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NBA Final Four thoughts
May 20, 2008 - Neil Rudel
I get conflicting feedback on this blog.
Ray Eckenrode (Ecks), presumably through Rob Egans (Eegs), think I'm the face of the NBA locally.
Others, like old pal Larry McAleer, tells me, "why would you write about the Penguins?"
I'm caught in the middle, but the plan is to forge ahead with NBA talk today since it's down to the Final Four.
My playoff fantasy league bracket was blown up with the Lakers and Spurs winning (I had the ninth pick and couldn't pass on Deron Williams but was/am happy to get Lamar Odom on the way back up) but it's still a compelling field that remains.
Most suspect the networks would like a Lakers-Celtics matchup so ESPN can show Rambis wiping out McHale over and over and over. I could live with it.
The Spurs were nearly taken out by the upstart Hornets but San Antonio showed its championship mettle. The defending champion vs. the reigning MVP in Kobe is cool. Lakers in 7.
Boston nearly showed a glass jaw in its first two series as the Celtics were pushed by both Atlanta and Cleveland to seven games. Of Boston's heralded trio, only Kevin Garnett consistently pulled his weight until Paul Pierce went off for 40-plus in Game 7. The Celts will need Ray Allen to surface in this series with playoff-tested Detroit.
The Pistons' best chance to steal a road game would be tonight in Boston since Detroit is rested and the Celtics had to fight for their lives on Sunday.
Still, the sentimentalist in me says Boston in 7.