Despite the fact that the Spurs are overwhelming favorites to win the NBA Championship, this series has a lot of juice.
- For perhaps the first time in his career, Lebron James is playing with house money. The Cavaliers can lose in 5 or 6 games and this year will still be remembered as a great leap forward. In a strange way, on the biggest stage he has ever played on, he has less pressure than ever. (That is a bit hyperbolic, but you know what I'm getting at). I'm going to subscribe to Mad Dog Russo's ever-flawed "Loosey Goosey Theory", in this instance, and say that Lebron has an incredible series.
- I can't wait to see how Lebron James deals with Bruce Bowen. This series, I expect Bowen to reach new lows as an unconscionable ball buster. He is at his best/worst, when given the opportunity to harrass the most marketable guys in the NBA. I believe he completely resents them. Bowen will trip, elbow, grab, and finger Lebron's anus if he has to. How will Lebron respond to this?
- Is Daniel Gibson going to be Lebron's second banana for years to come? He has to prove that Games 4 and 6 against the Pistons were not flukes. This could become the most interesting angle of this series.
- Either Ilgauskas or Gooden are going to have to provide an inside scoring presence for the Cavs.
You: No shit Sherlock!
Me: Don't be a weisenheimer. I know that was obvious, but I couldn't not say it.
- Finally, can Ginobili convince Gooden to transplant that hideous patch of hair on the back of his neck to the top of Ginobili's head? Both parties would greatly benefit from such a transaction, I'm not getting my hopes up.
Spurs win in 6. They're just too good.