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Analyzing the NBA Finals

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Analyzing the NBA Finals

Lakers v. Celtics

PG Battle: Fisher v. Rondo- Advantage Celtics +4

Huge advantage for the celtics IMO. Rondo is wayyy to quick for Fisher and in all likelihood, force Kobe to guard him. Rondo is playing the best ball of anyone in the playoffs right now, maybe with exception to Kobe. Even so, right now I think Rondo is playing slightly better ball.

SG Battle: Kobe v. Allen- Advantage Lakers +3

IMO Kobe is the best player in the game. He is capable of carrying the Lakers offense in any given game. His game has evolved and he now plays intelligently as well, choosing to be a scorer v. facilitator and vice versa. That being said, Ray Allen is huge for the Celtics. The team is an entirely different unit when he is on. That jumper is still money.

SF Battle: Artest v. Pierce- Advantage Celtics +1

Neither player has played great in the playoffs thus far. But when the game is on the line, Pierce is one of the top clutch scorers, possibly falling only behind Kobe. While people say Artest has Pierce's number, I think Pierce can still shine with the game on the line. Artest on the other hand is really struggling this year offensively. He is now a liability as he has not been able to hit that outside 3 with regularity. His D is still solid though and he can bring fire to the team.

PF Battle: Gasol v. KG- Advantage Lakers +2

KG may be getting older, but he is healthy again and is still a very good player. He hits that 18 foot jumper with great ease, plays with heart and desire, and is a leader for Gang Green. Gasol is playing phenomenal ball, but his lack of bulk allows KG to play respectable D against him. Gasol still holds an advantage, but KG is no slouch at the PF position.

C Battle: Bynum v. Perkins- Advantage Celtics +1

Bynum is still hobbling a little bit, but he is still imposing down low. That being said, with the way Perkins has held Howard in the ECF, he could be a huge factor in the Finals. He probably won't score as much, but his gritty D could reign supreme in this matchup.

Coach Battle: Jackson v. Rivers- Advantage TIE

Both are unbelievable coaches, but I think Jackson is a little to calm and confident for my liking in this matchup. Doc has a such a passion for his team (as seen through him emphatic speeches), I think he may have the slight edge. But you add the fact that this may be Jacksons last season and I will, as Tupac said, toss it up.

Bench Battle: Lakers v. Celtics- Advantage Lakers +2

Odom is the deciding factor in this battle. He is def. capable of being a starter (some would vouch for him over Artest, including this guy) and with the way he is playing ball, this could be a huge factor in the finals. The celtics have a decent bench, especially their bigs with Wallace and Davis. Tony Allen, Daniels, and Robinson are all decent as well. If Rasheed Wallace has a big series, def. influence this battle, but I think Odom, Brown, Farmar, Vujacic, and Co. get the nod in this one.
If Bynum gets in foul trouble early though, they really don't have that much depth at C take on the Celtics star studded squad.

7-6 Lakers but this series could go either way. IMO the series will hang on these questions...

1. Will Kobe dominate?

2. Will Rondo take full advantage of the Lakers lack of a great PG?

3. Will Bynum be ready?

4. Does Odom play starter quality ball? How about Wallace/Davis?

5. Pierce v. Artest...who wins?

6. Does Ray Allen catch fire throughout the series?


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I think the lakers have

I think the lakers have better coach. 10 Rings to 1 ??? Come on thats a no brainer

1) Kobe will dominate, but like usual will try to get his teammates involved early. If they can play good basketball he won't need to dominate

2) Rondo will most likely be guarded by KB24 and he is on the all-defensive 1st team. Unlike Chalmers, Moe williams , and jameer nelson Kobe's defense will be a factor. I do see rondo playing very good but not great.

3) Bynum will be ready! The lakers are really helping his cause by easyily defeating the suns. He has played an average of 19mins in the conference finals. He will be some what healthy and ready

4) Odom and wallace might be the key factors in this series. The better 6th mans team will doing better/

5) This will be interesting, Artest is a defensive specialist and has shown trouble to some of the best players like KD. Pierce has beeb struggling this playoffs soo i kind of see artest making his case worse

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Keep in mind, Jackson had the

Keep in mind, Jackson had the benefits of coaching Kobe & Shaq at the same time, Kobe & Gasol, MJ and Crew. I think a lot of coaches could bring home a couple of those rings. Doc Rivers had built a team with the best chemistry in the league IMO and it shows. They are on the same level right now IMO, if you don't look at past accomplishments.

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kobe cant guard rondo and

kobe cant guard rondo and the lakers bench over bostons r u serious

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I don't understand why everyone is playing Pierce down for his performance in the playoffs. You say his stats are down, but his scoring has only dropped a point, and his rebounding is up by nearly 2 a game. Basketball is not all about stats, its about getting the job done. That is what Paul has been doing. In the first round, he averaged around 18 points and came up clutch, as always. He hit the game-winner in game 3 and played very well in the closeout game. Paul's scoring definitely went down in the cleveland series, but he is the reason the celtics beat the cavs. His defense on LeBron was great, and he just let rondo and kg go to work. He is a smart player. Rondo and garnett had advantages against cleveland...so give them the ball. Stats dont mean everything....Paul Pierce is still THE TRUTH

Also, I don't see Gasol having an advantage on KG. Sure Gasol has played great in the playoffs, but who has been guarding him? Nenad Krstic, Carlos Boozer, and Amare. Boozer and Amare are both great offensively, but neither play good defense AT ALL. And i don't think I need to explain how good KG is on defense. And right now, Garnett wants it more than anyone. He is playing hard and strong, and his mid-range is nearly automatic.

And there is no way in hell the Lakers have a better bench. The only good player off their bench is odom. Brown is way overrated; all he can do is jump and dunk. He's a highlight reel player. IMO, Farmar is a better player. Tony Allen will play tough D and score around the bucket. Big Baby and Rasheed will both play good minutes. The Lakers will struggle against the bigs of the celtics. The celtics will throw 4 physical bigs to 3 for the lakers. and just think how tough that will be if bynum isn't close to 100%.

Another point is rondo. Nobody on the lakers can guard him. Brown has the body, but he is not a good defender. Fisher...too slow. And kobe is going to have to guard somebody. The Lakers dont want him fighting through screens against ray, and honestly rondo might be a tougher guard than that.

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I don't understand why everyone is playing Pierce down for his performance in the playoffs. You say his stats are down, but his scoring has only dropped a point, and his rebounding is up by nearly 2 a game. Basketball is not all about stats, its about getting the job done. That is what Paul has been doing. In the first round, he averaged around 18 points and came up clutch, as always. He hit the game-winner in game 3 and played very well in the closeout game. Paul's scoring definitely went down in the cleveland series, but he is the reason the celtics beat the cavs. His defense on LeBron was great, and he just let rondo and kg go to work. He is a smart player. Rondo and garnett had advantages against cleveland...so give them the ball. Stats dont mean everything....Paul Pierce is still THE TRUTH

Also, I don't see Gasol having an advantage on KG. Sure Gasol has played great in the playoffs, but who has been guarding him? Nenad Krstic, Carlos Boozer, and Amare. Boozer and Amare are both great offensively, but neither play good defense AT ALL. And i don't think I need to explain how good KG is on defense. And right now, Garnett wants it more than anyone. He is playing hard and strong, and his mid-range is nearly automatic.

And there is no way in hell the Lakers have a better bench. The only good player off their bench is odom. Brown is way overrated; all he can do is jump and dunk. He's a highlight reel player. IMO, Farmar is a better player. Tony Allen will play tough D and score around the bucket. Big Baby and Rasheed will both play good minutes. The Lakers will struggle against the bigs of the celtics. The celtics will throw 4 physical bigs to 3 for the lakers. and just think how tough that will be if bynum isn't close to 100%.

Another point is rondo. Nobody on the lakers can guard him. Brown has the body, but he is not a good defender. Fisher...too slow. And kobe is going to have to guard somebody. The Lakers dont want him fighting through screens against ray, and honestly rondo might be a tougher guard than that.

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He's picked it up this series

He's picked it up this series but prior to it his FG % was down. Im not all about stats, but that is a very telling statistic.

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