As the season draws to a close, teams are jockeying for position in the post season standings. Man! It’s a close race in the west; with the LA Lakers in the top spot other teams’ positions can change just by losing one game. The Lakers to me are still the favorite along with the Cavs. With these two teams having the top spots, the coaches can afford to (and should) rest their star players as they gear up for the playoffs.  As much as I hate to say it, since the start of the season, the Lakers have been my pick to play again in the NBA Finals.  

I have to say I have been really impressed with the performance of the Orlando Magic recently. The addition of Vince Carter seems to finally be paying off. Vince Carter’s playing recently has been a.) more aggressive and b.) more productive and this is just what the Magic need if they are going to be one of the dominate teams during the playoffs.

The Atlanta Hawks still look suspect to me; I just don’t think they have what it takes to beat the Cavs or Magic.  With 50 wins and 29 loses it’s easy to over look that they have a losing record against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, and Orlando Magic.  We won’t even talk about Joe Johnson who will probably leave the Hawks and accept an offer from another team after this season.  Didn’t he do that when he left Phoenix, and went to Atlanta?  Although the Hawks are a talented team they will have to do a lot more upgrading to their roster to contend for an NBA title.

Although, with the way this season is wrapping up, there are some teams that are surprising me.  In the west, there aren’t many teams that have what it takes to beat the Lakers, but I do feel there is one team that can do it.  (Drum roll, please) … The Dallas Mavericks.  The Mavs have definitely improved their roster with some major upgrades.  The acquisition of Butler, Haywood, and Stevenson is paying off big time.  Let’s not forget they have Shawn Marion.  This is a deep team.  Oh! And, my man Dirk Nowitzki has been a beast since they lost to the Heat in the 2005 NBA Finals.  Truly, he is unstoppable.  So, with a Bynumless Lakers, you would do well to not underestimate his presence on the floor.   

As a sidenote, teams with injuries will have problems contending during the playoffs, but I’ll leave that for another posting. 

I am really looking forward to the start of the playoffs and even more the start of next season, go Knicks!

iHayez on the Go!

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Comments
  1. Newtonium says:

    I think Johnson will come to NYK. I keep thinkin we’re gonna have him & Bosh, which would be just fine. Of course I want LeBron or D-Wade, but I don’t really see either one of them leaving their respective teams. We’ll see tho.

  2. IHayez says:

    Where’s the loyalty to David Lee? He is a proven allstar who is deserving of a resign and build the team around him.

  3. drktnt says:

    hell yeah David Lee deserves a contract. if the Knicks dont resing him it will be abust no matter who they get . that “wb” can ball.

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