Both teams are pretty familiar with the stage and what's at stake. Lakers need to show how they've grown into a much deeper squad since 08. With the new addition of Artest, they are now able to get more physical with the Celtic's bigs. Another area to look out for in Artest is his shooting. Will the 2010 NBA Finals show that he can hit the open shots? This post season has shown an up and down mental battle for Ron with his jump shooting, we all know he can sink them but will HE know that? His D will undoubtably show up but will he be able to slow Pierce down like he did in the regular season? Paul can not be stopped, just slowed down to a controlling halt.
This series will definitely come down to the bigs. For Boston, KG, Big Baby, Sheed, and Perkins will all be a factor. Bynum, Gasol and LO will HAVE TO come up taller and battle harder. Magic said in post game interviews in the 08 Finals that the Lakers were simply getting out physicaled. Perkins and Bynum are not playing 100% so will it show? I believe D Fish can win the 1 spot with Rondo because Fisher is the more physical player, granted the aging Fisher is not as fast as before but he can still get the job done in the clutch where the crumbling 4th quarter Lakers need him.
As for Ray Allen, wow what can I say, you give him some hardwood flooring and he'll give you some hardwood scoring. Lakers will need to defend around the expected run past the screen catch and shoot or it's lights out. For the NBA shooting elite, once the first shot drops, the rim becomes the ocean and the rock, well, becomes a rock. Breaking any rhythm early in the game is key.
Will Kobe's injuries finally catch up to him? Will he pull a LeBron and look towards his elbow if he has a shooting slump? Kobe will have to be nothing less than perfect against the Boston Four.
LETS GO LAKERS! (clap--clap--clap,clap,clap)