BOB RYANCeltics in seven. They brought down D-Wade. They brought down King James. They brought down (self-styled) Superman, rendering him a Clark Kent. And they — T-H-E-Y — will find a way to bring down Kobe The Magnificent.
DAN SHAUGHNESSYCeltics in six. Lakers prove too soft again, and Boston goes ahead, 10-2, in these epic duels. A bookend banner for the 1968-69 old guard — from Russell to Garnett, from Red to Doc. Last roundup for the New Big Three.
CHRISTOPHER L. GASPERLakers in seven. The Celtics have defeated Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Dwight Howard to reach the Finals, but Kobe won’t suffer the same fate as his superstar brethren. No. 24 trumps the Core Four on his home floor.
GARY WASHBURNCeltics in seven. There will be no blowouts, just two rivals going at each other. The Celtics are more comfortable playing on the road and don’t seem at all intimidated by the Lakers. So the Celtics have the mental edge.
JULIAN BENBOWCeltics in six. Hard to picture Kobe falling to the Celtics twice in the Finals, but Rivers’s postseason formula has worked to perfection.
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