NBA playoff picks
Suddenly, the NBA conference finals are upon us! The NBA playoffs are one of my favorite sporting events each year, and I’ve tried to stay on top of them even though the Celtics got bounced by the Knicks in the first round. This was a sad development, but watching the Knicks get bounced by the Pacers in the second round sort of made up for it. Anyway, here are my predictions for the NBA conference finals:
SAN ANTONIO SPURS VS. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — Spurs in six. I was going to pick Spurs in seven, but Sunday’s game left a bad taste in my mouth. I was expecting a gritty, grind-it-out affair, maybe overtime. Instead, the Grizzlies fell to pieces while the Spurs shot the lights out and completely manhandled them. I suspect the Grizzlies will rebound and win a couple of games, but I think the Spurs depth, strong veteran play (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili) and emerging young stars (Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard) will be too much for the Grizzlies. Which is too bad, because I kind of like the Grizzlies. Still, it will be kind of interesting to watch the Spurs compete for their fifth championship, 14 years after Tim Duncan and coach Greg Popovich won their first title together.
MIAMI HEAT VS. INDIANA PACERS — Miami in six. The Pacers are a well-rounded team with a real NBA center. They do just about everything well. However, it’s tough for me to see them beating Miami, because Miami has LeBron James, the best player in the NBA and one of the greatest players of all time. They also have Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh and Chris Anderson and Ray Allen. That’s a pretty good supporting cast. Also, experience matters in the NBA, and the Heat have about 100 times as much experience as the Pacers.
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