Saturday, May 31, 2008

THE NBA SHOWDOWN, AGAIN!!!

Well as you can see and as I predicted weeks ago, the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers will be battling it out in the NBA Championship finals for 2008. It's been a tough road for both the Celtics and Lakers to get to the Finals but they both proved that they belong there by knocking off their recent conference opponent's in convincing fashion. The Celtics handling their business in 6 games against the Pistons and the Lakers smashing the Spurs in 5 games.

This will be the first appearance in the Finals for the Boston Celtics since they lost the series against those all time rivalry Los Angeles Lakers in 1987. Then Larry bird, Danny Ainge, and Kevin McHale couldn't withstand the offensive power of the Lakers squad of Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy.

This years Finals meeting will be the 11Th Championship match up between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers with Boston winning 8 of its NBA-best 16 titles against the Lakers. But the Lakers won their last two Championship meetings against Boston in 1985 and 1987. The Los Angeles Lakers have brought home 14 NBA titles of their own. Not to shabby, if I say so!!!

This years Championship finals will have the same two franchises but will bring on a new era of players. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen, Boston's three All-Stars, are all in the Championship finals for the first time in their great careers. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom will lead the way for the Lakers in this great upcoming battle of two power house NBA teams. Kobe Bryant help lead the Lakers to three straight titles from 2000-02, so needless to say Kobe is experienced in these situations. One up for the Los Angeles Lakers having Kobe on their team.

So after all said and done, my earlier prediction still stands. I do believe that Boston will pull it off this year. It will be a hard fought battle, but the Celtics will prevail in the end. I will say this though, if the Lakers do find a way to pull it out instead, I won't be sadden by it because the Lakers have been my favorite team since I was a kid watching Magic Johnson and the crew win those Championships in the 80's.

Well enjoy the Finals and get ready for a real battle!!!

Until my next post, thanks for reading, and keep sports on your mind.

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