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Monday, May 23, 2005

NBA Conference Finals

--posted by Tony Garcia on 5/23/2005
And then there were four.
Both of these predictions are written even though Game 1 of each series has been played. My predictions have not changed at all because of the results of those games.

Let it be known that I am rooting against the Heat, and have been since Shaq become a member of that team. I think that the 3 other teams remaining can defeat the Heat, so I am not terribly worried.

The bottom line though is that all four teams have a good chance to win it all.

Heat vs Pistons
Shaq vs Detroit. This is a rematch of last year's Finals. The supporting cast for Shaq is different. Last year Larry Brown masterfully helf Shaq and his cast silent beating the piss out of my beloved Lakers in 5 games. I think the Pistons can beat Shaq and Company again.

Better coaching, experience and a deep bench to foul Shaq relentlessly gives the Pistons the advantage. Otherwise it would be a very evenly matched series. There is the potential for some very boring Eastern Conference style games (the kind with scores like 80-75).

Detroit advances in 6 games. (Yuck...as a Laker fan it is hard to root for Detroit.)

Suns vs Spurs
I like the Spurs as a team. I like the style of basketball the Suns play. I like the old school type of scores. 110-100 is a great game to watch. You will get those in this series. It won't be as fun as the Suns-Mavericks, but it will be close.

Both teams are very strong. I think that a 7-game series in the middle of this season would have seen the Suns win in 5. But the experience of the Spurs will give the Spurs a boost. I would not be surprised if this goes 7-games. I would not be surprised if the Suns win in 6...or if the Spurs win in 5...or it the Suns win in 5. But I started this prediction thing on the blog, and so I am committed to making one here.

I am guessing the Spurs in 6.


Blogger Pete Arnold said...

Is this the game with the big orange ball?

May 25, 2005  

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