Lakers vs. Celtics 2010: Seven Things to Watch in the Lakers-Celtics Finale

June 17th, 2010 by Eric Felkey Leave a reply »
For the 17th time in NBA history, our champion will be determined in the seventh and final game of the NBA Finals.

You needn’t look far to determine the value of homecourt advantage in a game of this magnitude. The team with the better record is 13-3 in Game Sevens, though Boston has two of those three wins (’69, ’74). A road team hasn’t won a Game Seven since 1978, when the Washington Bullets beat the Seattle SuperSonics.

This will be the fifth time the Lakers and Celtics have met in a Game Seven; Boston has never lost a season finale against Los Angeles, with wins in ’62, ’66, ’69, and ’84.

This has been a very enigmatic and unique series. While the level of competition has been extraordinarily high, the quality of play has been anything but. We’ve yet to have an instant classic-type game where both teams play at a really high level all the way to a dramatic and enthralling finish.

And it’s been a classic example of the recency effect—it seems like the winner of the previous game is undoubtedly the favorite for the next contest, and you openly wonder how the loser has ...

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