4 Teams That Could Kill David Sterns Dream Nba Finals Of Lakers V.s. Heat

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 5 years ago '05        #1
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Dun Language 3970 heat pts3970
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4 Teams That Could k!ll David Sterns Dream Nba Finals Of Lakers V.s. Heat
 

 

Itís the consensus of prognosticators (and me as well) ó the NBA finals will be the Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James. You can already sense David Stern drooling like a Pavlovian dog thinking about the television ratings.
What teams could destroy David Sternís dream?
There are four. While we could argue that each of these four need a little luck or for the Heat/Lakers to come back to them, we could say the same for the Heat and Thunder. Fact is you donít win an NBA title without some breaks going your way.
So here are the four most likely teams to get in the way, two West and two East.

Oklahoma City Thunder. They remain the next best team in the West, even after the James Harden trade. (I think they take a step back after trading away a key playmaker, the Sixth Man of the Year and an Olympian and trying to fill his minutes with Kevin Martin. Long term with the picks and Jeremy Lamb we can debate the trade impacts, but the Thunder did not get instantly better Saturday night with this move.)
The Thunder have improved each year because their players have improved and gotten more experienced. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are going to take steps forward ó and the Lakers will struggle to stop Durant, even with Dwight Howard in the paint. They get Eric Maynor back and that gives them depth at the point guard spot. They have Kendrick Perkins to match up with Dwight Howard and Serge Ibaka to slow Pau Gasol. Westbrook can hamper Steve Nash.
The Thunder are not as good a team without Harden, but they are still very good and still match up with the Lakers as well as anyone.

Los Angeles Clippers. You can argue the San Antonio Spurs should fit here, but the last couple seasons showed me that while they are awesome in the regular season you can scheme for their weaknesses come the playoffs. The Clippers are a team on the rise. They have the single best pure point guard in the game in Chris Paul, and he is in a contract year so expect big things. They added some depth with Jamal Crawford, and while Iím not his biggest fan he is an upgrade over what they had. They have solid veterans like Caron Butler and ó once he gets in shape ó Lamar Odom. Oh, an they have the force of nature that is Blake Griffin. Paul is just figuring out how to use all those pieces.
The key for the Clippers in the playoffs is DeAndre Jordan. Last season he got benched for Reggie Evans when the going got tough. Thatís not good. The Clippers need Jordan to take a huge step forward because they need his athleticism to combat Howard if they face the Lakers. If Jordan is in foul trouble or just plain old ineffective, the Lakers would run them over without slowing. But Jordan and his growth ó scoring and putting pressure on Howard on both ends of the floor ó changes the dynamic. He makes it possible. But itís asking a lot of him to make that leap.

Boston Celtics. They came within a game of getting the Heat last season, and while they racked up that lead in the series with Chris Bosh out it still shows they were close. Then Boston got better this summer ó Jason Terry is better right now than Ray Allen. Not over their careers, maybe not now as a pure shooter, but Terry brings far more shot creation and versatility to the Celtics. Boston also gets Jeff Green back and he gives them real depth off the bench. Jared Sullinger should let Kevin Garnett rest more.
Boston must have a healthy and rested Garnett to have a shot at the Heat ó he is the heart of their defense has to play as well or better than last year to have a shot. Rajon Rondo has to step up his game and get his squad more easy looks offensively against a swarming Heat defense. Boston cannot show their age. The good news for Celtics fans is Boston matches up well with Miami considering its defense, Paul Pierce and his ability to score, and now some punch off the bench. Itís not easy, but the Celtics have a puncherís chance in a series with Miami.

Indiana Pacers. If youíre going to beat the Heat, the best way to do it is with size ó Indiana has that in Roy Hibbert. One of the key turning points in the playoffs last season was when the Heat fell behind the Pacers because of the play of Hibbert and they had to adjust their style and step up their play. The Heat had that other gear.

To best the Heat Pacers need George Hill and Paul George to take steps forward with their game (both would be key in the finals, particularly on defense), David West to keep being himself, Granger to be steady in the big moments and Hibbert to become a dominating force. The Pacers lack the kind of superstar player the Heat have two (or three) of, but they have great balance, good depth and the size that could give the Heat fits. They just have to play nearly flawless basketball (and hope the Heat do not).

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111 comments for "4 Teams That Could Kill David Sterns Dream Nba Finals Of Lakers V.s. Heat"

 5 years ago '05        #2
Dun Language 3970 heat pts3970 OP
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telling you watch those pacers and clippers
 5 years ago '04        #3
quintosis03 4 heat pts
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i dont see why people find the clippers a threat, they play zero defense at all. cant make a stop to save their lives. plus if they are not dunking they aint doing a thing.

they were exposed in the playoffs last year and memphis should have never choked away that series.

the pacers i can more so understand, but i still dont see them being a threat either.
 5 years ago '05        #4
MysticKJ 28 heat pts28
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Pacers aren't a threat...beat them without Bosh...
 5 years ago '11        #5
Kobane 163 heat pts163
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Clippers

Pacers beat them w/o bosh


More like:

Knicks
Bos
SA
 5 years ago '05        #6
Dun Language 3970 heat pts3970 OP
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Clippers won't get as far as wcf but I'm telling other teams watch out


they can't fu*k with the division champs


But those pacers watch out
 5 years ago '11        #7
elvisfreshly 106 heat pts106
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OKC/Spurs/Bos only teams
 5 years ago '05        #8
Dun Language 3970 heat pts3970 OP
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Anyway. See y'all celtic fu*ks in the finals for that tie breaker



lakers in 6 is the motto
 5 years ago '07        #9
Cartel-Clipz 28 heat pts28
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Clippers and Pacers though???
 5 years ago '04        #10
IceMan 28 heat pts28
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West: I can see the Clippers, OKC, and maybe the Rockets..maybe!!


East: Boston (Will prolly be in the finals anyway), Pacers & Knicks (If they can get out the 1st round)
 5 years ago '12        #11
ThePainkiller 347 heat pts347
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Lakers V. Boston two years in a row so Stern can be pissed. And Bron Bron goes to LA lol.
 5 years ago '10        #12
kingjab7542 22 heat pts22
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unless the clippers pulls defense out of their a.ss then they aren't a contender to make it that far.

OKC, and Boston.
 5 years ago '09        #13
Teddy Loc 1 heat pts
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Another team:

Chi City Bullz.....
 5 years ago '11        #14
eliwood 143 heat pts143
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Pacers?
 5 years ago '10        #15
Billy Hoyle 
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See y'all Celtics in the finals. Lets get it. La n Boston one more time
 10-29-2012, 04:46 PM         #16
Joehook 
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 Teddy Loc said:
Another team:

Chi City Bullz.....
You mean that team that was relevant in the 90s..
 5 years ago '11        #17
KING JAYY 535 heat pts535
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The heat wont get out of the East
 5 years ago '10        #18
ghettofire 3 heat pts
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Da jaaaazzzz.

 5 years ago '12        #19
MischiefTooReal 139 heat pts139
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 Teddy Loc said:
Another team:

Chi City Bullz.....


 Billy Hoyle said:
See y'all Celtics in the finals. Lets get it. La n Boston one more time
I agree.

When I think about the 2010 finals I still be like
 5 years ago '12        #20
gbmilwaukee 
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 IceMan said:
West: I can see the Clippers, OKC, and maybe the Rockets..maybe!!


East: Boston (Will prolly be in the finals anyway), Pacers & Knicks (If they can get out the 1st round)
This guy.
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