How long will it take for Lakers, Celts to move on?

May 21, 2010

TV always needs more

Brian Schmitz

Orlando Sentinel

This sounds like a question a foot-tapping TV exec is asking commissioner David Stern, along with:

"Commissioner, since you didn't deliver us LeBron James, how soon can we start promoting L.A.-Boston? The Magic or Suns won't give us 'Desperate Housewives' kind of ratings. What if we slip in some commercials now plugging Orlando and Phoenix as great retirement cities?"

"Can you stretch out each conference series to five games? We need time to dig up archive footage of Celtics-Lakers."

"Better yet, Commish, can you make it go six? We want to fly in Magic Johnson and Larry Bird for interviews, and Magic's tied up opening another movie theater in Toledo."

"Mr. Stern, we want Kobe Bryant vs. Celtics mystique. Need we remind you that you again did not fulfill Article F, Paragraph 6 of our contract?: Whereas LeBron will meet Kobe …"

Sweeps aren't likely

Ira Winderman

Sun Sentinel

Considering the Lakers have had lapses in each of their first two victories over the Suns, figure on one of those lapses getting the best of them as the series shifts to Phoenix before they wrap it up in five.

It's not that Kobe & Co. don't have enough to push through for a sweep. It's just that that's not how Phil Jackson's team has operated. Remember, it took a missed Jazz tip-in in Game 3 for the Lakers to position themselves for that sweep.

As for the East, the Magic's 3-pointers have to fall at some point, don't they?

The one thing about a Stan Van Gundy-coached team is that it will fight until there is no opportunity left to fight. An ensuing home win would not surprise, either, before a sixth-game ouster.

6 of one, 5 of the other

Barry Stavro

Los Angeles Times

Six games for the Celtics, five for the Lakers.

Wednesday night the Suns showed they can stay with the Lakers, at least for a while. When a team is down 2-0 and returns home, Game 3 is their best chance to win. The Lakers lost Game 3 to the Thunder on the road and barely escaped with a win in Game 3 against the Jazz in Salt Lake City.

As for the East, Kevin Garnett has revived his game, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen take turns having big games and now the Big Three obviously defer to Rajon Rondo, who has been the Celtics' best player all season.

The common link, both in regular and postseason play, is the Celtics' offense tends to dry up in the second half. So, Orlando might show enough to steal a game in Boston, then play tough at home in Game 5 and win another before the Celtics give the Lakers and David Stern another dream matchup for the Finals.

They will go quickly

K.C. Johnson

Chicago Tribune

The Lakers will defeat the Suns in five games, and the Celtics will sweep the Magic.

This will set up the Lakers-Celtics Finals I predicted in the preseason — and only waffled on once.

The reason the Celtics won't waffle and will stunningly sweep the Magic is because The Big Three knows this is its last run and is all business. And somebody woke up Rasheed Wallace. And Rajon Rondo has revived his inclusion in the best point guard in the league debate.

The Suns have the ability to get silly hot at home and will do so in a pride victory. And then Kobe will enact his step-on-their-throat mentality to steal a road game before closing it out at home. Celtics-Lakers? That goes at least six.

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