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NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 6: For Boston, it is win now or never

Jun 15, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

Pierce_celebrates.jpgThere’s the math, and then there is the reality.

The math says Boston needs to win just one of the two games in Los Angeles to win the title. They won Game 2, they’ve proven they can win on this floor. History says they can do it — the won a Game 7 in Los Angles back in 1969.

The reality is the Celtics want no part of a Game 7.

Right now, the Celtics have the Lakers frustrated and on the ropes. Their defensive intensity has left the Lakers dumbfounded on offense, forcing Kobe Bryant to try and do it all himself. The Celtics bench brings the energy the Lakers do not. Boston has all the momentum.

Lose Game 6 and that momentum swings. The Lakers become confident again. Plus, home teams win Game 7s more often than the Celtics want to think about.

Boston has done a fantastic job on defense, realizing that Andrew Bynum is not a real threat right now and no longer fearing to help off of him as they did in the first couple games. The Lakers don’t have an answer for that — Boston has worn down Pau Gasol with the tag team of Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett. Bynum can’t help. Lamar Odom is… Lamar Odom. Ron Artest is in the corner hesitating then shooting threes.

Boston needs to come out, set the tone defensively tonight, keep the Lakers on the perimeter. Own the paint. Boston has to continue to dominate on the glass, they need to board like madmen. Then they need to run, to get Rajon Rondo in the open court and Paul Pierce at the three-point line. The Celtics need to get back in transition defense — they are not going to shoot like they did in Game 5, and the Lakers will be looking to get some easy buckets. Boston needs to get them to slow down and face their half-court defense. Which is a wall.

Boston needs to do it tonight. A Game 7 can be fluky, can turn on little things and lucky bounces. The kind of things that go to the home team. The kind of things that go to a confident team. Right now, the Lakers are not that. Close them out in Game 6 and the get banner 18. Keep the momentum.

Because if the Lakers get confident, if they feel they have figured it out, if they force a Game 7, things will feel very different. They will look different. Plus Boston doesn’t really want to risk facing what Kobe Bryant could do in one game with it all on the line.

  1. JENNY WITH A PENNY - Jun 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    If it were not for Kobe, the Laker swould be in terrible shape. Gasol and the others should be ashamed of themselves for making the Lakers a one-man team. It was embarrassing the other night to watch. Hope Kobe gets some help tonite or Congrats Boston
    112

  2. Phillip - Jun 15, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Rondo is the MVP…..Act like it tonight…and Boston is the World Champion.

  3. Me - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Laker’s can eat my poop.

  4. edwin - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    You LA guys have forgotten one thing: Phil jackson’s speech about the Celtics “Knowing how to lose in the fourth quarter”. This alone wil propel the Celts to a win tonite!

  5. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 16, 2010 at 4:56 AM

    After what happened in Game 6 all the Laker haters headed back to the woodwork to lick their wounds and swallow their so-called Celtic Pride. I’m pretty much sure they would have a good explanation for their debacle and won’t give credit where credit is due… As for me, I’m just enjoying re-reading the posts of these doofuses who fearlessly made a forecast that Boston will take Game 6. Teabaggers anyone?bo

  6. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 16, 2010 at 6:35 AM

    Hey Hack, I like your recent posts even if you’re rooting for the Celtics. I don’t hate the Celtics. Just those dumb haters who have nothing worthwhile to say.

  7. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 16, 2010 at 6:49 AM

    You know Rae, your argument is very deceptive. 15 0ut of 30 compared to 17 out of 20. Let’s put this in the proper perspective, shall we?
    Do you realize how difficult it is to even reach the Finals? When other great teams have yet to reach the Finals much more win at least 1 Finals game, the Lakers have been consistent for at least the past decade, winning 4 in 9 out of the Finals appearance in 6 out of 9! THAT IS DOMINANCE. In the number of years of their existence how effective were the other teams in reaching their goal for AT LEAST A FINALS APPEARANCE? Lakers have reached the Finals 10 more than the Celtics. That’s a decade.
    Given your argument, are you saying that the Chicago Bulls are even better than the Boston Celtics since out of their 6 Finals Appearance, they WON ALL 6 for a 100% record?
    What about the Celtics Dynasty of the 60’s when you guys lorded it over how many NBA teams? 8? 14? That’s roughly today’s NBA Conference! Get your perspective straight.

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