As many of you are well aware, the Boston Celtics have assembled a squad of All Stars this season in hopes of returning to NBA prominence. They finished the season with the best record in the league and have thus far made it all the way to the finals, despite their apparent affinity for going to seven games in a series. There they have met the Los Angeles Lakers, the team that Boston consistently struggled against back in the glory days of both franchises when Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabar were lighting up scoreboards and highlight reels. This was probably the match-up that the majority of people wanted to see this season, and is probably also the only match up that I would have really felt like paying attention to.
Since the Celtics had the best record in the league, they took homecourt advantage into this series, and clearly it was an advantage. They won the first two games at home rather comfortably, but then they succumbed to the Lakers in game three in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant had a ridiculous game, putting on crazy displays of athleticism and convincing some of my friends that he is either an alien or a robot. Game four is scheduled for tonight at 6:00, and this is a massively pivotal game. Here’s why.
If the Lakers win this game, they will likely maintain their momentum, win their next game at home, and go back to Boston only needing one more game to win the series. I have to think that after taking a 3-2 lead that Kobe could fulfill his destiny as the MVP and win the title in the same season. Phil Jackson is a great coach, boasting nine rings, and Kobe and Derek Fisher are seasoned vets with three rings each. If they win this game, they may just win the series.
If the Celtics win this game, it is over for the Lakers. They would have a 3-1 lead and then every game from then on out would be a must win for the Lakers, and the final two will be back in Beantown. There is no way that if they go down 3-1 they will win even two of the next games, because Kevin Garnett’s killer instincts will kick in and he will make Pau Gasol his bitch. He’s already been working on it, but it’s going to become more readily noticeable.
I honestly think that the Lakers will probably win this game, after the display Kobe put on in game three and factoring in the home court advantage. But as far as the overall series goes, I have a different intuition.
My money is on the luck of the Irish. KG needs a ring, Ray Allen needs a ring, and Paul Pierce probably deserves one for sticking around in Boston so long while they totally sucked. I’ll be watching, rooting for Boston, but actually hoping for some drama to unfold and make it even more interesting.
MOST LIKELY TO:
Win tonight – Lakers
Win the series – Celtics
Pahhk thayuh cahhs crooked after the Celtics take the title – Bostonians
Win next year’s MVP – Kevin Garnett
Look like an alien/horse – Sam Cassell
Turn out to be an alien or a robot – Kobe Bryant