Why The Boston Celtics Will Win Game 7

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After being dominated in every facet of the game and losing by 22 points, the Boston Celtics will rebound and win game 7 of the NBA Finals against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

The Boston Celtics have been doubted all year long; they have let games slip away and have looked awful at times, but they have always bounced back in big ways. Boston was doubted when they limped into the playoffs after losing seven of their last 10 regular season games, but rebounded to beat Miami in five games. They were doubted after the Cavaliers beat them on their home floor by 29 in game three of the conference semifinals, but bounced back to win games four, five and six. They were doubted after the Lakers took a 2-1 series lead, then the resilient Celtics won games four and five.

The Celtics are once again doubted after their horrible game six performance, but they will again show their resiliency and win game seven for a number of reasons.

Boston has been the NBA’s best road team throughout the regular season and the playoffs. They have a combined 32-20 road record and have consistently played better on the road than they have at home this season. They have already won at the Staples Center this series and have won at least one game on the road in every series this postseason.

Not only do the Celtics have the confidence that they can beat the Lakers in the finals because they already did in 2008, but they also have finals experience on their bench. Each of these teams have won a title in the past two years, so they have plenty of players will experience. Combine that with having Rasheed Wallace and Michael Finley, the Celtics have bench players with significant finals experience. This is something that Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar do not have.

Rasheed Wallace will be the x-factor in game seven. This is his 14th playoff appearance. He has averaged 14 points per game in the playoffs over his career and will have to come up big for the Celtics to beat the Lakers.

Michael Finley has hardly played this series, but may be called upon for a few minutes because the Celtics will lack depth with the absence of Kendrick Perkins. If called upon, Finley, who has a wealth of playoff and finals experience, will be ready. Finley has averaged 13 points per game throughout his career in the playoffs.

If the game is close in the fourth quarter, look for Paul Pierce, not Kobe Bryant, to seal the deal. Kobe Bryant may be regarded as the best closer in the game today, but during these finals, Pierce hasa outplayed Bryant. In the fourth quarter of these finals, Kobe is shooting just 31 percent while Pierce is shooting 47 percent. Paul Pierce has embraced the big stage and will be ready to celebrate in Los Angeles, where he grew up and spent the majority of his childhood.

The winner of game two has won every series this postseason. The Celtics and Lakers have met in the NBA finals 12 times; this is the fifth time that the series has been forced to a seventh game. The Boston Celtics have been victorious in the first four game sevens. Look for these trends to continue Thursday night as the Celtics celebrate their 18th Championship.

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