Did the Clippers choke or did the Rockets just play at a level we haven’t seen from them yet? Probably a little bit of both but it leans more towards the latter as Houston came out with an energy that was unreal and it propelled them into the Western Conference Finals. Winning 3 straight after being down 3 games to 1 is amazing and they know/understand that it is going to take that same level of effort as they face off against the Golden State Warriors. This is going to be an incredible match-up between the top two MVP contenders James Harden and Steph Curry all series. We can all feel that unspoken “I’m the Real MVP” tension in the air. Although the regular season meetings were ugly, this is an entirely different group of guys in Houston right now and they’re hungry. After watching what they accomplished last series as the “underdog” they may actually enjoy being in this position.
Will Steph Curry be too much for the Rockets who are unfortunately missing the great defender in Patrick Beverly? Can Josh Smith and Dwight Howard maintain this high level of play? Will James Harden show Steph Curry and the NBA fans everywhere that he is the real MVP?
Let us know your predictions for the matchup!
However, when it comes to “underdogs” the Atlanta Hawks have to come to mind with this season they put together earning a #1 seed. Not many can honestly say they picked the Hawks to meet the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals this year. Their team chemistry is arguably the best in the league (Warriors and Spurs are on that short list as well) and it may just give the Cleveland Cavaliers problems. Especially being without Kevin Love for the remainder of the playoffs and we all saw what an aggressive Al Horford did to the Wizards, you can bet it will be a major key point in both huddles. On the flip side, Korver may be one of the best shooters but defensively he will have to guard Kyrie Irving, Lebron James or JR Smith during stretches. Trouble. Only if Irving can actually play though, unfortunately for the Cavs his status is still uncertain after injuring foot and dealing with tendinitis in his knee. How much he can contribute early in the series will be something to keep an eye on.
Can the Hawks extend their magical season and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers? Will Lebron and Kyrie get help from the role players like they did in the Chicago series? Is Al Horford going to dominate the boards in the absence of Kevin Love? Is this the season that Lebron James brings a NBA title to his hometown of Cleveland?
You tell us! Who do you think is going to be crowned Eastern Conference Champions?