8th August 15:29
Dallas v. Indiana: NBA Finals
The likelihood of this happening will probably be slim, even though I
wouldn't mind the Kings in there instead of Dallas, but it can't be the
Spurs (don't know why, never liked them despite my appreciation for the
Admiral). From the East, I'd love to see my Heat actually contend, though
realistically speaking, I see Larry Brown getting the Pistons back to the
Eastern Conference Finals. I don't want to see Zo win a title with the Nets
or even get to the Finals. It's just not right. Nor is it right that Karl
Malone jumped ship from Utah to try to win a title in LA. I don't like
Malone to begin with, but this pushes it over the top.
Reggie Miller is a fine example of what it means to be dedicated to one
team. With the whole Kobe saga, I'm sure the Lakers were probably making a
push for Miller, a veteran guard who's got Finals experience and plenty of
playoff experience. No, he'd rather stay with the team that made him and
that has loved him since the start. I never liked Miller much, but I sure
have a whole lot more respect for him now. Maybe if this guy gets back to
the Finals, players might realize that patience pays off. Also, if the
Mavericks make it, many of the players that went to the contenders who
flirted with Dallas can wallow in their own pity for not going with the Mavs
(not a Mavs fan, but they did go after everyone, got close, and lost out at
the last second).
West: Dallas v. Sacramento part III: The greatest playoff series going so
far, the last three years were electrifying. Last year would have been all
Sacramento if C-Webb hadn't gone out. Then, it became a series. Who wins
this one? The True Scoring Machine that can play some Defense.
East: Detroit v. Indiana. After Indiana takes care of the Nets on Reggie's
record-setting playoffs, they set their eyes on the division champs, which
happen to be the East #1... again. Reggie averages 30+ points in these
playoffs, lifting the Pacers past the defensive Pistons. (Hehe, getting
carried away here).