The 2009 NBA Playoffs are upon us and it’s looking like it will be an exciting one this year.
Each team will be looking to make a push at the championships, as lower seeds attempt to take down the favorites to win. The top two teams this year are the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East and the Los Angeles Lakers in the West.
The Lakers are the clear favorites to win the Western Conference Championship again, as they have had another amazing season, owning the second-best record in the NBA.
They are led by Kobe Bryant yet again and have made few changes from their roster this year. The biggest differences from their team last year is the semi-healthy presence of center Andrew Bynum and the development of forward Trevor Ariza.
Bynum has taken massive steps forward as he develops into one of the best centers in the league. His presence is really shown as the Lakers can dominate the inside game when he is healthy. Ariza originally started out as the sixth man for this team this year but has developed into such a versatile player that he has earned a starting spot throughout the season.
The Lakers also own arguably the best bench in the NBA. It features players like Lamar Odom, Luke Walton, and Jordan Farmar. This bench has allowed the Lakers’ starters extra rest all throughout the season which will really help out this team in these playoffs. Look for them to represent the West in the NBA Finals.
The East has a lot more competition and makes the argument a bit more exciting. The Cavs own the best record in the NBA led by King LeBron James. The acquisition of Mo Williams has been huge for this club and every player has really stepped up this year.
Of course, LeBron has put up MVP numbers for the team and is the best player in the NBA in my eyes. He alone will make the Eastern conference playoffs exciting. Another thing going for them is that they play amazing on their home court as they have only lost one game at “The Q” all season.
And who could forget the reigning champions, the Boston Celtics?
The Celtics had another great year and are looking to defend their title. Many people have lost some faith in this team as they did not dominate as much as they did last year. There is one simple reason for this. Kevin Garnett has been absent 25 games this year. KG makes a good team turn into a great one. His production on both ends of the floor is amazing and the Celtics really missed it for many games. If he was healthy all year, I am certain the team would have the best record in the NBA.
Their success in the playoffs relies on whether or not KG is healthy. If he is not ready to go, Glen “Big Baby” Davis gets more minutes and the Celtics suffer greatly because he is so pathetic, it is disgusting to watch. Hopefully he doesn’t get a hold of this article or he will cry his eyes out because I picked on him.
The only other legitimate contender in the East is the Orlando Magic. Dwight Howard, aka “Superman,” has developed into arguably the best big man in the league. Superman is incredibly fun to watch because he is so dominant inside with his strength and athleticism. Throw a bunch of solid players like Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu and Rafer Alston around him and it forms a pretty solid team capable of doing some damage in the playoffs.
The Chicago Bulls could potentially be an upset pick because of they are currently on a hot streak and could be dangerous if they keep that momentum going into the playoffs.
The Portland Trail Blazers are my pick to compete with the Lakers in the West. I really love how good Brandon Roy is, he is turning into one of the best players in the league and I think this year he will do some damage in the playoffs this year.
My prediction is that the Lakers’ will be too dominant in these playoffs and carry home the title over the Cavs.