Sunday, May 17, 2009

Final 4 Teams Decided

The Lakers and the Celtics both played game 7 in their respective conference semifinals on Sunday. Only one team would earn the opportunity to make it back to the Finals. That team is the Lakers. The Rockets competed as hard as any team in the playoffs, but the better team advanced to create a Western Conference Finals match that could easily go 7 games.

The Nuggets will give the Lakers more of a challenge than the Rockets. Denver has a stronger defensive front line and a variety of scoring options. The Nuggets are comfortable grinding it out in the half court offense, but have the weapons to run it back on the fast break. The biggest edge Denver holds over LA at this point is depth. The Nuggets have the best bench of all teams in the playoffs, led by JR Smith and Chris 'Birdman' Anderson.

The Nuggets have been playing at a consistently high level, while the Lakers have been more erratic. What Lakers team will we see in game 1 Tuesday? The impatient, low energy team or smooth executors, playing active defense? It always comes down to X-factors. The Stars (Kobe, Pau, Carmello, and Chauncy) will bring it for their respective teams, but who will provide the edge to get his team to the finals? For the Lakers, Bynum and Odom. For the Nuggets, JR Smith. Or someone else?

The Eastern Conference Finals will not go seven games. Orlando shot the lights out in game 7 to put away a depleted Boston Celtics team, good for them. Guess what, the Cavs are going to smother Orlando's perimeter shooters and frustrate Dwight Howard. Magic turn into a pumpkin, Cavs in 5.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree that Smith and Anderson are good players coming off the bench for the Nuggets, but I would still say that the advantage for bench play goes to the Lakers. Odom is better then Smith and Anderson. Farmar and Brown both have been playing well these playoffs and Walton is same old steady Walton who helps the rest of the players get good looks.

Good post today about the Rockets and in particular Aaron Brooks at http://therookiecontract.com/

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OAKLAND (KRON) – Insiders are confirming to KRON 4 that a new ball park for the Oakland Athletics could be built near the intersection of Market Street and Embarcadero West.

Sources tell KRON 4’s Haaziq Madyun the Oakland water front, not far from Jack London Square and close to the new ferry building, is the latest proposal for the new A’s stadium.

While officials could not confirm the exact location, Mayor Dellums’ spokesperson David Chai says a recent meeting between city officials and representatives for Major League Baseball proved hopeful, “They left that meeting very impressed by our overall efforts and we’re going to be in a process over the next month, making sure that our presentation and all of the details that go into it are sound.”

KRON 4 has also learned the new stadium model is similar to another big league ball park across the bay.

The next meeting between the two sides will be in June.