“Conference Semifinal Run Down”

The Suns head into San Antonio tonight with a resounding 2 0 lead over the rival Spurs.  This Suns team is playing fantastic basketball and really seems to be gelling at the right time.  Since the year 2003, the Suns have been ousted by the Spurs in the playoffs on 4 different occasions.

Let me tell you this, if they get the W tonight, they will finally be on the verge of taking down the mighty Spurs.  And why can’t this Suns team do it?  They looked pretty tough in the first 2 games of this series.  All they have to do to win this series though is win in Phoenix. 

Now I will be the first to say that the Spurs are a tough out.  This is a team that has won 4 titles in the past 11 years.  They are led by one of the greatest power forwards ever in Tim Duncan.  They have fantastic energy in Manu Ginobli, and youth in George Hill.  I do not see the Suns sweeping the Spurs or even taking them out in 5.  But I do see them finally climbing the mountain and conquering all that is San Antonio in either 6 or 7 games.

With the way the ageless wonder Steve Nash is playing.  The rejuvenated play of Jason Richardson.  Then of course you have the flash and skill of Amare at the 4.  And finally Channing Frye and Jared Dudley stroking from the perimeter. They are just tough to beat.  You never really get to catch your breath playing this team. 

Popo is a mastermind though for the Spurs.  One of the most vastly underrated coaches of all time and a man who just simply knows how to get it done.  But I am going against Popo, Duncan, and the Spurs in the this series.  I got the Suns bringing the heat to LA in the Western Conference Finals.

The other game of the night.  Lebron James, the “injured” one, leads his boys into Boston tied at 1 all.  Will the Cavs wake up?  I think so.  Will Lebron’s injury magically go away?  You better believe it.  Boston is a tough team with experience, but the Cavs will not be denied just yet.

I see this series going 6 or 7.  But I got the Cavs coming out victorious and taking on the Magic in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals.

And do not sleep on the Magic.  They are quietly putting on the best performance of any team in this year’s postseason.  They are truly dominating and making a tough Hawks team look awful.  Last night 4 Magic starters scored 20 or more.  Vinsanity popped in and out during the 2nd half.  Not to mention they got double digits off the bench from Pietrus.  The overall length of this team is very tough to deal with. 

Lastly, the Lake Show is taking care of the Jazz for a 3rd straight year.  This series is not over yet, but it is getting close.  The Jazz must step up their effort defensively and give Kobe different looks.  He is getting far to comfortable offensively at times.  Kobe and the Lake Show look to make the Western Conference and NBA Finals for a 3rd consecutive year.

Enjoy the games tonight though.  Try to take your mind off of the UVA Lacrosse program and LT’s insanity.  It has been a rough week.  Time to sit back and enjoy the NBA Playoffs and watch the good that sports have to offer.

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.

-Kraze

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