As national pundits and round-ball prognosticators heralded the fall of this year's feel-good story, the New Orleans Hornets, they should have consulted Vegas.
The money said the Hornets will take the series, and they will.
It is unfortunate that so many knowledgeable people can be so ignorant; but who can blame them?
They have yet to see the Bees on national TV; hence they have yet to absorb this simple fact: Christopher Paul is the best little dude ever to play the game.
How were they to attribute supernatural basketball intelligence and skill to Christopher Paul?
One thing they should have known was this; the Hornets have a better record. The Hornets win on the road. The Hornets finished second — yes, second. So at least figure them to be around until the Western finals where they'll face the Lakers.
They should also know that a team is more than a sum of its parts. Dallas has the best parts money can buy. But none of those parts stepped up for Dirk in Game 1, when David West gently caressed Dirk's face as if he were a Mafia grandioso. Tell me again why Devon George gets playing time?
Reasons they'll get to the Lakers:
CP3 (35 pts. 10 assists, 4 steals!, and ONE (1) turnover.) If anything Dallas has taught us; we should have learned to vote for MVP after the first round.
Bonzi Wells is in a contract year.
Julian Wright is a hidden gem.
Paul is rubbing off on Pargo.
Peja's career is being defined; and he is one of the best shooters ever.
Chandler was the second pick in the draft once; now he's acting like it.
This is professional sports. Professionals know that employees do not have the right to fire their bosses.
Jason Kidd was once above these rules, as his influence had Coach Scott dismissed. Scott must have really gotten into his head. Welcome back, little Kidd.
Team defense and mental toughness! (How Golden State's beating of Dallas demonstrated anything about Dallas' experience is rather bizarre; they got experience choking!)
Oh yeah, did I mention David West was an All-Star?