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Conference Finals Preview

Friday, May 14, 2010


Well now. The Celtics threw a little wrench in everyone's postseason predictions, including mine. I had the Cavaliers beating the Suns in the Finals, so it's back to the drawing board. I think we're going to see a new champion this year, meaning I'm going against the grain and taking the Magic and Suns into the Finals. Here's why.

Eastern Conference Finals – Magic over Celtics 4-3

The Magic have three big advantages here: rest, home court and Dwight Howard. Howard is going to be a nightmare for the Celtics inside, while Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis, Vince Carter, Matt Barnes and Mickael Pietrus are going to cause problems on the outside. The Magic have better options to help contain Rajon Rondo than the Cavaliers did (Barnes, Pietrus), and will also come in well rested. No one saw the Celtics getting this far, so I'm not going to jump on their bandwagon just yet. This should be a very good series, but my guess is Orlando's home court prevails in the end.

Western Conference Finals – Suns over Lakers 4-2

This one is tricky and I don't feel great about it, especially with the Lakers having home court. But I took the Suns to the Finals before the playoffs started, so I'm sticking with it. They're still the hottest team left in the playoffs and are coming off a surprising sweep of the Spurs. They'll also get Robin Lopez back from a back injury, which will be key in competing with Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. However, he hasn't played in nearly two months, so it's hard to say how helpful he's going to be. Jason Richardson is probably the key to this series for the Suns, while they'll also need at least one big game out of Jared Dudley, Goran Dragic, Leandro Barbosa, Channing Frye and Grant Hill. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers have the experience and rings, but the Suns should, at the very least, make this an intense dog fight.

NBA Finals Suns over Magic 4-3

That's right. The Suns win it all. Or at least I think they do. It's quite possible it could be Lakers vs. Celtics again this June, in which case I'll just start over.

Also, if you haven't seen this ridiculous video of Clevelanders trying to get "you know who" to stay, take a look. Just beware that it's about three minutes of your life you'll never get back.

And if I had to guess on "you know who," I'd say he will not be returning to Cleveland next year. New Jersey, Chicago, Miami and New York are my Top 4 candidates for his services.

New Band of Horses out Tuesday, new Everest came out this week. Check it.


Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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