My take on which teams will make the NBA Finals

The Thunder rolls... and the Heat isn't on?

5/27/12 in NBA   |   sungrey   |   13 respect

April 4, 2012; Miami, FL, USA;  Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) is defended by Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) in the fourth period at the American Airlines Arena.  The Heat defeated the Thunder 98-93. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRESorry to disappoint you, Miami and San Antonio.

I have a series I would love to see, if only for purely selfish reasons. Oklahoma City and Miami? That would be reason for me to tune in regularly.

I will confess that I don't like the Miami Heat, specifically because of the way this team came together at the expense of one city's proud fan base (yes, Cleveland, I'm talking about you and I don't even live there!), and I would love to see one team face off against Miami because, in my mind, it is the only team that can beat the Heat.

Or is it? There is ONE other team out there that gives Miami fits... and behold, guess who the Heat play in the Eastern Conference finals?

Wow... if I had Boston going up against Miami in my bracket some people might ask what am I watching. I never expected the Celtics to go up against Lebron James and Dwyane Wade, but thanks to Derrick Rose's ill-timed ACL tear the Chicago Bulls are on the sidelines and this may be a rollover series for Miami.

Or will it?

No doubt Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce make Boston quite a formidable opponent. This may be the team that takes down Miami, especially if the Heat get more lackluster performances like they got during the Indiana Pacers series.

It should be noted that the Celtics did win three of the four meetings during the regular season, and although I think Boston will be a bit tired from its Philadelphia series I think the Celtics will eventually break through to the NBA Finals in six games. It could even be seven. Something tells me this series will be a classic, especially if Miami rises to the occasion and plays great basketball in the absence of Chris Bosh.

As for the Western Conference?

Sorry San Antonio. The Spurs may be the number-one seed now, but the Los Angeles Kings proved you don't need to be the No. 1 seed to make it into the finals of a major sport's playoff.

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are the straws that stir the drink for San Antonio, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are just as formidable. Much has been written about the Spurs' 29-2 record in the last 31 games, how Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili are going to mop the floor with Oklahoma City's players.

I can't see it.
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