Friday, April 15, 2011

NBA Finals Champion Pick

Wednesday night did not go as planned. My beloved Sacramento Kings pulled a classic 2002-2003 move by showing promise, but in the end lost. So I must backpedal, if ever so slightly. The LA Lakers, who I had as a 3rd seed and losing to the Blazers in the first round, ended up clinching the 2nd seed with their win over the Kings and now face the New Orleans Hornets. The Blazers in turn, now get the Dallas Mavericks. The Grizzles who had beating the Mavericks now come up against the San Antonio Spurs. So this does kind of bump my projections, but not enough to derail me.

- The Lakers will handle the Hornets as the Spurs would have done.
- The old, multi-dimensional Spurs beat the Grizzles who lost a shot at the one-dimensional Mavericks.
- The thrilling, 10-years in the making, revenge of the Blazers gets postponed one round—upping the ante—as they roll the Mavs.
- Everything else stays the same, except for the aforementioned Round Two Lakers/Blazers match-up. Blazers still win in Game 7.

Now to my Finals pick.

I have gone over it again, again, and again. Under good conscious it is hard for me not to put Team A over Team B. But there are also an enormous amount of reasons why Team B could thwart Team A. How much more does a guy have to sleep on his Finals pick before he can actually nail down a team. It is the NBA Finals; not rocket science… or is it?

(Normally there would be some pop culture tie-in tangent placed here, depicting the correlation between rocket science and the NBA, but alas I find myself, yet again, ridiculously lazy.)

Instead, I have chosen to do a run through of Team A and Team B, so perhaps you can choose for yourself, and then at the end I will reveal which team is which.

TEAM B:

- Right pieces; enough at least to claim an NBA title
- Options
- Stupid good Small Forward
- So fun to watch

A type of team, if I were an NBA player, I would want to play for. Out of their less-than-30 losses on the season only 8 of them were by double digits. The remaining games were only lost by an average of 5.1 points per game. Two shots that could have made all the difference. This team is a fighter. They can beat anybody.

TEAM A:

- Right pieces; enough at least to claim an NBA title
- Options
- Stupid good Small Forward
- So fun to watch

A team that can kick it in to eff-you mode like that (finger snapping). Out of their less-than-30 losses on the season only 6 of them were by double digits. The remaining games were only by an average of 4.3 points per game. Again, two shots that could have made all the difference.

(Queue internal battle)

“It is so close, but you got to go with Team A, right?”

“But Team B can beat anybody. Two more losses and a point differential of 0.8 is not that big a difference. Flip a coin.

“Not going to do that. Maybe if this series goes seven games, which it won’t”

How does this series NOT go seven games?

“It just won’t. Trust me, I know.”

Trust you? I am you! We are the same person and I am not getting that vibe.

This went on for a sold seventeen minutes, and in the end Team A was painstakingly chosen as this year’s NBA Champion over a staunch Team B in six games. Ladies and gentleman I give you the Finals Champion… Miami Heat. Shaboomya.

I chose the Heat because LeBron James is thee second best athlete in the world of sports right now. Lionel Messi and his 48 goals this season for Barcelona make him the #1 athlete in the world, but that is for a different column; for a different day. LeBron James cannot be contained, and if he ever appears to be, he can just kick it to Dwyane Wade.

And if they are both busy, then you always have Chris Bosh—and DO NOT EVEN try and say Bosh is not that good. $100 million dollars good? Perhaps not, but 18.7 points per game, 8.3 rebounds and 19.44 PER is still freaking awesome. Quit kidding yourself that it is not.

It boils down to there being too many reasons—and fall back reasons if the first ones do not pan out—for the Miami Heat to not win it all. Game: Blouses.

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