NBA Finals 2010: The Ultimate Preview

To those of you who've been waiting for an NBA Finals preview from me, you've been patient, and I appreciate it.

For the last few days I've been going back and forth, up and down, left and right, trying to find an interesting angle, something out of the ordinary to share with you. Much like Kenyon Martin playing Scrabble though, I've really got nothing.

The Celtics-Lakers rivalry? Overplayed.

Kobe continuing to obliterate LeBron in the "best player in the world," debate? Ehh.

East Coast vs. West Coast, Rajon Rondo's back, or the fact that Ron Artest is attempting to become the first certifiably insane person to win an NBA title? Booooooooring.

So instead of trying to sell you on a bogus bag of goods, I'm just going to give you a straight, ho-hum, player for player, position for position breakdown of everything you need to know heading into these finals.

No fancy gimmicks. No crazy theories. Just, roughly 3,000 words of good old-fashioned basketball talk.



Point Guard: Rajon Rondo vs. Derek Fisher

I know what you're thinking, "This one is totally one-sided." Well to loosely quote Bill Clinton, "It depends on what your definition of is, is." Or in this case, your definition of "one-sided."

Now is Rajon Rondo the better player in this matchup? Of course he is.

He's younger, quicker, more athletic, is a better passer, a better man-to-man defender, better at jumping passing lanes. Sounds pretty good to me. Plus, Rajon Rondo just sounds like the name of a basketball player. Derek Fisher sounds like a guy who's trying to sell you life insurance.

But here's the thing, Fisher is limited in what he does. What he does do though, he does very well.

Remember, in a must-win Game Five in the Western Conference Finals, it was Fisher who came through with 22 points, including five in the final minutes. In maybe the Lakers m...

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