NBA Playoffs 2012 Predictions: Projecting the Postseason's Final 4 Teams
Even though the NBA season has yet to be completed, it's never too early to begin speculating on which teams will dominate in the postseason.
The 2012 NBA playoffs are right around the corner, and I know I'm not the only one who can't wait to watch it all unfold.
All the star players will take their games to a higher level, which will result in fantastic games throughout the postseason.
The playoff seeds have yet to be made, but we already have a good idea as to what they'll look like.
With that said, here's who I'm predicting as the final four teams in the 2012 NBA playoffs. As always, feel free to drop a comment and give your predictions as well.
Will the Miami Heat win it all this year?
Despite being in second place in the Eastern Conference right now, come playoff time, the Heat are going to be the most dangerous team.
This team is too talented to go down early, so don't expect any shocking upsets over the Heat.
Miami is on a mission, and it will not be denied.
Just like last year, the Bulls will struggle in the playoffs, but they'll find a way to claw through it all and reach the Eastern Conference finals against Miami.
Once again, both teams will put on an impressive show that leaves fans talking for days. They've had some intense battles during the regular season, and the playoffs won't be any different.
Derrick Rose will need to stay healthy for Chicago to get this far, but he's a tough competitor and will fight through the pain if he's feeling any right now.
Chicago vs. Miami will easily be an epic showdown.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The status of James Harden is uncertain, but I think he'll end up playing in the playoffs, even if he does have to wait until the second round.
They may be young, but the Thunder know how to play. Oklahoma City is loaded with star power, and Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins will all be tough to stop in the postseason.
The Thunder are the real deal, and opposing teams in the Western Conference need to beware.
The path to the finals isn't easy for the Thunder, but they have the talent to get the job done.
Who will win the championship this year?
Los Angeles Clippers
The chances for the Clippers to make a deep run and get a shot at playing in the championship game will depend on the playoff seeds.
Right now, they're in fourth place in the Western Conference, which means if they win their first series, they'll have to face the winner of the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 8 seed.
That should be the Clippers up against the Spurs, but then again, San Antonio lost in the first round a year ago, so anything can happen. Either way, I have the Clippers surprising everyone and reaching the Western Conference finals.
They've got what it takes to beat Memphis in the first round and then upset the Spurs in the second round. Look for Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to rise up and do the unthinkable. Unfortunately, the Thunder will spoil their Cinderella run.
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