Lakers vs. Celtics 2010: Five Keys To Kobe’s Fifth Ring

Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Boston Celtics compares to the Super Bowl – One game, winner takes all.  We haven’t had a game 7 in the Finals since 1994 where the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks met at The Summit.

Rockets would win that game 90 – 84 – I’m sure will hear Jeff Van Gundy mention that game several times during the broadcast.

Many people predicted this match-up prior to the season including myself .  I had the Lakers winning their second consecutive title thanks to past accomplishments of Kobe and Phil Jackson .

That was eight months ago ; what are the five key battle points the Lakers must win in order to be victorious?

No. 5 Bynum’s Knee

Among conversations with friends and Lakers fans, I have questioned the toughness and durability of Andrew Bynum.  I will say that he has proved to me and many others just how tough he is by playing with this knee injury.

Lamar Odom has two healthy knees, and most nights isn’t as affect as Bynum.

If Bynum can give the Lakers 20 – 25 solid minutes by scoring eight – 10 points and grabbing eight – 10 rebounds, it will give extreme benefit to the Lakers.

Bynum also needs to be active on the defensive end trying to keep Rajon Rondo out of the paint by stopping easy lay-ups and put-backs.

If the knee is feeling good, I would like to see Bynum make some aggressive moves to the basket in the attempt to draw early fouls on Kevin Garnett, Glen Davis, and Rasheed Wallace.

No. 4 Drawing Fouls on Boston’s Bigs

As I just mentioned Bynum being aggressive around the offensive hoop early, same goes for Pau Gasol and the rest of the Lakers.

With Kendrick Perkins out for tonight’s game after suffering a knee injury in Game 6, this leaves the Celtics short in the defen...

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