The Lakers decimated Boston and dominated Game Six.
They won't do the same in Game Seven. Bill Simmons wrote in a live chat that the Celtics' chances are an even 50 percent in the final game, regardless of whether it is an away game or not.
Boston will have a good chance to win this game.
Home teams don't lose in Game Sevens, handing the advantage to the Lakers. Throw away history in this one. Boston and L.A. will undoubtedly grind through a 40 minute war to determine a champion. Everything the players have been working toward from day one of the 2009-10 season is on the line and just within their grasp.
The Lakers advantage in Game Seven is based on the home-court advantage, and a likely anomaly that was Game Six. So a bunch of roudy hecklers will throw the Celtics out of sync? Are you kidding me?
Boston's used to being thrown under the bus, ridiculed, and hated. With leaders like Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen they won't be fazed by the raucous MVP chants or immense mockery following a Celtics mishap.
Don't forget the Celtics went 27-15 away from home during the regular season.
Is Boston the favorite? No. They will bring it on Thursday night. There is no doubt in my mind, and there should not be in anyone else's at this point.
Game Six was a pathetic showing by Boston.
From a "what have you done for me lately" standpoint, the Celtics' ego frayed badly enough from the Game Six beat-down that they will not be able to pick up the pieces.
Game Seven will be an intense battle to the end. The 50-50 odds on winning Game 7 would seem to be about right. The game will come down to who wants it more.
Will Rondo or Farmar be the one diving for the ball keeping a fast break alive? Will Pau Gasol become dominant in the paint once again, or will we see the Garnett of old?
We know Kobe Bryant will continue to roll despite double and triple teams, and Pierce's step back, fade-away move will likely continue to fall. It's going to come down to more than which star outdoes the other, but in crunch time the ball will be in the steady hands of Bryant or Pierce.
It may come down to a montage-making game winning buzzer beater.
Game 7 will be an instant classic. You don't want to miss this.