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Tristan Thompson is a big part of this series. Also, I think Shawn Marion is going to step in and play a major part as well. People don’t remember that Shawn is a former All-Star in this league. They also don’t remember that you don’t have to win 20 games right now – you just have to find a way to win 4.
Each win you get in the playoffs is going to be different than the other. The pressure ratchets up after each game as well.
I’ve been on a team with the world’s greatest player. Right now, the greatest player in the game is in Cleveland. Sometimes you just have to strap onto their back and let them carry you to the top. At that point, the remaining guys have to fill in. I think the Cavs have some good fill-in guys, but since Kevin Love is gone, it looks like it will have to be lights-out from LeBron and Kyrie.
I think size always matters, especially with guys like Joakim and Gasol. Chicago has a formidable team.
But let me tell you how we see it here in Cleveland: we are going to pick this thing up from the 90s from where we left off. It’s a nice rivalry between Cleveland and Chicago.
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I think Milwaukee is very capable of getting back into this series against Chicago. I expect them to win in Milwaukee. To me, their shooting and their shot selection – specifically, taking too many shots early in the possession – has hurt them.
But they’re playing solid defense, they’re hustling, and they’re not turning the ball over. Their youth is a disadvantage in the playoffs because of minimal experience. They’ve never been in this position.
How about those Wizards! They are built to be a playoff team, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they represented the Eastern Conference during the NBA Finals. Every champion has the luxury of having a big man that can play. Washington is loaded in their frontcourt with good, quality bigs. The experience of Paul Pierce and Drew Gooden, along with their great backcourt of John Wall an
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For 36 times this season, college teams have given the Kentucky Wildcats their best shot, and for 36 times each of their foes have come up empty. With a talent-laden roster that would make the Lakers drool, Kentucky is just four wins from being the standard for college basketball excellence. The general consensus is that the Wildcats best competition this season has been each other in practice and therefore the Vegas bookies have predicted double figure wins in all of their games.
With nine NBA prospects in the rotation, no other college team has the talent to match up with them. They have great guards but their real strength is the size and skill of their bigs.
West Virginia knows that they can’t match up man for man with Kentucky, so expect them to make the game ugly. Their head coach, Bob Huggins, has never been confused with a choir boy. He groomed former bruisers Danny Fortson and Kenyon Martin at Cincinnati where he created a culture of thuggery on and off the court.
In the Mountaineers Second Round game against Maryland last week, at least three of Huggin’s players could have been charged with assault. They physically pounded the Terp’s guards from the opening tip until finally Melo Trimble was tapped out by the medical staff after his tenth time hitting the floor. Even though Maryland fans understood they had no chance to win with Trimble on the bench, they were relieved he wouldn’t further risk his health with the West Virginia mugging taking place.
True to his character, Huggins will push the boundaries of physical play against Kentucky and deploy his henchmen in uniform to counter-punch the Wildcat’s skilled players. He knows his only chance to compete with them is to make the game a slug-fest. But Kentucky’s players are too gifted and disciplined for that and will make West Virginia their 37th victim!