NBA Finals Picks
What I look for is not only experience in the NBA Playoffs, but how the team is interacting with each other at the beginning of their first round playoff. That's why I am going to count out the Mavs and the Lakers. I'm just not buying the attitudes that are emanating from Antoine Walker with the Mavs, and I'm not buying the group karma that has developed between Kobe and the Lakers.
I'm also not liking the way that the Kings and Nets are entering the playoffs. The Kings have not developed any cohesion with the return of Chris Webber...I still believe the condition of his knee is not fair but poor....I also believe that even though Lawrence Frank will be the coach of the Nets next year, his position was in limbo for a long time, and it's going to cost the team a lot of momentum going into the first round. I also believe that Jason Kidd is a too banged up to carry the team on his back for four series.
Many people may pick the Pacers, but outside of Reggie Miller, they're still light on major playoff experience. I'm not talking first and second round long teeth, but the deep pain experience that's only found with Conference Finals losses. That's why I'm not rolling with them.
So, that leaves me with my two picks.....San Antonio in the West and Detroit in the East. I like the Spurs because of their experience that they received in last year's playoffs, and I like the Pistons because of the addition of Rasheed Wallace and how Larry Brown has been able to blend the team together.
In the end, although the Spurs don't have an answer to stop both Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace, Tim Duncan eats up Rasheed when the two go head to head. I'm going to go with the mental toughness and the deeper bench that the Spurs have developed with Hedo Turkoglu, Malik Rose, and Bruce Bowen. I also think that Tony Parker is going to get the best of Chauncey Billups. However, Billups showed me a lot with his performance last year in the playoffs.
I'm going to go with Popovich's Spurs in 7 with a very tight and rough series to end it all.....Let's see how I do.
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