2010 NBA Finals: Why Rasheed Wallace Will Determine the Champion

June 7th, 2010 by Ethan McCoy Leave a reply »

The Celtics got the job done in Game 2. They earned the 1-1 split in L.A., and now come back to the Garden with home court advantage. This, however, came in spite of a worrisome trend for Celtics fans—the Laker dominance inside, and the coinciding disappearance of Kevin Garnett.

            Following two off-days in which he was provided some bulletin board material from Pau Gasol, KG turned in an even worse performance than he had in game one (6 pts on 2-5 from the field, 4 rebs). Whether it is an issue of health, sudden catching up to his age, or a mental block, Garnett has been rendered a non-factor in these finals.

Couple this ineffectiveness with Kendrick Perkins’ traditional foul trouble (and imminent seventh technical and suspension), Glen Davis’s small frame inside (although he has been contributing thus far), and Sheldon Williams’ apparent narcolepsy, the Celtics may need record-setting performances from the likes of Allen, Pierce, and Rondo to hoist Banner 18.  Gasol and Byn ...

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