Out East, Out West

So it all boils down to 4 clubs. Consider them the suits in a deck of cards but in the end there will remain only one team in a playoffs characterized by a list of adjectives without “predictable” in it.

Out West

It’s the San Antonio Spurs and the Utah Jazz remaining with the Spurs enjoying homecourt from this point onwards.

Of all the series in that conference, it’s the 1-4-5-8 bracket of the playoffs format which would have put oddsmakers out of business. Conventional forecasting points out that it should have been the Mavericks and not the Jazz which should have been squaring off with the Spurs. The Golden State Warriors had something to say about that though as they plowed through the first round but didn’t have enough to overcome the Jazz in the second round.

As for the 2-3-6-7 bracket, nothing’s really surprising there: the Spurs are still standing. What’s really bothersome however is that they had to win one game of the series against the Suns with the help of a controversial suspension of Stoudemire and Diaw. Nothing to take away from the Spurs however but their advance would have been more convincing if it were not for that crucial suspension.

It should be a physical clash between the two with San Antonio eking out the win in 6 games.

Out East

It’s the Detroit Pistons against the Cleveland Cavaliers which will determine the Eastern Conference champions. This conference has turned out to be predictable with the top seeded teams meeting as expected. The only thing worth mentioning is that there will be a new Eastern Conference champion, (and consequently NBA champion as well,) with Miami’s uncharacteristic exit. I expect Detroit to eke this one out in seven games because it still remains to be seen if James will get notable help from his teammates.

Finals Peek

It should be NBA Finals 2005 part II, this time however, Detroit should have the advantage. While the Spurs’ core remained pretty much intact, Detroit had one notable change in the 5 spot: from Wallace to Webber, from defense to offense. The physical condition of the Spurs coming off a strong conference remains to be seen however.

Should prove to be something to watch out for because as much as I’ve been rooting for the Spurs ever since, my pragmatic outlook and sensibilities put the match-up at a dead 50.00-50.00.


4 Responses

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  2. The Spurs are the heavy favorites to win the west but, I’m rooting for the Jazz. Head East, Pistons in 6 =)

  3. i’m not surprised. you sure sound like one of those frustrated suns fans from the hoops blink site.

  4. Oh yeah, I was a bit frustrated with the outcome of the Spurs – Suns series, especially with the decision making of Stu Jackson. Not that I’m a big suns fan but, that series is too good of a series only to be decided by suspensions and late game cheap shots. And don’t get me wrong, I have no beef or whatsoever with San Antonio. I just want to see the Jazz enter the finals again, and yeah, I’m a big Deron Williams fan =)

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