I've done a little analysis and here are my LA Lakers keys to victory: Cliff Notes (for the reading challenged): Hold Paul Pierce &Ray Allen under 40 points combined Kobe gets 8 assists per game Lakers' bench outscores the Celtics' bench by 10pts/game The long version: Defense: Turn the Celtics three-headed monster into one. Kevin Garnett is probably going to get his points. He, like Tim Duncan, averaged 22 pts/game in the conference finals and I see no reason why Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom will do any better of a job on Garnett than they did on Duncan. I'm ok with that as long as they don't also allow Pierce and Allen to light it up. The Lakers defeated the Spurs in 5 because Parker and Ginobli COMBINED to average only 31 pts/game. Keep Paul Pierce and Ray Allen under 40 also and we probably win. Offense: Kobe must be a facilitator and get 8 assists/game. He's going to score. I hear Pierce will be primarily responsible for covering Kobe, but you better believe Boston will be team guarding Kobe the "ALL DAY ASSASSIN" Bryant. Doc Rivers (Celtics coach) is no dummy. He knows Pierce will get lit up for 40 a night if left to the task alone. I expect double and triple teams which means the other starters (this means you Lamar) have to produce. X-Factor: The Lakers bench must be consistent. They have been great at home but shakey on the road. LA no longer has homecourt advantage (the Eastern Conference was basically Boston, Detroit, and some bums so the Pistons and Celtics had inflated records). The Lakers bench by all accounts is better than Boston's and will need to be better to the tune of 10+ points/game. Somebody do the Celtics version. I couldn't find any way they could beat us that didn't involve all of Boston dressing up like that trick Kobe choked out in Colorado.