BOSTON CELTICS vs. ORLANDO MAGIC
The Orlando Magic will finally meet a team that is worthy of their caliber. After cruising through the first two rounds of the play-offs the Magic are now tasked to defend their Eastern Conference Title by meeting the rejuvenated 2008 NBA Champions, the Boston Celtics. The Celtics on the other hand are coming off two spectacular teams that featured one of the best players in the Universe.
This is the second series that the Celtics wont have any homecourt advantage. But that wont matter with the way they blew the Cavaliers in game 6 in Cleveland. That morale booster made them the hottest team in the NBA besides the Magic. The key to the Magic's play is their point guard Jameer Nelson. When he is aggressive there are a lot of things that the Magic can do. That is also the same for the Celtics, Rajon Rondo holds the key for a return trip to the finals. When he scores, rebounds, feeds the ball and steals it, no one on earth cans top him. In the end the experience of the Celtics will spell the difference. Lets see if that holds.
LA LAKERS VS. PHOENIX SUNS
When you face the Phoenix Suns, better be ready to outscore them for they never run out of options to score. It is hard to defend against them because you have the pin point passing of two time MVP Steve Nash who can find Amare Stoudemire inside the lane with a hand in his face. If not, he can pitch a pass to Grant Hill for the lay up or to Jason Richardson for the jam, there are just endless possibilities when he is on the court.
On the other hand, the Lakers are also a smooth offensive machine. The man they call Kobe Bryant can average 40 points any given night but he chooses to pass the ball to other teammates who can also score - Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom and the rest of the crew. They push the ball well and score without much difficulty, that means this series will be a shootfest. Now who will win, obviously the team that can shoot and defend. Lets see how this will turn out.