NBA Finals Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers

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So far the NBA playoffs have been pretty entertaining as we have seen some intriguing matchups in some unlikely teams going deep in the postseason.

There is no doubting of the biggest surprise in the NBA playoffs so far has been the early exit of the Cleveland Cavaliers who lost to the Boston Celtics in the second round. Not only did the Boston Celtics start looking like the 2008 championship team once again, but they absolutely dominated with the lockdown defense that made them relevant in the NBA a few years ago.

Obviously, the biggest story of the playoffs so far has been LeBron James getting knocked out of the playoffs much earlier than anticipated. Now the Cleveland Cavaliers will have their hands full as they do all they can to convince LeBron James re-sign with the club for the foreseeable future.

After their early second round exit, the Cleveland Cavaliers chances of re-signing the two-time
NBA MVP seem very unlikely as LeBron may have lost faith completely in the franchise that drafted him number one overall seven years ago.

Even though LeBron James’ future is up the air, the Boston Celtics and the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers have another epic NBA Finals matchup in their future as they are set to face off once again with game one of the NBA Finals being played on Thursday, June 3rd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

If the Orlando Magic beat the Boston Celtics and advanced to the NBA Finals they would have been in the team with the home court advantage. The same goes for the Cleveland Cavaliers, if they were able to advance they would also have had home court advantage in the NBA Finals, but being the underdogs, the Boston Celtics will not have home court advantage and will have to play the first two games of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles.

Fortunately, Kevin Garnett and company were able to come out on top in their one game in LA during the regular season as Derek Fisher failed to hit the game-winner with time expiring the fourth quarter.

The one big difference in this game was that Kobe Bryant was injured and couldn’t play. So even though Boston Celtics might be confident playing in Los Angeles, they also might consider the fact that the only got a chance to play against the Los Angeles Lakers with Kobe Bryant once this season and when they did he had game-winning shot over Ray Allen with only a few seconds remaining on the clock.

Needless to say, in both games that these two teams went head-to-head this season, it was
extremely close in came down to the closing seconds in order to determine a winner.

These NBA Finals will be a classic matchup between the great offense and a lockdown defense as the Boston Celtics look to impose their will on the defensive the floor while Kobe Bryant and company try to light up the scoreboard their triangle offense.

Unlike last year’s NBA finals, this year has potential to be a series that goes the full seven games in one of the most entertaining NBA Finals series we have seen in a long time!

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