Handicapping Game 6 of The NBA Finals
Posted by Steve Bzomowski on June 17, 2008
I’m not very good at making predictions, but I have some “feelings” as well as thoughts about the upcoming game.
1. If Kendrick Perkins plays, I see it as a fairly big plus for the Celts. Gasol proved in Game 5 that he can get the ball pretty deep against KG (I acknowledge the foul trouble KG was in); he can’t do that against Perk;
2. KG is due for a very big game. Pierce has a pretty big to very big game every game now. I believe Ray Allen is focused and if he doesn’t get too excited too soon could be in the 20s himself. Look for a Big Game from The Big Three;
3. The Celts are better because they are tougher, physically and mentally tougher. That toughness translates to defense. Unless fouling is a factor early, the Celts will probably jump on the Lakers. Decent lead early. Defense will be stifling, absolutely stifling;
4. I see the Lakers making a comeback. Or not. At some point, I believe the Celts will have a BIG, BIG lead;
5. Rondo will run the break well, find the seams and the shooters. He’ll have at least one dunk on one big purple shirted dude;
6. The young guys on the Lakers will wilt; that means no bench production from the visitors. Meanwhile, Leon Powe will get more than a rebound a minute;
7. There will be a lot of chest thumping. A lot. This will not so secretly irk Jeff Van Gundy.
8. Congratulations to Doc Rivers and the Celtics. (With a nod to Kevin McHale.) Banner No. 17. Celts 100 – Lakers 86 (Alternatively, Celts 95 – Lakers 94; Ray Allen with a buzzer beating winner. Fun!)