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Boston makes a return trip to the finals

The new Big Three

The new “Big Three” is making a final push for a second championship in three years.

Injuries and age couldn’t stop the Celtics from a chance to redeem themselves after their repeat march was cut short ironically by the same team they eliminated this year, Dwight Howard and the supposed-to-be suped-up Orlando Magic.

Vince Carter

Acquiring Vince Carter in the off-season was perceived to be a plan to ease the scoring chores off Howard and Rashard Lewis.  Instead Carter seems to be well past his prime and is fast becoming a player who has seen the best of his years pass by.

I haven’t been up to date with what’s transpiring in the NBA playoffs nowadays ever since the Bulls got knocked off by the Cavs and the Cavs subsequently got knocked off (despite owning the NBA’s BEST record) by the Celts.  Add to that the media storm that LeBron James’ free agency has been wreaking on the ratings of the playoffs.

The 1976 NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics

I have to give Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Doc Rivers props.  They’re peaking at the perfect time.  It’s just a matter of who’ll meet them in the Finals.  LA is holding a 3-2 advantage over the Phoenix Suns.  If you ask me, I’d like to see a Suns-Celtics Finals this time.  Since we’re all for nostalgia here, why not relive the 1976 Finals which is considered one of the best Finals series in history, with Game 5 considered by many to be the greatest game in NBA history.

It’s also time to give Steve Nash a chance at the NBA championship.  Hell, the guy’s one of the most resilient little men known not only in basketball, but in sports itself!  The weaker one’s would’ve retreated to locker room if they broke their nose on the floors, but no, not Nash, he goes up and tries to re-align it and pops it back in himself!

Before I became a Bull fan, I followed the Lakers during the showtime years of Magic, Abdul-Jabbar, Worthy and company.  But I find the current Lakers line-up unpalatable for my taste.  I don’t like Kobe Bryant but I don’t hate him.  He’s just being himself, I know.

Nevertheless, whatever happens, the 2010 NBA Finals can still be quite entertaining, will it be a rematch of the 2008 Finals?  Or do we relive nostalgia and see a rematch of the 1976 Finals?

Bring it on!