Let's Talk Hoops
Now that the defending champs have bee eliminated, let us now settle in and discuss the remaining 4 teams and what to expect these next few weeks.
Clearly, atleast from an offensive standpoint, the better of the two matchups.
Playoff PPG: 101.8 Mavs 109.8 Suns
Seeing that right there I expect a high scoring affair of run and gun. On paper, the Suns have more athleticism inthe starting line up. But anytime that Steve Nash has a subpar game, that can cause problems for the well oiled machine in Phoenix. This series promises to go atleast 6 games and most liekly 7. That means that the key to the whole series may be ingame adjustments made by the coaching staff and as it stands right now, my money will be on Avery Johnson. Every single move that this guy has made has been gold thus far. Will the Suns have anybody who can truly body up to Dirk Nowitzki on the defensive end? Anyone that I see slated to body him up will get abused inside and if he ends up with a smaller man on him then he will have no problems raining jumpers all night. This could be Dirk's coming out party as a true superstar on thenational stage.
Prediction: Mavs in 6
I need to clear my head now that I am totally shocked that the matchup is Miami and Detroit. From day one of the season it was pretty much understood that these two teams would end up meeting in the Eastern Conference Finals. The way that the Pistons had to go the full 7 against the Cavs, one would think that maybe that whole "team ball" concept may be a thing of the past. Anyone that thinks that is in for a rude awakening. Of course Dwayne Wade and Shaq will get theirs, but with the rest of Pat Riley's tinkering could very well lead to the downfall of the Heat. Sure, Antoine Walker wll have one solid game that the Heat will win. But the rest of the series he will run and hide and without that 3rd scoring threat the Heat are doomed. Expect the "complete team" to win out in the end.
Prediction: Pistons in 7
I'll be back for the Finals breakdown when the Mavs meet the Pistons...