Tondar's Daily Rant

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Friday, April 17, 2009

2009 NBA PREVIEW

Thanks to wives and babies, this year has felt so brief. And so does the preview...

FIRST ROUND: THE EAST
CLEVELAND OVER DETROIT IN 6


Even this is wishful thinking considering the season the Pistons had. Look for LeBron to come out and make a statement in games 1 and 2. Look for the Pistons to play good D on LeBron while shutting down the supporting cast in games 3 and 4. The media will talk about the inadequacies of Mo Williams, and the rise of the new Pistons backcourt of Stuckey and Bynum. And then 'Sheed and the Pistons crap away games 5 and 6. SERIES OVER. After all, the Pistons always lose in 6.

DWYANE WADE OVER ATLANTA IN 6


Why should we pretend that he is not going to get every call. Plus the injury to Marvin Williams should be just enough to cost the Hawks a game at Philips.

BOSTON OVER CHICAGO IN 6

Kevin Garnett may or may not be injured. But I think the Bulls have been playing well lately. Vinny Del Negro should keep his job as he was able to pull this team together and have them playing strong down the stretch. It won't be enough to bring down the defending champs, but it will be a respectable performance.

ORLANDO OVER PHILADELPHIA IN 5

Philadelphia could have ran all over the Celtics and maybe pulled off the upset (especially if Garnett is gone). However, Dwight Howard should be too much for Samuel Dalembert to handle.


FIRST ROUND: THE WEST
LAKERS OVER UTAH IN 5


Utah has really crapped the bed down the stretch. And this should be the nail in the coffin for this team, since they will not have enough room under the salary cap to resign all their free agents. While Kobe has been awesome as usual, Pau Gasol has been excellent for the Lakers. Instead of being a great player on a crappy team, he has blossomed into an excellent second banana on a great team (Tondar was wrong). When the season's over look for the Pistons to either steal Paul Millsap or Carlos Boozer from the Jazz. I hope it's Millsap, so they will probably end up with Boozer.

HOUSTON OVER PORTLAND IN 6


Of all the teams in the west, Portland would have had the best shot at beating the Lakers. Unfortunately Houston matches up quite well against the Trail Blazers. Look for Artest to shut down Brandon Roy, while Luis Scola, Kyle Lowry, Carl Landry, and Shane Battier make it difficult for the young Trail Blazers to get anything else going.

SAN ANTONIO OVER DALLAS IN 7


Tony Parker will have a huge series beating Jason Kidd time and time again. Though the Spurs will miss the flopping of the injured Manu Ginobili, Finley has always stepped up against his former team and should carry the day in the end.

DENVER OVER NEW ORLEANS IN 5


Beyond David West and Chris Paul, New Orleans doesn't have much. Look for Chauncey Billups to play Paul pretty evenly. Kenyon Martin and Nene should be able to shut down West. And this still leaves Carmello Anthony to have a huge series.

SECOND ROUND: THE EAST
LEBRON JAMES OVER DWAYNE WADE IN 5


Each superstar will get his, but LeBron has the better supporting cast. Look for more traveling than Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and George Harrison combined.

BOSTON OVER ORLANDO IN 7


I see this series going either way. With KG "injured," Boston doesn't have an adequate answer to Dwight Howard. However, between Glen Davis, Leon Powe, and Mikkie Moore, the Celtics have 18 fouls for Hacka-Howard. Plus, I don't see Hedo Turkoglu or Rashard Lewis being able to shut down Paul Pierce. Orlando will get theirs, but I agree with Shaq and believe that Stan Van Gundy will find a way to blow the series.

SECOND ROUND: THE EAST
LAKERS OVER HOUSTON IN 6


If only it could have been the Trail Blazers. The Lakers should take care of business. Houston will try to get physical, but in the end Gasol and Kobe will get every call they need to advance.

DENVER OVER SAN ANTONIO IN 6

I know we shouldn't bet against the Spurs in an odd year. However, due to injury, I think their run is up and they will waste the last years of Duncan/Parker/Ginobili battling one injury after another. Plus, can't you see Mr. Big Shot taking this opportunity to one-up Tony Parker for the game 7 loss in the 2005 Finals?

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
CLEVELAND OVER BOSTON IN 4


At this point the LeBrons will be a well oiled machine. And without KG to play free safety against a penetrating LeBron, it will simply be too much for Paul Pierce to handle. The games will be close, but the Cavs play too balanced and are too hungry to let Pierce and Allen beat them.

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
LAKERS OVER DENVER IN 7


Denver doesn't really have anyone that can stop Kobe. Carmello would be the ideal matchup, but he would much rather try to beat him nailing fade-aways with a hand in his face. I think Chauncey, K-Mart, and Nene will have a good series, but in the end it won't be enough.

NBA FINALS
LEBRON OVER KOBE IN 6


This is the matchup the NBA wants. It will be a classic changing of the guard moment as LeBron wins his first championship against Kobe. While the Lakers, might have been able to win straight up, their journey through the still strong and mighty west will bruise and batter them that the physical Cavaliers should be able to dominate based on the strength of their front court.

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