Well the stage is set and now we finally get to the Celtics vs the Lakers. I can’t wait for this series to start and I’m delighted that this great rivalry, the greatest in pro basketball, is about to be renewed. I know some fans have gone tired of seeing these two teams in the Finals, but I’m not one of them. I think that these truly are the two best teams in the NBA this year and it is only fitting that they will battle for the championship.
I expect this to be a closely contested series and one that goes 7 games, with the Lakers ultimately winning. The two teams retain most of the players they had a couple of years ago when they met in the Finals, but I expect one of the new Lakers to make a key difference this time around. That Laker is Ron Artest, who should be able to make a significant impact on both ends of the court. Artest’s rugged defense should prove to be very valuable, especially when he is covering Celtic great Paul Pierce. I also expect Kobe Bryant to continue his very high level of play as a indefensible scorer and a lock down defender. Kobe will collect ring number 5 and further burnish his hall of fame credentials.