The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers are going at it for the fifth time in the playoffs in the last 10 years (though, they haven’t met up in the post season since 2004) in the Western Conference Finals. The Pistons are headed back to their sixth consecutive Eastern Conference Finals to butt heads with the Boston Celtics.
As you’ve read over my blog since last March, you would know that I’m a huge, huge advocate/fan/fanatic/fanboy of the Spurs and Celtics. With that quick foreshadowing (giving you a few hints), you should realize that I’m hoping, really hoping, for a Spurs/Celtics Finals. Probably the only person in the world that’s hoping for that Finals. My father was a lifetime Celts fan since the mid-to-late 50s and early 60s. He became a Spurs fan along when I did when we were disappointed that Tim Duncan didn’t go to the Celtics. We high-fived on June 15, 2003 — the night the Spurs won their second NBA title on Father’s Day that year against the Nets in game 6 — and have some great basketball memories. Our dream was to watch the Spurs and Celtics play each other in the Finals, though he and I both knew where our hearts would be in that match up regardless.
Not to mention I really want one of those super cool San Antonio Spurs versus Boston Celtics 2008 NBA Finals shirts! It’s a shirt that I’d buy two different ones. One to wear and one to just keep for the hell of it. Kind of the same way I feel about the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins meeting up with each other in the Super Bowl. Though, the Spurs and Celtics are more likelier to happen rather than the hobo match up between the Lambs and the Shrimp (I have to poke fun at my two NFL teams every now and then).
I know where I stand on the Spurs. You can never count them out of anything. I almost — repeat: almost — did when they were down 2-0 in the Hornets series but, as I wrote on SportsAttitude’s blog, my original prediction was the Spurs winning the series in 6. When the Spurs were about to play the Suns, only 43 percent picked the Spurs to win. They won in five. Going into the New Orleans series, only 39 or 40 percent gave the Spurs a chance to come back down 2-0. They won in seven. But once I knew the series was going to seven, I just had the feeling of knowing the Spurs would win. Only for the fact that they’ve won at least ONE road game every playoff series since they’ve acquired Tim Duncan. They were due for that road win. Especially as they were watching Janero Pargo launch 3s throughout the fourth quarter. It was an excellent season for the Hornets — while most fans digress from it all, I’m a huge fan of Chris Paul and have been since his college days. You can call him a nut puncher and all that other mundane insult type of shit, but he can ball. Just not when the Spurs are controlling a slow pace of game — then nobody can ball, truly. But that’s for another post.
I don’t know where I stand on the Celtics. I can’t figure out what the hell’s going on. They either want to win the NBA Finals in 28 games or they just want to toil around and waste energy. Or they just can’t figure it out in the playoffs because teams actually require a quality mindset from their coaches to make adjustments (Doc Rivers’ ineptitude disallows him to do such things). The Pistons have so much experience that it’s scary. After being ousted the last two years in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Miami Heat (2006) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2007), they’re ready to strike blood, and now, having the Celtics whom are banged around and confused (compared to the regular season ways), Detroit looks like the team to beat.
But, to tell you the truth, while I want to see that Celtics/Spurs series, a Pistons/Spurs [2005 NBA Finals rematch] series wouldn’t kill me. Especially because I happen to enjoy defensive basketball. But you have to jump the tiger first. Let’s see what happens.