The King vs The Boston Three Party

As you very well may know, in the second round of the NBA playoffs the Cleveland Lebrons will be taking on the Boston Celtics. This is an intriguing matchup on many levels in my eyes. At first glance it seems that Lebron will be out matched. However if you look at the 4 times the teams met each other in the regular season you’ll see that they split the games at 2 to 2 and one of Boston’s wins came in a game in which Lebron did not play. So in reality, Lebron is 2-1 vs the Celtics this year.

In these three games against the Celtics Lebron has averaged 32.3 points, 7 boards, 9.7 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks. Those are some pretty good numbers on most any standard. The other four starters on his team, Delonte West, Devin Brown, Ben Wallace and Zydrunas Ilgauskas total for an average of 42.8 points, 28 rebounds, 10.6 assists, 0.75 steals, and 3.75 blocks.

On the other side of things, the Big 3 (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen) have totaled to average 52.6 points, 16.5 rebounds, 11.8 assists, 5 steals and 1.92 blocks. While the other two starters for the Celtics, Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins, combined to average 19.6 points, 10.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.25 blocks.

In total, Cleveland’s starting five average 75.1 points, 35 rebounds, 20.3 assists, 3.08 steals and 5.08 blocks. While Boston’s starting five average 72.2 points, 27 rebounds, 18.1 assists, 7.5 steals and 3.17 blocks. So despite the fact that this matchup is indeed The King vs The Big 3, with starting 5 stats being so close, I believe the outcome of this series will come down to bench play.

Even though the Celtics are dangerous, and very talented, their play in the first round made me skeptical. If they play weak defense against Lebron like they did against the Hawks, then he will tear them apart. I’m picking the Cleveland Lebrons in 6.

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