Where Will Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard End Up This Summer?
The question everyone is asking is where will Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard end up this summer?
The parody of the NBA once again is proven to be horrendous with the teams who are in the conference finals this season. Three out of the four teams that are in this year's conference finals were in last year's as well. The only new team that is in the conference finals this season is the Houston Rockets. The San Antonio Spurs were in last year's conference finals and they were bounced in the first-round this season against the Golden State Warriors.
Golden State is looking to win back-to-back titles. The Boston Celtics are looking to win an NBA title for the first time since the 2007-2008 season. The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to win their second title in three years. The Houston Rockets are looking for their first NBA title since they went back-to-back in 1994 and 1995. Is it possible we have a Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive. It is either good or bad for the league depending how you look at it.
Eastern Conference: (4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (2) Boston Celtics: The Boston Celtics have been doubted for most of the NBA playoffs so far because they don't have Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. All the Celtics do is find a way to win games and that is because of the fabulous coaching by Brad Stevens. Will Stevens be able to dial up a game plan to slow down the Cleveland Cavaliers? He is going to need to find one of his players to rough up Lebron James, although it seems like a daunting task because I don't think he could be slowed down four times. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been playing amazing for the Celtics and other players have been stepping up. I didn't think Boston would beat the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers, but the Celtics are still playing. As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, they need seven games just to beat the Indiana Pacers in the first-round, but Cleveland swept the Toronto Raptors in the second round. It looked like Cleveland was going to be in an 0-1 hole early in that series, but it took a monumental collapse by Toronto late in the game in order for it to happen. The Raptors just folded after that and the Cavaliers swept them for the second consecutive postseason. Lebron James will be a force in this series and I think the back court of J.R. Smith and George Hill will play a major factor in this series. Kevin Love started to find his game in the second-round and that will be huge as the playoffs go on. The Cavaliers are more experienced than the Celtics. The pick: Cavaliers in 4.
Western Conference: (2) Golden State Warriors vs (1) Houston Rockets: The Golden State Warriors are the defending champions for a reason, but the Houston Rockets are making to make their marking. James Harden hasn't been exactly sharp this postseason for the Rockets, but Chris Paul has been sensational for Houston. Paul's 40-point,10-rebound, and no turnover game in Game 5 against the Utah Jazz is everything you need to know about how badly Chris Paul wants to win. This is why he was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason. Paul will be an interesting matchup against Steph Curry. Trevor Ariza and P.J. Tucker will most likely take turns at guarding Kevin Durant and they both could throw him off his game, but the odds are it won't happen. I think Klay Thompson is going to be a big component in this series for the Warriors because Curry and Durant will have an off night in this series. Clint Capela will be an intimidating force down low on defense for Houston.The difference in this series might be the bench play. Guys like Gerald Green, Eric Gordon, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Nene come off the bench for Houston. Shaun Livingston, Quinn Cook, Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell, and David West come off the bench for Golden State. The Rockets bench will be the difference in this series, along with the heart and soul of Chris Paul's game. The pick: Rockets in 7.