NBA Gnews Part 2…………

BREAKING NEWS: A lot has happened since my last post. The Boston Celtics announced that Kevin Garnet might miss the entire playoffs. His knee apparently has not healed. Despie this, I still think the Celtics will advance to the Eastern Conference finals. They will win in 6  close games over Da Bulls, and 6 over the Sixers.  The Cavs will show no mercy and dethrone the champs in 5 games. Now on the my predictions, this time in the Western Conference.

Western Conference: First Round

#1 Los Angeles Lakers vs #8 Utah Jazz – Phil Jackson vs Jerry Sloan, a coaching match up for the ages or should i say the aged. With  KB24 , Pau Gasol and the returning Andrew Bynum, theLakers will beat Deron Williams and AK47 .  Lakers in 5 games. Not even close. Another prediction. This will be the last time you will see Carlos Boozer in a Jazz uniform as he is expected to bolt via free agency.

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#2 Denver Nuggets vs #7 New Orleans Hornets – Despite Denver’s blowout  game #1 win over the Hornets, this series will be close, because Chris Paul will not allow it to be swept. Chauncey Billups and Melo will dominate, while the Hornets bench will be outplayed by Linus Kleiza and J. R. Smith. Peja will be missing in action. Denver in 6

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#3 San Antonio Spurs  vs #6 Dallas Mavericks – The battle of texas is tied after two games. The Mavs got game 1 while the Spurs blew out the Mavs in game 2 behind Tony Parker’s monster game. The Mavs now have homecourt advantage and will use it.The Spurs will miss Manu Ginobilli’s scoring off the bench, while Jason Terry will outscore the Spurs bench by himself.  Veterans Jason KIdd and Dirk will realize this might be their last chance to reach the finals, and will elevate their play even more.  Mavs will upset the Spurs  in 6.

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#4 Portland TrailBlazers vs #5 Houston Rockets – The most interesting series of the playoffs. Portland is young and ambitious. The Rockets are old and dysfunctional. Ron Artest will get in the heads of the young Blazers. Brandon Roy will shoot horribly but still score while Yao Ming takes Greg Oden to school. No one will stop him. Portland’s bench will keep things close with Rudy Fernandez and Travis Outlaw, but do I sense T-Mac making a comeback? Rockets in 5 games.

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SECOND ROUND:

#1 Los Angeles Lakers vs #5 Houston Rockets – This will be the most physical series in the West. Artest vs Kobe and Andrew Bynum vs Yao, Scola vs Gasol. Plus there is no love lost between the coaches as they have met before when Adelman handled the Sacramento Kings of before. Lamar Odom leads the bench and will be a key factor in the outcome. In the end the Lakers’ superior firepower will be too much to handle.  Lakers in 5.

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#2 Denver vs #6 Dallas. – The Mavs will continue their fine play. In this series Josh Howard will have his hands full vs Carmelo Anthony, but Kmart will struggle against Dirk, who will prove to be unstoppable. Chauncey and Nene keeps it close  for the Nuggets, but jason Terry, JJ Barea and Brandon Bass will outplay the Nuggets bench . The Mavs will not let this one go.  Mavs in 7 games

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Western Conference Finals: #1 Los Angeles Lakers vs #6 Dallas Mavericks – This series will not be close. The Lakers’ offense will be too much for the Mavs. Bynum will overpower Dampier in the post while no one will stop the Black Mamba. He will proabably have a 40pt game in this series. Dirk and JKidd will try but will fall to the mighty Lakers.  The Mavs’ Cinderella run stops here. Sweep. 4-0

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NBA FINALS

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs Los Angeles Lakers – Dream series, dream matchups all around. The showcase match-up is of coure LBJ vs KB24. King James vs The Black Mamba. In the finals, Lebron will try to do too much, and neglect his teammates. Kobe will keep Lebron in his sights, but will dominate in other areas and keep his team involved. The defense of both teams will be superb, expect low scoring affairs, despite the prescence of two elite scorers. In the end though, Gasol, Bynum, Fisher, Odom, will outplay names like Williams, Varejao and Ilgauskas. Kobe will have his first post-Shaq title while Lebron will wait next year. Lakers in 6 games.

 

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NBA Gnews………

             Hi all. welcome to my 2nd entry into the blogging world. This time, I want to talk about the NBA. The playoffs will start this week, and I want to give out my own predictions. I want to bring out my inner Butch Maniego, Quinito Henson and Bill Velasco. Everyone is an expert, so I may as well pretend to be one. What qualifes me to be an expert? What qualifies Andy Jao. He practically disrespects Julius Erving,(and all doctors) by allowing himself to be called Doctor J. (Wam poynt lid by the Lakersh, with Vlade Divak with the ball, Larry Hudiyes stills it. Haay!!! Classic Andy Jao. ) But hey, he is entertaining and seems like a nice guy. Peace tayo Doctor J. Let’s see. Hmmm, I’ve been playing basketball for almost 4 decades, following the NBA since the 80’s, buying and reading practically all the NBA magazines or Sports Illustrated for quite some time now and  I’ve been watching the NBA, from the FEN days up to today’s Btv. Good enough credentials I say. Heheheh. On to the predictions for the Eastern Conference! 

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

1st Round: #1 Cleveland vs #8 Detroit                                                                                                                                                                Even if Allen Iverson returns to play for Detroit in the playoffs, I still think Cleveland will overwhelm the Pistons. Lebron will be too much even for Tayshun Prince. He may contain or limit him, but he will need to do so for at least 3 games for the Pistons to have a shot. I don’t think that will happen. Even if they find a way to do so, Mo Williams, D. West and even Anderson Varejao will be too young and athletic for Sheed, Rip and company. Cavs in 5. cavs1

 

 

 

#2 Boston vs #7 Chicago- Even if Kevin Garnett is banged up, Chicago’s young guns will have a hard time going up against the Celtics. The point guard matchup is interesting with Rajon Rando going up against Derrick Rose, but that’s the only thing worth seeing for me in this series, unless you are a Celtics fan, which in this case means you will enjoy seeing the Celts sweep the Bulls. 4-0

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#3 Orlando vs # 5 Philadelphia- The Sixers will not have an answer to Dwight Howard. He will thoroughly dominate the inside and intimidate the Sixers on defense. Over the last few games, the Magic’s outside shooting suffered when Rashard Lewis went into a slump, and Hedo Turkolu sprained his ankle. If they shoot poorly from outside, the 2 Andres, Miller and Iguaodala will take advantage and crowd the paint. Here is my upset special in the 1st round. The Magic lost 3 out of 4 games heading into the playoffs, and this might have shaken their confidence. Sixers in 6 close matches.

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#4 Atlanta vs # 5 Miami- The Hawks will have too many weapons, Joe Johnson, J Smooth, Al Horford, Flip Murray, Marvin Williams. The Heat will counter with Dwayne Wade, only Wade. Jermaine O’Neal is not the same,Mario Chalmers and Mike Beasley too young, too inexperienced. Too bad, I would have liked to see LBJ and DWade go up aginst each other in the 2nd round, but it’s not gonna happen. Hawks in 5

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SECOND ROUND:

#1 Cleveland vs #4 Atlanta – This should be a high flying series. Josh Smith vs Lebron, who will rule the skies? Mike Bibby vs Mo Williams, Z vs Al, D. West vs Joe Cool,Flip vs Boobie off the bench. Ultimately, Lebron will be too much for the Hawks. Their D will make Bibby and Johnson shoot poorly.Marvin Willians and the Hawk bench will be MIA. Cavs in 6.

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#2 Boston vs #6 Philadelphia- A well rested Kevin Garnett will be the nightmare the Sixers will see. KG will dominate the lane much like Dwight Howard will do in the 1st round, but the Celtics will have the Truth and Ray Allen to help the Big Ticket. Mismatch. Sixers will be swept by the Celts. Their second series sweep in a row.

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EASTERN FINALS: A rematch of last years conference semifinals. This year the Cavs are older, wiser,better. The Celtics are just older, maybe wiser, but definitely not better than last year. Mo Williams vs Rajon Rondo will be the match up to watch. The Celt will make Lebron bleed for his points. Paul Pierce will have the daunting task of guarding LBJ, so his offense might suffer a bit. Last year, the bench had James Posey as their stopper, PJ Brown provided the veteran leadership along with Sam Cassel. This year they have no one.Powe and Glen Davis might help, but the Marbury and Mikki Moore projects haven’t worked out.The Cavs will have Gibson, Joe Smith, Wally World, Pavlovic and JJ Hickson.  This will tell on the Celts. Celtic pride will make this a competitive series, but the Cavs have the confidence and swagger. They  will dethrone the Celtics this year. Cavs in 6.

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 Next Gnews will be on my Western Conference predictions. Thanks for reading. Leave your own predictions, violent reactions, etc.