As I write I am also watching the first game of Lakers/Spurs playoff series. I have been a life long viewer of NBA basketball, and a die-hard Chicago Bulls fanatic. I have watched their games since I was a toddler back in the earlier 90’s and I even got to attend a Bulls home game at the Mad House during the 98′ championship season. I got to see Jordan take apart the Detroit Pistons back when that team was one to be reckoned with.
So I suppose you could say I like basketball.
Today I still watch the Bulls regularly, especially home games when the great and hilarious Stacey King announces on CSN in Chicago, but now I also watch other teams that appeal to my interest in the sport. Principally the Oklahoma City Thunder and their one day hall of famer Kevin Durant, the Boston Celtics, and the newly moved and newly dynamic Brooklyn Nets. All the teams having amazing rosters and play the game with verve and skill. It really is a new golden age of basketball!
And now for my choices for the NBA Playoffs…this will be a little painful for me as my Bulls are in it this year and are, well, sucking air.
First the West:
Oklahoma City will take apart the “Lucky just to be Nominated” Houston Rockets and they will then move on to face the victorious Clippers in the next round. Chris Paul will make this a close series but in the end OKC will prevail and move on to play the victorious Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Memphis is overrated and lucky in their opponents during the regular season and the Lakers just will not be able to get any further with a lackluster “Superman” Howard and an injured Kobe. Golden State will be a non-entity. The WCF will end in game 7 with an OKC victory and the young team will make its second appearance in the finals in as many years.
Now the East:
The all but unstoppable Miami Heat super-squad will annihilate the Bucks (who I think may be a force to be reckoned with if they make a few more good acquisitions during the off season) and then the surprisingly competent Brooklyn Nets to make it the Eastern Conference Finals. As much as it pains me to say this my Bulls have to many injuries and with Derrick Rose doing his best impression of a bench warmer they just do not stand a chance against the Nets. Game one of their series showed me how far the Bulls need to go. First step, new super-star…
Indiana will defeat Atlanta in a close series and move on to face Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knickerbockers in the next round. The Knicks will pull through and move on to face the Heat in the ECF. It will be a hard fought series but in the 6th or 7th game the Heat will pull through and go on to the finals to face the opponent they defeated last year, Oklahoma City.
And the final verdict:
The Heat will fall in 6 games to the Thunder and the all time finals series will become a 1-1 tie. This will set up what I think will be a tie breaker final next year…which I also believe the Thunder will win. But there is always the Bulls…a Chicago guy can hope.