The Globe's Bob Ryan talks about some keys to the NBA Finals. He says "the team that wins will be the team that consistently imposes its will on the other team." Accoriding to Ryan, the Celtics' biggest challenge will be containing Bryant, while the Lakers will need to find a way to guard Kevin Garnett.
The Globe's Dan Shaughnessy provides some historical perspective on the Celtics-Lakers series.
Ryan and Shaughnessy discuss the 2-3-2 format (two games in Boston, then three in LA, then the last two in Boston) in the NBA Finals: