I am not nearly as excited about the second round as I was for the first because:
- Some of the most interesting players, Dwayne Wade, Brandon Roy and Chris Paul, are no longer playing.
- Only one of the four series looks competitive.
- No Cinderella’s left.
- I think I watched too much basketball in the first round.
Orlando in 6 over Boston
Orlando had a much harder time putting away Philadelphia than I expected. On the other hand Boston had an evern harder time with Chicago. If Orlando is getting healthier, which it looked like they might have been based on how they played Game 6 without Dwight Howard, then I think they should be able to beat Boston.
Cleveland in 5 over Atlanta
Originally I was predicting this would be done in five games but when I look at the season series I see that though Cleveland won 3 – 1 three out of the four games were quite close. Atlanta has a very athletic team and hopefully they’ll make this round entertaining.
Los Angeles in 5 over Houston
I really want Houston to win. I want Los Angeles not to win more than I want any other team to win. But Los Angeles swept the season series and they are just a deeper, more talented team.
Denver in 5 over Dallas
I had made this prediction before Game 1 where Denver trounced Dallas. Denver is a very deep and talented team. I hate Kenyon Martin though, almost as much as I hate Kobe. This post is just full of negative feelings.
Here is a YouTube video of Yao blocking Michael Jordan. Maybe we’ll get some new ones of Yao blocking Kobe.