|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBASo here we are, after a condensed 66 game regular season schedule and the first two rounds of the 2012 playoff postseason in the books. There are four teams left standing in the NBA.
Two of them, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will compete to see who emerges as the Eastern Conference Champions. Entering the shortened season, most predictions had the Chicago Bulls in a rematch with Miami after they met in the 2011 finals, but an injury to Derrick Rose in game one, round one took away that possibility. The Philadelphia Seventy Sixers advanced against Boston, who had beat an Orlando team minus Dwight Howard and in disarray. Both series against the Magic and Sixers seemed a little bit too difficult then they should have been for Boston, all things considered. They did finally advance by beating Philly in a game seven in Beantown.
Miami, on the other hand, dispatched the New York Knicks rather easily considering how well the Knicks had been performing during the second half of the regular season. They then handled a feisty crew from Indy, even while losing Chris Bosh in the process, with a severely strained abdominal muscle. Even without Bosh and the suspended Udonis Haslem, the Heat prevailed featuring the two man show of LeBron And Dwayne with Wade scoring 41 points in the series clincher. Previous to that, he and King James had combined for 70 points in another game during the series.
The key to this upcoming finals will obviously be the two superstars continuing to dominate and whether or not Bosh makes a return. He is not expected to play in game one, but is making progress with no set timetable as to when he might play.
Even without Bosh, it seems unlikely for the Celtics to emerge victorious over seven games. To do so will take a herculean effort from the likes of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and of course Rajon Rondo. The Heat are highly favored to win this series and advance to the NBA Championship seies for a second consecutive year.