Celtics vs. Lakers 2010: Two Teams Headed in Opposite Directions?

The Los Angeles Lakers 93-89 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals signaled the end of another chapter of the league's most historic rivalry, and ushers in questions about each team's ability to return to this stage.

Both teams have concerns going into the off-season, but the Celtics may have more issues to settle if they are to reach the NBA Finals again, and some of the solutions may be hard decisions for Boston.

I found it a little curious that Celtics coach Doc Rivers failed to mention Ray Allen when discussing which players will need to be re-signed in order to make another postseason run.

Rivers mentioned a healthy Kendrick Perkins, Rasheed Wallace, and an even healthier Kevin Garnett, but no hint of Allen, unless I just missed it.

Allen is a free agent next season, and his performance in the Finals was terribly uneven on a historic level.

Some serious thought should be given to a parting of ways between the two parties.

Allen's NBA record eight three-pointers in Game Two is overshadowed by his subsequent failure of shooting from the field follow-up performance in Game Three, and his general lack of relevance throughout the series.

He wasn't the reason the Celtics lost to the Lakers, but he sure didn't help the cause, and it may be time for Boston to explore different options at the shooting guard position.

Allen's situation will likely have the biggest impact on the Celtics' immediate future, but Rajon Rondo could could increase Boston's fortunes by paying a little more attention to his non-existent jump shot.

The Lakers left Rondo open on the perimeter numerous times during the course of the series, and if he had been able to knock down a few shots, the outcome could have been different.

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker found himself in a similar situation, and his ability to improve his jumper made...

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