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NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Who is the MVP?

Jun 14, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for bryant_game2.pngUsually five games into an NBA finals, we have a pretty good idea who is going to get the finals MVP award.

This finals? Good luck. You’d have an easier time naming all 11 starters on the Slovenian national soccer team.

Really, the only consistently good player on both sides has been Kobe Bryant. The guy who tried to carry the Lakers to victory in Game 5 by himself during the third quarter. Win or lose, Kobe has been there, scoring 29 points or more in four of the five games. It has not always been efficient scoring, but he has been the one player who has attacked in each and every game.

The last guy to win Finals MVP on the losing team? Jerry West in the 1969 finals, when the Lakers lost in seven games to the Celtics at the old Great Western Forum. That was a group of more talented Lakers losing out to a better team in the Celtics.

For the Celtics, who do you pick?

Rajon Rondo has been the leader of their offense in terms of setting up, and he took over the second half of Game 4. Kevin Garnett has had two good offensive games and again remains key to the Celtics defense that has them ahead. Paul Pierce has had a couple good games now, but was missing the first half of the series. Ray Allen had a record setting night and a horrific night. Big Baby?

Maybe the referees for their influence on games?

The winner of the award may well be the guy that takes over Game 7. (Because you just have a feeling with these teams it is going to get there.) But if the vote were conducted now, we might need the Electoral College to come in because there would be know clear winner.

  1. gary - Jun 14, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    After all is said and done….it will be Kobe

  2. Edward, Los Angeles, CA - Jun 14, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    If the Lakers win, it should be Kobe Bryant.
    If the Lakers lose, it should still be Kobe Bryant (like Jerry West). No other player has been consistent this series.

  3. mick-7-1961 - Jun 14, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Had Ray Allan continued his hot 3 point shooting, I would put him in the contender seat, but I like Pierce or Rondo if the Clets win and (God I hate to admit this), but Bryant should the Lakers prevail.

  4. KOBE_SUXS_BAL^Z - Jun 14, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Sorry Faker fans, the MVP will be RAJON RONDO. Better rebounder, than Bynum, Gasol, Odem, and the rest. Passes the ball better than Fisher, Kobe, and the rest. Scores when he needs to, more triple doubles in the plaoffs than everyone else. RAJON RONDO, ur 2010 finals MVP.

  5. Marisol - Jun 14, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Lakers Kobe for MVP for Boston right now…. Hands down Nate Robinson…. I think our bench has so far save the day for Boston!!
    Let the sereis begin, come on game 6!!!! Let’s go Boston….

  6. Marisol - Jun 14, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    When the Boston Celtics get to hang there Chapionship banner I belive as of right now… hands down MVP Nate Robinson….!!!
    Our bench has been VERY effective!!

  7. sanclementejedi - Jun 14, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Kobe for mvp are you kidding me? The lakers offense falls apart when he takes all the shots and everyone else just stands around. Also he is leading the team in turnovers and missed shots.

  8. Champsx3 - Jun 14, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Rajon Rondo end of discussion.

  9. Basketball Jones - Jun 14, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Up to this point, Rondo. If Lakers win, Kobe.

  10. Basketball Jones - Jun 14, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Up to this point, Rondo. If Lakers win, Kobe.

  11. Dealeydaly - Jun 14, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Nate Robinson…AND I’M A LAKER FAN…

  12. phantom - Jun 14, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    Guess what Celtics loser: The Lakers will win the series and Kobe will be the MVP. Go cry in your beer now.

  13. phantom - Jun 14, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Nate Robinson is nothing but a short little thug who needs to have someone cut him down a notch or two. Of course, since he’s so short, that would be hard to do.

  14. Justin - Jun 14, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    The Celtics bench is the MVP but it will go to Rondo or Pierce.

  15. j-daddy - Jun 14, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Are any of you even watching the series? The only consistent contributer on the Celtics has been Kevin Garnett. HIs numbers aren’t amazing, but he’s been shooting the ball pretty well, rebounding, and has been an absolute rock on defense. If the Celtics win and he puts in another double-double the MVP should be his.
    Rondo has been good, but Robinson has been almost as good, and all of Rondo’s turnovers are a strike against him. PIerce and Allen disappear from game to game.
    If the Lakers win, it’s all Kobe.

  16. micah - Jun 14, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Does anyone else think Ron Artest lost game 5 for the Lakers. Missed that last lay-up, missed both free throws, then simply allowed Rondo to make his lay-up without so much as trying to foul him (much like Farmer did not even try to block or foul the lay-up before that. Rondo is their worst free throw shooter, and Artest just let him lay it in right when Lakers were making final push. No celtic would allow a gimme lay up like Farmer and Artest did in those closing minutes

  17. jerrywestisalegend - Jun 14, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    If the Celtics win, under no circumstance should Kobe be Finals MVP. To take this award away from the C’s would reflect poorly on the NBA family-not only did the Celtics play good basketball, the fact that no clear front runner (I would argue Rondo, is slightly ahead of the other three) supports the idea that the Celtics are a basketball TEAM, and not just a one-man show (the Lakers and Kobe). How the NBA determines the Final MVP (who will come from the Celtics given the above condition) is entirely up to the chairman and organization itself.
    If the Lakers take game 6 and 7, and win the Finals, Kobe will win the MVP (granted nothing extraordinary happens in these two games from another starter). Kobe, has for the time, been relatively consistent in his games. Gasol started off really well in the first few games, but has taken a back seat to the more dominant and demanding Kobe. Fisher had an amazing game 3 performance, but has not shown the same aggressiveness in the last few games. Artest and Bynum simply aren’t there yet.
    However, to say that Kobe is on the same level as West is simply blasphemy. Kobe’s consistency can be argued. Sure, he scores lots of points each game, but the fact still remains: the guy takes a lot of shots. Kobe’s “heroic” efforts in game 5, can even be seen as a contributing factor to their loss. Good basketball revolves around the distribution of the ball, involving the players around you. Jackson’s triangle offense does just this. Of course, Michael Jordan, another student of Jackson, was known for his heroic efforts in games. But he did this with the help of Pippen and took over the game usually in the fourth quarter, not the second half. (This debate would never need to happen with Jordan; he won all the NBA Finals he played in. Sorry Kobe.)
    West simply had a dominating performance in his Finals MVP series. He averaged 38 ppg and had a triple double in game 7. He suffered though physical exhaustion and ailments, making his performance even more special. Kobe, on the other hand, has not achieved this level of performance. So please, think twice before make stupid assertions. Please do not take away what the Boston Celtics have worked so hard for. And please, don’t take away the honor West has fought so hard to earn. Jerry West is a legend, Kobe is simply a talented basketball player.

  18. team_wins - Jun 14, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    I like the idea – give it to Kobe when the Celtics win. Unselfish play has been the key to the Celtics success. I’m sure every one of them will gladly trade the MVP trophy for the championship trophy. Kobe can stick it in his trophy case next to his rap sheet.

  19. Brian - Jun 14, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Koby if the Lakers win, if the Celtics win it is hard to call because they play like a true team, and in the end that is why I like Boston.

  20. RHYTHM - Jun 14, 2010 at 9:08 PM


  21. Murray Ellison - Jun 14, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    How about Doc Rivers? He has made enough great decisions in coaching that it almost gives the Celtics an extra man on the court. I know he can’t win as a coach, but I have never seen a coach influence the whole season and playoffs as Doc. He even figured out that the regular NBA season is meaningless. You can scrimmage the season and start playing real basketball in the playoffs!

  22. Basketball Fan Period - Jun 14, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Ironically, and very recently, Jerry West completely disagreed with you.

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  24. phil collins - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    if he has one more big game leading to a victory, it will go to pierce. i believe he has lead the team in scoring in 3 of 5 games (2 of the celts 3 wins) but his contributions go far beyond just scoring statistics. It is clear watching this team play that pierce is the captain, the leader, and the best player on the team that as of now is poised to win the series.

  25. rhen - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:31 AM


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