The NBA Conference Finals is finally here with the Celtics taking on the Cavs today and the Rockets and Warriors series beginning tomorrow. The Rockets/Warriors series is a long awaited matchup between the two powerhouses of the West and the Cavs/Celtics will be a rematch from last year. Both series should be entertaining and there will be plenty of star power on the court battling it out for the chance to win an NBA Championship.
(1) Houston Rockets vs (2) Golden State Warriors
The Rockets and Warriors series was a pretty predictable Conference Finals matchup that everyone has been waiting for. No one was really sure how well Chris Paul would fit on the Rockets but he has been a great offseason addition and a huge part of them closing out the Jazz to move on to the WCF. James Harden and Chris Paul both have a bad reputation for choking in the playoffs so this series will be a huge addition to their legacy if they can beat the Dynasty Warriors. Houston has had some great playoff moments as well as some lapses that show me they are beatable. Many people are curious to see if their “iso ball” style of play will work against the Warriors who are the best passing team in basketball. The Warriors are hitting their stride at the right time and they have the star power to match the Rockets. The Rockets are a great team but I think the Warriors will ultimately be too much for them to handle. Houston beat Golden State most of the time when they played in the regular season but, this is a different Warriors team. With Kevin Durant playing great and Steph Curry finally back healthy, the Warriors are going to be a tough team to beat.
Prediction: Warriors in 5
(2) Boston Celtics vs (4) Cleveland Cavaliers
The Boston Celtics have honestly blown me away with their incredible playoff performance. They lost their two best players in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward and have still managed to pull together playing team basketball and make it to the Eastern Conference Finals. Their team is the definition of the “next man up” mentality. Of course it doesn’t hurt when you have a genius like Brad Stevens masterminding the system. The Celtics have been fun to watch so far with Terry Rozier proving he’s one of the bright young players to look forward to in this league as well as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. As much as I would love to see this Celtics team make the Finals, they’re about to meet the Thanos of the East. Lebron James. Lebron has been on a mission this playoffs from hitting buzzer beating game winners to putting the team on his back and carrying them to a win. It wasn’t really until the second round against Toronto where his teammates began to hit their stride and JR and Korver caught fire from behind the 3PT line. When their role players are making shots, the Cavs are tough to beat. I see the Cavs winning this series for yet another rematch against the Golden State Warriors for the title.