Thursday, May 29, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
The NBA playoffs have come down to what is plainly obvious – the best teams in the league are doing battle for the two conference crowns.
It is amazing just how many supporters the New Orleans Hornets have in this area. The love for the underdog has never been more apparent. I have to admit that there was a feeling of sadness when the Hornets lost in that last and final game. And it was pretty much widespread (at the risk of sounding redundant). I talked to persons who had never even mentioned the Hornets before who were disappointed in their loss. We really don’t have to fear, these Hornets will live to sting another day.
The Pistons were cognizant of the fact that their current opponent had achieved playoffs’ home court advantage. Sure, it was a cause for concern but it would not be the determinant factor. That is if you believe the likes of Tayshaun Prince, Chauncy Billups and Richard Hamilton. This trio has been on all of the Piston teams which have made Eastern Conference finals for six consecutive years. Are those impressive statistics, or what? And let’s face it, the Pistons have been crowned since the Celtics. The Boston crew is just re-emerging into prominence. Don’t worry, my loyalties are not wavering. I am still with the leprechauns.
Boston won the first one at home and then gave the Pistons the second. There are not going to be a bushel of surprises in this one. After all, this is a match-up between number one and number two. Now if one listens to the sages of the court, it will be believed that Prince (Pistons), and Paul Pierce (Celtics),will decide the outcome of this series. Just expect some down-to-the-wire professional basketball.
I am mentioning this before it becomes a “phone-off-the-hook” thing. Last week I told a number of folks that the San Antonio Spurs would take the Lakers out in a sweep. OK, some of them tabbed me by saying that I had been drinking tea brewed from the loco weed. Categorically denied. Kool Aid only, folks.
Anyway, the Lakers shot my four-game theory squarely in the head on Wednesday night (of last week) when they won at home.
The Lakers acquired Derek Fisher in the off-season and immediately enshrined him as co-captain with Kobe. And one would have to admit that they resemble the old Lakers from the Bryant, Fisher, O’Neal era. How far this likeness will take them down the road they are now on, is, well, an endurance question.
However, is it too late to say that yours truly was just kidding about that “Spurs in four” thing?
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