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