The Celtics are a pleasant surprise with their 1-0 series lead. What makes them scary is that Jayson Tatum, their main man, was not even a party to the offensive uprising in that fateful 4th stanza. What makes them scarier still is that they did it in the Warriors’ homecourt at the Chase Center Arena in San Francisco.
The Bucks are now just a game away from the NBA crown. The crucial Game 6 will be held in their home arena at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. The momentum has changed hands now. It is now with the Bucks, as they gallop toward the finish line. Which team will respond with a greater sense of urgency? Which team will execute their offense and defense patterns successfully? Which team will the cage gods bless?
Injuries have become the main catalyst in this year’s playoffs. The team that is less affected by the health bug will win it all. Action has been exciting nonetheless, with coaches showing audacity and great creativity in reacting to the stars’ absence. New faces and new moves were in full display in the playoffs.
Like 2 majestic prizefighters duking it out in the center of the bloodied ring, the Lakers and the Heat size each other up once more. The Heat is bruised and battered, having absorbed tremendous punishment from its oversized foe in 3 of the first 4 rounds of this 7-round classic. After losing the last-minute slugfest in Round 4, the Heat stood eyeball-to-eyeball with the Lakers once again in the dying seconds of Round 5. Would they bend a knee to the mighty Lakers?
Rondo is perfect fit for a Laker team that is without a legit point guard. Lebron may have taken over the starting PG role this year, but he is still a work in progress. Lebron will take time before he imbibes the role completely, if he ever does. And it is Rondo who must provide the leadership role as seen from the eyes of a seasoned point laureate.
It’s all over but the shouting. The way the Lakers are playing, with their supreme confidence, and with no trace of pressure seen in their faces. . And with the fateful injuries to key Heat players. The Lakers are simply bigger, better and badder at this point. That said, I expect the Lakers to close the series in 4 games.