers by 17, as Kobe (on more than once occasion) screams at his teammates, and whines to the refs.  Tied at 2, Game 5 goes to the Celtics, thanks to a triple-double by Rondo, and 6 three’s by Ray Allen (28 pts total).  Heading back to Los Angeles up 3-2, Boston blows their first chance to close out the series because Kobe gets every call, and a close game for 3 quarters is busted open in the 4th.  So we have a Game 7 between the Celtics & Lakers, with everything on the line, with everyone hurting, with everyone tired, with everyone beaten up (including myself).  And Boston wins it.  Banner 18 heading back to Beantown.  Series MVP is Rondo.  JJ Bucklin weeps.  Jacob Noble shotguns many beers.  I pass out in my slippers watching post-game interviews because I’m old.  And it’s all worth it.
- Ben K

1 comments:

TheProBasketballTalk said...

Lakers can't win game one...Phil is undefeated when that happens and i bet on the Celtics +5.5

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