It might not be a secret, but I’m a massive fan of the NBA and playing basketball. This year, I have been glued to ESPN and NBA’s broadband league pass as the regular season wound down and Lebron James looked like he’d take the Cavs the whole way. Then Boston reminded everyone they were still a contender. Meanwhile Kobe Byrant and the Lakers got a little shock from Kevin Durant and the young Oklahoma City Thunder (as well as a workout from Steve Nash’s Phoenix Suns). In the end, it seemed like destiny was already set. The 2010 NBA Finals were always meant to be about the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
So far the finals series have been fantastic. It’s gone game for game for the most part, with champions playing like they should. Ray Allen shooting the lights out for a finals 3-point record, Ron Artest being crazy and coming up with a win, Nate Robinson doing the same, Big Baby Glen Davis drooling, Paul Peace step backs vs Kobe Byrant taking over and Rajon Rondo playing like we all wish we could. However it’s all come down to this. Game 6 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The best of 7 (first to 4) series in Boston’s favour at 3-2. The Lakers must win.
Game 5 is set to air at 11am on ESPN (if you have Foxtel) or International League Pass Broadband (if you thought ahead). It’s going to be huge. NBA.com is probably the best sporting website around as far as video content and timeliness, but if you want some top-notch homegrown analyst, then the guys at NBAMate.com are the best place on the net for quality commentary for both the avid fan and the casual watcher.
Here’s a ‘mini movie’ of each game if you’re looking for a catch up. They’re very enjoyable.