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Spurs in 6
June 4, 2007 - Neil Rudel
Thoughts on the NBA Finals ...
*I'm picking San Antonio in 6 -- if it goes that long. The Spurs are well rested, and it's doubtful Cleveland has a defensive answer for Tim Duncan. Plus getting to the Eastern final has already made it a great year for Cleveland. (Feel free to drop me your pick and I'll publish; I'm working on my comment count so I don't disappear in the rear-view mirrors of Ray Eckenrode and Kristin Heinbaugh).
*LeBron James' amazing performance in the Cavs' double-overtime win over Detroit late Thursday night and his ability to get Cleveland into the Finals clearly stamps him as the NBA's reigning best player. Kobe Bryant might be second, if you're talking about perimeter players, and while Bryant surely has some good years left, James is now just so on the rise, improving with each playoff game.
*Think the Pistons, who are getting long in the tooth, missed Ben Wallace? It's hard to believe LeBron would have gotten so many key down-the-middle dunks if Wallace were still in Detroit.
*How can anybody coach Rasheed Wallace?
*Daniel Gibson was open because he plays alongside LeBron, but give Gibson credit for making the open outside shot, which is more than Larry Hughes could do all year.
*The Cavaliers aren't a whole lot better than the Lakers; it's just that the NBA West is a whole lot deeper than the East.
*Try not to get hurt on the fence, Billy Donovan. You'd think Mr. Gator, also courted by Kentucky and other NBA jobs, would have thought this through better.