The 2010 NBA season will come to an end tonight in dramatic fashion, as Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers take on Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics in a decisive game seven. It is the first game seven in an NBA final since San Antonio beat Detroit to win the championship in 2005. Tonight’s game looks to be a more memorable occasion then 2005, as two of the most recognizable teams in sports clash in an effort to add to their already decorated trophy cases.
As for individual accolades, Kobe Bryant is attempting to win his fifth title ring, an achievement that would cement his place as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Standing in Bryants way is a Celtics team that has already denied him a championship in 2008. After failing to reach the finals last year, many critics believed that this Boston team was too old to return to their winning ways. With the emergence of Rajon Rondo as a full blown superstar, the Celtics have found new life and are one win away from shocking the Lakers at home in LA. Unfortunately, Boston will have to do so without starting center Kendrick Perkins who reportedly tore ligaments in his right knee. The loss of Perkins is a huge blow for Boston who was already struggling to compete with the size of the Lakers. The Celtics will look to veteran Rasheed Wallace for leadership and quality minutes as Perkins replacement.
It looks to be a thrilling conclusion to the NBA season and I must say that it is nice to see some excitement back in the NBA finals, which have admittedly seemed very dull and one sided the last few years. Tip off for game seven in Los Angeles is set for 9:00 ET.