2010 NBA Finals: A First, A Fifth, and the Illusion of Game Seven

June 16th, 2010 by Shaun Weissman Leave a reply »
He's one of the best players, closers, and talents that the game of basketball has ever seen, but Game Seven tomorrow night presents a first for Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

It will be his first Game Seven in an NBA Finals series.

Lucky for Kobe, who seems to thrive most in the spotlight, the ramifications of this game are about as high for the Lakers leader as they can be.

A win would give the storied guard out of Lower Merion High School his fifth NBA championship and more importantly, his first against the Celtics.

Kobe could walk around with a ring on each finger, enough gold and gems for a king to be proud of. As former five time champions would say, Kobe will have one for the thumb.

A win tomorrow also probably cements Kobe as a top seven player of all time, ties him with Magic with five rings and puts him one championship behind Jordan.

The Lakers handed the Celtics a beatdown in Game Six, blowing them out by 22.  The defending champs are also heading into the final game of this series as the healthier team for the first time.

Rondo caught an elbow to the jaw courtesy of Ron Artest and the C ...

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