posted on Apr, 12 2006 @ 08:05 PM
While the Cavs are an up and coming team, they seem to be two or three years away from making a title run. Right now they are on ESPN getting
thoroughly whipped by Detroit. I do, however, think Miami can make a run at Detroit in the playoffs. New Jersey is hot as well, but the Pistons'
defense is just smothering. I don't see anyone beating Detroit in the East.
In the West, it all depends on Tim Duncan's feet. He has that plantar fascia (spelling?) problem, and some nights it really hampers him. If he can
give them 20 pts and 10 reb a night, I think the Spurs will win it all. They are deeper than last season with Nick van Exel and Michael Finley, and
we all know how Robert Horry steps it up in clutch time. Last year's finals were great. The difference in the Spurs' victories was Manu Ginobili. I
am looking for a rematch of last years finalists because I just don't see Phoenix or Dallas beating the Spurs in the West. In the playoffs the Spurs
just seem to kick things up a notch.
I think that Duncan's foot problem is going to just get worse and that his level of production is going to go downhill. Remember how Larry Bird had
so much trouble with his back to the point that he could only play 45 games in his final season. Duncan is in his ninth season; I say he is finished
in four. If that is so, it's really unfortunate. If SA wins it all again this year, that will make it four rings for Duncan in nine seasons. In
nine seasons Bird and Jordan had won only three titles apiece (Magic had won five). If he were healthy, he would have had the potential to win more
than Jordan--but fewer than Russell.