05-31-2008, 03:17 PM
The Celtics are a good team, no doubt, but I just don't think they're versatile enough to keep up with the Lakers. Ray Allen has already shown that he is running out of gas in these playoffs. He is good for a spot up jump shot, but little else; he just isn't as mobile as he used to be. And with his horrendous slump in the past two rounds, he's shown that if he can't hit the jumper, he can't contribute anything. Garnett, as good as he is, as intense as he is, has a major flaw in his game: position. He's 6-11, strong as an ox, and has a wide skillset at his disposal. He's most dominant in the post, but he prefers to play out in the perimeter where his skillset drops off considerably. Also, by having him play on the perimeter, the Celtics are left with only Kendrick Perkins down low. On the best days, Perkins is still an offensive liability. Rondo has a pitiful jumpshot and will allow Derek Fisher to relax a bit on defense. The Celtics bench has been inconsistent at best, with no one getting regular minutes. Sam Cassell and Eddie House have shot even worse than Ray Allen in the playoffs and PJ Brown is not nearly nimble enough to keep up with the Lakers. Posey is the only one who can come off the bench and be productive. Paul Pierce will be the man for the Celtics, and he will absolutely have to bring his A-game.
05-31-2008, 10:06 PM
I think you are downplaying the other team mojo. The celtics just beat a very versatile team, the detroit pistons. More or less the only thing they lack is a really predominant paint game, but they aren't bad at that either. As for Ray Allen, he's actually stepped up the last few games. Getting roughly 20 or so points and KG, he's actually pretty consistent from say, 18 ft. He's pretty much got the whole package.
Well none the less, definitely the best teams from both conferences have shown up to the finals. Will be a great series to watch.
05-31-2008, 10:57 PM
Yea, thats one thing I love about KG: he's consistent.
05-31-2008, 11:07 PM
Garnett will need to take more shots, too often he just passes it to a teammate. He needs to take matters into his own hands hit the shot.
06-01-2008, 12:36 PM
He needs to play like he did when he was on the Wolves.
06-01-2008, 05:11 PM
i think, individually, the Lakers wouldnt be able to match up with the Celtics. the difference in skill would just be too great. Kobe would be the only one who could do anything. but seeing this Laker team of late, i think they might, just might, be able to pull it off. im thinking LA takes it in 6.
06-03-2008, 07:43 PM
individually, the lakers are better. Kobe right now is in peak performance, which cannot be said of any of the players on the celtics. I think the NBA will wish this match up never happened. Its going to be a poor substitute to what the rivalry was in the '80's. There is only one prime time superstar in the series and its kobe. Pierce is good for only one game, but he isnt like kobe, where he can go off in every game. I say LA in 6, but that sounds like the series will be close, but it wont.
06-04-2008, 08:33 AM
^ you sound confident in the lakers....
too bad i wont be able to watch game 1 since i work tomorrow. =(
i still say celtics over the lakers. Be it in game 6 or 7.
06-05-2008, 03:22 PM
^well i'm impressed w/ what they have done in the playoffs. They have played stronger opponents and won their series more convincingly than the celts. And terms of state of mentality the lakers have the edge. I dont think the celts are convinced they can win. Especially since they had two game 7's against immensely inferior teams. The lakers know they can win, the celts think they can win. Big difference. I think this series is similar to the N.O.-Dallas matchup. The critics are giving one team too much credit and the other not enough.
06-05-2008, 08:15 PM
Celtics takes Game 1 by a large margin of 10 points, woot