NBA Finals Preview: A Classic Rivalry Renewed Yet Again

In the beginning of the season, this classic NBA Championship matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and he Boston Celtics seemed like a definite possibility. As the season progressed, the Lakers were still the favorites to win the West, but on the other hand, the Celtics were looking old, banged up, and that if they had no life in them.

However, as soon as the playoffs started, the Celtics got healthy, and now resembled the same championship team they had two years ago when they defeated the Lakers, 4-2. Now, here we are again, two years later, and once again we have the Boston Celtics squaring off against the Los Angeles Lakers. One thing is for sure: Kobe Bryant wants revenge badly, after being embarrassed by a thumping 39 points to deliver Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett their first NBA Championships. 

Now, without further ado, the matchups.

PG Match-Up: Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmer vs. Rajon Rondo, Nate Robinson

During the 2010 NBA playoffs, Rajon Rondo has been a magician, averaging 16 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds per game. He has been the catalyst for the Celtics' offense, and arguably the best player in the playoffs, including a game vs Cleveland in which he had 29 points, 18 rebounds, and 13 assists. For the Lakers, Derek Fisher has been the same point guard who has helped them win 4 championships. He knows his role, and when the Lakers need it, he will hit a big shot. However, it's hard not to give Rondo the advantage in this one. Advantage: Celtics

SG Match-Up: Kobe Bryant, Shannon Brown, Sasha Vujacic vs. Ray Allen, Michael Finley, Tony Allen

Obviously, it's impossible to give the Celtics the upper edge in this matchup, as they have to go against the best player in the NBA in Kobe Bryant. For the Celtics though, in these playoffs, Ray Allen has looked young, and if he has an open look, you might as well walk down the floor, because almost definitely it's going in....

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