02
Apr
08

Stealin’ the Lucky Charms…

Celtic gloryYesterday, on April Fool’s Day, Tooch graced you with his impeccable memory and wove a tale of Crystal Pepsi and inappropriate facial hair.

Today, he’s back. And with a real NBA playoff preview.

Let’s begin with the tricycle race that is the Eastern Conference playoff competition.

Led by the stud-heavy Celtics, the East boasts just a few teams (Boston, Detroit and Orlando) that have any remote chance of winning a championship.

 

Cleveland, Washington, Toronto and Philadelphia have all locked up their spots, but none boast enough star power to compete with those power players – or a single Western Conference playoff team for that matter.

 

One E.C. team to keep an eye out for – besides the Celtics – will be the Wizards. Gilbert Arenas has been medically cleared to play and could return to the team any day now. Let’s just hope he doesn’t commit suicide the minute he’s sent to the bench. The Wizards, when they are completely healthy, are a dangerous team and maybe, just maybe, could slip past the Celtics. (Just don’t count on it though.)

In the end, I – like the rest of the NBA-watching world – will be absolutely shocked if the Celtics don’t cruise to an NBA Finals appearance. Kevin Garnett is at the top of his game right now, Ray Allen is relatively healthy, and even “Big Baby” Glenn Davis is contributing. One of the only things working against Boston is the incredible amount of pressure on the team to return the city to the glory it enjoyed in the 80s. I’m going to go out on a limb here though, and predict that that pressure will send the Celtics the way of their Boston brethren Patriots this year.

 

You read that right. In what I’m sure will be a shocking pick to all of you, I’m going with the San Antonio Spurs to reign as champions yet again this season. The Spurs have won eight straight games now and, as usual, are getting huge contributions from their role players (Jacque Vaughn, anyone?).

New Orleans is having a fantastic season as well and boasts this year’s regular season MVP in Chris Paul, but nobody – and I mean nobody – can compete with the postseason experience of the Spurs. Give credit to the rest of the Western Conference though, which has played an absolutely incredible season. Look no further than the Golden State Warriors, who – with a 45-29 record – have NOT even locked up a playoff spot. That’s just how damn good the West is.

Snoop Dogg, rejoice – the West Coast is undoubtedly on top this year, and it looks like they mean business.

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2 Responses to “Stealin’ the Lucky Charms…”


  1. 1 BabyJ
    April 3, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Hold on, hold on, hold on. As a contributor to this Web site, I’m shocked and (ever so slightly) appaled by what I see on my beloved Cut. No, not a mustachioed Italian trying to pesto his way onto my spaghetti scene, but did I just see the line “not enough star power” next to the Cleveland Cavaliers?? Maybe it’s the MJ loyalist in you, but ARE YOU HIGH!?! Have you been high for the past 3 years!?! The Cavs boast THE star in the NBA right now (sorry Kobe) who single handidly lead his team to the finals just last year. You could even argue he’s got a better supporting cast around him right now (Wally, Big Ben, a more experience Booby, Joe Smith, Varejeo, an underrated Ilgauskas…) That’s some seriuos Playoff experience right there. And hardly a mention of Detroit, who may also be better than last year. The Celtics run to the title won’t be as easy as you claim.
    And while I’m inclined to agree with you about the Spurs, I can’t help but really, really like this Laker squad. They’ve got the stud with a heart as cold as Dippin-Dots to make their clutch shots, and if Bynum can return and produce along side Pau & Odom they are more than capable of a championship (lest you forget their coach alraedy Mr. I-Still-Wear-My-3-Peat-T-Shirt). The West is going to come down to point guards though, so the only question is whether Derek Fisher can defend the likes of Langoria, Nash and Paul.
    Go suck a stramboli!

  2. 2 Tooch
    April 3, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Baby J, give me a break – the Cavaliers have 0 star power outside of LeBron. Last I checked, the Celtics have 3 players who individually could easily be named the League’s MVP. I would very much hesitate to define star power with Wally, Big Ben, Joe Smith, etc. LeBron IS the team, and last year was a fluke in my mind. Detroit is slightly improved from last year, but they still can’t compete with the athleticism and energy that the Celtics bring to the table, that is assuming the Celtics are 100% healthy. The Wizards, as I pointed out, might just have what it takes. Gilbert is back and Caron Butler proved this season that he truly is a star – he just needed the right setting and supporting cast. As far as the West goes, sure the Lakers are much, much improved this year – as are the Rockets, Jazz and rest of the conference. But when it comes down to it, since the West is going to be an absolute shootout, I’ll go with the one team that plays hard-nosed defense and has the upper hand in experience, that being the Spurs.

    And I’ll have you know that I had a stramboli for breakfast, and it was delicious.


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