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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. jerrywestisalegend - Jun 15, 2010 at 2:56 AM

    West did not disagree with me, or rather, I did not refute West’s statements. He simply stated that he personally believed Bryant was the best Laker of all time and the best player he has ever seen. May I also remind you, West has been noted to have stated that he believes that James is a better player than Kobe.
    Despite his rapidly shifting position on who is the best or better player, my argument is not based upon the achievements of Bryant over his career. I simply am stating that Kobe, despite his current successes, has not achieved the same level of greatness West displayed in his Finals MVP series, and thus does not deserve the award if the Celtics win.
    So no, West did not disagree with me and visa versa.

  2. harold - Jun 15, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    Kobe getting it while the Lakers lose would be yet another chapter of the bipolarity of Kobe’s image.
    Fans will say how great a player he is, haters will point it as proof that he can’t ever carry anyone but himself to the spotlight.

  3. David - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:04 AM

    I think if the Celtics win, it will go to Rondo or Pierce. Depends on how they play in the next game(s).
    If the Lakers win, most likely Kobe.
    Apparently Kobe can’t beat a team by himself. He’s been consistent throughout the Finals in points scored. He takes a lot of shots, so he scores a lot. He hasn’t been too consistent at anything else. He needs to take some responsibility for that Game 5 loss. He can’t expect his team to play great when in the 3rd quarter all the offense is is Kobe dribbling the ball then taking a contested jumper. All the other players became stagnant and by the time the fourth came around they couldn’t do anything. Kobe doesn’t know how to get his team involved. He’s not a team player.

  4. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 15, 2010 at 5:53 AM

    If the Celtics win, it would be an insult and a slap to ALL NBA FANS if Kobe still gets the MVP plum. It would have been a good argument had Kobe given THE Performance consistently with FEW TURNOVERS despite losing 4 games. Apparently not. Should Celtics win, I go for Garnett considering his contributions on both ends of the floor. But it’s a tough choice coz the others have their own significant contributions. If Lakers win, it has to be Kobe.

  5. Phillip - Jun 15, 2010 at 7:32 AM

    I still want to see the Lakers play the Celtics…note to refs…We didn’t tune in to see you..or an endless parade of Free Throws…..the MVP in this series is DOC Rivers.

  6. HAL - Jun 15, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Boston should get the trophy but it should be renamed “MOST VALUABLE TEAM”

  7. Jack - Jun 15, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    you guys’s comments are much more interesting than the content. as a faker fan, i know little pieces news about kobe. but i do appreciate his amazing performances. the numbers is there, no one can ingore that.

  8. Pat Gray, Cavendish, Vermont - Jun 15, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    I hat to say it, but I’ve got to go with Kevin Youkilis for MVP

  9. Steve - Jun 15, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    If the Celtics win, it should be the whole bench.
    If, heaven forbid, the Lakers win, guess you could give it to Kobe. He is indeed a great shooter, but not a great team player…

  10. Mr8bit - Jun 15, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Celtics fan. It should be Kobe. The guy single-handedly brought his otherwise lack-luster team to the finals. Who else does he have? Gasol? Bynum? Those guys are mediocre at best. Look at the Lakers bench. There is NO ONE there. I hate to say it, but Kobe deserves all the credit for making his “team” what it is.
    On the other hand, the Celtics are a true team. Every player does his part to make the team better as a whole. The bench is outstanding, too. If the C’s win, the MVP has to be Rhondo. The guy just brings a spark at the right time. He rebounds over seven-footers. He makes pass after pass after pass. He hustles up and down the court and makes the big plays when the Celtics need them most. So… Kobe on paper. Rhondo in reality. Celtics in 6.

  11. murray ellison - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Doc Rivers. He gives the celtics an advantage of virtually having a 6th man on the floor.

  12. Are you out of your mind? - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Taking the award away from the celtics?
    Kobe has been the most consistent player that has excelled game after game in the series.
    I think the writer of this article had it right when he said it should go to the refs for their influence in the series.
    Think about it. how many crunch time calls have the missed and put in favor of the celtics?
    Let’s go back to that first replay situation with KG and Gasol where KG is clearly palming the ball as it goes out of bounds. Decision? Celtics ball.
    How about game 2 where Rondo goes in for the steal on Kobe (who doesn’t touch him at all) and then falls out of bounds? Decision – Foul on Kobe. You can’t tell me that he wouldn’t have had 10 more points if he only sat 6 min instead of 14 because of foul trouble.
    Let’s not forget the latest debacle here at the end of game 5 where Ray Allen throws up a clear airball that should have resulted in a 24 second violation. Watch the replay. The tell tale sign here is that the net doesn’t even vibrate at all. It sure would have if the ball had touched the rim. Decision by refs? Celtics ball. If the Lakers had rightfully been awarded possesion, are you Celtics fans really sure that you walk out with the “win” in game 5?
    Now it hasn’t all been pro-Celtics refereeing. The Lakers have gotten some weak calls that go their way as well. And even though I am the biggest Lakers fan in the world, Derek Fisher gets more BS flop calls than anyone not named Paul Pierce.
    The stripes have ruined this series on both sides. In the Superbowl, it has to be a big penalty for the flag to go out. In the Stanley cup finals, there had better be blood. In the NBA finals? Refs think they are gods.
    This was supposed to be an epic clash of titans, but it has never really gotten going because some ref wants to blow a whistle every time the air conditioning blows a players jersey – FOR BOTH TEAMS!
    Fix officiating in the NBA and let these men play the game. Also, bring in coach’s challenges and replay. The BS airball call by Allen really changed this series… yet again!

  13. RJV - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Are you kidding me – NATE ROBINSON – I mean yes he has energy and heart but if the Celtics win (which they will) it is RONDO all the way……no doubt, no question, end of story! NATE ROBINSON – REALLY – all of you that said that – are you even watching the games – EVEN with Rondo’s turnovers in game 5 – he was still OUTSTANDING – yea give Pierce credit for a stellar game – but RONDO is the facilitator!!!!!!

  14. Ringko Felix - Jun 15, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Gary, You’re upsolutly right.No one else but Kobe Bryant.

  15. Omnius - Jun 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    For the Lakers Kobe is obviously the best player in the playoffs, for the Celtics it’s the refs who have protected Boston by ignoring numerous obvious fouls every game. Kobe will prove why he’s the best player in the NBA tonight as the Lakers even the series at home. Boston is only 1-7 in closeout games on the road over the past few years, they couldn’t even closeout LA in 2008 on the road. Lakers in 7 games!

  16. Anonymous - Jun 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    All I have to say is yes.

  17. CF98 - Jun 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    They’ll just give it to Rondo to give the MVP to a player on the losing team is just incredibly insulting and Kobe would probably not accept it if it came to that.
    He’d be completely justified in doing that as well.

  18. peter - Jun 15, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Yes I know way old school here, but if the Celtics win??? why not just the whole celtics defense as the MVP… it’s not offense that is doing this for the celtics
    Please please please the announcers, how many more times do have to hear Magic introduced as the winner of every award in the world?

  19. bobdevo - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    ANY player can play a team all by himself and lose. Which is what is gonna happen to Kobe, and it couldn’t happen to a bigger jerk.

  20. NHDank - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    I still don’t understand the complaining about the officiating by the Lakers’ fans. The Lakers have shot a ton more free throws than the Celtics and Kobe has gotten his fair share of dubious calls after he misses (3 pointer at end of game 5).
    If the Celtics win and Kobe Bryant gets the MVP it will be a travesty. How valuable are you really if you cannot propel your team to the win? At this point, it’ll depend on who steps up for the Celtics to win the deciding game. If it’s Pierce, he wins. If its Rondo, he wins. If Allen goes insane in LA again, he may win it. Garnett has been a rock but his stats just don’t jump out at you. If the Lakers win, Kobe will have deservedly won the MVP.

  21. jason - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Kobe for his great passes to Rondo at the end of every game!!!

  22. Mark - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Doc Rivers (he got on the court long enought to call a crucial time out in game 2)… Okay, so he’s not a player. But he has been the pivotal difference maker of the series (and I never thought I would say that).

  23. KneeJerkNBA - Jun 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Second that.

  24. KneeJerkNBA - Jun 15, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Second that.

  25. Anthony - Jun 15, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Nate Robinson? Are you guys kidding? If Boston wins, it’s Rondo in a cakewalk. Nobody on the floor for the Celtics influences the game as much as Rondo. Whether he’s leading the break, deflecting a pass, making a steal, driving the ball, rebounding….whatever, he’s the catalyst.

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