A follow-up to the piece NBA Finals – Who Wins? , here is a collection of responses from around Blogfrica to the same question: Who wins the NBA finals?
Jeff Clark, CelticsBlog.com
Celtics over the Lakers, just like the old days
Darren Heitner, Sports Agent Blog
East – Boston Celtics
West – LA Lakers
With Garnett coming back to the C’s, they are in a prime position to easily conquer the East. Jesus Shuttlesworth (Ray Ray) and Paul Pierce have been undervalued for years. Along with the emergence of great role players like Rajon Rondo, the Celtics will have no problem making it to the finals.
Looking at the West, I pick the Lakers because it seems like they gave up the least in order to put themselves in a position to win it all. Not to mention that they have the best all around player in Kobe Bryant. They got rid of Kwame Brown, who has not been able to live up to his expectations and Javaris Crittendon. Crittendon was not going to help them out at all this year. In return, Pau Gasol has already changed the landscape of the West and the return of Bynum will make the team dominant.
The Suns gave up Shawn Marion, who I believe was necessary for them to make any run and the Mavericks gave up way too much to acquire Kidd. I believe that the Mavs will be too thin on the bench to make it to the Finals.
The one team to never forget in this mix is the Spurs, who should make it deep into the playoffs once again.
The Celtics win it all…
Rob, With Malice…
The East looks pretty cut and dried this year with the Celtics and Pistons the obvious class in the field. The Pistons experience in big games will see them easily reach the Conference Finals where they will lose in 6 to the Celtics juggernaut.
The West is a huge mystery as regular season form seems to count for nothing come playoff time. I think the final four in the West will be made up of the Lakers, Suns, Spurs and Mavs.
I think Kidd gives the Mavs a legimate chance, while the inside game that Shaq provides the Suns will add an extra dimension and be good enough to get past the first round at least.
Pau Gasol was a huge addition for the Lakers, but I think they continue to live and die with Kobe and I don’t think he can carry this team all the way.
Betting against the Spurs is a dangerous game, but I think they’re done before the Conference Finals. I’m going with the Suns and Mavs in the CF with the Mavs taking the series in 7.
I think the big minutes played by Glenn Davis and Leon Powe are going to count for a lot down the stretch.
I’m seeing the Celtics riding the Big 3 with Rondo and James Posey being huuuuuuge to take the championship rings in 5. Paul Pierce and Sweet Ray to get sainthoods and KG to get a statue next to Red Auerbach!
There’s more to come, stay tuned to With Malice over the next few days – more opinions…