San Antonio, TX – The NBA is now down to its Final 4 teams in 2012, as it will be the Thunder vs Spurs and Heat vs Celtics. With a quick look back to the Conference Semifinals, my predictions in all four series were correct. I had the Heat in 5 over the Pacers, and the Heat won it 6. I had the Celtics over the 76ers in 6, and the Celtics won it in 7. I had the Thunder over the Lakers in 6, and the Thunder won it in 5. I had the Spurs over the Clippers in 5, and the Spurs won it in 4. So all in all, pretty close across the board. Now is when it gets great, as these Conference Finals will be fantastic to watch, and will definitely get some huge TV ratings. Can LeBron continue his quest for a championship, or will Boston’s veteran savvy leadership knock Miami out of the playoffs? Will the Thunder and their young guns be enough to defeat the old men in San Antonio? Let’s get to my picks for these two best of 7 series!
Miami vs Boston – Anything less than a championship will be a failure once again for the Heat, as the pressure is on and will be until they get it done. Boston had to go seven games to knock off Philadelphia, and won’t get much rest before this series begins on Monday. Will Chris Bosh come back from his abdominal strain and play at all in this series? Can the quartet of Garnett, Allen, Pierce, and Rondo be enough to upset the Heat? Although Boston has their times when they look very good, they also have plenty of times when they look old and cannot score enough. I think Miami finds a way to battle through and win this series….Miami over Boston in 6….
Oklahoma City vs San Antonio – This series could end up being one for the ages, as it is youth versus age in a contrast of styles. The Thunder are loaded and have had times in the playoffs where they look like they have it all to win a championship this year. Kevin Durant is a special player, and he has plenty of help from Westbrook, Harden, and Ibaka. The Spurs are on one heck of a roll, and look so much younger than they actually are. They have destroyed the Jazz and Clippers in the first two rounds, and look poised to give the Thunder a ton of fits. Oklahoma City loves to run, and when they do, they are extremely explosive. The Spurs like to play half court offense, and kill you with precision passing and a great bench. My pick a few weeks ago was Oklahoma City to win it all. San Antonio has changed my mind lately, and this is a toss up series. I think the difference will be the dependable inside game from Tim Duncan, and the point guard play from Tony Parker….San Antonio over Oklahoma City in 7….
Cannot wait to see how both of these series play out, and the drama that will materialize. Let me know what your thoughts are, and give me your comments below!
Denver Sports by J Simp