Re: 2012 - 2013 Predictions
posted at 9/28/2012 12:01 PM EDT
In response to gman101019's comment:
As for predictions I expect
LAKERS VS OKC
CELTICS VS HEAT
The winners are going to be hard to predict. The lakers have a very good team on paper, but I have big doubts about chemistry. Kobe giving up control of the ball, dwight staying in line, nash's back and dwights back... so many ?'s. I think okc matches up VERY WELL against them becuz they have 2 players that the lakers have NO ANSWER for in durant and westbrook, plus with perkins on dwight and ibaka on gasol, they can neutralize lakers size. Very tough matchup for the lakers.
The heat have to be the favorites, simply becuz they are the defending champs and also improved with the additions of ray allen and rashard lewis. However similiar to the okc and lakers scenario, the celtics match up very well with the heat. Again the heat have no answer for our best player in rondo. The deciding factor for the celtics to dethrone the heat is how much better can we defend dwade and lebron, with the additions of bradley/lee/green. If they can slow them down we have an excellent chance of beating the heat. With that said I still think the heat are too much, they are in their primes while the celtics stars kg and pp are playing on borrowed time. Its a testament to their greatness and heart that they are still all-star type players. The problem is Lebron is in the prime of his career. We have no answer for him, like many other teams. I dont think pp and jgreen are enough to slow down lebron. Even with their heart and hunger the celtics have now been knocked out 2 years in a row by the heat, look for a 3rd.
I predict rematch of heat and okc.
With heat winning in 6.
To me, the Lakers either gel or they don't, meaning they either do what the Celtics did in '08 or they don't. If they don't, or something happens (lets be honest they are injury prone and vulnerable) I bet they don't get any further than they did this year. I'd watch out for dark horse like the Grizz, or Spurs/Clips. vs OKC.
I dont want to be the guy who sleeps on the Spurs. Did we forget that they were unstoppable... until they finally lost the four in a row? They hadn't lost, and they needed some adversity to push them over the top.
Ultimately, OKC has the skill, the desire, the chip, and the short window before losing Harden. I still have them as the team to beat in the Finals.