This is the fourth and final edition of my NBA Finals Forecast series. For part one (Lakers vs. Celtics) click here. For part two (Suns vs. Magic) click here. And for part three (Magic vs. Lakers) click here.
Could Phoenix and Boston meet in the 2010 NBA Finals? Based on recent games, this possible series still has a pulse.
The Celtics are in the midst of a two game losing streak resulting in a 3-2 series lead for Boston. Meanwhile, Phoenix has won two straight and brought themselves back in their series against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Now I know a lot of basketball fans are saying that the Orlando Magic will come back and win the Eastern Conference Finals, but don't write the Celtics off just yet. Despite their losing streak and injuries, the Celtics are not finished.
Boston's next game will be played at home and the injuries yesterday affected a backup center in Glen Davis and a backup guard in Marquis Daniels. Daniels averaged a grand total of six points per game in the regular season.
So the Celtics will most likely win the Eastern Conference Finals. Now if they were to meet Phoenix in June, they would have a big advantage over the Suns.
The Celtics have one of best defensive front-courts in Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins, so at the very least, they should be able to contain Robin Lopez and Amar'e Stoudemire.
In addition, they have two sharpshooters in Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, not to mention an upstart in Rajon Rondo.
Boston would have the ability to burn the Suns from behind the arc and if that doesn't work, they could go inside to Kevin Garnett.
Boston has too many key advantages over Phoenix not to win this series if it were to happen. The Celtics losing two straight to Orlando is definitely a fluke and if they win and play Phoenix, the Suns will be completely overwhelmed by Boston.
Series Prediction: Celtics over Suns in five games (4-1).