Thursday, June 17, 2010

Game 7 - Does It Get Better Than This?

David Stern is absolutely glowing today. The guy probably has a smile bigger than the joker himself. He has the two marquee franchises in his sport squaring off in a Game 7 to determine the NBA Championship. The Lakers and all their tradition and the Celtics and all of their own tradition. The hype machine should be bursting at the seems. The only thing that is screwing this up is the fact that the game is on a Thursday night instead of a weekend (with all the time off between games, they couldn’t figure this out??).

Unfortunately for Stern, the build up to the game might actually be better than the game itself. The Lakers pounded the Celtics in game 6 in LA, so in theory they have all the momentum. However momentum has not been much of a factor in the series, as the Celtics wins in games 4 & 5 were the only consecutive wins thus far. The bigger issue is the loss of Kendrick Perkins. Perkins brings a defensive presence and some size to match up with Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. Big Baby Davis brings big time energy, but is best suited to come off the bench. Rasheed Wallace is an experienced veteran, but he doesn’t have the mental capacity to play through or turn things around when they start to go bad.

While Kobe doesn’t want to think about his legacy at this point, this game is a chance for him to really put his own personal stamp on a championship, even more so than last year. Random, but unexpected, fact is that Jordan never won a championship in a game 7. Kobe has a chance to get his 5th ring by stepping up in the biggest game possible. I’m expecting around 30 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists from the Black Mamba. I’m also expecting one technical on Rasheed, 15 flops by Paul Pierce and a few big-league chest thumps from Kevin Garnett in the first quarter. And I would project the over/under for clips of Magic, Bird, McHale, Rambis and Jabbar is somewhere around 9 and I’ll take the over.

So enjoy the excitement of the pregame and all the build up to the game. Unfortunately the game may not live up to the expectations. We can hope for a close game, but in the end, we’re going to see Jack Nicholson with that creepy beard smiling like the real joker. Let’s just hope that Leonardo DiCaprio brings Bar Refaeli to sit courtside with him.

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