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May 03, 2009

NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals 2009 Predictions

Now that the first round Eastern Conference matchups have finished, it’s time to make the prediction on who will be the competitors in the Eastern Conference finals.

Atlanta Hawks (4) at Cleveland Cavaliers (1) – Cleveland was dominant in the first round, just as everyone predicted. Atlanta just barely knocked off the Miami Heat. Atlanta is good enough at home to win at least one game. I’m not sure they can win all of their home games, though — or any of their games in Cleveland. I really, really like Atlanta. I want them to make it a series. They are so talented that they definitely have the potential to steal a few games. But I really don’t they will actually do it. Prediction: Cavaliers in 5

Orlando Magic (3) at Boston Celtics (2) – Can I pick against both of these teams? No? Orlando’s free throw shooting is going to end up being their Achilles Heel. You’ve just got to believe that. But the Boston Celtics giving it just barely enough to win isn’t necessarily very inspiring either. We know that Boston can give away games at home. They’ve already done it. They’re bound to do it some more. I’ve got to think, though, that they aren’t going to lose the seventh and deciding game against the worst free throw shooting team in the league, are they? Prediction: Celtics in 7

June 18, 2008

2008 NBA Finals: Defense Wins, Offense Loses…again

When Doc Rivers was asked what he said to his new team back in October, he responded with one word, “Defense.”

If you think about it, that’s one thing that just about every team in the last two decades had in common. They all played very good defense.

Think about it!

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June 04, 2008

2008 NBA Finals Predictions – Lakers vs Celtics

Am I the only one that thinks too much is being made of the hype of the two teams in this year’s finals being a repeat of the common matchup from the 80s?

None of the players on the Boston Celtics are the same as they were back in the 80s. None of the players on the Los Angeles Lakers are the same as they were back in the 80s, either. In fact, the stars of the respective teams aren’t anything like the stars of the teams back then. The stars aren’t even playing at the same positions.

The coaches aren’t the same.

The buildings aren’t the same.

The uniforms aren’t even the same.

Ok. I’m done with my tangent. Let’s get to the prediction.

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May 20, 2008

Picking against the Defending NBA Champions not wise

Although I knew better than to pick against the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in the first round, I did it anyway. After all, the Spurs, for all of their four championships, had never repeated. I felt I was safe.

I was wrong.

Then I picked against the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in the second round. After all, Chris Paul and the Hornets looked pretty good in their defeat of a strong Dallas Mavericks team, quite possible the best seven seed ever in the NBA playoffs.

Wrong again.

Robert Horry comes through with a strong play against David West’s ailing back (eerily reminiscent of his play against Steve Nash the year before).

Now they’re up against the Lakers.

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May 19, 2008

Can Detroit beat the Celtics at home?

LeBron James gave a valiant attempt to beat the Boston Celtics and make it into the Eastern Conference Finals again.

He fell slightly short.

Now it’s the Detroit Pistons turn.

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