Obviously, this is a New Jersey Nets blog, however, the NAS crew absolutely love the NBA in general. So, every week, Sebastian, Mark, Devin, and myself will answer questions regarding the L.
1) Who makes it to the NBA Finals? Who wins?
I still think it is going to end up being the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers (after Ron Artest's dagger last night). The Orlando Magic have too much to overcome to win four in a row, and I think they will have a stretch of bad three-point shooting that will cost them. I think the Lakers will win for the same reasons they have been winning these entire playoffs, Kobe is really good and they are bigger than everyone.
Well, both the Phoenix Suns and the Magic are making their respective series interesting, but I can't see Phoenix knocking off the Lakers and the Celtics, despite the fact that I thought they were an inherently flawed team entering the postseason; they can't possibly lose four in a row to the Magic... can they? I mean, wouldn't that be a kick in the pants for the city of Boston? With that said, I say the Lakers beat the Celtics 4-2 for the outgoing Phil Jackson, who will have vodka with Mikhail Prokhorov and tease New Jersey Nets fans for a few weeks before retiring.
Are you kidding? First I pick Phoenix-Orlando, and the teams go down 0-2 and 0-3. Then I say Orlando has the best chance of coming back, and Phoenix pulls a high school zone out of nowhere and ties the series. Clearly I have no idea what's going on, and anything I say gets completely flipped like we're living in Bizarro World. Honestly though, put a gun to my head and I'd say it's looking like another LA-Boston matchup (although it would be an awesome matchup if the two underdogs pulled it out - Orlando especially, for historical reasons). In a seven-game series between LA and Boston, I think it'd come down to HCA, and because of that I think the Lakers pull it out and Kobe fans get to wax more poetic about how amazing he is and how amazing LeBron isn't. Sigh.
Before the postseason, I was saying it would be a repeat of last year's NBA Finals and I still believe that. Thanks to some instant goat-to-hero antics by Ron Artest, the Lakers find themselves up 3-2 in their series with the Suns and I believe they close them out in Game Six, riding the momentum. I believe the Magic will also ride the momentum and make some history, coming back from 0-3 and take their series with the Celtics. In the finals, it's Kobe time once again as the Lakers repeat and the Artest detractors keep quiet.... MORE →