There was one team that was supposed to win the NBA Finals, one team that if the Celtics had met in the Conference Finals would have annihilated Gang Green, one player who would single handily rewrite the NBA record book. LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Celtics and Cavaliers were a sexy pick for an Eastern Conference Finals. Kevin Garnett was lost, and the critics immediately dropped Boston out of the prime playoff picture. Leon Powe went down after Garnett, and the C’s were dropped out of the playoff picture entirely.
Boston was able to advance past Chicago in what was one of the greatest series ever played. Then, they met up with the Orlando Magic. Dwight Howard is by far Orlando’s best player, and he is their center. Behind Kendrick Perkins, the C’s had not one single legitimate player who could contend with Howard, with the possible exception of Glen Davis, who played the defensive player of the year well for certain periods of time. T
he Celtics had the least amount of big man depth compared to any other playoff team, and were able to take the Orlando Magic to 7 games. The team with no depth competing with a team with not only depth at the position (Marcin Gortat), but also supreme talent (Superman).
The Cleveland Cavaliers had some trouble with the Magic. The team that would dominate the Garnettless Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers may have gotten farther than Boston in the post season, but they were eliminated in 6 by a team which needed 7 games to eliminate Boston.
The Cavs not only failed to live up to expectations, but also succeeded in giving the Boston Celtics the credit they deserved.