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The Boston Celtics fought hard but the warriors just overpowered them. Curry and the crew add another ring to their collection. Now Curry is tied with Lebron James if he wins another championship people will start having some very interesting discussions.
I'm taking the Celtics in 6. I think it might actually go seven. But I like the Celtics profile. They all seemed to be locked in on defense. Jayson Tatum is play like a superstar and when I watch them play they pass the eyeball test in terms of looking like a championship caliber team. Now on the other end, the Bucks are without Kris Middleton and so I feel a lot more comfortable making this pick. Boston doesn't have anyone that can stop Giannis but traditionally Middleton has been the closer for this team and in the playoffs you have to be able to close out games. I just don't see the Bucks having enough to close out the Celtics. That being said I love Jrue Holiday, I love what Lopez brings and of course Giannis is gonna have some monster games. So they can still get it done. But my pick is the Boston Celtics for now.
Say what you will about the Nets season this year but even after everything that they've been through I can't imagine any NBA fan expected the Celtics to sweep the Brooklyn Nets. Those old Kyrie comments about not really needing a coach look pretty bad in retrospect. I think Brooklyn would have benefited with a little more motion on offense. It seems like Kevin Durant was having to work way too hard for his points this series. Nothing came easy. A ton of people have been talking about Ben Simmons this season. But I have to say if he had been fully healthy I think his presence would have made a tremendous difference. The Nets obviously could have used his ball handling and defensive skills. Having a 6'10 point guard that can handle the ball with either hand(he's ambidextrous) has great length, has great reach, has tremendous foot speed and lateral quickness. These are the very things that Brooklyn needed in this series. As good as KD and Kyrie are I think this was a great example of why they had James Harden act as the primary ball handler. I don't think that Steve Nash's job is in any jeopardy as Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless suggested. In fact I think with a health Ben Simmons in training camp the Brooklyn Nets will be looking to make a lot of noise next season. The biggest question though is how will the next handle Kyrie Irving's contract situation going into the offseason? Do they keep him on 1 year deals or sign him to a fully guaranteed contract over a number of years?
I think Brooklyn has a real shot at knocking out the Boston Celtics. Shannon makes some great points about the Boston Celtics. They have a terrific defense, two young scorers who have playoff experience and a coach that comes from the Greg Popovich coaching tree in Ime Udoka. But the Nets have two future hall of famers that are in their prime and have won championships. Kyrie and Durant by the numbers are easily the best perimeter duo ever. They are elite in every facet of offense. Boston has a great team that has performed well against the rest of the NBA but the Nets are not the rest of the NBA. I see nobody on the Celtics that are capable of shutting down Durant or Kyrie. Likewise I don't see anyone on the Nets that can shut down Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown. But offensively they are just not on the level of Kyrie and Durant. I just feel like those guys are gonna figure it out. I honestly feel bad for Boston. Getting the number 1 seed should get you a easier matchup than the Nets in the first round.