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Since 1959 the Celtics have beaten the Lakers all four times in a Game 7. However, this Boston team lacks a Bill Russel or Larry Bird. Last night reminded us this was the same team that finished 27-27 over the final 54 games of the regular season.

Rajon Rondo picked the wrong time to have the worst game of the Finals. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett failed to attempt a free throw and Ray Allen was the only Celtic to score over 13 points.

It also appeared the refs were on the Lakers side last night, but that’s another topic for discussion.

1) Home court advantage: In the NBA Finals the home team has won 13 of the previous 16 Game 7s, including the four most recent ones.

2) The injury to Kendrick Perkins and the health of Andrew Bynum: Perkins sprained his right knee with 5 minutes and 30 seconds left in the first quarter and did not return. By the end of the first quarter Pau Gasol had more rebounds (6) than all of the Celtics combined (5).

Lakers big man Andrew Bynum received plenty of  rest in the blowout win. He asked out of the game early in the third quarter because he had trouble running. His status for Game 7 is a concern but he should be able to play.

The Celtics were out-rebounded by 17 in the first half (30-13) and 52-39 for the game. For the sixth straight game, the team that won the rebounding edge won the game.

Perkins, will have a MRI today to see the severity of the injury. According to a team source he is “done”. If he does miss game 7 look for the Lakers to control the paint and the rebounding differential.

3) Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol: Bryant attempted a finals low 19 shots but scored 26 points. He also chipped in 11 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. He was very efficient and is one win away from his 5th NBA championship.

Gasol rebounded from a bad game 5 with a near triple-double. He had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. Gasol once again outplayed Kevin Garnett and will be a beast in the paint if Perkins is done.

4) Bench play: It took 38 minutes for someone off the Celtics bench to score. The Lakers bench had 24 points by then. Glen Davis and Rasheed Wallace (0-6 from three) shot a combined 0-10 from the field for 0 points. Lamar Odom and Sasha Vujacic combined for 17 points. Odom also pulled down 10 rebounds.

5) Ron Artest: His 15 points and 3 three-pointers matched his production from Game 1. He made the Celtics pay shooting a finals high 54 percent from the field. His defense also limited Paul Pierce to 13 points off 42 percent shooting.

6) Lakers defense: The 67 points the Celtics scored last night was the second lowest-scoring output in Finals history (Utah’s 54 points in 1998 against the Bulls). The Celtics shot 33 percent from the field and 21 percent from downtown last night. LA played with more tenacity and effort.

7) Phil Jackson: He is 47-0 in his career when winning the first game of a playoff series. If he wins his record 11th title then he has a clause in his contract that will pay him an additional $2 million dollars. The future of Jackson in LA could be tied to the outcome of Game 7. If the Lakers win there should be pressure to bring back Jackson. This will be the the first time he will be coaching a game 7 in the NBA Finals.

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