Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:04 am
A series that might be the most anticipated more so than the NBA Finals matchup this year. A matchup between Boston and Miami. It all started with the "Decision" in the summer. Ever since fans all across the NBA has booed the team. A lot of media/fan/player backlash to Lebron. That is why this series is so important. Before apparently Lebron didn't have the talent around him. The Cav fans along with the rest of "Lebron fans" stated it was coaching or not enough talent around him. Again the guy did lead the Cavs to the league's best record during the regular season. Couldn't get it done in the playoffs. Now he joined 2 of his friends in Miami. Recruited veteran players to join him on the mission to win a championship. Asking vets to take less money as well. The Big 3 or the Heatles of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Lebron and the Heatles have no more excuses. Talent won't be the issue. Lebron is now playing with 2 all-stars. A top 5 player in Dwayne Wade. We all know who will be blamed though right? Spoelstra! I figure the guy will be fired if the Heat lose this series. No doubt in my mind.
As far as the Celtics go.....they have defeated Lebron James 2x in the last 3 years in the playoffs. They also defeated Wade last year in the first round despite Wade's amazing playoff performance. Celtics won the series during the regular season vs the Heat, but the Heat really had the last laugh. They got the number 2 seed in the East which means they have homecourt advantage in the series. That may play a factor, but I believe Celtics and the Heat can win on the road. Some expected this series to happen in the Eastern Conference Final, but Bulls put that to rest.
In any case, who is the X factor in this series? Rondo to me is obviously the guy who probably will decide this series on his performance. He is back to those clutch performances in the playoffs after last series vs the Knicks. He got his A-game back! Paul Pierce defense will play a factor in this series as well vs Lebron. That is the matchup that may decide the series. One I can't wait to see.
Wade has got to step up. He has not played well vs the Celtics all year. I believe he will have to play well for the Heat to win the series. Point guard defensive play is also a factor for the Heat. Heat doesn't have a very good bench. It is well known to that fact. Than again what do you expect when you spend all your money on starters. Guys like Wade, Bron, and Bosh are gonna play big minutes in their 40s. They are gonna get their numbers as well.
Injury questions for both teams include Shaq, Haslem, and Mike Miller. Miller played little minutes in previous series. Others didn't play a minute. I'm rooting for and expect Boston to beat the Heat in 6.
Posted on: March 22, 2011 12:52 am
After replying to Knicks/Boston aftermath thread I read a post by a Knick fan stating he'd rather the Knicks play C's over Miami. I think this would be a good debate which is a reason I started this post. Of course, talking about possible 1st round playoff matchups.
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:29 pm
Since it is halfway into the season and basically six weeks left til the playoffs. I figured everybody should make a bold prediction. My bold prediction is probably the boldest one of them all!!
The NBA Finals will not feature any of the following teams "Spurs, Boston, Miami, nor the LA Lakers"
Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:33 pm
December 2nd is coming sooner than one would think. The night where Lebron will visit the team he turned his back on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Who have done very well this season without a superstar. They have done a lot better than I expected especially with a shocking game 1 win over the Boston Celtics. In any case I can't wait for this game that will be televised on TNT at 8 oclock. Old friends now foes. I figure the hype will be enormous with big ESPN coverage. If Cleveland wins it will be a bigger win than winning a championship. If Lebron wins we probably will have to see the highlights a little bit too much if he has a great game. Wish Cleveland the best of luck. I'm rooting for them in this ball game. Prove Lebron and the critics wrong. Get it done Cleveland.
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:53 am
This is obviously my predictions for the playoffs for 2010-11 Eastern Conference. I'll be unbiased here as I was in the Western Conference predictions.
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Posted on: November 8, 2010 11:55 am
Shoulda did this sooner, but really didn't have the time. In any case here is my 2010-11 Western Conference playoff seed predictions!!
1.LA Lakers-Best bench and arguably the best starting five in the league. They are more motivated than ever to make history. 12 NBA titles for Phil Jackson along with a 4th three peat of his coaching career. Kobe going for his sixth ring to tie in some fans opinions the best player to ever play the game Michael Jordan. LA Lakers to tie with most NBA championships won by a team with Boston at 17. So much history not to bank the number 1 seed. They are playing too well right now without Kobe being 100%. Which more than not now days he is injured. Bynum 100% won't matter!
2.OKC Thunder-To me the biggest threat to the reigning NBA champs to get back to the Finals. With Durant being consistant along with being so young I figure this team will be a force in the West and in the NBA years to come after Kobe hangs up his sneakers. The team plays some great defense and they are so unselfish. Maybe because they are young team, but I see great things with this team. I predict they face LA no matter if they are number 2 sometime in the playoffs.
3.New Orleans Hornets-I wouldn't have predicted them to be this high in my predictions til I saw them play....I did predict playoffs o on some post before the season began. If Paul is healthy I don't see why not. Okafor has got to stay consistant and play at the high level he has thus far in the season. Very impressed by his play thus far. Paul is my pick for MVP. Will he be in NO next year? It probably depends on their success in the playoffs.
4.Phoenix Suns-Very good ball team despite the departure of Amare. With Steve Nash playing at the high level as he is year after year I think they have a good chance of giving the Lakers a run like they did last year. Don't think they will knock them out of the playoffs, but will certainly make it a series.
5.SA Spurs-the team may be old, but they have the experience in the playoffs and winning championships. Jefferson acquistion didn't work out as well as one thought. In any case they are still a great basketball team that will have some success in the playoffs. Staying healthy will be key for this team. It could hurt their seed, but they are no push over by any means.
6.Dallas Mavericks-I think they are a bit over-rated. They were the top pick to upset the Lakers last season and of course it didn't happen. Don't think they will make a run in the playoffs. I rather believe they will end up with a disappointing season.
7.Portland Trailblazers-Very good ball team with Roy leading the way. Camby stays healthy I don't see why they can't make the playoffs. Like this young fast paced team.
8.Golden State Warriors-The surprise team to make the playoffs!! Curry and Ellis is a good combo. I figure Melo will be traded and an injury to a Jazz player will end their playoff chances. That is why Warriors will make the playoffs.
That is my 2010-11 Western Conference playoff seed predictions!! What are your predictions?
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Posted on: November 2, 2010 4:03 pm
1.LA Lakers-starting 5 is arguably the best in the league today. Reigning NBA champs going for a 3peat. Bench is very strong this year.
2.Boston Celtics-starting 5 looks very strong......arguably the best starting 5 as well. Bench is still at question at this point. At least at the shooting guard/sf position. Like the additions of Shaq and Jermaine during the off-season. Perkins will be returning in February I believe.
3.OKC Thunder-Very good young and talented team. One of the favs to knock off LA. To me they are the best team in the West with the exception of the Lakers of course. Durant is one of the top candidates to win the MVP.
4.Miami Heat-2 superstars and the rest of role players. Medias fav to win the NBA championship.
5.Orlando Magic-Despite the loss to Miami I believe they can get back to form. Hopefully make a trade before the deadline. Hoping for Melo. Need a consistant scorer. Wouldn't be sad with CP3 either. Dwight Howard is improving his offensive game. Dominant on the defensive end looking for his 3rd straight defensive player of the year award.
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Posted on: November 2, 2010 2:59 pm
NBA champions: Magic
NBA Finals: Lakers vs Magic
MVP: Dwight Howard, Magic
Coah Of the Year: Stan Van Gundy, Magic
Defensive player of the year: Dwight Howard, Magic
R.O.Y: Evan Turner, 76ers
Sixth Man: Michael Pietrus, Magic
Most Improved: Vince Carter, Magic
Most Overrated team: Heat
Most Underrated: Bucks
Most Disappointing Team: Mavs
Pacific Divison champion: Lakers
Northwest Division champion: Thunder
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