NBA Playoffs: 2nd Round Outlook
With a stellar 7 out of 8 first round predictions correct, and being pretty close on the length of the series, we now take a look at the second round series. Just like my first predictions, the picks have not changed. Even though most of the series have started.
Heat vs. Pacers
For once, I would like a team that talks a bunch of nonsense to have proven themselves before they go running their mouths. Rather than criticize the style of play of arguably the best team in the league. I think this only motivates the Heat even more, even though after hearing the comments LeBron, Wade, Bosh and Coach Spo, all brushed it aside. Of course the Heat flop, EVERY TEAM IN THE NBA FLOPS. Unfortunately, this has become a huge flaw in the NBA, but that is a whole different situation. I think making a run like the Heat did last year helps them and benefits them.
Pick: Heat in 6
Celtics vs 76ers
The 76ers played fantastic in the first round, granted the Bulls were without Rose. However, they are still a young team and the Celtics are proven. There is no need to elaborate the accomplishments of the B. Rondo will dominate the flow of the game like he usually does and take the Celtics to the Conference Finals.
Pick: Celtics in 6
Spurs vs. Clippers
This is a very intriguing series, it could be given the title “Old School vs New School”. A boring team with tremendous talent, pitted against a team full of highlight reel players. I think this is going to be a fantastic and drawn out series. It will be interesting to see the pace of the game, and who dominates that. Whoever does that will obviously win the series, but I think that the Clippers are still 1 year away.
Pick: Spurs in 7
Lakers vs. Thunder
Just like the other Western Conference series, this one could have its own title “The Passing of the Torch”. This is going to be the best series out of the four that are being played. There is the best scorer in the NBA right now against the most dominant player of the last decade. Among other story lines that this series has is the play of both teams bigs. Whether or not Pau and Bynum will show up in this series is yet to be determined as they both play like a furnace in the spring time, on and off. Also, the James Harden vs Ron Artest (he earned that name back with that childish move). I think the torch is passed in this series and Durant out duels Kobe.
Pick: Thunder in 7
Author: Zach Tanton