Lakers vs Celtics 2010: Boston Not Ready for Los Angeles Motivation

The winner of tonight’s NBA Finals Game Seven, and thus the NBA Championship, is solely dependent on whose superstars show up.

So far in the series, when you break down every game, the winning team usually possessed an outstanding performance by one of its players.

Surprisingly thus far, whoever that player is, it hasn’t been the superstars we would expect.

In Game Two it was Ray Allen with his record-setting three-pointer night.

In Game Three it was Derek Fisher with his fourth quarter heroics.

Game Five showed the Celtics bench stepping up, with “Shrek” and “Donkey," better known as Glen “Big Baby” Davis (how many nicknames does this guy have?) and Nate Robinson scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter.

In Game Six Kobe Bryant picked up 26 points and 11 rebounds en route to a Laker blowout for the night.

In Game Seven then, the answer to the question of “who wins?” is a question in itself— who steps up?

Will Kobe repeat Game Six, possibly solidifying a spot right next to, or even above, Michael Jordan as the game's greatest player?

Will it be the Laker bench, or Paul Pierce, neither of which haven’t had much of a showing thus far? There is a strong possibility it could even come down to Phil Jackson, who up to this point has been equally, if not out-coached.

Which team has the upper hand heading into tonight’s match? Well, they both have a lot going for them.

For the Celtics, it’s the fact that the team has beaten the Lakers in every previous Game Seven match the two powerhouses have ever played, and so far this series the Celts have won immediately following any loss to L.A.

Added to that is the fact that neither Kobe nor Jackson, who together have a combined 14 titles, have ever played in a Game Seven for any of those 14. For the Lakers it&rsquo...

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