NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals Preview

Joe WillettSenior Writer IMay 18, 2008

Are you ready? The Eastern Conference Finals are set, and we are all shocked about who is involved.

After a close game earlier today, a shocking candidate that nobody expected, and who everybody was questioning, came up big.

That's right, the Boston Celtics beat out the Cleveland Cavaliers to dance with the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals.


Okay, so maybe everybody saw this coming, and it just took a little longer than expected to come to fruition, but at least we have a good matchup that is sure to have some fireworks.

So why is each team be headed to the Finals?

Boston Celtics

The Celtics have been the top team not only for the East, but for the entire NBA, all season long.  After some big offseason moves, they turned out a lot better than the Detroit Tigers have after their big-name acquisitions.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen gelled perfectly through the regular season—and it all culminated with the best record in the NBA and home-court advantage.

They needed that home-court advantage too, going 14-0 at home and 0-12 on the road.

But are they ready for the Pistons and the NBA Finals?

Detroit Pistons

The Pistons are the NBA's version of the older guy who is still pretty good at what he did, but has most of his better years behind him.

They were great for the last few years, but they are putting on some age and are starting to have problems that they didn't have before.

However, the fact that they have been there before may turn out to be the reason that they could go on to the NBA Finals.  They have been in this situation several times, with largely the same group of people, while the Celtics are in their first year with this roster and not as used to each other like the Pistons are.

But do they have enough left in the tank for one more Finals run?

My Prediction

I think that the Celtics will take the cake, solely for the reason that they have battle-tested in this playoffs more than the Pistons.

They gained so much experience and were put through a ton of hardships in the first two rounds of playoffs.

The first series against the Hawks was especially surprising, and the series against the Cavs really threw them off, because everybody thought they were ready for underdogs.

The Celtics should be hungry to show that they can win on the road before the Finals, and a convincing win here would show their Western Conference foe that they are a force to be reckoned with.

However, the veteran leadership of the Pistons could overcome the newly given chemistry that the Celtics have created.

All of our questions are going to be answered over the next four to seven games, and I know that I'm looking forward to it.

I'm Joe W.

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