NBA Finals 2010: Two Teams and Their Chase for the Gold Ball


The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to accomplish something only the Boston Celtics have done in this series so far, win two games in a row.

This would be a tall order for any other team but the Lakers have 'The Mamba,' Kobe Bryant and home court advantage on their side. Those things alone may make the Lakers championship dreams a reality.

The Celtics and the Lakers are well coached and both have brought a championship pedigree to the chase for the gold ball.

It's Kobe Bryant wanting to further distance himself from Shaquille O'Neal by winning one more championship without him.  

For Paul Pierce, he will continue the story of hometown boy who made his fame and fortune on the back of a historic rivalry.

Tonight's Game 6 is a must win for everyone.  For the Celtics this is their best chance to get banner 18.

The Lakers may still be reeling from having their first two game losing streak and will be looking to protect home-court.

Every other Laker not named Kobe has regressed as the Celtics seem to be a more cohesive group.

Pau Gasol has spent the better part of the year trying to dispel the llama label that he had been labeled with. It seems like he has reverted back to playing soft; he is shooting 15 and 18 foot jump shots with alarming frequency.

To his credit he is making them, but with Andrew Bynum's injury he needs to obtain squatters rights in the paint.

Beyond Lamar Odom the Laker bench gets very small and Phil Jackson has gotten little production from them so far.   A little bit of home-cooking may help in that regard.

The last two games in Boston saw a different hero step-up every night for the men in green. They have been playing a more free flowing game and it shows.

Paul Pierce has found ways to untangle himself from Ron Artests' defensive vice grip. His scorin...

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