Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What's the difference between a great team and a really great team?

As we can see tonight, as the NBA Championship series concludes, the answer, to paraphrase a line from A Beautiful Mind, is "quite a lot, actually." I knew game six would be a bloodbath. The Lakers were going to lose - it was merely a matter of the extent of the loss. With Boston holding a 30 point lead near the end of the third quarter, it's safe to say that the piranha have not only stripped the flesh from the skeleton that is the Lakers, but have devoured the skeleton as well. Kevin Garnett is a force to be reckoned with in this game, and Kobe and crew simply are not up to the task this season. As much as I root for Phil Jackson, and had hoped he could make history this year, I see a lot to like about Doc Rivers, and his role in turning the formerly moribund Celtics into a powerhouse in just a year's time.

Both teams are young, and are well-coached. If I had to make a prediction for the next few years, it would be merely to expect that the old Lakers-Celtics rivalry of years past has been reignited. Let's get the party started.

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