(Series Starts Tuesday, June 11th, 2012)
Well here we are finally at the NBA Finals. Two teams that probably expected to be here. I like to give myself some credit for predicting half of this Finals match up right as I said back before the playoffs started that the Oklahoma City Thunder would be my choice for the Finals. And look what happened. My other team was the Chicago Bulls, and we all know what happened there.
But the Miami Heat are back for a second straight year hoping to cash in on their prediction of not one, not two, not three, not four, and so on championships. So far being 0-1 in the NBA Finals isn’t exactly a way to present yourself as this super power team. Lebron James has been playing the best basketball of his career, and if he continues this, then the Heat will be in good shape.
I think the Oklahoma City Thunder will be in good shape if their defense comes to play. I feel like between Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins, those guys should bring the defensive intensity that will be needed to slow down Lebron James and the rest of the Heat.
Offensively, the Thunder will have to keep relying on Kevin Durant. I believe he’ll play as many minutes as he can, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he ends up playing some full games of all 48 minutes. With the shape these guys are in, there’s no doubt they can do that.
Durant and James will be the match up everyone wants to see. It will be like the old school boxing matches with each guy throwing their best punch. Whoever keeps coming back and upping the other guy will win the game. I know, simple prediction there.
So what ultimate prediction do I have here? The Thunder have really impressed me with their post season run. The way they took care of the Spurs team, also impressive in their own way, was awesome to watch. Therefore, I’m going with the Seattle Sonics, I mean Oklahoma City Thunder as my NBA Finals winner. I had to get one Seattle joke in this. But the Thunder are my NBA Champions pick in however many games they need to do it. I think if the Thunder play like they have been, it could go five games. But a let down, and this one goes to seven. I’ll stick with my first thought and say Thunder in five games. Durant is your Finals MVP, and we start his walk to becoming the best player in the league.