The NBA season has finally come to an end. The long awaited playoffs are upon us. and I look forward to the next two months of playoff basketball. The NBA is crossing its fingers and praying that the Cavs and Lakers meet up in the Finals. The Kobe vs. LeBron would be a ratings bonanza. The Cavs and Lakers are definitely the two teams to beat being #1 and #2 in the league but their pathto the Finals wont come easy. Lets start with the less dramatic Eastern Conference. With the lost of Kevin Garnett the#2 Boston Celtics become a mystery and not as good of a defensive team as they were last year, but…what luck they are playing the #7 Chicago Bulls, who no nothing of defense. The #4 Atlanta Hawks have homecourt in the first round against the #5 Miami Heat and they are going to need it. Dwayne Wade is capable of carrying his team past the Hawks. Almost forgot about the #3 Orlando Magic and the #6 Philadelphia 76ers…well never mind.
1.Cleveland Cavaliers vs.#8 Detriot Pistons
With the loss of Allen Iverson and no true identity since the departure of Chauncey Billups the Pistons winning even two games in this series seems a stretch.ending their run of six consecutive conference finals appearances . The Cavs have put the Pistons to shame on their homecourt twice this season but the Cavs must not second guess the Pistons. The Pistons are full of vets. Rasheed Wallace is making his 13th appearance in the postseason, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and Antonio Mcdyess all have been here before…just not in the 8th spot. Cavs in 5.
#2 Boston Celtics vs. #7 Chicago Bulls
If only the Bulls played a little “D” they could give the Celtics a hard time. The Celtics remember last year and what happens when you look past an opponent..unfortunately for the Bulls, they are the infant version of the Hawks. Don’t get me wrong, Derrick Rose is ROY, but in the Playoffs your season stats aren’t factored in. Boston will have difficulty if the jumpers stop falling but they will win this one easy. Celtics in 5.
#4 Atlanta Hawks vs. #5 Miami Heat
The Hawks scared the crap out of all the Celtics fans last year. Taking the soon to be champs to 7 games in the first round of the playoffs. The Miami Heat haven’t even been to the playoffs since they said goodbye to Dirk and the Mavs in the 06′ Finals. This one is a toss-up, the Hawks should on paper have this one, but an Olympic gold medal wearing Dwayne Wade has enough in the tank to at least get his team out the first round. Heat in 7.
#3 Orlando Magic vs. #7 Philadelphia 76ers
No offense to ether team but this one is a pass. Magic in 4