Now that I have fully recovered from the Nug-Nasties getting bounced from the NBA playoffs, I can finally say that I'm ready to move on with the Finals between the Magic and the Lakers.
And while there is no doubt who I will be pulling for the next few weeks (let me just put it this way: I will be bleeding blue), I honestly have NO idea what's about to happen.
No team has come out of nowhere and surprised me like this year's Orlando team.
I legitimately did not think that the Cavaliers were going to lose A GAME during the playoffs and if it weren't for an amazing shot by LeBron at the end of Game 2 and an amazing individual performance by LeBron in Game 5, the Magic would have easily swept that series.
So now all bets are off. The Magic could sweep, the Lakers could sweep. It could go all seven games. I honestly have NO idea what's about to happen.
My biggest fear is that the entire Magic game plan that has gotten them this far (you know, everyone but Dwight Howard run to the three point line, get the ball into Dwight, see what he can do, have him kick it back out, swing it around the perimeter, swish a three) will suddenly dry up during this series and the Lakers will not only sweep, but blow them off the court.
Have we ever seen a team win a championship that runs its fast break offense to the three point line and then has everyone stop and wait for a shot?
That's the whole key to this series to me. We know Kobe is going to get his, we know Dwight Howard is going to dominate defensively, we know Lamar Odom will disappear, we know Phil Jackson will play his Jedi mind tricks with the officials, we know Stan VanGundy will continue to look like a veteran porn star, but we just don't know if those Orlando threes will keep falling.
My gut is telling me they won't, but then will, but by that time it will be too late.
I'm officially picking the Lakers in 6 but I hope I'm wrong.