I think a lot of people on this board are underestimating Bostson. Eventhough I don't like them, Bostson still was the best defensive team in the NBA. The last time Kobe went up against a stiffling defense like Boston's was when he and his HOF lakers went up against Detroit. Look how that turned out. Everyone and their grandmothers know that defense wins championships, just ask the Spurs and Pistons.