2011 NBA Playoffs: What Would Make Most Interesting 2011 NBA Finals Matchup?
The 2011 NBA Playoffs tip off tomorrow, while many are wondering which two teams would make for the most interesting matchup in the NBA Finals.
The 2011 NBA Playoffs features 16 teams who all have a shot at winning the 2011 NBA Championship. Well, maybe five of them have a legitimate chance, and the other 11 are just along for the ride, no matter how short it happens to be.
Everyone is dreaming of the endless possibilities that we could see in this year's NBA Finals, with one obvious one dominating everyone's mind.
I am of course talking about the Memphis Grizzlies taking on the Indiana Pacers.
What, nothing for that?
All joking aside, no one wants to see that matchup for the title. That would have been like rooting for the Seattle Seahawks to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in this past Super Bowl. Or seeing the San Francisco Giants take on the Texas Rangers in last season's World Series.
Oh, wait. My bad. The second one actually did occur.
But regardless, no one wants to see the Grizzlies take on the Pacers. which really doesn't matter, because it is never going to happen.
So, with that being said, what does everyone want to see most?
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We know what ABC wants to see, and that would be the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics for the third time in the past four years. It is still the most classic championship rivalry in league history.
And while I would never discount the possibility of that matchup taking place once again, maybe this year we will see something different.
If youth was to be served, then those people would be rooting for a Final matchup series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls. With young stars such as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose and others, that would be an interesting series.
If you like older teams, I guess you will be pulling for the Lakers, or San Antonio Spurs or Dallas Mavericks to meet the Celtics. While the Celtics could make it, the only one of those three I see getting there from the west happens to also be the Lakers once again, giving ABC their wish.
What about the teams in this postseason who we gave relatively no chance at the beginning of the season? What about a Finals matchup of the New York Knicks against the Portland Trail Blazers? I don't see the Knicks getting out of the first round, but the Blazers are more than capable of upsetting the Mavericks.
Or a series between the more controversial owners of the game? What if Jerry Reinsdorf and the Bulls met Mark Cuban and the Mavs? Who would the nation be pulling for in that one?
Or two of the most despised teams by many - the Heat against the Lakers? Could be a classic for years to come.
Unfortunately, we do not have any say in who advances to the 2011 NBA Finals. But it sure is fun to dream up possible scenarios.
What would your dream matchup be this postseason?
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