Originally posted by StOnEy333:
Originally posted by SLICK:
I still think the Celtics hold a slight edge over the Lakers. Can't wait!!!!
I'd disagree, but that's to be expected.
Artest will be the difference. As Pete said a few days ago, the injured Ariza/Rodmonavich/Walton combo at SF during the Finals 2 years ago has been improved.
And while I agree, I think we also can agree that Rondo is playing at a MUCH higher level than he was 2 years ago. Same with Ray Allen, who couldn't buy a shot the entire 2008 Playoffs. Sheed, who seems to finally playing some D is a mismatch off the bench. I like the fact that Kobe is going to have to play D, and face 3 decent defenders in Pierce, Ray Allen, and then Tony Allen.
The one thing I think that could factor in is the fact that this is it for this Celtic team. They know that the chances are pretty good that they're not all gonna get here again. Allen is a FA, Pierce has an opt out next year. I think the Big 3 will come to play and rally around one another to play at an even higher level.