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NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

Who will win?  

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  1. 1. Who will win?

    • Los Angeles Lakers
    • Boston Celtics


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Not really being Nostradamus when previous data represents what I was saying.

In the previous post, we discussed the Paul Pierce vs. Ron Artest matchup that is sure to be a focal point of the 2010 NBA Finals due to the fact that Artest is one of the few changes to the starting lineup since these teams last met in the 2008 championship round.

So how exactly has Pierce fared against Artest? The wizards at ESPN Stats & Information crunched the numbers and Artest has enjoyed more success than you might think as Pierce is averaging a mere 0.58 points per play against Artest over the past three regular seasons.

To quantify that, let's first explain how that metric is determined: A play is defined as any field goal attempt, trip to the foul line, or turnover. The only plays registered are when Artest is the initial defender, and does not include points scored off switches, offensive rebounds, cuts, and transition plays.

In a nutshell, this is 1-on-1 basketball. Ball-handler vs. defender.

Under that scenario, Pierce ran 38 plays and scored 22 points on 6-of-26 shooting (23.1 percent) with eight turnovers and four trips to the foul line. The mere fact that Pierce generated more turnovers than field goals suggests Artest has dominated the matchup.

Given the way Pierce struggled offensively against Cleveland's LeBron James, it's worth watching if he's able to keep up his offensive exploits from the Eastern Confernce finals against the Magic. After all, Pierce will likely draw the already daunting task of guarding Kobe Bryant, much like he checked James in the second round, and used up much of his energy at that end of the floor.

Here's one more set of numbers for you to chomp on: The last time Pierce and Artest met in the postseason was the opening round of the 2004 playoffs. Not only did the Pacers sweep, Pierce averaged 20.8 points per game on 34.2 percent shooting (just 29.4 percent from beyond the arc, while committing 6.3 turnovers per game.

http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4674833/by-the-numbers-pierce-vs-artest

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Boston is having a better playoffs, but if the Lakers play to their full potential they shouldn't lose. I like to go matchup by matchup

Point Guard- Celtics

Shooting Guard- Lakers

Small Forward- Celtics

Power Forward- Push (KG is playing good basketball right now, while Gasol is a little younger and in his prime)

Center- Tough Decision here really depends on how Bynums knee holds up - Lakers

Bench- Boston (Lamar Odom is good, but the combination of: Kryptonite, Sheed, T. Allen, and Davis helps to counteract the Lakers strenths- Allen Coming in and playing tough d on Kobe, and Davis and Sheed helping downlow to contain bynum)

By my count that is a 3-2 count in Boston's favor. However, they are going to need great play out of the Big Three, I'm not worried about Rondo destroying an aging Fisher, and if they put Kobe on Rondo, Ray Allen should be able to shoot over Fisher

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Originally, I said Lakers in 6. Now I'm not so sure, but I'll stick to my prediction. I think that the Celtics will show up big in some games, then disappear in others and it will cost them.

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Ughhh, I cant stand the Lakers or Celtics, but I'm going with Lakers in 6. I dont think Kobe will let the Lakers lose to the Celtics again.

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2008 finals rematch

hope the Lakers fare better than they did the last time. they owe the Celtics a beating

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Guest CatofWar

the lakers can suck a bag of dicks. go celts.

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I see the refs are going to be quick on their little whistles tonight.... It's gonna be a lot of people in foul trouble down the stretch at this rate.

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20 point ass kicking entering the 4th.

I think the Celtics are playing pretty good D as well. Lakers just sinking many shots as the shot clock expires.

Suck it you Green Munchkins.

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Celtics looked very sluggish, particularly on offense. Also very tentative. Defense was decent, but could have been better. The Lakers were just the better team tonight on both ends. I was very impressed with LA's defense.

Doc is one of the better adjustment coaches in the league, imo, so I'm curious to see what he comes up with to change things in game 2.

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