Big No. 3 for Big Three?
Now that we’ve all had a chance to recover from the excitement of Bubba Watson capturing his second green jacket in three years, it’s time to turn our attention to something a little more exciting — the NBA Playoffs.
With the first round already underway, it’s easy to weed through the teams that don’t stand a chance of advancing. Say goodbye to Atlanta (despite their Game 1 victory), Charlotte, Memphis, and Dallas.
We all know that there are only four teams with a legitimate shot of raising the NBA Finals trophy. If you think that any one outside of Oklahoma City, Miami, San Antonio or Indiana is going to win it all, you may want to re-think that idea, because you are wrong.
As positive as my name being Matthew, I know the Eastern Conference championship goes through LeBron James and D-Wade. It’s going to be hard for the Pacers to stop the Heat’s quest to a three-peat.
With Miami advancing to the Finals, there is only one team that can steal the trophy from the Big Three. There is only one player who can will his team to a championship.
Sorry Spurs fans, it’s not Tim Duncan. While Duncan may be one of the greatest players of all-time, he doesn’t have the game left to carry the Spurs to a title.
Not only am I going to crown him league MVP, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Kevin Durant takes home Finals MVP honors as well, leading the Thunder to a win over the Heat.
Sound crazy? It may be, but a Finals pairing of Durant and James would be a ratings gem, not to mention one heck of a series.
I’m calling it Thunder in six.
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Hold on, I know, this is a sports column. I’ll tie everything together.
So here we are again, in April, predicting the NBA championship. And just like the last two years, everyone is betting against the Miami Heat.
Have we learned nothing as basketball fans? It doesn’t matter what seed Lebron & Co. have; they’re the favorites.
You really need me to walk you through it? Fine. I’ll start with the Western Conference.
The San Antonio Spurs are automatic against the Dallas Mavericks, but every other match-up is intriguing. (Remember, it doesn’t matter who wins these series. They can’t beat the Heat.) But I’ve got the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Golden State Warriors over the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets over the Portland Trailblazers.
Then The Thunder will beat the Warriors and the Spurs will beat the Rockets.
In the Western Conference Championship, I’m going with OKC. Kevin Durant is on a mission.
Back in the East, I’ve got the Heat over the Charlotte Bobcats, duh. I’ve also got the Brooklyn Nets over the Toronto Raptors, the Indiana Pacers over the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards over the Chicago Bulls.
I know Brooklyn swept Miami in the regular season, but the post season could also be a clean sweep, in favor of the Heat. And, like I said, it doesn’t really matter who wins between the Wiz and Pacers, but I’ll go with Indiana, just because I don’t like John Wall.
Then the Heat beat the Pacers. Then they beat the Thunder for their third consecutive championship.