Finally, 82 games of the regular season is over. Now is the REAL thing!
The 16-team cast is complete. Not surprisingly, Lebron James has led the Cleveland Cavaliers (66-16) to its historic march for its very first homecourt edge in quite a long, long time.
Over in the West, the Los Angeles Lakers are peaking just in time for the Big Ticket, taking the second best record in the league with their 65-17 win-loss card, the third best ever record in the franchise’s storied history.
Of course, the Boston Celtics are still the defending champions. But the Celtics’ run for an 18th overall NBA crown this playoffs might be seriously jeopardized with the loss of Kevin Garnett due to his knee injury.
Plus, the Celtics will be up against a hungry Chicago Bulls squad, who are aiming for a major first round upset against the still shaken Boston quintet.
The Bulls already stole the homecourt advantage from the Celtics in Game One following their cliffhanging 105-103 overtime win at the TD Banknorth, home of Boston. Derrick Rose hit the game-winning jumper en route to a 36-point output, the most by any Bulls players since Michael Jordan’s retirement after the 1998 season.
Anyway, I’m pretty sure there are only three teams whom people are expecting to win the NBA championship come June.—the Lakers, the Celtics or the Cavaliers.
Some of my friends, avid NBA fans like me, are saying Lebron and his Gang of red-and-white clad basketeers, have what it takes to take home the Larry O’Brien trophy, which eluded the Cavs in the 2007 Finals.
An NBA championship validates Lebron’s status as a legitimate superstar in the world’s best professional basketball league.
How about you? Who do you think will meet in the NBA Finals? And who do you think will win the title?
Me? It’s the Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in six games against Lebron and the Cavs. Sorry to hurt your feelings Cavs.