Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics: Pick One

The Lakers and Celtics are set to tip off this Thursday for the 12th time in NBA Finals history. Boston owns the edge in the series with a 9-2 record, and the Celtics fully expect to extend that mark by one more at the conclusion of the title round.

But Kobe Bryant and the rest of the Lakers are the defending champs, and will be heading into this rematch of the 2008 Finals with a little redemption in the back of their minds.

Maybe the telling sign of an excellent matchup is the varied opinions on who the winner will be. The AFRO sports desk has been at it all week over who will close the 2009-2010 season as NBA champions. Stephen D. Riley says Boston. Perry Green says Los Angeles. The AFRO says read their back and fourth debate.



Celtics will win in six games.

Boston’s defense has been unbelievable so far this postseason. They’ve dealt with big time scorers LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, and contained superstar big men past and present in Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard.

They’ll formulate a gameplan to contain another terrifying wing scorer in Kobe, and limit Pau Gasol, just like they did in 2008. Boston’s rotation is 10 deep and it’s full of defensive-minded guys with things to prove.

The Celtics have the size and toughness to make things problematic for the finesse Lakers.



The Celtics may have the tools to beat the finesse version of the Lakers, but this isn’t 2008 and L.A. isn’t exactly a soft push over anymore.

Boston may have contained Shaq and Howard, but neither of those “supermen” can score the rock as well as Gasol can.  

There isn’t a better scoring big man in the league than Gasol, who will be able to play his natural power forward position, unlike 2008 when he was forced to center due to an inju...

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