isn't this a cute picture of Kobe and Paul Pierce?
Kobe isn't worried about a bunch of old men who are washed up and past their prime, he's got his eyes on the prize -- winning his fourth NBA world championship, but first without Shaq, who's shadows he is primed to finally get out of after he wraps up this championship.
I mean seriously, who is going to stop Kobe? Only Kobe can stop Kobe.
Boston has not impressed me in this post season, and although they have the homecourt advantage in this series, that advantage will be nullified after the Lakers win game 1 and/or game 2. And of course they will win the following two games at home, where they are undefeated this post season.
It will be interesting to see what the so-called Boston Three Party does this series, since for the most part they have been stinking it up in the playoffs, a complete departure from the dominance they displayed during the regular season.
But ultimately the Lakers as a team is just too deep for Boston's likings. If you look at Boston's opponents in the playoffs, they all had pretty thin teams bringing 2-3 people off the bench regularly. The Lakers will bring Jordan Farmar, Luke Walton, Ronny Turiaf, Sasha Vujacic and my man, the Congolese Commander in Chief, Didier Ilunga-Mbenga. That's a full starting 5; 10 deep.
Meanwhile the Celtics only have the services of the geriatric wonder Sam Cassell, the undersized -- and undertalented -- Leon Powe, and the hit-or-miss James Posey. Yes, they still have Big Baby Glen Davis, perennial loser P. J. Brown and Eddie House, but those guys contribute little to nothing aside from dirty plays and missed free throws.
Regardless of all the above, the one single edge the Lakers have over the Celtics is Kobe Bean Bryant, the best player the league has seen since Patrick Ewing (my blog, my opinion!).